Dear Perspective Families,
Thank you for your interest in the International Friends School (IFS) for your family and for your child. We are excited to offer an educational experience that currently does not exist among Pacific Northwest independent schools and we look forward to partnering with new parents on this journey.
As a school, IFS has three distinct beliefs that will support and drive every decision that we make:
We are a Quaker (most often referred to as Friends) school. Based in a 300-year tradition of academic excellence, a Friends education recognizes that academics alone do not serve the whole person, they must be balanced with attention to a child’s capacity for independent thought, creativity, reflection and industriousness.
We believe that to truly be a world-wise citizen you must have command of multiple languages. Language is how you connect with people and from there, relationships and opportunities flourish. IFS is a dual-language immersion program in a multilingual school. Students will become fluent in English and Mandarin with accessible usage of Spanish.
We know that consistent learning and becoming life-long-learners is not something that occurs nine months a year with a three month break in the summer. To avoid summer learning loss and keep students on a consistent learning trajectory, IFS will be operating on a balanced year calendar.
Take some time to explore our website and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. As with all new endeavors, questions abound, excitement builds, and momentum thrives. We hope to meet each and every one of you who has expressed interest in the International Friends School. We can't wait to get started.
With much warmth,
Sue Brooks and Alli Frank
Co-Founders of IFS