One school, five campuses
Une école, cinq campus
Burbank is known as the “Media Capital of the World” and is located only a few miles northeast of Hollywood, across Griffith Park. Many media and entertainment companies are headquartered or have significant production facilities in Burbank, including The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Nickelodeon.
The International School of Los Angeles’s secondary campus is located in the Rancho Equestrian district, perhaps the most famous neighborhood in Burbank due to its equestrian zoning, numerous parks, open space, connections to riding trails in Griffith Park, and proximity to Warner Brothers and Disney Studios. The campus is on Riverside Drive, the Rancho’s main thoroughfare, lined with sycamore and oak trees. It is quite common to see people on horseback along Riverside Drive’s designated lanes!
The one-story building was built in the 1950s by General Motors Corporation for training purposes, and, until recently, was primarily used as a meeting and training venue for automotive-related events and filming. The International School of Los Angeles purchased the property in June 2012 and has worked to convert it into an appropriate secondary campus. Since the doors opened in August 2013, students have found 23 classrooms, four labs, an auditorium, an art room, an indoor sports room, two outdoor volleyball courts and basketball courts. Future phases of development will bring additional indoor facilities and outdoor structures for students.
Los Feliz (Preschool–5th)
In a city where people drive everywhere, Los Feliz Village in Los Angeles stands out. Aside from the plethora of entertainment options, Los Feliz is home to some of Los Angeles’s most tranquil neighborhoods and standout architecture. Feliz means “happy” in Spanish, and it’s an accurate name for such a pleasant and livable campus. It’s hard to be down when you’re in walking distance of Griffith Park, theaters, boutiques…
Los Feliz Campus
The Los Feliz Campus has approximately 350 Pre-K to 5th grade students. With more than 30% of all our students, it is the largest campus and has been at its current location since 1992. The campus is located on six acres in the Hollywood/Los Feliz area, on a hill above the ABC studios. The original buildings were designed by architect John Lautner and are classified as an historic-cultural monument by the city of Los Angeles (#553). These permanent structures and others are used as offices, classrooms, science labs, art rooms, a multipurpose room, computer labs, and a teachers’ lounge. The library (about 12,000 volumes and periodicals) sits in the middle of the largest building. Several modular classrooms have been added as the school continues to grow. There is a large field used for soccer and other sports, and several play areas, which are all fenced.
Los Feliz Early Learning Center
The Los Feliz Early Learning Center (ELC) is set to open for preschoolers for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. The following year (2018-19), the ELC will welcome preschool and pre-kindergarten students. The ELC will enable the Loz Feliz Campus to match the School’s other elementary campuses by offering a full preschool through 5th grade curriculum.
Orange County (Preschool–8th)
The Orange County Campus, also known as the International School of Orange County, is centrally located in the City of Orange. It moved to its current location in July 2015 and presently serves 134 students (preschool to 8th grade). It is on the grounds of Covenant Christian School, well-situated close to the 22, 55, 91, 57 and 5 freeways in a mixed-use neighborhood. The school has ten classrooms, a media lab, library, two playgrounds, an administration office and a large parking lot. There are a separate grassy field and gymnasium that are used for physical activities such as soccer, kin-ball, badminton and street hockey. To accommodate all the guests at special events (WinterFest, Graduation Ceremony, Fête de la Musique…), the International School of Orange County community has access to an auditorium and a large party room.
Serving 145 students from preschool through the fifth grade, the Pasadena Campus is conveniently located in the heart of Pasadena, across from Pasadena City College. Exuding old-world charm with its intimate size and beautiful landscaping, the campus consists of a two-story building with 11 classrooms (5 downstairs and 6 upstairs), a dual language library, a computer lab used for student research and didactic exercises, and dedicated outside dining and play areas.
Each classroom is outfitted with an interactive whiteboard and projector, and each member of our teaching team skillfully integrates technology (including student iPad usage) in daily learning to maximize student participation and critical thinking. A separate multipurpose room serves as a versatile venue for music classes, indoor extra-curricular activities and special meetings, while an auditorium invites larger group activities, such as student performances, workshops, etc.
Canopied lunch areas shelter students at snack and lunch times, and students enjoy the daily use of the basketball court and playgrounds whose specially designed play structures invite physical exercise, fun and social interaction in a safe setting for even the youngest students.
We are proud of the tight-knit community we enjoy and do our utmost to serve our parents and students alike, with extended daycare services available (7am to 6pm), a formal study hall program to help students complete their homework and obtain extra help, and a formal after school enrichment activities program designed to broaden student experience. Our campus’ annual 3-day Joshua Tree camping trip for families with students in K through 5th remains a special highlight of our educational offerings and a unique bonding and community-building experience for all.
West Valley (Preschool-5th)
The West Valley Campus, home to 145 students, and 22 faculty and staff members, is an offshoot of the International School of Los Angeles’s original San Fernando Valley home. It is an attractive campus with students from preschool to 5th grade and offers a pleasant working environment for everyone. The comfortable ratio of teachers/teaching assistants per student enables teachers to provide targeted, individualized instruction to suit the diverse needs of our learning community. The small size of the school population provides an ideal environment for children to flourish in a safe, caring, and nurturing community. It also means that every student and teacher knows one another and feels they are an integral part of the West Valley community.
The campus consists of three permanent buildings and two additional modular buildings, one of which houses a well-stocked library overseen by a full-time librarian. The other modular building is home to a media lab with 22 computers and a small, indoor gymnasium. The permanent buildings have high ceilings and ample space for the small class sizes of 17-20 students. All elementary classrooms have their own library and computer areas, and all West Valley classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and projectors, enabling teachers to utilize the very latest educational technologies to complement their pedagogical techniques. The elementary playground is very spacious and includes a shaded eating area, a field for sports games, a basketball court, a set of swings, and a jungle gym. There is also a small pool, which is used mainly during summer months. The preschoolers have their own separate building which houses two large classrooms, as well as an attractive playground with a shaded lunch area. The West Valley Campus has a small parking area off the front street entrance (for the preschool) and another large lot that can be accessed from a side road on the north side of the campus.
The West Valley Campus offers a comprehensive extracurricular activities program which changes every semester. Offerings include choir, art classes, French cooking classes, French theater, circus arts, tae kwon do, ballet, yoga, soccer, mad science, piano, chess, modern dance, and more. The campus offers after school study hall every day to help students complete their homework, as well as for remediation purposes. Morning and afternoon daycare is also available every day.