The Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS), a K-8 program, is one of the only public immersion programs in the state, offering partial-immersion programs in French, Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese. The FLICS language program is a K-12 language program in one of the above four languages, with seamless continuation at the high school level. This makes the FLICS language program one of the only K-12 language continua in four languages in the country. Our focus is the foreign, or global, languages staffed with highly trained teachers from all corners of the world.

Parents choose FLICS because they want their child to be prepared for a rigorous, college-preparatory high school, to be successful in college, and to be equipped to compete in today’s global society.  Through rigorous instruction and cultural immersion, FLICS is a child’s head start to becoming a global citizen.


Dual-language, partial-immersion programs in French, Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese, technology integrated curriculum, Accelerated reading & math, web-based resource materials, Lower School and Upper School Science Fairs, Student Government, National Junior Honor Society, and Volunteer Reading Corps.  After school programs include Dance, Boy Scouts, Science Club, global language clubs and festivals, basketball, baseball, soccer, and Cheer Squad.

About the Assistant Principal

Mr. Jean-Daniel Ostertag has been at FLICS for the last twenty-two years. He first served as a homeroom teacher in the French section of the school. Under the leadership of Mrs. Ineala Chambers, he was responsible for classes from the second to the fifth grade, for sixteen years. In 2010, he was asked to be the Assistant Principal of the school, under the leadership of Mr. Todd Losie. In November 2015, he was asked to be the Principal of FLICS. His tenure started on January 4, 2016. After a district reorganization, Mr. Losie was reassigned to FLICS for the 2016/2017 school year, and Mr. Ostertag resumed serving the school as the Assistant Principal.

Born in France, he is certified in France as an elementary school teacher. He holds a French teaching degree and a French Bachelors degree in Geography and History. After immigrating to the United States, he continued his studies. He now holds a Michigan teaching certification (K-8) with endorsements, a Masters degree in French Literature, a Specialist Degree in School Administration, and is in the process of completing a Doctorate in “Educational Leadership and Policy Studies” at Wayne State University. In addition, he currently holds both available Michigan School Administration Certifications (K-12 building administrator and Central Office). He speaks French, German, and English.

About the Principal


FLICS students who complete the nine year language program (K-8), will understand and appreciate cultural diversity, and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the use of technology, mathematical reasoning, in addition to reading, writing, speaking English, and in a second language.  The FLICS student is equipped to succeed in our global society.


The mission of the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) is to create a safe, healthy, and engaging learning environment for all students and staff; to develop global citizens proficient and literate in a second language, as well as in English, Mathematics, and Science.  In addition, students will develop critical thinking skills and creativity using modern technology, embracing cultural diversity, and in life-long learning skills.

Belief Statement:

We believe that the global student citizen is produced by the combined efforts of home, staff, administration, and community. We further believe that all students are responsible for personal and peer growth in academics throughout their educational journey.

Uniform Requirements

Shirts: Solid white, collared (Elementary); Solid black, collared (Middle School)
Pants/Skirts/Shorts:  Navy Blue (Elementary); Khaki (Middle School)
Sweaters/under-garments/tights/socks: Solid navy blue, white, or black.