Mission and Values
Our mission is to cultivate a community of globally minded independent thinkers through bilingual education.
By nature of their bilingualism, our students fundamentally understand from a very young age that there is more than one way to say something, more than one way to problem-solve, more than one way to see the world. This global awareness helps them become open-minded, tolerant and curious adults, preparing them to flourish in our world today and going forward.
Integrated Curriculum: Best of Both Worlds
Based on the established French curriculum and incorporating the best of U.S. teaching styles, our curriculum is designed to address both French and Washington State standards. Learn more about our bilingual curriculum.
Engaged Community of Families
We are about more than educating children—we are growing our community of families. By cultivating family volunteer participation, we teach our kids what it means to be an active part of a community. We believe this lays the groundwork for them to grow into thoughtful, responsible, and engaged adults.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We strive to provide all students, teachers, staff and families in our community with an environment in which they feel welcome, respected, heard, and represented, regardless of their appearance, gender, race, sexuality, cultural background, socio-economic status, faith, ability, or identities. We are committed to uplifting the voices of students from a wide range of backgrounds and celebrating their best selves.
We believe that character development is as valuable as academic learning, and we incorporate social emotional learning throughout our program. Students learn age-appropriate strategies for developing empathy, mindfulness, self-awareness, communication and more at every grade level. Read about our pedagogy in preschool and kindergarten.
Francophone Culture: La Francophonie
We are not just a “French” school. We are a “Francophone” school open to the world. Francophone culture includes of people of European, African, Caribbean, Asian and South Pacific descent. NSFS is committed to lifting all of our voices and developing a community of educators, administrators and families who directly and indirectly represent many of the diverse Francophone cultures and French language variants around the world.
Initiatives Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
We are consistently curating our library and classroom materials with the goal of including diverse voices and perspectives and identifying inherent bias. We believe in the importance of helping students understand the complexities and historical context of our world, providing them with the awareness, resources, and language they need to make it a more equitable and inclusive place for everyone.
Professional Development and Parent Education
We are committed to providing regular opportunities for our community, including teachers, staff, students, and families, to access resources and learn from experts from diverse backgrounds on topics ranging from anti-bias education to cultural appreciation and exchange.
Our growing financial aid program helps subsidize tuition on the basis of financial need, making NSFS affordable to a wider range of families. Learn about our financial aid program.
We have a committee composed of board members, staff, and parent volunteers to support these initiatives.