Our curriculum is based on the internationally recognized program created by the French Ministry of Education, while also incorporating the best of U.S. teaching styles. We emphasize project-based learning, creative thinking, problem solving, and social-emotional learning. Our curriculum is designed to address the standards for both the French and Washington State school systems, allowing students to transition into either a French school or local school system for middle school.

French Immersion

North Seattle French School offers a French immersion program with instruction and curriculum delivered primarily in French. Students receive increasing instruction in English as well, starting in kindergarten with one hour a day, and gradually increasing to 50% of the day in grades 4 and 5.

No French knowledge is necessary for students entering preschool or kindergarten. 

Read about the advantages of bilingual education.

Our Philosophy

We believe that social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of early childhood and elementary education. We train all of our teaching staff in the positive discipline model of conflict resolution and classroom management. From preschool on, teachers integrate positive discipline methods into their daily class interactions, and classes from 1st grade on include regular class meetings.


North Seattle French School follows the French curriculum, in which the early childhood and elementary years are divided into three cycles, or related areas of developmental learning and skills grouped by grade:

Cycle 1: Preschool and Kindergarten
(Petite Section, Moyenne Section, Grande Section)
Primary Developmental Areas

Cycle 2: 1st-3rd grades
(CP, CE1, CE2)
Fundamental Developmental Areas

Cycle 3: 4th-5th grades
(CM1, CM2)
Consolidation of Developmental Concepts

Note: In the French system, Cycle 3 continues through 6ème, or 6th grade. As North Seattle French School is an elementary school, we conclude with 5th grade.