The International School

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The International School, west building

The International School (T.I.S.) is an independent Chinese, Spanish and Japanese immersion elementary school in Portland, Oregon. The International School was founded in 1990 and today educates nearly 500 students.

The International School is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school, teaching children through the IB's inquiry-based Primary Years Programme.

The International School has been designated as an International Spanish Academy, one of only 28 American schools to earn this designation from the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain.[1]


The school was founded in 1990 by Doug and Frey Stearns. The school started by offering full Spanish immersion in 1990, full Japanese immersion starting in 1995, and full Chinese immersion starting in 1996.

In 2006, The International School expanded its campus to accommodate steadily increasing demand for its program. A capital campaign attracted donations from 100 percent of the school's parents as well as grants from Meyer Memorial Trust, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, and the Henry L. Hillman Jr. Foundation. The new building was named Stearns Hall, after the school founders.

In 2010, the school became the first elementary school in the state approved to teach the International Baccalaureate program.[2] Construction began on a new, 2-storey building with 14,000 square feet (1,300 m2) began in 2015.[3]


  1. ^ "Portland Elementary School Earns Spanish Government Designation", The International School press release dated November 28, 2006. Accessed June 28, 2007.
  2. ^ Hammond, Betsy (April 5, 2010). "Portland's International School offers Oregon's first elementary International Baccalaureate program". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ Frazier, Laura (September 28, 2015). "The International School to move forward with construction of 10-classroom building". The Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 

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Coordinates: 45°30′24″N 122°40′37″W / 45.50667°N 122.67694°W / 45.50667; -122.67694