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Lycee International De Los Angeles - Oc

Private | K-6 | 122 students

"Our school is best known for our French-American Academics"

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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Posted May 6, 2014

I wanted my children to be bilingual - a skill I do not possess and am continually working at. When I looked at all the immersion schools in Orange County, LILA was by far the best. I was impressed pedagogically, and liked that the curriculum incorporated arts, music, theatre and STEM in a fun and engaging manner. My children have been there for 4 years, and my eldest (first grade) is able to carry on conversations in French with a perfect accent. We do not speak French at home, but his has never been an issue. And it is fun for me to learn along with her!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

My children have been at this school for 3 years now and it is really a very good school. They are truly getting a bilingual education here and the caring and nurturing that is offered by the teachers and staff is second to none I have experienced in the past. Both my children are very happy at this school and really enjoy going off to school each day with a smile. The projects they do in class are never boring and mundane - they are learning through doing a lot of the time rather than just sitting and passively absorbing information. I have been very happy with this school. My kids are fluent now in English and French. The fact they are receiving a bilingual education is fantastic. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a bilingual education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

Nous sommes au LILA depuis 5 ans et c est un vrai bonheur. Mes enfants parlent anglais et fran ais et obtiennent de tr s bons r sultats en classe. Ils demandent m me aller au LILA pendant les vacances scolaires ! Les membres de l quipe sont chaleureux, disponibles et consciencieux. L aspect international de l cole est d velopper m me si le m lange des cultures fran aise et am ricaine est tr s pr sent. Une cole unique Orange County sans les c t s pompeux et pr tentieux que l on retrouve dans beaucoup d coles priv es !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Entering the foyer of the Lycee feels like walking into Europe. The parent population is multi-lingual and multi-cultural. The school is small and the families know each other. My son is in his 6th year at the school (including Pre-School and Pre-K) and I have been very impressed with his development of critical thinking, not to mention that he is truly bilingual. While the tuition isn't cheap, the education he has received has been priceless. I love, love, love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

What makes LILA better than the rest? The passion and expertise of the teachers, the leadership and support of the director, the enriching and comprehensive curriculum, the close-knit community, the seamless immersion of the French and English languages... I could go on and on! For parents who are looking for an exceptional education with the added advantages of learning a second language, this is the school for you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

Having children speak several languages is a true blessing for families like us who speak multiple languages at home. Unfortunately if the concept is great, the education at LILA lacks behind. Children are behind in both English and French. If we dropped our kids in the actual public system in either country, they would be desperately behind their grade level. The staff there says differently, of course, they have to! But the actual truth is what happens when we parents try to convert to the French or English public systems. It is also a shame that we can never have a great French teacher and a great English teacher. It seems to be either one, or the other. The Director of the school is very dynamic, and tries his best. He is very open and very prompt to address concerns. The problem is, like for every other company out there, you are only as good as your weakest link. And there are a few critical weak links at Lila that are all education related. For $14,000 per child enrolled, I expect more than what is delivered. I am giving one star only because I am not satisfied with the overall level. An exceptional French teacher in one grade doesn't make a school a 5 star school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

I like the international concept, but have problems with the level of politics and parents. PA dues are not voluntary, but mandatory. The PA is way too involved in the school. To a point that some email communications actually were shocking last year with negativity and resentment. The kids are happy, and some of the French teachers there are fantastic. If you are looking for a French school, you will probably be satisfied. If you are looking for an international school, go look elsewhere: English is NOT the forte there, the level is weak and not up to par with the public system. Some classes also have too few kids, making it difficult for the younger children to learn social skills. The school lacks sports facilities and doesn't have enough space for the kids to run and spend their energy. The library is not furnished well, and books about Christmas or other types of celebrations are forbidden by the landlord. The staff on average is very dedicated to the kids. It's an ok school, but is definitely not worth the amount we are spending. It's the only French school around, it doesn't mean it's good, it means it lacks the competition it needs to become better and thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

This school is great for learning french, because everything goes on in french. If you go to this school for a year or more, you'll be fluent. This school is also very diverse; 25% white. Even though lila is a great school, it lacks academic success. This school follows french standards (which are high), but the French learn things at different times, which makes transferring schools extremely difficult.


Posted January 17, 2013

Excellent school. Our son's been at the school for almost 3 years now and we saw the benefits within the first semester of attending the school. Great teachers, staff, principal & parental involvement. Just the environment we were looking for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

Great school! Our child who is in the first grade is reading in both French and English. I strongly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

It is an amazing bi-lingual school teaching children about culture, citizenship, arts, literature. We are truly blessed that our daughter is able to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

It is amazing to work in a multi-cultural school but I think the parents pay too much to put their children in such a bad area. The teachers are not well paid, so I was wondering where is going the money... There is a serious lack of discipline so it can be very messy or dangerous, sometimes. I would never ever enrol my children there even if it is the best place in Santa Ana to learn french. That just means that there is no other places !
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 22, 2005

good ambiance. Good team, and good program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2004

We're thrilled with the LILA. Our son has attended the school since PreK and is now in 2nd grade. We don't speak French in our home and he is speaking beautifully in both languages! I recommend the LILA highly to anyone looking for a diverse campus with emphasis on multi-culturalism, individual attention, low student:teacher ratios, emphasis on life long reading, and a more global understanding of the world we live in!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 26%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Black 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

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)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Franck Reynaud
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • WASC- French Ministry of Ediucation
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • French
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
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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.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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Tuition range for the 2011-2012 school year
$11000 - $13000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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2625 North Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 771-4710

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