Lycee International de Los Angeles (LILA) - ORANGE COUNTY CAMPUS

1838 N. Shaffer St.
Orange, CA 92865-0928
Tel: (626)695-5159
Grades: NS-6 | 152 students
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Overnight trips to Catalina Island are among the many outings which LILA students go on.
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Overnight trips to Catalina Island are among the many outings which LILA students go on.
Every year, LILA students celebrate Francophone by taking on projects about different countries.
All LILA students and teachers have access to personal iPads and SmartBoards and accompanying computers. We are continually updating and keeping up with the latest technological advances in education. Our administrative and academic personnel are passionate about keeping our school at the forefront of cutting-edge academic methods.
The Galette des rois is just one of the many traditional French celebrations which LILA students participate in.
Besides the scientifically proven benefits of bilingualism, LILA aims to gift students with the value of a constructivist education where students are actively involved in a process of meaning and knowledge construction.  The aim is to instill the love of learning in all students.
LILA students and teachers all have  access to personal iPads, classroom SmartBoards and accompanying computers. We are continually updating and keeping up with the latest technological advances in education. Our administrative and academic personnel are passionate about keeping our school at the forefront of cutting-edge academic methods.
LILA students are participating  members of their school and neighboring communities and learn to be active and compassionate citizens. Here, a LILA student reads a Shakespearean sonnet as part of an anniversary celebration of a community garden that students had helped to upkeep.
Besides the scientifically proven benefits of bilingualism, LILA aims to gift students with the value of a constructivist education where students are actively involved in a process of meaning and knowledge construction.  The aim is to instill the love of learning in all students.
Early ways to learn about science and math, and to be responsible for their world: students learn to grow, harvest, and cook their own food, and to be aware of their environment. Egg incubators and butterfly farms in the classroom also teach them about natural life cycles.
LILA is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Every campus has their own Academic team to oversee the campus curriculum and the many related activities.
LILA is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Every campus has their own Academic team to oversee the campus curriculum and the many related activities.
Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) is an international preschool through 12th grade bilingual school that offers an English and French curriculum.
All students study a common bilingual program from preschool through 9th grade after which they have a choice between the rigorous and well-balanced French Baccalauréat and International Baccalaureate Diploma programs.
In 2015, The Washington Post listed LILA as the nation’s 12th most challenging private high school.
With five Los Angeles-area campuses (Burbank, Los Feliz, Orange County, Pasadena, and West Valley), and over one thousand students, LILA holds triple accreditation from the French Ministry of Education, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). LILA is committed to academic excellence in a nurturing and intimate environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity and curiosity, and to preparing students of all backgrounds to excel and contribute to a global world.
Since 1978, LILA has been instilling the love of learning in all its students through small classes and low student-to-teacher ratios.
With over 50 nationalities and 39 spoken languages represented on the campuses, LILA students study and live in a diverse global community every day.

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School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. European Council for International Schools
Other special emphasis association(s)
Other school association(s)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded 1978

Student Body

Total Students 152 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Lycee International de Los Angeles (LILA) - ORANGE COUNTY CAMPUS Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 12 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(School dress code enforced)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $15,000
Tuition Notes This is an average amount. Tuition varies from grade to grade.
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant $5,000
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Juliette Lange

Sports

Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Basketball, Dance, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballDance,
SoccerSwimming,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. After-school Activities, Student Council After-school Activities,
Student Council,

School Notes

  • LILA's core values are: first and foremost, academic excellence; collaboration, communication and community; commitment to the curriculum; utmost respect for all individuals within the school community; cultural diversity; and intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness.
  • LILA teaches a bilingual immersion program from Preschool through 12th grade where students study subjects in both English and French. LILA follows the French Ministry of Education's academic program in a bilingual context. Teachers in each language are native speakers and the percentage of each language of instruction varies at each grade level. Beginning in Preschool, French is not simply a subject but also the language of instruction. English increases as the grade levels move up.
  • Two teachers are assigned to every class, one a native French speaker and the other, a native English speaker, in order to support all students: LILA believes that ALL students should be supported to their full potential.
  • Besides the scientifically proven benefits of bilingualism, LILA aims to gift students with the value of a constructivist education where students are actively involved in a process of meaning and knowledge construction as opposed to passively receiving information. Constructivist teaching fosters critical thinking, and creates motivated and independent learners. We aim to instill the love of learning in all our students.
  • The vast majority of LILA's teachers hold Master’s or Ph.D teaching credentials, and at the minimum, hold a Bachelor’s degree. The core of the school’s faculty is French by nationality and/or origin; most teachers have been trained in France and are certified by the French Ministry of Education’s rigorous credentialing regulations. English is taught by well qualified native speakers.
  • Because our children and teachers come from many nations (50 nationalities are represented on our campuses, with 39 languages), we stress social studies and the concept that we are all citizens of one world. Our small, nurturing classes and small student-to-teacher ratios facilitate this.
  • 5 campuses:  Los Feliz (Prek-5th) - West Valley:Tarzana (Preschool-5th) - Pasadena (Preschool-5th) - Orange County: Orange (Preschool-6th) - Burbank (6th-12th)
  • Each campus has its own director, staff, community and personality, but they all share LILA’s outstanding international education and commitment to a full immersion bilingual program.
  • In addition to receiving the U.S. High School Diploma, ALL LILA high school students take one of two programs: the IB Diploma or the French Baccalauréat. All subjects in both Baccalaureate programs are considered pre-college  and advanced level, equivalent to Advanced Placement (AP), and are highly regarded by University Admissions personnel. LILA further requires students in both programs to fulfill 150 hours of community service as part of their roles as world citizens.
  • LILA grads who complete the entire school program are accepted to the world's top universities: Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, Oxford, Edinburgh, McGill, UC Berkeley, Dartmouth, Brown, and Sciences Po. They take with them what their years at LILA have taught them: communication, adaptability, problem- solving and agility skills; and the confidence to effect change in their communities, their professions, and the global society in which they live.

Profile last updated: 11/24/2015

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School Reviews

LILA is an extraordinary school, well worth a visit if you are considering a bilingual education for your child/children even if you hear firsthand from current and former families. The classes are kept fairly small between 15 and 20 pupils, personal attention is a must in this school. The French curriculum is very rigorous academically and while the English program is pursued concurrently, the academic team still finds time for art and music, ex: in pre-k, children learn about Picasso, Klimt and Louise Bourgeois among others. Study hall and after-school classes are as diverse as they are well thought, a key for working parents who will collect their children after their work day and want homework done. A bilingual education develops a child's brain in a way that monolingual learning cannot achieve, as a parent of 3 children attending the school I very highly recommend consideration of LILAschool. The children love it, parents love it!
- Posted by Parent, 09/02/15
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!
- Posted by Parent, 05/12/14

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