International School of Los Angeles
International School of Los Angeles

The International School of Los Angeles is a non-profit, independent, international preschool through 12th grade school committed to bilingual education and academic excellence in a nurturing environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity, and curiosity. The School's mission is to develop bilingual critical thinkers who are open-minded, confident and caring, and equipped to thrive in a diverse, competitive world.

With multiple Los Angeles-area campuses, and over 1,000 students, the School holds accreditation from the French Ministry of Education, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the International Baccalaureate® (IB), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the National Honor Society (NHS).

Recognized as one of the most academically challenging private high schools in the United States, the International School of Los Angeles has been leading the way in bilingual education for more than 40 years. Since 1978, the School has been instilling the love of learning in all its students through small classes and low student-to-teacher ratios. With over 65 nationalities and 40 spoken languages represented at the School, students study and live in a global community every day.

The School's curriculum is a bilingual journey with a carefully composed trajectory in English and French. At the end of this journey, students are bilingual and bicultural, exploring concepts and transferring skills with ease in both languages. By the time they graduate, most students also master a third language or more.

All students study a common bilingual program from preschool through 8th grade, after which they choose one of two rigorous programs that culminates in the International Baccalaureate® Diploma or the French baccalauréat. In the 2019-20 school year, the School extended its international track to the start of 9th grade, thereby realigning its entry points to reflect the US educational model, further internationalizing its curriculum, and providing students an additional year of preparation for the IB Diploma Programme. After 10th grade, students formally apply to, and enroll in, the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the French baccalauréat program including the OIB (option internationale du baccalauréat). All choices provide academically demanding and well-balanced courses of study that meet the needs of highly motivated students and empower them to be successful citizens of the world. Shared elements include multiple-language study, a minimum of one advanced laboratory science class, challenging philosophy courses, and the completion of university-level research work and writing. Students who join the School's international track in 9th-12th grade are not required to demonstrate proficiency in French but should display an interest in learning another language.

The School has offered the IB Diploma Programme to 11th and 12th grade students for more than 20 years, with its 2020 International Baccalaureate® cohort having achieved the best IBDP results in school history. Of the School's IB Diploma candidates, 100% were awarded their Diplomas, achieving a mean of 35.7/45 to surpass the world mean by 4.36 points. To top it off, two students scored 40/45. Possessing such a robust bilingual background, many of the School's students pursue the prestigious Bilingual Diploma, demonstrating their proficiency by completing the requirements in both English and French at Literature level. In fact, nearly 80% of last year's Diploma candidates earned the prestigious Bilingual Diploma. This highly sought-after credential has become another clear mark of distinction for the School's IB students.

Celebrating more than two decades of offering the IB Diploma, the International School of Los Angeles received an unprecedented eight commendations on its most recent IB Five-Year Review. With a rich past and students who deeply embody the IB Learner Profile's attributes, the School is committed to remaining at the forefront of IB education and is enthusiastic about the opportunities the IB Diploma will afford its students now and for years to come.

International School of Los Angeles
Burbank, CA