We know that choosing a school is a big decision for your family. Here are some common questions from applicant families. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
When are applications due?
We accept applications at any time. Usually, the admission season runs from the fall to the beginning of March, with the majority of applications turned in by the end of February. To ensure a place in our school, it is best to submit your application by mid-February, knowing that the sooner we receive it the better. That being said, applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and there may still be room after our initial admission decisions are made. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Is there a waiting list?
Waiting lists depend on how many applications we receive and how many places we have available. Usually, there is a waiting list. However, our acceptance rate is fairly high, as some children end up not being ready to start school in September.
When will we hear about acceptance?
Re-enrolling families have priority until mid-February, with remaining class spaces filled with new applicants. For the 2013-2014 school year, acceptances will be mailed on March 14, following other PNAIS accredited schools.
Do you require volunteer hours or donations in addition to tuition?
Tuition only covers 90% of the cost of educating your child, and the difference comes from our fundraisers. It is important that all families participate at whatever level they can. We do not ask for a certain donation amount, but would like families to donate what they can afford. Volunteer hours are not required, but the school does rely on parent volunteers for many activities and events. Your help is greatly appreciated!
How old should my child be before applying?
The French Ministry of Education requires children to be 3 by December 31st. Because we are a school, and not a daycare, children must also be toilet-trained before starting our preschool program.
What are the school hours?
School starts at 8:30am for grades Kindergarten and up, and at 8:45am for preschool students. You may you’re your student off up to 15 minutes early free of charge, or as early as 8:00am for a nominal fee.
School ends at noon for preschool morning attendees, 3:05pm for full time preschool students, and 3:15pm for elementary students. Extended care is available after school until 5:30pm for an additional fee. This service is known in the French educational system as garderie.
What holiday schedule does the school follow?
FISW follows the French Ministry of Education schedule, and plans a week-long break after every 6-7 weeks of school. This schedule divides the school year into 5 sections, with breaks falling at the end of October, the end of December, mid-February, and early to mid-April. While the October break is unusual for Washington State, the school attempts to align the other breaks with similar vacations in the Issaquah and Bellevue school districts.
Where do graduates of FISW go?
Students who complete the cycles of education at FISW have gone on to academic success in local public and private schools. Students have also successfully moved back and forth from the educational system in France. Our local schools tend to place our graduates in advanced math and science, and of course, French!