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