Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Basic Information

Address: 3261 Overland Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90034
County: Los Angeles
Phone Number: 310 836-3464
President: Mrs. Clara-Lisa Kabbaz
Principal: Mrs. Josette Cole
Admissions Director: Dr. Edwin Gerard

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Additional Information

School Type: French-American School
Founded: 1964
Ages/Grades: 3-18/ K-12
School Setting:

Six campuses in West Los Angeles: The Pacific Palisades campus includes preschool through 2nd grade. Campus 55 covers preschool through K1; Century City campus covers K2 through 1st grade; Overland Campus includes 2nd through 5th grades; Overland Middle School includes 6th through 8th grades; High School campus includes 9th through 12th grades.

School Schedule: 8:30 am -3:15 pm
School Days in Calendar: 165
School Size: 870 Students
Classroom Size: 14-20 students per class
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:14


Financial Aid:

French " Bourse" for French citizens. Lycée financial aid program for second year students and up.


French Track leads to French Baccalaureate or French-American Baccalaureate degree.
International Track is College Prep with fourteen Advanced Placement course offerings.

Diplomas: Classic French Baccalaureate, French-american Baccalaureate, California High School Diploma
% of Graduating Class: 100%
Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Computer classes starting in 2nd grade through 12th. Coding introduced in 5th grade.

School Championships:

Soccer Team; Boys and Girls' Basketball; Boys' and Girls' Volleyball

School Clubs:

Drama Club, Chinese Culture Club, Spanish Culture Club, The Roar student newspaper, Origami, Band, French and American Book clubs, Club 42, Chess Club, Global Outreach, Model United Nations, Student Council,

School Holidays: Labor Day, Rosh Hashana, Fall break, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Week, Easter Holiday, Spring Break, Memorial Day
Parking Space/Availability:

High School

Uniform Guidelines:

Lycée Français de LA Uniform can be viewed on line at www.dennisuniform.com

Admissions Requirements:

Past 2 yrs plus current year' s transcripts. ISEE results required for grades 5 and above for students who have under a 3.7 average. For French Section applicants, school reports from former accredited French educational institution.

Admissions Deadlines: Rolling admissions
Mission Statement:

SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles seeks to provide its students with maximum opportunities to develop and enrich their personal potential by means of attention to the “ whole person.” Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles is unique in that its students come from all over the world and represent all ethnic,k religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Through the dynamic relationship of our world-class French/European program and the equally regarded North American approach to learning, our students develop their intellect to the highest possible level. The fruits of this union are such qualities as a capacity for incisive and analytical thought, immersion in the riches of the humanities, and a strong global perspective in all our students. Another result of this synergistic coupling is our students’ heightened sensitivity, respect, and appreciation for other points of view. Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles fosters an environment that is conducive to respect for cultural differences and encourages multicultural dialogue and exchange. Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles also holds dear the fundamental principle of the equality of all peoples without consideration to race, ethnicity, or religion. Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles students live and breathe diversity. They resolve conflicts daily, and they experience the entire world each day on the playground. The founders’ vision of creating a world community in microcosm, embedded in a classical educational program, has offered, and will continue to offer, students the unique opportunity to experience, in vivo, the value of lifelong learning and the rich diversity of all people.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

While Le Lycée is proud of its mission to be a bi-lingual school, offering an international education, the school's philosophy is more about developing students who can excel in a modern world. Students will leave the school fluent in at least two languages. However, if the language emphasis was not there at all, Le Lycée would still be a preferred place for students to gain the tools they need for college and the world beyond college. The school's students often return and report that classes at any university are a "piece of cake" because they "learned how to learn at Le Lycée". The challenging discussions of college are on par with the challenging discussions in Le Lycée's high school classrooms. Le Lycée is not simply a language immersion school, but a rigorous college prep school with a deep respect for learning the languages and cultures of others.

School History:

Two career educators, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kabbaz, founded Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles as a dual language, international school in 1964. To put this in historical perspective, in 1964 Lyndon Johnson had just stepped into the shoes of the assassinated John F. Kennedy as the President of the United States, the Beatles performed for the first time in America on the Ed Sullivan show, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Prize, and Goldfinger with a very young Sean Connery playing James Bond was featured in movie theaters. During this time of social change, the school's founders saw a tremendous need for a classical institution of learning in California that welcomed all children from all cultures around the world. Due to a law that prohibited teaching in California in a language other than English, the opening of this French school was delayed for a year as Mr. and Mrs. Kabbaz hired consultants and attorneys to lobby for a change in the education code in Sacramento. This historical change in the law not only paved the way for the opening of Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, but also for many other multilingual, international schools, dual language programs and language immersion. In the future, much will change, but the values and standards of Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles will remain the same. It will always be the top French School in Los Angeles with an exemplary American college prep program. The school officially opened in 1965 with no outside financial help. The first campus was located on Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills. In 1967, the school moved to our present location at 3261 Overland Ave in 1967. The school quickly became well known for its quality of education, its devotion to the needs of students as individuals, and its "open arms" policy for pupils from all walks of life. The uniform with its classical and timeless style was established during the first year and has remained the same since. In those many and exciting years, the school expanded to six campuses including two preschool and kindergarten campuses, a lower elementary campus, an elementary campus, and a middle school. In September of 2009, the much-anticipated new 96,000 sq. ft. Raymond and Esther Kabbaz High School opened, providing the school with a gymnasium as well as spacious classrooms, various state-of-the-art learning areas, and a well-equipped cafeteria. In 2000, the modern performing arts theater, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, opened at the Century City Campus with professional quality facilities. Sadly, Le Lycée's community lost the Founders of the school during the last decade. However, their values and passion have been passed on in the fundamental structure of the school. Many of the people they trusted and worked with over the years are still active in the school. The most notable is Clara-Lisa Kabbaz who has been associated with the school from the beginning (as a kindergarten student) and now serves as President of the school and Chairman of the Board, continuing her parents' work of providing a unique and outstanding international educational experience.