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.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
NSFS is dedicated to continually expanding the diversity of cultures and languages represented in our rich community. We are committed to uplifting the voices of students from a wide range of backgrounds and providing them with opportunities to attend NSFS.
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.
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.
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.
Francophone Culture: La Francophonie
We are not just a “French” school. Francophone culture is comprised 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)
Our goal is for all students, teachers, staff and families in our community to feel welcome, respected, heard, and represented, regardless of their appearance, gender, race, sexuality, cultural background, socio-economic status, faith, ability or identity.
We established a committee composed of board members and parent volunteers to oversee these initiatives.
We are working to curate our library and classroom materials with the goal of including diverse 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 inclusive place for everyone.
Professional Development and Parent Education
We are committed to providing regular opportunities for our community to access resources and learn from experts, such as anti-bias training and more.
Our growing financial aid program helps subsidize tuition on the basis of financial need, making NSFS affordable to a wider range of families.