Mission and Vision

The world today is more interconnected, interdependent and intercultural than ever. Dallas International School prepares its students to become global citizens who are able to engage in world challenges, and lead successful and fulfilling lives.

By offering the highest standard of educational excellence through the French and International Baccalaureate programs, Dallas International School students graduate with  confidence and knowledge gained from a highly rigorous, multilingual education that can lead to careers around the world – and to a more culturally enriched life.

DIS Mission Statement

Dallas International School educates students of all backgrounds to contribute to a dynamic world with its internationally renowned curriculum, multiple language instruction and exposure to diverse cultural views.

DIS Core Principles

Dallas International School’s rigorous academic program, administered in multiple languages, successfully integrates the renowned French national curriculum, the best practices of American education and the comprehensive International Baccalaureate program.

This intellectual experience involves the entire Dallas International School family of students, teachers, staff and parents and creates a unique learning environment that upholds our core principles.

We believe that academic immersion in more than one language combined with a multicultural environment cultivates:
-        Respect for others and their ideas
-        Flexibility and adaptability
-        Appreciation of one’s cultural identity
-        Excitement for and openness to other cultures

We believe that a challenging and innovative academic program cultivates:
-        Critical and creative thinking
-        Intellectual curiosity and love of learning
-        Solid learning methods and a sound work ethic
-        Balance of intellectual, emotional and physical development

We believe that an encouraging and positive environment cultivates:
-        Integrity and fairness
-        Con­fidence and leadership
-        Compassion and generosity
-        Civic and social responsibility
DIS Core Values

Academic performance is very important. It can open the door to opportunity and pave the way for future success, both in higher education and professionally; however, we believe a values-based, international education is of equal importance. An international, multilingual education emphasizing critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, cross-cultural communication and an appreciation of differences is essential in the world we live in today.

Our values-driven international education is expressed through core principles and values which are woven into every academic and extracurricular activity at DIS. From our core principles, we live and breathe five core values. They embody our mission statement, and are the base of our character education program.

Character education teaches the habits of thought and deed that help people live and work together as families, friends, neighbors, communities and nations. Character education is a learning process that enables students in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values.

DIS Core Values

I make the effort to understand how others feel.

I am honest and keep my promises.  You can trust me to do the right thing.

I will not give up, even when tasks are difficult.  Mistakes help me learn.

I am kind and accept that we are all different.  I treat others the way I want to be treated.

I do what I am supposed to do and I try my best.  I use self-control, therefore I think before I act and speak.

    • We Are DIS


List of 10 items.

  • 1976

    French Linguistics is founded by Jeanne Jeannin to teach French courses to adults.
  • 1987

    French Linguistics teaches children’s courses to French expats, following the French educational program.
  • 1991

    The French Consulate in Houston determines that due to the large number of students taking classes at French Linguistics, providing the French educational system, that an official school should be opened in Dallas.

    The school joins the Mission Laïque Française, who purchases property at Churchill Way and Preston Road.

    The school is renamed Dallas International School.
  • 1997

    Jeanne Jeannin retires as Headmistress.
  • 1998

    Construction of new campus begins.
  • 2001

    Construction of new campus is completed.
  • 2007

    DIS receives accreditation by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
  • 2008

    DIS enters into an educational partnership with the University of Texas at Dallas.

    DIS High School is relocated to the UT-Dallas campus.

    DIS receives accreditations with the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS).
  • 2011

    DIS purchases building adjacent to land acquired in 2008 at 17811 Waterview Parkway to house secondary school.
    DIS receives accreditation with the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS).
  • 2012

    Renovation of Waterview building is complete and the Middle and High School move into the new campus.
    • School History

Lower School Campus

6039 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230
Tel: (972) 991-6379; Fax: (972) 991-6608

Upper School Campus

17811 Waterview Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75252
Tel: (469) 250-0001; Fax: (214) 570-4900