International School of Orange County - Lycée International

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International School of Orange County - Lycée International Photo #1 - The International School of Orange County is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The International School of Orange County is the Orange County campus of the International School of Los Angeles which was established in 1978 by visionaries of varied cultural backgrounds.
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International School of Orange County - Lycée International Photo #1 - The International School of Orange County is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The International School of Orange County is the Orange County campus of the International School of Los Angeles which was established in 1978 by visionaries of varied cultural backgrounds.
International School of Orange County - Lycée International Photo #2 - Our Pre-K Students at the International School of Orange County start their day with hands-on activities allowing them to acquire their first math skills using age-appropriate educational tools. The French early learning system uses a three center approach for learning: Direct Instruction, Guided Instruction, and Autonomous Learning.
International School of Orange County - Lycée International Photo #3 - The International School of Orange County is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The International School of Orange County is the Orange County campus of the International School of Los Angeles which was established in 1978 by visionaries of varied cultural backgrounds.
International School of Orange County - Lycée International Photo #4 - Overnight trips to Catalina Island are among the many outings which International Student of Orange County students go on.
International School of Orange County - Lycée International Photo #5 - The Galette des rois is just one of the many traditional French celebrations which International School of Orange County students participate in.
International School of Orange County - Lycée International Photo #6 - Besides the scientifically proven benefits of bilingualism, the International School of Orange County 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.
International School of Orange County - Lycée International Photo #7 - Early ways to learn about science and math, and to be responsible for their world: students at the International School of Orange County learn to grow their own plants, and to be aware of their environment. They often use recycled or natural materials for their science or art projects.
The International School of Orange County is an international, preschool through 8th grade school committed to academic excellence in a nurturing and intimate environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity, and curiosity.
The Orange County campus is part of the International School of Los Angeles which was established in 1978 by visionaries of varied cultural backgrounds who felt that the greater Los Angeles community needed a school which would prepare children for life in an increasingly international environment.
The International School of Orange County holds double accreditation from the French Ministry of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The International School of Orange County 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, it has been instilling the love of learning in all its students through small classes and low student-to-teacher ratios.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 135 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,400
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

International School of Orange County - Lycée International ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
1978
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost
$149
Summer Program Cost Notes
Half Day Program, weekly rate
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
135 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
International School of Orange County - Lycée International Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(School dress code enforced)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
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
Sarah Blek

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Robotics and Coding, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Studio, Cooking, Lego Builders, Piano Lessons, Spanish

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fencing, Girls Self Defense, Indoor soccer, Kung Fu

School Notes

  • The International School of Orange County'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.
  • The International School of Orange County teaches a bilingual immersion program from Preschool through 8th grade where students study subjects in both English and French. It 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: 
  • Besides the scientifically proven benefits of bilingualism, our school 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 our 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, 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.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (11 reviews)
5  
Our child has been at the International School of OC since the 2016-17 academic year, he was 8. He didn't speak a word of English; he is now totally fluent. Great teachers & staff, excellent curriculum and good values in a harmonious bilingual environment.
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We love this school! Our son entered middle school this year and is thriving. We do not speak French at home but made a decision early on to find a bilingual immersion school considering the evidence that multi-language education provided so many benefits. We had to move three times so our son has attended three different French schools. This has turned out to be a tremendous benefit having a French school in most city's. Our son has thrived the most here at this school. It is because, in this friendly family environment, all the kids no matter their grade, support and help each other. So when you add this to the great teachers and leadership this environment has allowed our son to thrive both emotionally and scholastically. If you are considering this school we highly recommend it.
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5  
My son started at this hidden jewel when he was 2 1/2. I was looking for a true immersion program, one that didn't just teach a language but "lived" the language: Math in French, Science in French, Art in French. We started at the school as an experiment in bilingualism and 11 years later, my son is graduating 8th grade completely bilingual and bicultural. He has an openness of heart and an understanding of the world that is so different from the average 13-year-old. We have met families from all over Orange County and from all over the world. As he transitions from this little school, with intimate classes, he has been accepted into Honors classes at all three of the high schools to which he applied. We have loved this school, the caring staff and the magic in the classroom. This has been the BEST financial and emotional investment we could have made.
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We arrived in LA area in 2014 from France (Toulouse) with 9 and 6 years old children for a 3 years fixed stay. We were hoping to end up with bilingual kids while they would still capable to adapt easily to the french program when we would be back home. After visiting both Lyce franais and LILA, we selected LILA because of the higher french/american mix in terms of academics, and also because Orange Campus allowed for only one location for both children. Our children adjusted just great, especially with the extra lessons of "survival english" the first months, and thanks to the small class size, great support of teachers, staff and students. The 3 years went smoothly, with a lot of fun, great projects, awesome field trips, entertainments and discovery which made it a little difficult to go back to the french stricter approach. On another hand, they were very well prepared for the french academic program. Long story short: LILA is like a family. We highly recommend.
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5  
My daughter started LILA as a kindergartener and is now entering 2nd grade. She is happy and thriving in this environment. I chose LILA for many reasons but the top three are 1) the immersion environment. English is my 2nd language and I know how important it is to dive in at a young age. Her French is already beautiful and it`s also excelled her English reading level 2) the small class size lends itself to my little introvert who enjoys being with a smaller group that she has built bonds with. 3) this school flows with creativity and a focus on the arts like no other. It truly allows your child to be their independent self. I highly recommend a tour regardless of whether you speak French or not. This is not an obstacle and will only open many doors for your child.
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5  
I joined LILA as a 2nd grade student, did not speak a word of French. I am about to graduate from Harvey Mudd College with a degree in Bioinformatics, and accepted a great job offer at a Bay Area startup. I achieved great academic results the whole way, in part thanks to my LILA education and the excellent mentors, teachers, and friends. LILA has a great, tight-knit community where everyone takes care of each other. I would recommend this school to anyone!
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5  
LILA is an extraordinary school. My children are 9 & 6. Both attended LILA from the beginning (almost 7 years ago)..We looked at so many schools and spoke to many directors and teachers before we decided 6 years ago that LILA OC by far was the most outstanding school we wanted for our children! Any loving parent that wants the best of everything for their children, would choose LILA OC! Come and see why LILA OC is the Best Choice in Orange County for yourself.Thank you LILA OC for giving us the BEST experience we always wanted.
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Both of my children attended LILA from preschool through 8th grade. They were well prepared for their new high school. My daughter was accepted into the Troy Tech Magnet Program (Fullerton High School district) in 9th grade, which is very competitive. All the teachers at LILA are very caring and dedicated to the students. My children's bilingual experience laid a strong foundation that will benefit them in the future.
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5  
I would like to register my my daughter Salma Elsayed in your esteemed school for year 2017/2028 as a senior grade 12 . She finished her grade 11 May/June 2017 qualifications international certificate ( IGCSE& AS / A level ). Also I would like to know if your school is certified by Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and authorized to issue 1- 20 for F1
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5  
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!
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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!
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 135 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,400
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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