Lycée Français de Los Angeles
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|Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles|
|3261 Overland Avenue
Los Angeles, California
|Motto||Cogito ergo sum|
|Founder||Esther and Raymond Kabbaz|
|Grades||Preschool through Grade 12|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles is a private bilingual international school founded in 1964 by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kabbaz. In the past five decades, the school has expanded from one building to six campuses. Their daughter Clara-Lisa Kabbaz, who has been associated with the school from the beginning as a kindergarten student, now serves as President of the school and Chairman of the Board as she continues her parents' work of providing an international educational experience.
As of March 2007 the school had more than 1,075 students, about 50-60% of them being French citizens and the remainder coming from over 54 citizenships.
It is composed of the following campuses:
- Main Campus (Grades 2-8)
- Campus 55 (Preschool and K1)
- Century City Campus (K2 and 1st Grade)
- Pacific Palisades Campus (Preschool through Grade 2)
- A new $35 million campus, the Raymond and Esther Kabbaz High School, opened on National Boulevard in Cheviot Hills in fall 2009. This new campus has an indoor gym that is used by the other campuses and where the basketball and volleyball teams play.
In 1980 the Lycee bought the 6.2-acre (2.5 ha) former Parkway School property, located in the Hollywood Riviera section of Torrance, from the Torrance Unified School District. This property became the Lycee's Torrance campus, and as of February 1990 the campus had 100 students. In November 1989 the Lycee sold the property for $2.65 million to Manhattan Holding Co. and scheduled to transfer the students to its West Los Angeles campuses. As of February 1990 neighbors of the campus site were asking the city of Torrance to not modify the zoning of this property. The Lycee stated that the campus closed due to low enrollment.
'Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles' curriculum includes both an English language section with an American college prep program and the official French curriculum of study which prepares the students to take the French general baccalauréat. It is also the Southern California center for baccalauréat examinations. All students at the school are required to study the French language, but prior knowledge of French is not necessary.
Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles is one of three U.S. schools prepared for the 2011 version of the French-American Baccalaureate exam. The French-American Baccalaureate is the combination of the best in American secondary education, namely, the Advanced Placement program in high school, and of the best in French education, the French Baccalaureate, which has achieved worldwide recognition.
The School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, NAISC, and fully recognized by the French Ministry of Education.
High School Campus
Led by Dominique Petauton, the High School campus is the newest campus of the six. Over the past five decades, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles has graduated hundreds of students who have enrolled in the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world and proceeded to distinguish themselves in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Le Lycée prepares students for college by making sure they are able to participate in extra-curricular programs and a variety of educational classes outside of the basic curriculum, as well as learn on their own. Among the extra-curricular activities are student council, The Roar newspaper, basketball, soccer, volleyball, drama, choir, and other opportunities.
Middle School Campus
The Middle School at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles consists of grades Six, Seven, and Eight, with both International and French School Programs. The curriculum is designed to help boys and girls make the crucial psychological transition that bridges the Lower and the Upper School, while still maintaining a college preparatory orientation. The Campus is led by Alexandra Boissier.
The Elementary School at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles goes from Kindergarten II through Fifth Grade with both International and French School Programs. All students are exposed to stimulating coursework. Both sections benefit from a generous schedule of French and English as well as Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Art, Computer Science, Music, and Physical Education. Ballet and Fencing are included in the program as electives.
- Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger
- Education in France
- American School of Paris - An American international school in France
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Williams tried acting early on, but didn't like it. 'I went to the French school, the Lycee, here in Los Angeles, and I remember going to a couple of auditions where you go into this dark building and you're waiting and waiting, and it seemed so strange. It's not what I wanted.'
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