FAQ

GENERAL

What is the School’s philosophy?

Le Lycée’s mission is to equip a child for the modern world with the ability to learn, to think, and to make decisions based on a sound foundation of logic, knowledge, and character. Students will leave the school fluent in at least two languages.

What makes Le Lycée’s curriculum different from other private schools?

We feature an International School Program and a French School Program, each offering exceptional breadth and depth but with a difference in focus and emphasis. Our International School Program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and exceeds the criteria set forth by the University of California. The French School Program is accredited from preschool to 12th grade by the French Ministry of Education which administers the European curriculum to its network of international schools throughout the world.

How many campuses does the Lycée have?

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles is a private, bilingual, and international school founded in 1964 by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kabbaz. In these five decades, the school has expanded from one building to six beautiful campuses. The six campuses and their programs are carefully designed to promote experiences that “demand thinking” whether it results in learning academics, proper social behavior, global awareness, creativity, sportsmanship, or organization and leadership skills.

What kind of faculty does Le Lycée have?

Our faculty mirrors our student body population. Le Lycée teachers come from all over the world with a large number from France and the United States and have advanced teaching credentials.

What is the student/teacher ratio at Le Lycée?

Le Lycée always strives to keep classes small to maintain a high level of individual attention for each student. We have an average class size of 17 with a maximum of 20 students per teacher in all grade levels. With 125 teachers for a student population of around 1000, we can insure our teacher-student ratio remains small.

What courses will my child take?

All students are exposed to a great deal of 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 is included in the tuition as an after-school elective.

How does Le Lycée manage student behavioral issues?

A detailed code of conduct is provided in Le Lycée’s Handbook to be reviewed with your child before each school year. Le Lycée has a strict no tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol and related substances; and we pride ourselves on exemplary behavioral conduct from all of our students.

The Student Experience

What is the percentage of American students vs. French students?

Schoolwide (preschool – 12th grade), approximately 65% of the students are native English speakers, or non-French speakers. Approximately 35% of the students are native French speakers. Approximately 50% of the student body pursues the French-language Bac path and approximately 50% of the student body pursues the English-language college prep path.

What percentage of students attend Le Lycée from preschool/kindergarten?

For the last 15 years, more than 50% of each senior graduating class has attended Le Lycée since preschool or kindergarten. However, new students are warmly welcomed into the school by other students and the administration.

Financial Information

Why is tuition lower at Le Lycée than at other private schools in Southern California?

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles prides itself on keeping the tuition low compared to other private schools in the area. The school is run effectively and efficiently. As a nonprofit institution, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles reinvests every penny back into the school, allowing the school to bridge the gap between what tuition covers and what an excellent education costs today.

Does Le Lycée offer a discount on tuition for siblings?

Unfortunately, the school is not able to offer a sibling discount. The school feels that the tuition is kept so low it doesn’t allow for such compensation. All tuition fees are applicable to each student.

Does Le Lycée offer financial aid?

Le Lycée strongly believes in making a high quality education financially accessible to any student who desires it, regardless of socio-economic backgrounds. We evaluate each family in need of financial assistance individually on a case-by-case basis. Financial assistance can be discussed with our Accounts Receivable department. Financial aid is only available to those students who have completed at least one full year of studies at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, regardless of their grade level. Thus, in addition to financial need, the financial assistance
applicant must have also demonstrated good scholarship, a positive attitude, excellent behavior and compliance with

all rules and regulations of the school.

Does Le Lycée offer a tuition payment plan?

Le Lycée does not offer a tuition payment plan at this time. We do offer a discount on tuition if it is paid in full early, in advance of the due date, for returning students only. New students must pay in full by the due date. Longer-term payment plans can be discussed with our Accounts Receivable department.

Are parents required/expected to donate money to the school beyond paying tuition?

While we certainly appreciate any financial donations, parents are not required to contribute beyond tuition and paying for the standard student expenses for uniforms, books, school trips and extracurricular activities.

Does tuition cover all of the costs associated with my child’s education?

For the most part, however, as at any private school, there are standard expenses for items that tuition does not cover such as uniforms, books, school trips and extracurricular activities.

For Parents  

What opportunities are there to volunteer /parent involvement?

In 2010 a dedicated group of parents formed Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles Parent Planning Committee (LFPPC), comprised of parents who volunteer for events and committees that involve and benefit the whole school. Participation in the LFPPC is voluntary, but we would like you to consider volunteering 8 hours per YEAR as a family. This contribution could include being a chaperone for a field trip, being on-site at pupils’ day, volunteering to help with a fundraiser or community service program, participating in a career day event, welcoming a new family at key events, designing a flyer, participating in focus groups, etc. These become priceless experiences as they provide an occasion for the parents to get to know the teachers and the school staff and their children’s classmates, and often families from other grades and campuses. Our parent volunteers are key to school spirit and to a vital and active community for our children.

There are no dues. As a parent, you are automatically offered membership in the LFPPC but you will need to fill out a volunteer form in order to become an official member. Please see the Parents page on the school website for more information: http://www.lyceela.org/parents/index.aspx