Le Lycee Francais De Los Angeles

3261 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles was founded in 1964 by two French career educators, Raymond and Esther Kabbaz. The school offers a classic education in an international environment to students from preschool to 12th grade at five campuses in West Los Angeles, including the brand new Raymond & Esther Kabbaz High School campus, which opened in 2009.

Accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and fully recognized by the French Ministry of Education, students at Le Lycée can choose either an English-language college prep program or another entirely taught in French. The school has some 800 pupils from more than 55 countries, 60 percent of who are U.S. citizens.

Some students become “citizens of the world” when their family lives in another country for a few years, whether because of a parent’s job or military assignment, and they attend an international school there, making lifelong friendships with teenagers from around the world. These teenagers become bilingual, often trilingual, and are well versed in the geography, culture and history of many countries other than their own.

In Los Angeles, that multicultural school has long been Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, drawing the sons and daughters of French citizens, international diplomats based here, well-known Americans who value a bicultural education, and foreign-born executives whose careers brought them here temporarily. A Lycée grad may be very comfortable living in two or three other countries before their 10-year high school reunion, and picking up yet another language along the way is just a natural consequence of this type of education.

The school offers two tracks: the English Language Section (which aligns itself with California Standards, and offers a stringent college preparation program) and the French Language Section (which is taught primarily in French and follows the official program offered by France’s Ministry of Education with the goal of students passing that country’s Baccalaureate exam). While no knowledge of French is necessary to apply and enroll, all students at the school are required to take and master the French language.

All Lycée students, regardless of section, become proficient in the French language, and many graduate from the school trilingual, at a tuition rate that is one-third less than the majority of Southern California’s private schools. Furthermore, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles is one of the only schools in the United States that is currently ready to prepare students for the brand new 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 first exam session for the French-American Baccalaureate will take place in 2011.

Over the last 45 years 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. Regardless of career path chosen, the benefits of a Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles education are shared by many, including actresses Jodie Foster, Claire Daines and Leelee Sobieski, and J Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons, whose designs are Obama family favorites.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory, Bilingual (French )
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address3261 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Other Locations10361 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90064
16720 Marquez Ave, Pacific Palisades 90272
3055 Overland Ave, Los Angeles 90034
10309 W National Blvd, Los Angeles 90034
Year Established1964
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$15,100-23,100; estimated extras $2000-4000
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded21
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$142,907

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
Supplemental InstructionESL, Remedial Math, Remedial Reading, Tutoring
Advanced Placement CoursesBiology, Calculus, English Literature, European History, French, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Studio Art, US Government & Politics, US History
Summer SessionRecreational. Sports. Tuition Day $375/weeks. 6 weeks
Accredited ByWASC
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsArchery, Basketball, Fencing, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School25
Most Common Graduate DestinationsColumbia 2, Boston U 2, Princeton 1, Cornell 1, Stanford 1, UCLA 1
Average Math SAT624
Average Critical Reading SAT597
Average Writing SAT632
Average ACT25


Applications DueRolling
Application Fee$75
New Students222
Percentage of Applicants Accepted66
Tests Used for AdmissionISEE, TOEFL


AdministratorClara-Lisa Kabbaz
Administrator's TitlePresident
In Office Since2000
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Univ of Southern California, JD, Univ of West Los Angeles
Co-AdministratorJosette Cole
Co-Administrator's TitleDirector
Director(s) of AdmissionsEdwin Gerard, Admissions Director

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment840
Day Students840
Student Body EthnicityWhite 67%, Latino 5%, African-American 6%, Native American 1%, Asian 7%, Other 14%
Percentage of International Students46
Average Class Size15
Dress CodeUniform
Teaching Faculty111
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)48
Male Teaching Faculty38
Female Teaching Faculty73
Faculty EthnicityWhite 88%, Latino 1%, African-American 3%, Asian 8%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage16
Buildings on Campus12
Facilities Value$50,000,000
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