Our Story

In February of 1962, nine visionaries began plans to establish San Francisco's first bilingual independent school. Taking enormous strides, the school grew from a two-room elementary school to the multi-campus pK-12 school it is today--French American International School--one that delivers a rigorous bilingual curriculum through 8th grade, culminating in either the French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

International High School's History

International High School (grades 9-12 of French American International School) was formally established in 1978 and was one of the first high schools in the United States to adopt the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. It still remains the only high school in the San Francisco Bay Area to offer both the International Baccalaurate and French Baccalaureate programs.

The 1970s: Baccalaureats


First French American Bilingual School (FABS) students ready to enter 9th grade. The school collaborates with Vauve Institute to offer the French Baccalaureate to students by correspondence.


The formal high school is established.

1978 - FABS adopts the International Baccalaureate program

The school adopts the International Baccalaureate (IB).

The 1980s: Classrooms without borders


First high school graduating class of 6 students. The School offers the full French Baccalauréat program.


The school changes its name from French American Bilingual School to French American International School.


First international exchange program.

1990s: Transforming Hayes Valley


Enrollment PreK-12 reaches 500.


The high school section of the school is named International High School.


French American enters a joint venture with the Chinese-American International School to acquire a new campus, located in a former transportation agency headquarters in Civic Center. Renovations continue throughout the spring and summer.

October 1997

The school moves to 150 Oak Street with 679 students, 90 faculty and 32 staff.

The 2000s: Open spaces, open minds

June 2002

With 98 students, the Class of 2002 becomes our largest graduating class ever.

April 2006

International High School offers its first trip to India.

Fall 2008

High school renovations include the 5th floor science labs and 6th floor library.

September 2009

Opening of the Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion at 66 Page St.

Enrollment surpasses 1000 students for the first time.

The 2010s: Breaking new ground


The school is awarded a grant by the Peter Ustinov Foundation and ECIS to fund an organic teaching garden for École Natangué, in M’Bour, Senegal.


Baseball: BCL League Champions, NCS Semi-Finalist.

October 2011

International High School offers its first reciprocal exchange trip with Jordan.

March 2013

International High School Women's Basketball make history in the Norcal Semi-finals.


French American International School and International High School welcome Dr. Melinda Bihn as Head of School. 

Fall 2016

The Board of Trustees and school leadership, in collaboration with the entire school community, undertake strategic planning for our school. 

International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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