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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 315
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4155 Russell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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(626) 695-5159
(323) 665-2607
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November 24, 2014
Our daughter is in her second year at LILA. She is currently in kindergarten and we could not be happier. Neither one of us is French but we have Spanish and German speakers in our family. It was very important that our child's education reflect language, cultural diversity, and strong academics in general. All of these parameters are met at LILA and have surpassed our expectations. Our daughter is speaking, writing, reading and counting in both French and English. It is almost as if the French language inspires the English and the English language inspires the French. She is enthusiastic about the school, the students, the teachers, and what she learning.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
April 09, 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
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
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
February 03, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 09, 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
April 08, 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
April 07, 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
April 06, 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
April 06, 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
April 06, 2012
I wish whoever wrote that "...as far as a bilingual education goes, there are way better schools out there"- had been much more specific. You can't be that vague while reviewing a school. That being said, our toddlers have been going there for 2 years. They LOVE it, and so do we. They both have adapted to the school and its curriculum very easily. Both years, we have found the teachers & their assistants to be very well trained, as well as wonderfully dedicated to their class & to the children. Everything is taught in both languages- meaning the English class mirrors what was covered in French & vice-versa. Your children are bilingual sooner than you expected them to be, and that's a pretty amazing process to witness. I'd say what they do in "K" achieves what a typical 1st Grade program does elsewhere. It's advanced & the program is dense- from strict academics, to Art work & Art-related activities. The other thing we love about LILA is how international the school is. Some children's first language is German, Italian, Japanese...thus bringing their own language & culture to the school, which in turns, gives your child a very open mind on the world at a very young age.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
Beyond happy. Yes, language is the emphasis the first few years (which means you may need to teach them some other things at home in the first few years to make sure you feel confident that they are getting a 360 degree learning experience. That said, what makes this school special is the smaller class sizes, amazing families from all different backgrounds, and unlike the public schools (where arts are / have been eliminated), there is still an emphasis on being creative within a structure environment. As I have read some of the critiques below, I can't help but think that those parents didn't pay attention during the open house, as many of the things they complained about (math / english being behind in the first few years, etc..) are all covered during those meetings. It shouldn't have been a surprise for those that did their research on the school. We are very very happy with our decision to send our child to LILA.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
Academically rigorous, internationally-oriented with active parental involvement! There is quite a bit of one-on-one with small-sized classes. The teachers, staff, & administrators are accessible. We love this school! The teachers & educators are very caring. The kids who attend LILA are bright, sharp, curious, active & confident. Immediately, you can feel how much the kids are enjoying their learning! It's a small, close-knit community & academic family! We feel like we found a "jewel of a school!"

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
I'm a parent at this school and my child has been going to LILA for three years -- she couldn't be happier. Lovely staff, good athletic offerings and she's reading and doing math well above grade level in two languages. I agree that communication with the administration can be difficult, but it's the only slight I would give the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
We left LILA to go to public school 2 years ago after a year where my son was bullied repeatedly in the afterschool program, and the administration was unable to stop it. It was interesting how many of my child's classmates left for public schools (at least 5 that year alone), where the instruction has been far more rigourous in literature, English, science,and history. The grammer school education is not up to par at this school, and as much as I liked the immersive language instruction in French, it did not make up for the lack of academics in English subjects (English, American history, etc.) that are important to academic success.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2011
Very happy at this school. I have an older child in another private school and compared to that, this school is very low key in fundraising. Very high academic level and decent sports offerings. My kids are really happy and thriving here.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2010
This school is terrible. Horrible administration/staff, all they want is money money money. When a parent expresses concern, they ignore it. They've switched principals 4 times in the past 5 years. This school is like a concentration camp. Everything about this school is just terrible. Do not recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
One of my kids is gratuating from LILA,. This june he/her had his ACT and he/her got 30 out of 32. Which is 99% of the top result. He/she is preparing her application, and all the unversities are impressed at the diversity of LILA. As a mother, I have been very happy with LILA. My kids were never involved with drugs or alcohol. I hear arround me, friends and family, about these problems and even worst, bullying that pushes a teen to commit a suicide. Well I feel my children are safe , happy and ready to face their future.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2010
great acaddemics athletics need to be improved it's a very diverse school with students from all over the world

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2010
We do hire tutors for both English & Math and, with that, my child has received a good education. I agree that bilingual education is the way to go. It should also help a child to stand out during the college admissions process (assuming they have kept up with English & Math). LILA is the only bilingual choice in our area. If the administration was not so hostile towards parents we would certainly continue.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
I'm glad someone else has noticed that the positive reviews are being written by school staff -- and it is pretty clear who the author's of each are (btw, they are parents as well as administrators). if you are reading this because you are planning to send your child here, be forewarned. Ask how many families leave each year. That should tell you all you need to know about mismanagement and low academic expectations and a lack of responsiveness when it comes to poor teaching, bullying -- you name it. If you send your child here, plan to hire a tutor for math and english.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
My child is finishing up a LILA this year, after spending 8 years there. She will be moving on to middle school. The reason for the move is, this is the first year her next school accepts students. LILA has been a a great experience first and foremost the parents are the best thing about the school. I do not doubt we will remain friends with many people from LILA. Some background our child does not have French speaking parents she started in pre-K so they ease them into the language. I remember having to bribe her to leave. The campus is lovely and safe. My suggestion for prospective parents is due some research the French style of teaching Math is different its called 'Integrated Math', in my view it needs to be supplemented. But if you want something different for your primary education this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 17, 2010
LILA students ARE accepted by very selective schools (see list)! The point is, kids should go where they want to go where they will be happy if the school s not a good fit, the student will not do well! Barnard, Boston, Brandeis, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Emerson, Georgetown, Gettysburg, Macalester, NYU, Richmond University London, St. John s College, Sarah Lawrence, Smith, Sorbonne [Paris IV], Stanford, Syracuse, Tufts, Universit Laval, Universit de Montpelier, Universit de Montr al, Universit Paris V, University of Chicago, University of San Francisco, USC, Vassar as well as the Cal States (Pomona, San Luis Obispo, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Humboldt, San Diego, and San Francisco) and the UCs: (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz) My kids graduated from LILA and will graduate from top level universities, thank you very much!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 15, 2010
...it is fair to blame this on LILA. Clearly, LILA is trying to enhance its reputation as a school through faculty and staff/administration improvements, and it will take some time to adjust. Otherwise, it is the children's responsibilities to get involved in different organization in nearby cities.

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2010
I agree with the idea that the March 10 writing is not by parent. This is not how parents talk. My child went to this school and they are not fluent in Spanish in 6th grade. Maybe if the parents are Spanish perhaps, but there are no classes in Spanish. And it's not tailored for American students. They study using French books and French teachers. So I am concerned about my child and the SAT. I think this is something that parents need to think about if they want to put their child in French school. The French system is good but now I have to consider if it is right for American universities. And the head of school is a parent so maybe she did write the March 10 and others too where they talk about parents dictating curriculum. We just want our children to be prepared.

- submitted by a community member
March 13, 2010
I don't know who writes the love love love because now there are 70 family who leave the school. It is a very unhappy school. The teachers are mostly very good but every year it is now some crisis and parents are tired of it. My daughter is in secondary and she is getting very tired of all her friends leaving.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2010
There are some good things about this school, but many of these reviews appear to come directly from the mouth of the school head. The phrasing is remarkably similar to that used by the school head--phrasing I have never heard from a parent. The very positive views that I am reading here are not at all what I hear other parents saying at LILA. I don't see parents trying to 'dictate curriculum.' I see parents concerned when many of the English children are reading English a couple of years below grade level. I have seen a family treated quite badly by the administration because they expressed concern and frustration about their young child being physically bullied at school. The communication between parents and administration is unacceptably poor, and I have seen too many good families leave in anger and frustration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2010
The school can be very frustrating. None of the teachers or staff act on the parents concerns. This is a school divided. Sad waste of money and effort.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
Extremely happy here. Strong academic leadership which sometimes upsets parents who are unsuccessful in dictating the curriculum. French Ministry of Education just rated it 'the best academic model school in North America' in its 2009 inspection report and WASC gave it equally high praise. That's good enough for me - after dealing with other truly horrendous private schools, this school is a dream come true. We intend to stay.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
Low academic standards. Unresponsive administration. Very high student turnover. I can't imagine who is giving the school 5 stars, because it is rare to find a parent in our school that is happy with the program. It is, however, the only bilingual game in our part of town. There are some excellent teachers at the school, but if you get a really horrendous teacher don't expect any support from the administration.

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December 09, 2009
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November 23, 2009
I cannot imagine a better school experience for my two kids who have been in LILA since they were in preK. My daughter is graduating this year and has already been informed that she will receive a year's worth of credit with the credentials she has from the school. She has her pick of the most elite schools in the world, yes, read world - LILA students are not limited to any one country. My 6th grader son just presented his report to us in a student-led conference where he took responsibility for his own school career and goals. Both my children are completely bilingual, and their reading lists in English alone are 2 years above grade level. Their math and science levels are way above their American monolingual peers. Believe me, with results like that, I'm happy to pay the very reasonable tuition!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
I am a parent of two children who attended the Pasadena campus and moved on to Los Feliz. I am extremely impressed with how well prepared they were to tackle the transition- socially and academically. LILA offers a unique cultural experience- a true international melting pot made up of of students (families), teachers and staff. It is a safe environment for students to learn tolerance and acceptance of others. The academic program is challenging and varied. Students are taught on the first day of sixth grade to be responsible for 11 different subjects. The teachers are knowledgeable, dynamic and responsive, the students warm and accepting.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
I have had my kids at LILA since preschool and they are now in secondary with one ready to graduate... that is many years. I have always loved the lila family culture but have been particularly impressed with the progress the school has made in the last few years. The school has grown a lot and I know that the education my children receive there will not only get them into college but that they will be ready for the challenges both university and life have in store for them. I have read reviews posted here and I agree with one other review, those who are negative did not do the research they needed about the program. The school has done everything it promised and I have two kids who are completely bilingual and can handle sophisticated academic content in TWO languages. How cool is that!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
My oldest son graduated from LILA having gone from 1st through 12th grade in their program. He is now a happy and succeeding college student. The best review I can give is his: 'LILA allowed me to explore my passions, but I also learned to write a good essay and hold my own in any debate.' My 9th grader, who started at LILA in pre-school, was recently asked who his favorite teacher was. After reciting his entire roster of teachers out loud, he said, 'I can't pick one, they're all great!' Let's just say I am a happy mom!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
My daughter is in 8th grade junior high and she has been at this school since 3rd grade she really enjoying it. Parents are really involve in the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
The problem with many parents who are dissatisfied with the school is that they are looking for the American private school experience. If that is the case, this is not the school for you. However, if you want a school that gives your child a bilingual, international education of great quality, this is it. Many elementary school parents panic and try to turn the school into their idea of a typical American school - LILA is anything but typical. Secondary school parents who have kept their children in the program from the beginning understand this and know that the end results speak for themselves. LILA kids are accepted into the best universities year after year, because with their international credentials ( International Bac or French Bac, sometimes both!), they are highly sought after by admissions counselors. LILA seniors typically receive credit for freshman year and an extra major.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
Just read all the other reviews. LILA has an international program which is well thought out academically but occassionally falls flat in practice. The administration seem to be working on ironing out these wrinkles for which it should be commended. On the other hand, it is baffling why there is such a large administrative staff and yet certain parts of the program are compromised by a lack of academic staff (a proper art, music or sports curriculum for example). This is not to say those subjects are not taught, they are but the school still has a ways to go to prove that these subjects are being taught to the standard they are in other LA schools. The teachers are dedicated and the classes are small. The families are friendly and it is a very small yet very cosmopolitan environment. The campus is simple but airy.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2009
We have two daughters that have been at LILA for their entire education. Both girls are bilingual, excited by their education, motivated and inspired by their teachers, and eager to continue their formative education at LILA. If bilingualism for your children is important to you, and you want your child to be exposed to other cultures and curriculuums, then LILA is the place. The administration is responsive and serious about the education and welfare of its students. A great experience!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2009
The contention that this school is 'not for everyone' due to its high academics is not true. The school teaches to the slowest student, an average kid will be bored to death because there's nothing to learn. A smart student has no place in this alleged school.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2009
Ask admissions and the head of the school how tuition dollars are spent. And if any money from current students is being saved for a new campus. Ask who is in charge of translating 'French' grades into American equivilants. Ask how many textbooks are issued per student. Do a thorough tour of the school before enrolling your child. Do conduct independent research. Call IB International to find out what the real pass rate is. Call the College Board to find out what the real average SAT score is for LILA students. Ask the French consulate and The California Department of Education about ongoing problems at this school. Do a comparison of LILA's curriculum to other dual-language immersion programs.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2009
I am a rising high school senior at LILA, having started in Kindergarten. My experience has been GREAT. I have friends who attend other L.A. private schools and who either feel no loyalty at all to their schools, or who absolutely hate them and cannot wait to leave. I can truthfully say that I love going to my school and am grateful that my parents chose to enroll me here. While sometimes I feel the stress of a heavy workload and resent when teachers expect so much from us students, overall, I look forward to every school day and definitely feel that the education I receive is worth my parents' investment. Teachers really care and make time for us individually. The majority of my classmates are serious students and thanks to LILA, we look forward to a successful future in college and beyond.

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2009
I have 2 children who have gone through the entire LILA experience from Kindergarten through high school. It has been my experience that misunderstanding drives parents to panic. The demanding bilingual program is not for every child, and some parents resent this. The academics are definitely there: this year, my older son's 12th grade graduating class, the majority of whom went through the entire LILA system, had outstanding results ( many with distinction and/or 'mention' in the French Bac) and was accepted to schools like Stanford, Vassar, Carnegie-Mellon, Boston U. SAT scores for many students were nearly perfect. The highly qualified secondary and elementary academic directors are both French from France, familiar with both the French Bac and International Bac programs. The French Consulate and the French Ministry of Education have close ties with the school which is WASC accredited. The Head of School is bilingual 1st generation French-American.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
The students don't have enough books or content in any other form. Quality of instruction is poor, administration isn't responsive, and the basic amenities are seriously lacking. The 'academic experience' is sorely lacking and this is definately not a French or European school in curricula or approach. It is a poor looking school in Los Feliz run by Americans.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
The 'academic experience' at LILA is incoherent. The facilities are very poor and the quality of instruction is below par in French and English. The coursework is flimsy. Do thorough research, call all the organizations they are accountable to and ask serious questions before enrolling your child here.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
Our child is in his fifth year at LILA and we continue to be absolutely delighted with his progress in an impressive bilingual program. Many of the parents we have met at school are educators themselves who have chosen this school because of the unique academically challenging coursework. The facilities may not be the most fancy but for parents who value academics above appearance, the education is top notch. We are friends with families whose children are in the secondary school, and are constantly impressed by the quality of students the school produces.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
Please do appropriate research through every avenue before enrolling your child at this school. Our family has been with the french system for all 3 kids, and this was the most disappointing school I know of. We left for an American school, and we are very happy with our decision. Poor administrative support, and nearly no teacher support or communication. Kids also would sometimes be absent with no call from school, which can be extremely dangerous (what if something happened on the way?).

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
This school follows the best of the highly prized French education system. Highly academic with a taxing but rewarding bilingual dual program system. Not for every child, and parents unfamiliar with European education may not understand teaching styles, but if the program is followed through, the end results put students in the top ratio in the nation.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
The academic experience that my children have had from elementary through high school at LILA has been excellent. Students follow both the French and the American program throughout elementary and secondary school, ending with a choice of the highly regarded International or French Baccalaureates where all subjects are considered Advanced Placement level. Parents who do not understand the way the French program works tend to panic and severely underestimate the school's academic worth. The integrated French system puts the children at varying levels in comparison with other students, but the end result is that graduating students are a full two years ahead of their peers. Teachers are impressively qualified, especially in secondary ( one high school teacher comes from teaching at the Sorbonne). Tuition is extremely reasonable for a private school in Los Angeles, and you certainly get more than your money's worth.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
My daughter attended LILA from kindergarten to 5th grade. She always got excellent grades and many of her teachers thought she was highly gifted. The work at LILA was too easy for her in both English and French. When she transferred to a good public school she was surprised to learn that LILA was far behind public school level standards!!!!! She got straight A's and A+'s at her new school, because she was able to catch up very fast. But she is still finding new things that LILA didn't teach her. She never got 4th grade science at LILA!!!! And the math at LILA was several years behind grade levle!!! The head of the school always says French math is harder than U.S. math. It's not true. LILA 6th graders don't even know their fractions, ratios, percentages! They've never even touched a compass or protractor! LILA is backwards!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
Do not be swayed by the lovely campus, great location, and the snotty 'international' attitude of the front office personnel. The teachers come and go, parents' involvement is restricted to constant fund raising events, you get bombarded with daily emails about everything except what one would consider school issues.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2009
Sadly this school used to have high academic standards but the new administration advocates teaching to the slowest learners -- a problem if you have a bright child or high academic expectations. Many parents complain that the school's new administrator does not listen to or address their concerns and that they do not feel welcome on campus. Perhaps this is cultural -- the teachers, newly imported from France -- expect parents to behave as parents apparently do in France: to drop their kids off at the gate, leave the teaching to the professionals and stay out of the way. American children may have difficulty thriving in a classroom where teachers consider name-calling and humiliation appropriate teaching techniques. Expect very low student attrition rates and high teacher turnover.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
Unfortunately, leadership is lacking at this school and the teaching that our children have received has been very uneven. Personal experience with some teaching staff was unproductive and at times unpleasant. A small school like this doesn't afford one much choice when teachers aren't meeting your childrens' education needs. The principal does little to weed out those teachers and heed the legitimate concerns of the parents; in fact, the general attitude of the school administration is unresponsive, unyielding and often belligerent and intimidating to those who offer constructive criticism.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2009
Amazing school - Great activities - quality program...simply marvelous!

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2008
The bicultural curriculum means the children get the least of both worlds. The cycle system is never implemented. Teachers come and go, staff changes are common. Administration never communicates transparently. The head of the school refuses to accept any accountability.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
Simply can not imagine a better situation for my 8 and 6 year old daughters. The elementary experience is par excellence.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
Very good for academic children, for whom the format is designed. Simple. Lovely campus with good sports.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
We found the school to be extremely rigid (zero room for creativity), the teachers not nurturing (at times insensitive and mean and completely inconsistent with discipline) and the communication at the school (btwn admin/families) to be terrible. New principal seems sincere/good. However, the school has a lot of problems that I think would require many teachers and admin to be fired and new teachers to be hired to improve. I would never recommend the school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2006
Great school for a traditional european education, and cultural experience. There is a closeness which all families feel toward the school - students are more like a family and grow up together because the families are pretty tight and they are all focused on thier child feeling comfortable in an international community. Options are endless and parents are very critical. The downside is that there is sponsorship by the French Government, which puts restrictions on parent association and teacher/parent relations as well as after school activities. What this means, is that for a private school, there are limits as to what you can do for the school and what the teachers can do for the school. The up side is that the cost is reasonable and you get a fine education.

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February 18, 2006
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November 04, 2005
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November 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2004
The quality of teachers at this school is erratic at best. Some of the teachers are highly qualified and passionate about their profession. Others are underqualified on paper (lacking degrees and proper credentials) and in practice (they lack the desire to teach and mold young minds in a nurturing environment). The administration is comprised of the founder's children, they are complacent and non-responsive. The cycle system promised on the school's website is never implemented and they keep gifted children back to maintain a rather dissappointing status quo.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2004
This school is dissapointing. The school does not deliver what it promises on any level. The bicultural curriculum delivers the least of each. The much touted cycle system is never implemented. Instead gifted students flounder while waiting for their less advanced peers to catch up. This can take years! The administration is non-responsive. Many of the teachers are underqualified, many do have credentials or degrees. Parental involvement is wholly unwelcomed.

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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.

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