Approximately 70% of the subject courses are taught in French in grades 1 through 5. Starting in the 2020-21 school year DIS offers an immersion program for grades 1-3 for students without prior exposure to French. Applicants transferring from an accredited French school are welcomed to submit their applications along with a copy of their school records for the past two years, and Certificat de Scolarité by the January 31 deadline.  
 
New for 2020-21 School Year, French Immersion Program for grades 1-3
 
Why language immersion?

More than forty years of research consistently documents the power of immersion programs to help students attain high levels of second language proficiency. No other type of instruction, short of living in a second-language environment, is as successful. Young children especially thrive in this type of instructional environment. Happily, language immersion is also the least expensive way to deliver second language instruction. 
 
How does it work at DIS?

In the Dallas International School Immersion Program, instruction is divided between two high quality classrooms at the beginning of the year: a bilingual DIS classroom and a French immersion classroom. The English teacher uses thirty percent of the instructional time to teach English language arts; both French teachers use seventy percent of instructional time to teach French language arts, math, social studies, science, and other topics from the grade-appropriate level of the French Curriculum accredited by the French Ministry of Education. You will be amazed at how quickly your child becomes a comfortable and competent French speaker.   
An immersion class includes three grade levels, combining students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades.  The immersion class holds a minimum of six students, with a maximum of 12.  Each immersion student is linked to a main classroom with a main teacher.




Admission Requirements

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  • Preschool - Kindergarten (Maternelle)

    Dallas International School welcomes applicants to its Pre-K2 (2 year old), Pre-K3 (3 years old), Pre-K4 (4 years old), or Kindergarten (5 years old). The birthdate cut-off for applicants entering DIS is December 31. Pre-K3 children must be fully potty-trained in order to begin school in August. Applicants for entering Pre-school through Kindergarten will be evaluated prior to being offered enrollment.

    No evaluation is required of the applicants transferring from a French accredited school. ALL school records and current school year’s Certificat de Scolarité must be submitted.

    No prior knowledge of French needed to apply in the Preschool years.
  • Grades 1-5 (CP-CM2)

    Approximately 70% of the subject courses are taught in French in grades 1 through 5. Applicants transferring from an accredited French school are welcomed to submit their applications along with a copy of their school records for the past two years, and Certificat de Scolarité by the January 31 deadline.

    Applicants NOT transferring from an accredited French school will be assessed on three areas: knowledge and skills of their current grade level in English, knowledge of the French language, and their language learning aptitude. The result of the evaluation will be carefully reviewed by the Admission Committee to determine the ability of the applicant to successfully advance through the DIS curriculum and its progressive levels of skills. Applicants matriculating to DIS will need to furnish their last 2 years of report cards from their previous school.
  • Grades 6-8 (6ème - 4ème)

    All main subject courses are taught in French in grades 6 through 8. Applicants transferring from an accredited French school are welcomed to submit their applications along with a copy of their school records for the past two years, and Certificat de Scolarité by the January 31 deadline.

    Applicants NOT transferring from an accredited French school will be assessed on their level of French proficiency, and knowledge of the specific subject areas such as English, math, science and foreign languages in order to demonstrate the potential to successfully advance through the DIS curriculum. Applicants matriculating to DIS will need to furnish their last 2 years of report cards from their previous school.
  • Grades 9-12 (3ème - Terminale)

    International Baccalaureate (IB): Language of instruction: English
    • Completed DIS Application Form
    • School Records (last three years of report cards)
    • 2 teachers’ recommendation letters
    • Results of the standardized test scores -ISEE, TAKS, STAAR, etc. (if available)
    • Applicants whose applications are complete will be scheduled to have an interview with the IB coordinator. The interview is conducted either in person or through Skype video.
    • Applicants may also be required to take and pass tests in specific subject areas such as English, math, science and foreign languages.

    French Baccalaureate (FB): Language of instruction: French
    • Completed DIS Application Form
    • School Records (last three years of report cards)
    • Copy of the applicant’s passport
    • Copy of the livret de famille (French Citizens)
    • Certificate de radiation (Exeat) from the applicant’s last school
    • 11th & 12th grade applicants must indicate "S" or "ES" as their filière on the application
    • 12th grade applicants must indicate their "enseignement de spécialité" on the application, and submit their Première (11th grade) grades

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