French American School Of Puget Sound

3795 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040-0980
     Tel: (206)275-3533
Grades: NS - 8 | 416 students
The French American School of Puget Sound is a renowned pioneer of bilingual education in the Northwest.
Now serving over 410 students from age 3 to Grade 8, FASPS offers a harmonized curriculum, taught in French and in English, that utilizes the highest standards of the French and American educational systems.
The result is a creative and stimulating program of instruction designed to challenge the individual student, blending intellectual rigor and personal exploration in the classroom.
The multicultural and diverse community creates a global framework for learning that fundamentally influences our students' worldview.
FASPS students become bilingual and regularly score higher than the national average on standardized texts in reading, math and science.
They go on to attend some of the most prestigious private and public secondary schools in the nation and around the world. FASPS is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, the State of Washington, NAIS, and NWAIS, and is conveniently located just off I-90 on Mercer Island.
Financial Aid is available.
No French language experience required in Preschool or Kindergarten.
Please contact Patricia Blaise-Caves, Director of Admissions, at 206-275-3533 ext.
275 or at for more information or to sign up for an admissions event.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 8
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1995

Student Body

Total Students 416 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 37%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade French American School Of Puget Sound Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 100%
Average Class Size 16 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 6 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $18,100
Tuition Notes Financial Aid available. Please contact the Admissions Office (275-3533 X 275 or for more information
% on Financial Aid 21%
Average Financial Aid Grant $7,500
Admissions Director Patricia Blaise-Caves
Admissions Associate Helen Shears


Total Sports Offered 7 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,

School Notes:

Our Mission: What We Do
We challenge students to excel academically and thrive in French, American and international cultures.

Our Vision: Why We Do It
To inspire the next generation of global citizens to learn, understand, and act wisely in a multicultural world.

Our Core Values: Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Agility, Community

Our Motto: Excellence today, the world tomorrow/L'excellence aujourd'hui, le monde demain.

Profile last updated: 10/27/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Yellow Wood Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Yellow Wood Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St. Monica Parish School (0.9 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Mercer IslandYellow Wood Academy
    Alternative School
    9655 SE 36th Street, #101
    Mercer IslandWA 98040
    Alternative School
    0.3 mi | 225 students | Gr. K-12                      
  • Mercer IslandPrivett Academy
    Po Box 42
    Mercer IslandWA 98040
    0.8 mi | 135 students | Gr. 7-12                      
  • Mercer IslandChildren's Institute For Learning Differences (CHILD)
    Special Education School
    4030 86th Ave SE
    Mercer IslandWA 98040
    Special Education School
    0.9 mi | 49 students | Gr. K-12                      
  • Mercer IslandSt. Monica Parish School
      (Roman Catholic)
    4320 87th Avenue SE
    Mercer IslandWA 98040
      (Roman Catholic)
    0.9 mi | 268 students | Gr. PK-8                      
  • Mercer IslandAmerican Academy
    7834 Se 32nd St
    Mercer IslandWA 98040
    1.3 mi | 25 students | Gr. 1-12                      

School Reviews

5 months ago
We love FASPS! This is our second year at the school and every day I count our blessings of being able to be part of this amazing community of parents, teachers, staff, and administration. On daily basis my daughter is challenged academically and intellectually. Everyone at the school is so accommodating and supportive, and I know I can count on this school providing the best education for my daughter in this Kindergarten year and the years to come! We toured, interviewed, and got accepted to many other high profile schools in Seattle area in 2012, but FASPS remains our #1 choice to this day. It has an efficient and effective administrative and curricular system that is not ran on arrogance and money, but on the premise of ''what is truly best for the child.''
- Posted by Parent
9 months ago
We love FASPS. My daughter has been attending this school for three years starting in PK. The teaching staff has been excellent, knowledgeable, attentive, and caring. We have been so lucky and the quality of the teaching staff shows in our daughter who continues to thrive every year she is at FASPS. We are continually impressed with the personal attention our daughter receives as she gains an education at FASPS. We are not a French speaking family and our daughter''s French is excellent. On a recent trip to Paris we were told that her accent was beautiful by many amazed Parisians. We also love the community the school creates around the students and families. We feel that our whole family has been enriched by FASPS, not just our daughter. I wholeheartedly recommend this school to anyone, not just for the fantastic bi-lingual program but also for the quality and care put into everything the school does. The administration is thoughtful, the lessons are engaging and creative, and the teachers are world class. The student body and their families are so privileged to be a part of this school and community.
- Posted by Parent
11 months ago
My son is 4 years old and we do not speak French at home but we see the benefits of learning a second language. He really enjoyed learning French and the teachers are great. They work with each child to reinforce concepts in French and in English and my son loves to share the songs and words he learns at school. FASPS also has a great sense of community with the parents having the chance to help at the school with events like teacher appreciation luncheons. I would highly recommend the school!
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
I couldn''t have asked for a better school for my shy 4 year old girl. On daily basis my daughter is challenged academically and intellectually. She is so proud to tell me nearly every day how many new things she has learned at school. This was impressive given the fact that she is a highly capable child. One of my concerns on starting new school (in a foreign language) was my daughter''s shyness and her emotional development. In less than a month, my daughter had nearly a full class of best friends. I remain amazed at how well the school administration does in selecting families -I haven''t met one family who felt like they didn''t fit in (especially those who''ve been here for at least a year). Everyone at the school is so accommodating and supportive, and I know I can count on this school providing the best education for my daughter that I can get here in Seattle. Despite the lengthy commute and exhausting days, it has all been worth it.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
I can''t say enough good things about the school!! We have two children at the school. Our oldest started at age 3 and is now headed into the third grade. Our second child is starting his second year of preschool. We do not speak French and that does not negatively impact our involvement in the community nor does it impact our children''s ability to excel. We have been extremely pleased with the caliber of the teaching staff and the engagement of the head of school and his team. We would HIGHLY recommend the school for the curriculum, the staff and the parent community!
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
Excellent bilingual (French-English) program from preschool through 8th grade. Our son has been at the school for the past two years and will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. The teachers at this level are outstanding combining a great balance of being warm and nurturing yet firm and structured. The school head is young, dynamic and provides excellent leadership to the school. We have been thrilled with our experience thus far and highly recommend the school.
- Posted by Parent

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