About the Dallas International School

Dallas International School currently has 700 students from 50 nationalities in grades pre-k2 through 12th grade. The school offers the only multilingual immersion curriculum in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex which focuses on early childhood mastery of foreign languages and advanced science and math. Preschool children attend classes on alternating days in French and English, and one half day a week in Spanish. When they reach 6th grade, the students have the choice to continue with Spanish or take Mandarin Chinese or German as their third language. High school students have the choice of following the French Baccalaureate Diploma Program or the Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The school is located on two campuses, one at 6039 Churchill Way, and the other at 17811 Waterview Parkway, adjacent to the campus of the University of Texas as Dallas.
The Washington Post ranks Dallas International School the No.1 Most Challenging Private High School in
the nation in 2016.
“Dallas International School’s bilingual and multicultural curriculum is among the most rigorous
and challenging in the nation and it is an honor to be recognized for our innovative program”,
said Mr. Bertrand Ferret, headmaster of Dallas International School. “Our students have proven
to be among the most competitive in terms of scholarship awards and gaining access to the
best universities across the United States, Canada and Europe. Based on these successes, we
made the choice of participating in the independent ranking proposed by The Washington Post.
We are excited to have this opportunity to share our story of how we serve families who seek
an international education for their children here in Dallas.”

The ranking is based upon each school’s Advanced Placement (AP) and International
Baccalaureate (IB) examination data. The ranking takes into account the “total number of
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of
Education tests given at a school each year and divides by the number of seniors who
graduated in May," said Jay Mathews, education columnist for The Washington Post. More
detail on the ranking process can be found here.

Discover DIS

At Dallas International School we educate our students to be global citizens.
  • DIS teaches in two languages: French and English.
  • DIS teaches other languages, including Spanish, German and Chinese.
  • DIS believes that to really master a language you have to study the culture that goes with it.
  • DIS bases its pedagogy on the French model.
  • DIS incorporates the best aspects of the American School System.
By teaching more than just the essentials, we prepare students for college and beyond. This unique approach creates lifelong learners with the ability and passion to learn. They are always prepared to succeed in the world of tomorrow.

An Accredited Private School

Dallas International School offers accredited bilingual and multilingual curriculums oriented towards the French Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs and belongs to the Mission Laïque Française school network along with 70 other schools around the world.

As a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, and the Association of French Schools in America, DIS is part of a network of 40 schools across the United States.

Dallas International School also belongs to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), enabling our students to compete against a large network of other schools in athletic competitions, arts, academic and speech contests.
    • DIS 25th Anniversary Video


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  • 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.