The International School

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-5
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Year Founded 1990

Student Body

Total Students 483 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade The International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 61 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 11 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $12,000
Tuition Notes Please see for details
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $5,500
Admissions Director Jan Williams
Admissions Associate Katharine Simons


Total Sports Offered 2 sports
Sports Cross Country, DanceCross CountryDance,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. 3rd Language Classes, Chinese & Spanish, Chess Club, Chinese Art School, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Choir, Chinese Dance Troupe, Chinese Homework Club, Drawing Club, Girl Scouts, Go! Game Club, Kinderdance, Kindergym, Latin Dance, Mad Science, Martial Arts Class, Music lessons, Recorder Karate Club, Soccer Shots, Spanish Homework Club, Writing Class, Wushu, Yoga Chess Club, Chinese Choir, Drawing Club, Girl Scouts, Go! Game Club, Kinderdance, Kindergym, Latin Dance, Mad Science, Music lessons, Soccer Shots, Writing Class, Wushu, Yoga, 3rd Language Classes, Chinese & Spanish,
Chinese Art School,
Chinese Calligraphy,
Chinese Dance Troupe,
Chinese Homework Club,
Martial Arts Class,
Recorder Karate Club,
Spanish Homework Club,

School Notes

  • At The International School, children acquire language and culture as they learn to pursue knowledge beyond the classroom and throughout life. Students are immersed in Spanish, Japanese or Chinese while receiving a comprehensive education through our inquiry-based International Baccalaureate curriculum. Rather than working through a standard lesson and memorizing facts, students explore central themes and develop their own questions as they apply concepts and skills from a variety of subjects. Through this collaborative, constructivist approach, children gain deep understanding and learn the skills needed to acquire, organize, and communicate knowledge both in English and in fluent Chinese, Spanish, or Japanese. The International School`s small classes and international faculty provide a warm, multicultural environment that engages students in math, science, social studies and arts.  Now celebrating our 25th Anniversary, we educate nearly 500 students in preschool through 5th grade. Students may start in preschool or kindergarten without prior target language experience.

Profile last updated: 05/16/2016

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School Reviews

We love The International School! The teachers go out of their way to build positive, strong relationships with their students. The language immersion has been fantastic--after several weeks, my son is speaking and understanding a phenomenal amount of Spanish. The IB program has been incredibly motivating and rewarding for my son; he LOVES going to school. He raves about the PE, music, art, and library teachers, who he visits weekly. A vibrant community, with opportunities to do community service on days off. After visiting several competitive private schools in the area, we could not be happier, nor feel more grateful, to be at The International School!
- Posted by Parent, 10/20/15

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