I am a very proud parent at Le Lyc e Fran ais de Los Angeles - Middle School. It is very strong academically with a perfect blend of making children autonomous and self-reliant with great care and nurturing on behalf of the faculty. It truly is a HOME AWAY FROM HOME. As a 21st century parent, I want a school that will deliver on its message of being worldly and both culturally and intellectually sophisticated. Again, a perfect marriage of the best America and France have to offer. The school has evolved with the times we live in. My child has grown in confidence and is simply blossoming. My child LOVES the school and his wonderful friends, all very polite and super smarts. There is a healthy competition amongst them that does not divide them thanks to the school philosophy and directors' approach to pedagogy. My husband (American) and I want a well-rounded child and we know Le Lyc e helps us achieve this goal.
Now the truth. My daughter went to le lyc e , we took her out after elementary. I read all the comments bellow and this is our opinion 1- someone said the school is old fashion? I would say 50 years backward. Not a French modern school 2- it is not a nurturing environment for the little ones,some of the teachers scream at them so much, it is scary, really bad for their mental health. 3- "student" said that the tuition is cheaper than most private schools. our experience is that , public american school are better than the lyc e and they are free. 4- to the "parents" who said that their kids where at the lyc e from kindergarten to hight school and it was the best, well I am sorry that you did not try another school, you do not know what you have been missing. 5- to the "parents" who say that due to the lyc e, their kids was accepted in an Ivy League school, well mine is also going to an Ivy League school even so we took her out of there. 6- "worldy"? No but instead removed from the world, this city , in a claustrophobic and un natural environment. 7- "parent" said the admin treat you the same who ever you are? NON! Period. PS. My husband and I, we are both French
I am a Lycee graduate, and I wish to say that I had a wonderful experience at this school. Being immersed in the French culture is something that every parent should want for their child, in my opinion. I am a better, more well-rounded individual for having attended this school and my experience there was 100% positive. It IS also the least expensive private school in Los Angeles and, I feel, a much better choice considering what the school has to offer over other private schools. A wonderful, cultural, life-changing experience at this school. I will always love Le Lycee!
Bilingual ! Advanced curriculum (My kids had easy time graduating from the lycee going to Ivy League !). Uptight so very good for teenagers !
This school is providing a huge variety of knowledge to our children with an excellent support from the teachers. The multicultural environment allow the children to understand others to know the difference and build a good foundation on it. They are sharing experience from around the world as a lot of them have traveled from country to country. Since several years now the Sports environment have been upgraded and make this school really competitive in Academic and Sport as well.
I felt the need to set the record straight. The administration does NOT cater to celebrity parents or children. Yes, they have had their share, just as any other school in Los Angeles, but these "special" people are treated no different by the admin or the students. Beware though, the parent with nothing better to do than get sucked into school activities. That parent will make your experience at this school less than stellar. Drop your kids off, go to their ballet recitals, maybe hire a tutor if you can't help them with homework (who can past the 6th grade??), and trust the school and your child to work hard. After all, isn't it in the school's best interest to help your child succeed? Things here are a bit old fashion, but the staff is friendly, experienced, and willing to talk, if you are polite. Helicopter parents not welcome.
My child has attended the school since preschool and it only gets better and better. There is no other school in Los Angeles that does that does what Lycee does -- classes are small, school is structed and the academics are top-notch. They follow both the French as well as the California curriculum (same as every other school including the super expensive private schools). Your child will be fluent in two languages. Your child will be expected to do homework, reports and study. The school does not pamper the crazy parents - they focus on the students, as it should be. Your kid really needs to be smart to succeed since the academics are intense.
I'm a teacher in this school, in the french section. Most of the comments here are excessive. Le Lycee fran ais is neither a very good nor a very bad school. Most of the pupils love the school and feel well studying here. As far as I'm concerned, my point of view is different : some of the pupils are great, some others are in very high difficulties with a very poor level. The discipline is not very good in the middleschool and most of the students doesn't work in the high school. It's very cool and relax.... Don't subscribe here if you're looking for excellence, that' sure. But, in an other hand, the pupils are in a safe area and feel good. So, a school as so many others. The teachers are the same way : neither brilliant nor horrible, but in the average, some good and some others not. But one thing is sure : the main purpose of this school is to make money and not to teach the best level.
I am shocked at some of these lower comments. The school isn't getting rid of its French section, it is just being expanded into a more global program, "international." The school is run like a family and they care for your kids maybe even more than some of the parents. I for one don't want my young kids walking to and from school alone. Some of these rants are from people who have nothing better to do with a bone to pick.
The school is run like a family business and is one: love it or leave it is the president's motto. Inflexible school, pretentious and comparing itself to prestigious schools in LA! Selling itself by reminding parents constantly about how much cheaper they are! Notre Dame around the corner IS cheaper yet is SO much more progressive! Lyc e is trying to catch up with all it is lacking. Old system, most teachers have NO idea how school is taught in America. Big potential, but a dying imperial system to deal with. A lot of yelling from teachers along with an old punishment system. Teachers don't have officially the right to be in contact directly with parents! The "French section" disappearing, the school develops the newly called "international" section (english one): but Spanish is offered... in 9th grade only! No financial aid forms and teacher poorly paid (no rebate for their children.) The president is anecdotic and enthusiastic but she does maintain "elite" classes: not the best students, but the ones with the more famous parents! Access to phones/Safari during recess, burgers Fridays, no real recycling and kids cannot walk to and from school: ecological label?..! We left it!
I am surprised to see the two most recent comments. My child started this year in 6th grade in the International section. This school has been a great choice. The academics are challenging and I have had no problems contacting teachers when needed. They answer emails quickly and are very helpful. Additionally, my child receives extra help from the Math and French teachers before and after school. The fellow students are kind and when there has been a problem in the classroom, it was addressed immediately. I feel its a great school and an affordable private option. I've also never had an issue with administration and when I have contacted them, I was always responded to promptly, respectfully, and efficiently. In regards to the parent association. They are trying very hard and are very new. They have some kinks to work out, but the effort put forth is great. My child is very happy there and progressing wonderfully.
OMG, where to begin. This school has raised tuition 10% yearly in the last 2 years. Are there any visible improvements? no. The children only go to school 160 days out of the year, thats 20 days less than public school!!! They are outdated in every aspect. The parent association is a joke and working for the school and not for the parents. Study hall is supervised by "assistants" and not teachers. If you do not speak french and want the homework to be done correctly, you will probably end up hiring a tutor. By all means, go tour the school and DO compare it with other privates! And don't get sucked into the never ending propaganda of how much cheaper they are than other schools. My child has been at this school for 2 years and has nothing but regressed. We are ready to move on!
If we could give a zero for this place we would. This is not a school but a business run by one of the most irresponsible, self-centered, and unprofessional administration there is.
My child can't wait to start school in September ...that alone speaks volumes. Lycee is a perfect blend of culture , education and community. We are proud to be a part of the Lycee family
There's no school like it. You are allowing you child to truely be well-rounded, the quality of teachers surpasses those of most other private school teachers. I am fortunate and grateful that my child attends this school
We are both French, so Le Lycee came as an easy choice for us. However, we were ready to leave if we didn't like the school. However, we have only praises for this school: the teachers are passionate and loving, the curriculum is demanding but well balanced between the rigorous topics and the Arts, my children are excited to go to school everyday and they cried (!) on the last day of school. I love that children can be themselves, are free to create (the children put a Shakespeare play together, designed booth for the school fair, another had a magic show...), and are loved for who they are. Communication was not perfect a few years ago but it is flawless now with monthly emails from the administration and great class parents to relay information. A Parent association, with full support from the administration, is now also allowing parents to volunteer as much or as little as one wishes. The French and American sections are both excellent and a new FAB (Franco-American Baccalaureat) integrates the French diploma with AP classes for admissions in Universities in the US as well as France: grads of 2012 have been accepted at Ivy leagues with scholarships! This school is a gem
My child is a K1 student a Lycee. As the year has progressed, we have become increasingly frustrated with the school. Communication about everything from curriculum to dress code to contact information for teachers and administration has been disorganized and incomplete. Much more importantly, we choose the school primarily because we wanted our child to be immersed in a second language. However, French teachers use the langugue inconsistently and seem to have little understanding of language acquision theory as applied to young children. Finially, and most concerning of all, we have observed several instances of bullying and our child has told us of numerous others. The school was dismissive when we raised concerns and has done nothing to rectify the problem.
perfect education. perfect structure. perfect preparation for a perfect future. you will be delighted that your child is a product of such a school
I have never attended a school that took so much pain to care about my decisions and future. I have been here since the start and have seen the school blossom into something amazing these last two decades. The sports program is all speed ahead. The science and math levels are solid all around. The English language and French language sections are now both great choices for a child. The administration is welcoming and the teachers have a lot more to offer than your standard American teacher. The arts are not skimped at the Lycee either. They have a state of the art theater that is open to all. Any time I had a suggestion or idea, all I had to do was speak up and a year later, bam, the administration would act upon what I said and actually improve. I have had friends leave the lycee for other American private schools and become top of their class no problem.
Our daughter has attended the Lycee since kindergarten and is now entering the 4th grade. She loves going to school every day. Actually, I have a difficult time picking her up at the end of each day. She wants to participate in all the extracurricular activities and summer camp programs just to extend her time at school. The Lycee provides a top notch education, with exceptional teachers/staff, and the most culturally diverse student body of all the LA private schools. We are American and do not speak French, -but our daughter reads, writes and speaks fluently in French. We are in love with the school!
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