The International School of Los Angeles Brings Global Perspective To American Education

The International School of Los Angeles

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While the rest of the world embraces international thinking in its education, a lot of America refuses to recognize the increasingly global world in which we live. However, the International School of Los Angeles does not – it trains students (and parents) to communicate and connect with people from all over the world in a modern way.

We spoke with Emmy Ansinelli, the Marketing and Communications Director for the International School of Los Angeles, to learn more.

For someone unfamiliar with the International School of Los Angeles, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

The International School of Los Angeles offers an international bilingual French immersion program on five campuses throughout the greater Los Angeles area (Los Angeles and Orange counties) from preschool through 12th grade. Three of the five campuses offer an elementary program from preschool/Pre-K through 5th grade, the Orange County campus offers an elementary and middle school program from preschool through 8th grade, and the Burbank campus offers a full secondary program from 6th through 12th grade. The secondary program culminates in the awarding of one of two world-class credentials, the International Baccalaureate diploma or the French baccalauréat. The School is committed to academic excellence in a nurturing and intimate environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity and curiosity. The goal is to develop confident, caring, and open-minded critical thinkers who will thrive in a diverse competitive world. Upon graduation, students are well-equipped with the skills to ensure their future global success, and a wide range of post-secondary options opens for them. A vast majority of the School’s graduates select a university in the US, Canada, or the UK.

What is the background of the International School of Los Angeles? When did it start, and how has it evolved since then?

The International School of Los Angeles 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 the majority of the founders had French backgrounds they chose the proven French educational system as the foundation for the curriculum.

Since its inception the School has continually evolved and grown out of the very first campus – a small house in Van Nuys with seven students – to five formal campuses with close to 1,100 students today. The International School of Los Angeles is now recognized as one of the most academically challenging private high schools in the United States and has earned a reputation with our graduates earning top marks in their culminating exams for the French baccalauréat, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and on AP exams. Students matriculate at top universities all over the world.

What are the most popular and/or newest services or programs from the International School of Los Angeles?

Since January, 2015, the International School of Los Angeles has offered a bilingual French and English program for toddlers between the ages of 12 and 30 months old. The Mommy & Moi program teaches French to parents and children in a warm, loving, and supportive environment. Music and playtime activities help children in their language acquisition while parents, some of them learning alongside their children, are able to participate in discussions on their children’s development. Sessions are offered on our West Valley, Pasadena and Orange County campuses.

The International School of Los Angeles also offers Ecole du Soleil, a popular five-week summer camp for preschool through 5th graders. Students without previous French experience are introduced to the French language and culture, such as greetings, colors, fruits, and days of the week, through daily activities. Mornings focus on the acquisition of the French language. Afternoons are dedicated to various activities, including games, sports, singing and reading. The campers also go on weekly field trips to such places as the California Science Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Underwood Family Farms, L.A. Zoo, and the Discovery Cube.

The School recently introduced a STEM program for 3rd and 4th grade students. Students follow the French curriculum of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in English. The STEM program will be implemented in the 5th grade beginning in 2017-2018.

The Orange County campus of the International School of Los Angeles recently opened its middle school program. The campus now welcomes students from preschool through 8th grade and is located in the city of Orange. The first middle school cohort will graduate in June 2017.

Finally, the International School of Los Angeles is proud to be the first school in North America to be authorized to offer the section internationale américaine in middle school, leading to the diplôme national du brevet mention internationale in 9th grade.

This diploma officially recognizes students’ bilingualism and the implicit difficulty of the program. In lieu of taking English solely as a language class, students also take history/geography classes in English.

What sets the International School of Los Angeles apart from other schools?

The International School of Los Angeles provides a framework for students to adopt ways of thinking and expression that reflect an appreciation for cultural differences and multiple world views. Diverse groups learn more from each other when exchanging different points of view, introducing new pieces of information, and confronting alternative ideas. The School’s small and nurturing classes facilitate the sharing of different viewpoints.

Being immersed in a truly multicultural environment helps develop the ability to better understand one’s own culture – what makes it different, but also in which ways it is similar. Teachers, staff and students come from all over the world, each bringing their own experiences and perspectives. Students at the International School of Los Angeles study and live in a world community every day.

The International School of Los Angeles is also the only school in the greater Los Angeles area to offer both the French Baccalauréat and the International Baccalaureate Diploma program to its high school students.

What can parents expect to see from the International School of Los Angeles at the LA Baby Show?

Friendly and welcoming faces!

We will have fun giveaways and prizes that will be handed out, loads of information about bilingual education, and knowledgeable people to answer any questions that attendees may have about early education and the bilingual journey.

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