French American and International has been leading the way in bilingual and International Baccalaureate education since 1962. We are the Bay Area's world-class school for rigorous, multilingual, and global education, developing cross-cultural learners in a vibrant and international urban community. We inspire students to discover themselves, pursue their passions, and think internationally.
We are called International
for a reason.
Every year, our students have the opportunity to participate in unforgettable trips all over the globe. These experiences—inextricably shared yet deeply personal—are full of transformative learning moments that truly embody our school’s mission and values.
Each destination has a specific theme and focus—athletic, linguistic, or scientific—but all have a cultural and service learning dimension. They provide extraordinary opportunities to enhance our students' globally-focused education outside the classroom and enrich their linguistic proficiency.
“The International Baccalaureate program at International is a rigorous, inquiry-based, collaborative program in the heart of San Francisco, and has been an amazing growth experience for our high schooler. And it's such a thrill to see our 3rd grader fluently speak in both French and English with friends from around the world."
“Our family chose French American and International for the gift of a bilingual education at a young age. The school and its community have given us so much more–enduring friendships, the surprises of global travel, finding joy in the challenge of scholarship–for which we are forever grateful."
“The multicultural curriculum has been instrumental in honing our three children's language skills and in giving them a global perspective. The emphasis on diversity and cultural exchange has broadened their perspectives and nurtured a deep appreciation for different cultures.”
“We continue to be impressed at how well-rounded the educational experience is, with equally great teachers and curriculum depth in the arts and STEM. Ultimately, what has brought our family the most joy has been how supportive, caring, and intellectually engaged the student/parent community is.”
International High School:
Edited down from more than fifteen hours of footage, International High School: The Movie is a peek inside the world of our high schoolers. It captures the vibrant atmosphere of our Oak Street campus in Hayes Valley, and the diverse perspectives and experiences of our students. There are no adult talking heads, just our students taking center stage.
Click unmute and get ready to be inspired. Spoiler alert: our high school students are not shy about who they are, declaring in the end, "We are International!"
students PK3-Grade 12
nationalities represented by our families
students of color
students without French in the home
students receiving financial aid
faculty with advanced degrees
average class size
pass rate for the IB (77% national average)
pass rate, 94% with honors, for the French Bac
acceptances at 178 colleges, Class of 2023
international trips in Grades 5-12
student athletes across 61 teams in Grades 4-12
students in 26 theater performances
students enrolled in the music conservatory
“I play soccer, basketball, baseball, and flag football at school. I love that most of the time a lot of my friends join the teams. This year, I’m on a basketball team with most of my friends, and it's so fun because we all get to play together. My favorite thing about French American is you learn new things every day, and you can meet new friends each day.”
“My trip to Senegal was life-changing because we got to experience another culture and way of life that was so different from mine and yet so accepting of me and who I was even if they didn’t know me, and then just sharing joy with complete strangers. The children were so happy–it just really opened my eyes to a whole new world.”
“My favorite part of coming to school is being able to be interactive in our academics: being able to go to class and not only learn but talk with our classmates about what it is that we’re learning. All of the academics are very interactive, and they challenge me to be a better student.”
“I’m not sure what the future will look like for me but I attended a student diversity leadership conference last year with a few students from International High School and it was amazing. I met other independent school students from all across the country and we had conversations about identity and what that looked like through the education system. It makes me think about my passion and the impact that I can have and being a voice for many.”
“I study French, Spanish and English. Learning multiple languages, I feel like I’ve been able to connect with more people. Knowing other languages, I think, helps you get closer to a lot of people. Sometimes my friends and I will have a conversation in Spanish just to speak Spanish, which I feel is really cool.”
“I’ve definitely learned how valuable it is to be open-minded and to be curious. I’ve gone to International Baccalaureate schools my whole life, and so it’s always something that’s been ingrained in me: to come up with your own thoughts, your own ideas, and your own opinions and that’s more valuable than taking something and then regurgitating it back out."
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
French American International School and International High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.