French Immersion School of Washington

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Basic Information

Address: 4211 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
County: King
Phone Number: 425-653-3970
Principal: Veronique Dussud

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Additional Information

School Type: French Immersion Preschool - Elementary
Founded: 1999
Ages/Grades: Age 2.5 to Grade 5
School Setting:

We are locating in Bellevue, near Issaquah and Lake Sammamish

School Schedule: 8 hour
School Days in Calendar: September - June (Summer Camp is available)

Welcoming environment representing over 19 different nationalities

School Size: About 200 children
Classroom Size: 20 max, with ratio of 1:10 in PS/PK
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:10

$13,000 - $14,000 (Half Days Available)

Financial Aid:



We are accredited through the French Ministry of Education and the Northwest Association of Independent Schools. Children learn all subjects in French 75% of the day and in English 25% of the day.

Diplomas: n/a
% of Graduating Class: n/a
Support Services:


Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

We have a computer lab

School Championships:


School Clubs:

We have several afterschool classes, including chess, fencing, sport ball, cooking, art, legos, piano, etc.

School Holidays: We follow the Bellevue/Issaquah school calendar to the best of our abilities
Parking Space/Availability:


Uniform Guidelines:

We do not have school uniforms

Disability Services:

Contact us if you need assistance

Admissions Requirements:

Children must be fluent by 1st grade to start school. At age 2.5, they must be potty trained. An application must be submitted, then, in most cases, students come and visit the school before acceptance.

Admissions Deadlines: mid-February for the first round of acceptances, and then on a rolling basis as space allows
Mission Statement:

FISW provides an excellent bilingual education in a welcoming environment that encourages critical thinking and curiosity.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We believe that children who develop their intellect and character in a bilingual, bi-cultural environment learn respect and appreciation for cultural differences, and are better prepared for their future in a multicultural workforce and global environment. The ability to understand concepts, ask questions, problem-solve, write, play and make friends in two languages is an advantage that will last a lifetime. FISW's curriculum, taught by outstanding, certified teachers in a traditional and structured environment, combines the greatest strengths of both the French National Education and Washington State curriculum.

School History:

The French Immersion School of Washington was founded in 1999 by our Head of School, Véronique Dussud, and then board chair, Brian Ball. Thanks to a few very dedicated people, the school opened its doors in September 1999. You can still see handprints of some of the original students in the concrete entrance to the school! To get ready for the school year, FISW converted an existing office building into classrooms and enclosed the surrounding grounds as a safe playground. Several years later, an expansion added an gym/exercise room, a library, and more classroom space to accommodate our plans for 200 students. Today, FISW is fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education for all grade levels and is close to full enrollment. Thanks to all the families who have helped us with our success!

Programs and Services:

Elementary preschool, pre-kindergarten and grade school - 5th grade.