International School of Los Angeles

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The International School of Los Angeles (Lycée International de Los Angeles) is a nonprofit, private, dual immersion international French school for grades Preschool-12th in Greater Los Angeles. The school's corporate office is in Burbank, California, in the San Fernando Valley.[1] It was previously known in English as the The French American Schools of Southern California.[2]

The International School of Los Angeles holds triple accreditation: 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.

History[edit]

The International School of Los Angeles was originally named the College d'études françaises ("C.E.F.") and more recently the Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA). In September 2015, the School officially changed its name to the International School of Los Angeles. The School was established in 1978 by visionaries of varied cultural backgrounds who felt that the Los Angeles community needed a school which would prepare children for life in an increasingly international environment. Because Monique Mickus, Jacques & Pierrette Gaspart the original founders, had French backgrounds, they chose the proven French educational system as the foundation for the School’s curriculum. Mme. Christiane Bayet, mother of Monique Mickus, who was on the original Board of Trustees for the school and a educator herself, taught French, Latin and Philosophy when the school first opened in 1978. . She used to quote a saying from Victor Hugo: "Open schools and you will close prisons."[citation needed]

The International School of Los Angeles' co-founder Monique Mickus came from a long line of educators and was one of the first teachers in 1978 when the school opened. Her great-grandfather, French historian and author Alphonse Aulard ( 1849-1928), held the chair of Professor of History of the French Revolution at the Sorbonne, succeeding Michelet. He was also a co-founder of the Ligue des droits de l’homme and was president of the Mission Laïque from 1906-1912. Her grandfather, Albert Bayet ( 1880-1961) was Professor of Sociology at the Sorbonne and at the L’Ecole pratique des hautes etudes. He too was a member of the Ligue des droits de l’homme and was president of the Ligue de l’enseignement from 1949-1959. He was president of the Federation nationale de la presse libre during WWII and president of the Federation nationale de la presse française following the war.[citation needed]

Initially the School had five students.[3] They were the co-founders' children: Catherine Mickus, Elizabeth Mickus, Francis Mickus, Guylaine Gaspart, and Christelle Gaspart.[citation needed]

In the late 1980s as the school grew out of its original cramped quarters, it was moved briefly to shared grounds with a Methodist church in Van Nuys.[citation needed]

By 1990 the student body increased to 225, on three campuses.[3]

In 1998 it held its 20th anniversary celebration, "A Taste of France," featuring French cuisine.[2]

By 2001 there were 650 students on five campuses. Monique Mickus died in her North Hills residence on September 25, 2001 due to cancer.[4]

As of 2015 there are five formal campuses with over 1000 students.[citation needed]

Campuses and offices[edit]

The school has 5 campuses. It has a PK-5 campus in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, a PS-6 campus in Orange, and two PS-5 campuses, with one each in Pasadena and the Tarzana area of Los Angeles, and a secondary 6th-12th campus in Burbank. Upon graduation from elementary school, students from the Los Feliz, Tarzana and Pasadena campuses are shuttled by school buses to the Burbank campus to continue their secondary program.[citation needed]

The system previously had its headquarters in the RMG Airport Business Center in Van Nuys.[5][6]

Burbank / Secondary campus[edit]

The secondary campus which opened in August, 2013, is located in the Rancho Equestrian district, perhaps the most famous neighborhood in Burbank due to its equestrian zoning, numerous parks, open space, connections to riding trails in Griffith Park, and proximity to Warner Brothers and Disney Studios. The campus is on Riverside Drive, the Rancho’s main thoroughfare, lined with sycamore and oak trees. The one-story building was built in the 1960s by General Motors Corporation for training purposes. The campus houses 23 classrooms, four labs, an auditorium, an art room, an indoor sports rooms, two outdoor volleyball courts and basketball courts. Future phases of development will bring additional indoor facilities and outdoor structures for students. School buses shuttle students between the Burbank campus and the three Los Angeles-area elementary campuses.

Los Feliz campus[edit]

Original Midtown School buildings

The largest campus in (Los Feliz ) is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural monument and is the only school designed by noted architect John Lautner. Constructed in 1960 in the International Modern style, the four separate pavilion classrooms feature a low scale to suit children. The campus is located in the Franklin Hills section of Los Angeles, California, right next to the famous Shakespeare Bridge, built in 1926. The bridge was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1974. The campus is located on six acres. The permanent Lautner structures and others are used as offices, classrooms, science labs, art rooms, a multipurpose room, computer labs, and a teachers' lounge. The library (about 12,000 volumes and periodicals) sits in the middle of the largest building. Several modular classrooms have been added as the school continues to grow. There is a large field used for soccer and other sports, and several play areas, which are all fenced.

West Valley campus[edit]

The West Valley Campus is an offshoot of the International School of Los Angeles' original Tarzana San Fernando Valley home. It consists of three permanent buildings and two additional modular buildings, one of which houses a well-stocked library overseen by a full-time librarian. The other modular building is home to a computer lab with 22 computers and a small, indoor gymnasium. The permanent buildings have high ceilings and ample space for the small class sizes of 17-20 students. All elementary classrooms have their own library and computer areas, and all West Valley classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and projectors, enabling teachers to utilize the very latest educational technologies to complement their pedagogical techniques. The elementary playground is very spacious and includes a shaded eating area, a field for sports games, a basketball court, a set of swings, and a jungle gym. There is also a small pool which is used mainly during summer months. The preschoolers have their own separate building that houses two large classrooms, as well as an attractive playground with a shaded lunch area.

Pasadena campus[edit]

The Pasadena campus is located across from Pasadena City College. It consists of a two-story building with 11 classrooms, a dual language library, a computer lab used for student research and didactic exercises, and dedicated outside dining and play areas. A separate multipurpose room serves as a versatile venue for music classes, indoor extra-curricular activities and special meetings, while an auditorium invites larger group activities, such as student performances, workshops, etc.

LILA previously served San Gabriel Valley families with a Kindergarten through grade 6 campus on the property of the United Methodist Church in Monrovia. This campus, using classrooms formerly used by a church daycare, opened was scheduled to open on September 11, 1990.[3] It moved to Pasadena in July 2006.[7]

Orange County campus[edit]

The Orange County Campus is centrally located in Orange, CA. It moved to its current location in July 2015 and presently serves 134 students (preschool to 7th grade). It is on the grounds of Covenant Christian School, well-situated close to the 22, 55, 91, 57 and 5 freeways in a mixed-use neighborhood. The school has ten classrooms, a media lab, library, two playgrounds, an administration office and a large parking lot. There are a separate grassy field and gymnasium that are used for physical activities such as soccer, kin-ball, badminton and street hockey. To accommodate all the guests at special events (WinterFest, Graduation Ceremony, Fête de la Musique…), the International School of Los Angeles-OC community has access to an auditorium and a large party room.

The school previously had Orange County campuses in Huntington Beach,[3] Fountain Valley, and Orange. The Orange campus had 75 students in 2001.[8] In September 2005 the school moved to its current location.[9]

Woodland Hills campus[edit]

The School previously had a Woodland Hills campus, which had over 140 students as of 2001. This was in a public school building,[10] rented from the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2001 LAUSD announced that it would not renew the lease.[11]

Academics[edit]

The International School of Los Angeles follows the French Ministry of Education's academic program in a bilingual context. Besides the scientifically proven benefits of bilingualism, the 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. The International School of Los Angeles teaches a bilingual program from preschool through 12th grade culminating in the French Baccalauréat or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students are taught to read, write, and speak both languages by the end of their elementary education. Satisfying both the Core Standards and the French Ministry of Education’s requirements necessitates a rigorous schedule; the percentage of each language of instruction varies at each grade level.

The International School of Los Angeles specifically avoids dividing students based upon their dominant language. At the very foundation of the educational program is a policy of integration: young Americans must be integrated into French classes and French children must study English along with their American classmates.

The International School of Los Angeles' academic program from pre-school into high school is based on a bicultural program which results in a French Baccalaureate and/or an International Baccalaureate IB Diploma Programme. Students are taught to speak, read, and write both French and English. The School's results for 2014: from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program: 100% success rate, the French Baccalaureate Program: 100% success rate, and 100% American high school diploma. The school also offers the French Brevet des collèges to their 9th graders (100% success rate). In addition to the baccalaureate credentials, the majority of LILA high school students take Advanced Placement tests and have earned national recognition for their high scores on the SAT and ACT tests. The School further requires all its high school students to fulfill 150 hours of community service as part of their roles as world citizens.

In 2015, the Washington Post placed the International School of Los Angeles 11th in its most challenging private high schools in California.[12]

Because the school's students, teachers and staff come from many nations (50 nationalities are represented on the five campuses, with 39 languages spoken at home), social studies and the concept that we are all citizens of one world is stressed. Small, nurturing classes and small student-to-teacher ratios facilitate this.

The International School of Los Angeles grads who complete the entire school program are accepted to universities internationally, among them: Princeton University, Columbia University, Stanford University, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, McGill University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Dartmouth College, Brown University, and Sciences Po.

Movie “My LILA”[edit]

In 2007, the International School of Los Angeles student Chloé Grison created a short film called “My LILA”, which she narrates in both French and English, showing images of the student body, faculty, staff, and parents to emphasize her message of a successful multicultural school community. The film was selected among several student film entries to be shown on Newsweek.com. At a Los Angeles City Council meeting at Los Angeles City Hall in late June 2007, Councilman Tom LaBonge presented Chloé with a certificate of recognition (from Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles) for the creative interpretation of the school. To view the movie “My LILA” [1].

Operations[edit]

In 1990 the annual tuition per student was $3,525 ($6384.69 when adjusted for inflation) for kindergarten levels, $3,775 ($6837.5 when adjusted for inflation) for sixth grade, and about $5,000 ($9056.29 when adjusted for inflation) for 12th grade.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Campuses." Lycée International de Los Angeles. Retrieved on August 29, 2012. "Corporate" "Office" "1105 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91506"
  2. ^ a b Garcia, Irene. "Jaunts: in and around the Valley Plenty of Pate and Pastries." Los Angeles Times. June 11, 1998. Retrieved on June 29, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e Klein, Karen E. "Monrovia Will Get a Taste of France With New School" (Archive). Los Angeles Times. June 20, 1990. Retrieved on June 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Woo, Elaine. "Monique Mickus, 62; Founded Local French-Style Schools." Los Angeles Times. October 7, 2001. Retrieved on June 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Campuses" (Archive). International School of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 1, 2010. "Corporate[...]7100 Hayvenhurst #104 Van Nuys, CA 91406"
  6. ^ "RMG Airport Business Center." Gelb Group. Retrieved on January 9, 2011. "7100 Hayvenhurst Van Nuys, CA 91406"
  7. ^ "Pasadena Campus." Lycée International de Los Angeles. Retrieved on June 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "Orange" (Archive). Lycée International de Los Angeles. Retrieved on June 29, 2015. "186 N. Prospect Orange, CA 92869"
  9. ^ "Orange County." Lycée International de Los Angeles. Retrieved on June 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "Woodland Hills (Archive). Lycée International de Los Angeles. Retrieved on June 29, 2015. "5724 Oso Avenue Woodland Hills, CA 91367"
  11. ^ Ritsch, Massie. "6 Private Campuses in Valley Face Eviction." Los Angeles Times. January 9, 2002. Retrieved on June 29, 2015.
  12. ^ "California Schools - The Washington Post". apps.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 

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