My kids are going to this school for 3 years now and I saw the difference from over schools. The School Community Forum allows exchange with the Administration and proposal for new directions, activities, etc... the communication between teachers/admins and parents is straight and is not oriented rich always okay, poor doesn't matter!!! Activities are numerous and always attractive to students often blocked by conflicting schedules...
All of our children study at this school, the oldest is finishing high school. We'd have to say as parents that this school has been great for our children. Our kids only have between 8 to 15 students per class. That means real one-to-one learning with their teachers who can spend more time becoming intimate with their students needs. With regards to academic rigor, what can we say, it's very good traditional schooling. Students finish high school here thinking the SATs are some sort of joke and that machine-read multiple choice tests are cheating. Not bad for kids learning every major subject in another language! This is an educational and cultural experience. The schools weak areas are the sporting activities/facilities. We can live with that as there's only one thing that really separates man from monkey and that's knowledge and intelligence.
This school has been great for my son & daughter. My son is fluent in French. My daughter younger is not fluent yet, but can converse in French. I believe she will also be fluent. Education has been great for them. If you are looking for a good bi-lingual education then this school is for you.
My daughter has been at the school for 2 and 1/2 years, education has been great for her both on the english side and the french side and it's great to see her balancing between the two languages easily, it's strong acadamic school and there's room for improvment for arts and open expression..
Our child has been attending the Lycee for the past 3 1/2 years and we have grown throughly disappointed. The administration is rude and very discouraging of parental involvement. The teachers have no congruent system of discipline or methods of actually helping children that may need extra assistance with their work. Your child would be better off in an extra curricular foreign language program. The education here is sub par in all subjects excluding French.
My daughter attended this school for many years. This year we pulled her out and she is now attending a good public school. We are finding out that after so much money and efforts from all of us, she is barely at grade level in English, Math and Sciences. Math is taught following the French curriculum which is different from the American curriculum, English is very poor, as for Sciences, it is a disaster. The children in this school are not tought basic skills for success within the American system, this is a major problem . Your child would be much better of in an American school with some language after school program . I would not blame the instructors who do what they can but the total lack of leadership and care from the principle. Be aware,the education at the Lycee is counter productive, a lost of time and money.
I'm delighted my child is bilingual due to his participation in the French immersion program for many years, but he had to be tutored in French and do outside work in Math to keep up with American grade levels. Most subjects outside of French are weak, including English, and there isn't enough homework. Over the years, there have been far too many 'free' days when a teacher was absent or it was raining and the kids just watched movies. The academic atmosphere is not rigorous, except for the French, and subjects are taught 'lecture style' without much interaction with the kids - it's a very old-school approach. My biggest disappointment has been science, which is made completely boring with no science lab to speak of or experimentation. American History is a joke, completely expendable. This is a very specialized school focused on the French language.
The staff and students seem miserable, sports activities are minimal. Arrogance and phoniness flow throughout the school. Run, don't walk from the Lycee Francais de Los Angeles. The original philosophy has dissapeared along with any ounce of care for your child's individual development. They use a 25 year old video of Jody Foster promoting their school which is the complete antithesis of the Lycee Francais today.
Lack of care that we have experienced from the principal down to the staff shocked us. The staff and students seem miserable, sports activities are minimal.
the teachers pressure students to excell. A rare few teachers ( 2 or 3) are very bright,excellent teachers that actually motivate the children. THe school atmosphere at first is great, but the classes get smaller and smaller every year and the same children have been attending since kindergarten. Discipline is great but at this point it is jsut ridiculous.
Terrible school. I went for 11 years and it never brought me anything but pain and horror. The children are pure evil and the parents aren't too far behind. The staff is a joke, and the programs offered are minimal. Say 'no' to the lycee.
I have been attending Lycee for the past 10 years,and I can highly say it's almost average. Its Sports and extracurricular activity program is poor. Some Teachers are great and try to work with the students,and most couldn't careless. The administration is unresponsive. One thing postive I can say about the school is: it has a very good atmosphere. Overall, barely average.
The quality of the school has suffered greatly after the passing of the school's founders. The level of teaching and presence of qualified instructors are questionable.
This school wants little robots. if your child thinks out of the box, this is not the right school. I encourage individuality and creative expression in my child. This school does not.
The school is too concerned with making money off the parents. They favor celebrity kids over regular students.
This school wasn't a good experience.Took my daughter out right away. Yes, it's cute.. they speak French, but there is more to a great school than speaking French. Horrible sports program.You don't get what you pay for.
Academic programs are ok. The system is very elementary, it's the french system. You don't get to go from class to class like most schools. This school is directed mostly towards those who are french or plan on living in france. It's also very safe.
French, music, and art classes are great. There tends to be limitations on the sciences, math, and English courses, as there is a fixed schedule, and not many options to choose from
My kids are going to this school for 3 years. There is no school that is perfect. This school is far from perfect, but I like it. It has a very secure feeling. The kids know each other. The staff knows you. The teachers are okay/good, and there is not much homework. Don't get me wrong, there is homework, but the kids know what the homework is about, at least they dont expect me to be a teacher.
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