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Lycee International de los Angeles School

Private | PK-5 | 315 students

We are known for bilingual academic excellence in a nurturing environment.
 
 

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 29, 2014

This is my daughter's second year at LILA. She is in Pre-K. Everyday that I drop her off at school I know I have made the right decision. She is happy. Her French is more fluent than I would of thought at this stage. We decided to join the LILA community because I am French-American and felt that a bi-lingual education is extremely important. We wanted our daughter to have the advantages of bilingualism and we wanted her to develop an appreciation and understanding of diverse cultures, people and perspectives. We wanted the best educational choice for our daughter and we feel we have found all this and much more at LILA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Very happy with the education our daughter is receiving for Pre-K. Not only is she excelling in learning the French language (she's already correcting my elementary French after six months of school!) but she's challenged and enjoying all the structured lesson planning. Her teacher is fantastic - always keeping us very informed on what they are doing, how she is progressing. The parents are engaged. Very happy with the choice to attend LILA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

My family moved from New Orleans, LA last year where my son attended a french school as well. The cross country move was a huge adjustment for our family but I was most concerned about my son who was going into the 7th grade. LILA could not have been a better choice! I like to describe the school as being "student oriented" because there was a great deal of cohesiveness between the administration and the teachers to usher my son through this adjustment period. If any parent is concerned about their child falling through the cracks then this is the place to be. There are no cracks here, only a Principal and teachers who are willing to address concerns and help your child be the best student possible. I get emails from many teachers whenever there is a hint of a problem which allows me to make sure my son stays on the proper course. Student Oriented, where clearly, your child will come first. We love it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

LILA is the best education you can give your child today! We are an American family and had the option of sending our daughter to many other "well-known" private schools for elementary and chose LILA not only for its international education, but for its beautiful campus and wonderful community of educators and parents. Long term, it is a commitment to a strong curriculum that has proven from its 12th grade graduating students that my child will indeed be well prepared for the rigors of the top universities--not only in America, but around the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

We have been at LILA for 2 years now. And have had such a wonderful experience. We find it to be a perfect balance of rigorous academics, a nurturing environment and a wonderful representation of cultures from around the world. Learning an additional language is just the icing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

LILA- Lycee International de Los Angeles- has been an amazing educational experience for my 4 year old son in the Pre-K program, and I look forward to many years ahead in this vibrant and diverse community. II am not a native French speaker but want my son to be bilingual and learn in an academically rigorous environment. I have recommended this school to friends based on the excellent curriculum, benefits of bilingualism, warm/involved community, great faculty and beautiful facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

We cannot say enough good things about LILA! Our daughter surprises us everyday with new knowledge of the French culture and language as well as advancing in her English studies all at the same time. Most importantly though is her happiness to be at LILA! I go to pick her up at school and she doesn't want to leave making it very difficult to exit the campus quickly. We love everything about the school and cannot imagine another learning environment for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

Every day, my daughter comes home and says she had a GREAT day at school. That is music to my ears. As a parent, I am beyond thrilled with the community of teachers, other families and administrators. It is a very welcoming environment. And, I am consistently impressed by the curriculum and skilled teachers. We were seeking a bilingual education in Los Angeles and I feel like we struck gold with LILA. It's a perfect balance of multiculturalism, beautiful environment for learning, academics and extra curricular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

We have 2 daughters at LILA. One is in the new Secondary school campus in Burbank. Since Anneli Harvey has taken over as the Middle and High School campus director, the school is making great strides to improve areas that were lacking before. The program of a dual French and American education is rigorous but we were surprised to see that our daughter read English novels in 6th grade that other well known private middle schools aren't reading until 7th or 8th grade. The classes are small and the teachers are very quick to respond to questions and concerns. it doesn't have the facilities that some schools have but it does have a very integrated approach to the various subjects which is part of the IB philosophy and i think really sets the school apart from its competition. Sometimes the French approach and the American approach are at odds with each other but the school's administration does strive to bring the best of each system together to provide a very solid education. it is hard to come into the school in later grades if you are not a French speaker but the school is working on solutions for this as it wants to attract more outsiders to the middle and high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

My son has been attending this school for 4 years. We love the community and the education. For those who don't, maybe the school just isn't for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2012

When a school is run by a pedagogical explorer, it is difficult to find a place for its identity and methodologies to settle in to a predictable and solid base. LILA is ever-evolving, which means it is a culture in flux. From an academic perspective this is largely a positive trait, as our kids are beneficiaries of extremely well-thought out teaching systems, and the curriculum is always improving. From a functional and administrative perspective, this can prove a little challenging: the staff are so busy researching and applying their discoveries, that they have little to no time for effective communication and relations with the parents. As such, a few aggressive parents are allowed to take over as liaisons, and the rest are left to suck it up. That above notwithstanding, this is a superior institution, undeniably devoted to providing the best possible dual-language immersion education. I am never in doubt that my child's teachers are fully committed to providing the tools necessary for my child's growth, academically, socially, and culturally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

This is a wonderful school that has helped our child grow into a confident, academically and socially well-rounded, responsible citizen of the world. I agree with the last reviewer that there is a small group of parents who complain endlessly. The majority of us know the value we are getting and it is an excellent value indeed! The students have a better understanding of the world than many adults, they are happy, well-adjusted, capable of carrying on intelligent conversations and gaining a solid education in the sciences as well as the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2012

An EXCELLENT school! Students have to work hard here, but the results are well worth it. Many graduates over the past years have been accepted to the nation's top schools -- including Princeton, NYU, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, & UCLA to name just a few. The occasional negative review here comes from a small group of disaffected parents who have raised complaining to an art form & would never be satisfied anywhere. All of the positive parents roll their eyes when they see these folks coming! As for attrition rates, students leave schools everywhere each year for a variety of reaons, including job transfers, changes in academic interests, finances, etc. Add to this that the school is academically quite rigorous -- with many classes taught exclusively in French --and some of the students who choose to leave do so, rightly and understandably, because they will fare better elsewhere in a less demanding environment. In summary, I HIGHLY recommend LILA! The school has a proven track record in providing consistent results in preparing its students for academic success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2012

We consider LILA to be an extraordinarily fine school! Our daughter attended LILA from kindergarten through 12th grade where she received an excellent bilingual French/English education in a diverse international environment. Upon graduation she was accepted to a number of very fine schools and she currently attends one of the best universities in the nation where she is earning top grades and has been admitted to a very selective study abroad program. The faculty, staff, and administrators are hard-working and were always very responsive and supportive. LILA offers both the International Baccalaureate and French Baccalaureate degrees, which is quite an edge vis-a-vis the typical American public or private school And the tuition rates are very reasonable in comparison to private schools throughout Los Angeles. Choosing LILA was the best decision we could have made for our daughter's education! We have made some lifelong friends here who we will treasure forever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

I disagree with the reviewer who stated that "there are far better bilingual schools out there". Here's a fact: Last year, LILA students had a 100% pass rate on the International Baccalaureate, 100% pass rate on the French Baccalaureate and a 100% pass rate for the French Brevet exam given to 9th graders. Tell what other bilingual schools can boast those results? My child is a LILA "lifer" and after 8 years at the school, loves it even more than when she started. There is a big international presence with families from all over the world who speak several languages, the class sizes all small (from 8-18 children) and the program is broad and global in scope which prepares the children for the future here in the states or around the world. In fact, LILA graduates are routinely accepted to top universities in the U.S., Canada and abroad (Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, McGill, Oxford to name a few). The most important thing is our child has blossomed into a civic-minded, well-rounded and caring individual during her time at LILA and, as a parent, that is the biggest gift we could've ever asked for!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2012

I have three children in elementary school at LILA. They love it and so do my husband and I. My kids are happy and stimulated. The teachers at LILA interpret the French programs in an interesting, motivating way. The children take the two languages in their stride, and transfer content quite effortlessly. The community is supportive and progressive and the teachers committed and open.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2012

We have two children attending LILA: Pre-K and Kindergarten. We have been very pleased with the learning environment. (very nurturing) Our children have adapted to the school and French very easily--we were a little bit hesitant since we do not speak French in our household. All the research we'll done about learning a language at a young age seems to be true. Also, since the business world is becoming more international, having our children exposed to a variety of cultures and the international language of French we feel will be a life long benefit. Class sizes are small in elementary grades and the tuition is a great value. As with ANY school, parent involvement is needed. The administration has been cooperative and supportive any time We''ve needed help with navigating the school or had questions. The school is not "perfect"--I don't think any school is..but the intent, dedication and desire to develop and educate students of the "future/new world economy" is the goal of the school. The key aspect to consider if LILA is the right fit for your family and child is to attend the initiation meetings and ask questions if things aren't clear. We recommend LILA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2012

My daughter is at LILA for five years now, going into her sixth. Neither I nor my husband are French but we were looking for a bilingual private school that offers excellent academic education in a small and safe environment, is reasonably priced, and has a parent community that shows diversity. We were also searching for a school that offers pre-K to 12th grade in order NOT to have our daughter change schools and teachers all the time, but rather stay in one school that eventually becomes a kind of second home. From the beginning on we have found LILA very attractive and after all these years we couldn't wish for more. In comparison to our friends kids my daughter speaks two languages fluently, writes cursive and has therefore already a beautiful hand writing and she get's educated in music, poetry, geography and art which are all subject matters that other even private schools don't teach. She knows about the world and history of Europe and her native America. All in all I can only say, LILA has done a very fine job in producing well rounded students that show curiosity, respect and due to Lila's strong principal leadership let children thrive to become responsible citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2012

Fantastic school. I honestly don't understand the negative posts - they are strange to me as our experience has been great. I have researched pretty much every school in the area and decided on this school because for our family a bilingual education was so important to our educational goals. If you do not believe in a bilingual education or if that is not primary goal for your child then this may not the place for you. We are SO happy with the choice we made for our daughter. She is speaking FRENCH already in Kindergarten and just thriving at this gem of a school. If anyone if interested in attending you can always shoot me an email.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2012

I am taken aback by the negative notes below especially in regards to administration greed and money. The cost to go attend this school is significantly lower than any other private school one might select and compare. Last year alone graduates from the high school are attending, Princeton, Georgetown and McGill to name just a few. If there is ever an issue any reasonable person would address this directly with teacher or admin and any question I have ever asked has always been addressed to my satisfaction. Planting positive comments, I dont think so. My wife and I looked at a long list of schools, by far this one is at the top of the list. Will it make everybody happy? No but its a wonderful school with an amazing community of kids and parents. If you are serious about education and a true bilingual/international school, here it is.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 11%
Black 2% 6%
Hispanic 1% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Japanese
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, German

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Nordine Bouriche
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • BSA
  • CBE
  • ECIS
  • NABE; French Ministry of Education; WASC; International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva.
Fax number
  • (323) 665-2607

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • French Ministry of Education program
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • French
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Flag football
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, German
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Model UN
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • LILA is a 5-campus, international preschool-12th school committed to academic excellence in a nurturing and intimate environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity and curiosity. Students are challenged through the rigorous and well-balanced bilingual curricula of the French and International Baccalaureate institutions. Our goal is to develop confident, caring, and open-minded critical thinkers who will thrive in a diverse competitive world.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
International Schools
French Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$12000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
French government bourse

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Princeton University
Oxford University
McGill University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College presentations or information sessions
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4155 Russell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Phone: (626) 695-5159

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