The International School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: (503)226-2496
  • At The International School, children acquirelanguage and culture as they learn to pursueknowledge throughout life. Full language immersion in Chinese, Spanish, or Japanese
  • Inquiry-based, International Baccalaureate approach  Experienced, caring teachers who are experts in early childhood and elementary education
  • Small class sizes  Engaging art, music, and PE classes

School Overview

School TypeSchool 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 AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-5
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1990

Student Body

Total Students448 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by GradeThe International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers61 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,000
Tuition NotesTuition varies according to payment plan and schedule. Please see for details
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$8,070
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJan Williams
Admissions AssociateKatharine Simons


Total Sports Offered1 sports
SportsCross CountryCross Country


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
3rd Language Classes, Chess Club, Chinese & Spanish, Chinese Art School, Chinese Homework Club, Drawing Club, Girl Scouts, Go! Game Club, Mad Science, Programming Club, Spanish Homework Club, Writing Class

Arts and Music Programs:
Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Choir, Chinese Dance Troupe, Latin Dance, Music lessons, Recorder Karate Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Kinderdance, Kindergym, Martial Arts Class, Soccer Shots, Wushu, Yoga

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 26th Anniversary, we educate nearly 500 students in preschool through 5th grade. Students may start in preschool or kindergarten without prior target language experience.
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School Reviews

5  10/20/2015
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!
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