Annual Report 21-22

Welcome to the 2021-22 Annual Report, where we highlight the School’s many achievements for the year. With major accomplishments like reviving our athletics program, implementing Positive Discipline, helping graduates with securing more than $3 million in university scholarships and achieving 85% participation in the LILA Annual Fund, it has been a very successful year.

Here’s to another banner year in 2022-23.

Enjoy!

Leslie Galerne ’97
Director of Advancement

Table of Contents

Academic Results

French Baccalauréat

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Pass rate for French baccalauréat students
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French baccalauréat students earned Honors

International Baccalaureate® Diploma

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Pass rate for IB® Diploma students
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IB® Diploma students obtained the bilingual diploma

56% of students received 40 acceptances from Top 100 Global universities (US News & World Report). 85% are attending university, 12% are enrolled in community colleges, and 3% are attending a music certification program. Of students enrolled in a university, college, or other institution, 18 are in the USA, 11 are in Canada, 2 are in France and 2 are in the Netherlands. Our graduates secured more than $3 million in university scholarships. 

Community at a Glance

For the 2021-22 school year (as of 08/25/22).

Community Highlights

Implementation of the Positive Discipline Framework

In order to address the increasing social-emotional learning needs of our students, the International School of Los Angeles adopted the Positive Discipline framework this school year. Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities. It teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Our long-term goal is to equip students with skills to solve problems within the context of a respectful and caring community. 

Positive Discipline was introduced to all faculty and staff members during the 2021-22 school year. This is the first year in a three-year school wide implementation process. First, a core group of administrators participated in a three-day training. Then, all employees received an introductory training, followed by a half-day session alternating in French and English for faculty. 

Our elementary pedagogical advisors worked with teachers by cycle on campus in order to implement these practices in the classroom. Elementary playground supervisors have a role to play as well by facilitating communication between the classroom and the playground. Their primary focus is to create an environment which encourages students to be actively involved in conflict resolution. As a result, they’ve created a Wheel of Choice on the playground to help identify student-created choices when conflicts arise. A representative from each elementary campus works biweekly with our Los Feliz Dean of Students to coordinate these efforts. Once faculty and staff members were trained, we thought it important to partner with parents and teach them as well.  Chantal Bourges, our workshop leader, offered three lunchtime sessions to our parent community to show how Positive Discipline can be used at home.

Our secondary faculty have created professional learning communities that include Positive Discipline in Action and Social Emotional Learning – Teaching the Whole Student: creating a meaningful homeroom program in high school. Visual displays are placed throughout hallways to create an environment which builds upon positive reinforcement. Teachers model positive behavior and mutual respect, and Deans of Students use restorative justice when dealing with incidents. Community service has been implemented with emphasis placed on the social-emotional learning skills of self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision making, and self-management. Since implementing this framework, we have observed conscious use of positive language, more self-regulation by students and have had fewer serious behavior incident reports.

By using Positive Discipline to focus on solutions, we've been able to empower students to resolve their own conflicts. In a year still impacted by the pandemic, it's important to have a social-emotional learning system in place and Positive Discipline has given us the structure to support students during this challenging time.

Theresa Thomasulo | Los Feliz Dean of Students

Investing in IT Upgrades and Campus Improvements

Over the past year, LILA’s IT department has worked to improve and build upon several of our computing and technological infrastructures. In partnership with our incredible community, the School has been able to upgrade and replace the SMART Boards in every classroom on each campus.

SMART Boards are interactive whiteboards that bring the Internet to the front of the classroom and can display a screen that is connected to a computer. The projected information can then be manipulated using hands and specialized pens, enabling teachers and students to create information together. Students can even screencast their one-to-one Chromebooks to display on the SMART Board, thus leveling up student presentations. Elementary English teacher Hannah Polston, who uses the state-of-the-art SMART Boards daily, highlights their transformative impact: “They have been a great addition to our classroom. I love that I can highlight important information to help focus student attention. The students also enjoy completing activities using the collaborative tools that are only available on the new boards.”

To make this possible, campus facility and maintenance teams worked closely with the IT department to install this new suite of hardware, often over the course of weekends and school breaks. These team members were able to remove and replace the existing systems, whilst simultaneously fixing the walls and repainting areas to make the environment more friendly and inviting for all of our learners. Together, the teams completed the installation of 71 highly interactive SMART Boards – 43 in elementary and 28 in secondary – to enhance the teaching and learning experience across all grades.

These innovative whiteboards serve as a resource for students and teachers alike. The boards empower students to engage directly with learning content in real time, and promote in-class collaboration that enriches the classroom experience for all.
It’s easy to recognize how much the students enjoy using the SMART Board features, and we’re eager to see the continued benefits of this enhancement to our pedagogical technology infrastructure.

Stéphane Tixier | IT Director

IT Director Stéphane Tixier, along with IB English teacher and IT Integration Lead, Sheila Noonen, guided teacher preparation. They each provided hands-on training to all faculty members before they were meant to navigate this upgraded technology in front of their students. These workshops were practical in scope, ensuring teachers were all able to use these tools on day one.

Follow-up training sessions are in the works to help facilitate deeper use of the technologies over the course of the next school year, but the difference made by the new, more interactive devices is already clear.

Financials

DEI Initiatives

LILA recognized the diversity its bilingual curriculum encompassed and implemented diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values. Our school continues to demonstrate its commitment to DEI initiatives each year through several programs including Parents for an Inclusive LILA, Dialogues on Diversity, What is Allyship? Book Club, and training with diversity speaker Rosetta Lee.

This year, we continued with our Dialogues on Diversity series, with Mason Funk, Founder and Executive Director of OUTWORDS. OUTWORDS is a national project dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ elders across the United States. Our next series was a panel event titled “From Universalism to Black Lives Matter” which aimed to highlight the differences in the French and American understandings of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Finally, we closed out the year with a presentation on transracial LGBTQ+ adoption offered by LILA dad, and leader of the LGBTQ+ affinity group, Patrick O’Neal.

Our Alliance, Parents for an Inclusive LILA, also ran three meetings this year. This group welcomes every LILA parent interested in engaging with our efforts to build a culture that values difference and fosters inclusivity and a sense of belonging for all. The aim is both to communicate LILA’s DEI initiatives and to encourage parental input and involvement.

An important part of LILA’s DEI program is making sure students and teachers are educated on various topics including cross cultural communication, identity development, and implicit and unconscious bias. Education on these topics makes students feel more welcome and included while giving our teachers the tools needed to better connect with them. LILA brought in Rosetta Lee, a diversity speaker and trainer to address this need. Rosetta Lee worked with the teachers and the students across each elementary campus. She has served several years on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute.

LILA continues to build on each of these programs year after year to make sure that all students, parents, and other members of the community feel welcome and understood. We look forward to building on the initiatives presented here for years to come.

Athletics

In 2021-22, more than 160 student athletes participated on 21 teams, including the newly introduced rugby and fencing athletic programs. Our students did a wonderful job competing this year and even brought home two championships! Congratulations to our high school boys’ soccer team and middle school girls’ volleyball team who won the CIF Southern Section International League and Division 1 FIYA LA Region Championships for the first time in school history.

Go LILA Lions!

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund plays a critical role in providing the resources students need to achieve academic success. LILA supporters participated at record levels this year with school wide participation back up to 85%. Los Feliz and Burbank were particularly successful this year with family participation reaching 95% and 82% respectively. We raised just over $772,000 this year and plan to hit our goal of $800,000 for the 2022-23 school year. A huge thank you to all of the friends and family who participated, along with the volunteers who made it all possible. Thank you, everyone!

A big merci to all of our volunteers!