2019-20 Annual Report
Board of Trustees 2019-20
|Iain A. Whyte
|Chantal Morgan D’Apuzzo
(as of June 2020)
|Jean-Luc De Fanti
|Susan Jensen Debonne|
|John D. Mickus
|Adam M. Weisman, Ph.D.
(as of June 2020)
(as of September 2019)
- 100% Obtained the baccalauréat with honors
International Baccalaureate Diploma
- 77% Bilingual Diploma
- 23% Diploma
Pivoting to e-Learning
Transitioning from on-campus learning to the implementation of our School Continuity e-Learning Plan, in both synchronous and asynchronous modes, in mid-March was certainly no easy task. Unsurprisingly, though, our families, our students, our faculty, and our staff all came together to embrace a new mode of learning in a short period of time.
Behind the scenes, our phenomenal faculty and staff members worked around the clock to roll out the School’s first-ever e-Learning program. Working creatively and diligently, our IT and academic teams introduced, and trained faculty on, new online teaching tools in a matter of just a few days. Our teachers, from elementary right through high school, swiftly reworked their lesson plans to present their classes remotely, keeping students engaged and extending their care well beyond our classroom walls. In short, they revolutionized the way we deliver learning at LILA. Yet, the core remains: the innovation has not stopped; the caring has not stopped.
The initial two-week period quickly turned into a full three months of e-Learning. Having stepped up to the exigencies of online learning, and bolstered by their tremendous dedication, our faculty and staff continued to support not only the continuity of our students’ bilingual education, but also our students themselves. What’s more, each remote class offered our preschool through 12th grade students the opportunity to embody our school core values of respect, excellence, and diversity.
Though it may be from afar, via e-Learning courses, we remained committed to our mission to develop bilingual critical thinkers who are open-minded, confident, and caring. In unprecedented times such as these, what better purpose to have than to nurture empathetic, outward-looking, involved e-citizens who will care for the world around them.
Building Community in the Age of COVID
During the safer-at-home period, our community remained extremely engaged, proving once again its strength and its distinctiveness.
At LILA, talent is available in spades – and that’s an understatement. During the COVID-19 safer at home orders, the ties that bind LILA’s community did not loosen; in fact, they tightened. Several community-building initiatives were put in place by the various LILA campuses, including morning yoga for Burbank students and afternoon storytime by Los Feliz librarian Maja. The team put together an easy-to-access community resource list. To maintain a direct link with the community, Head of School Michael Maniska also held several e-péritifs. But what really kept LILA’s community strong are first and foremost the initiatives started by many parents.
In Orange County, middle schoolers welcomed LILA parent and financial planner Dan Dodgen as a guest speaker in their investment elective. Pasadena mom Pilar Lafuente, principal scientist at a leading pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturer, joined the 5th grade class to share a timely lesson about the human immune system. In the culinary field, Michelin starred Chef Ludo (Ludovic Lefebvre), father at West Valley, shared a few secrets on Instagram. Over in the health and wellness field, Los Feliz mom Shiloh Filin, a certified yoga instructor, held free online sessions every day on her YouTube channel. For Burbank families, a series of master classes, organized by IB CAS Coordinator Athelia Edwards and featuring parent experts, allowed students, parents, and faculty members alike to learn more about various fields and careers.
LILA’s Parents’ Associations (PAs) also played an important role. Wanting to foster some sense of normalcy, the PAs made it a priority to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Students prepared digital folders filled with videos, drawings, and notes that were sent to their teachers. And, of course, parents also took the time to decompress via frequent virtual happy hours together.
Community at a Glance
for the 2019-20 school year
Financials & Financial Aid
- 89% Tuition & Fees
- 8% Other Revenue*
- 3% Fundraising
*Other Revenue: Learning materials & student activities/camps
- 74% Payroll & Benefits
- 12% Facilities / Capital Projects
- 8% Education & Auxiliary
- 6% Administrative
In 2019-20, we were able to provide $1,582,989 in traditional school-funded financial aid. This is an 18% increase in financial aid awarded from the previous year. Given the financial crisis caused by the pandemic, LILA introduced an Emergency COVID-19 Relief Fund and awarded $623,388 of additional financial aid to families, bringing the school-funded financial aid total to $2,206,377.
Inquiries: 361 (LA campuses)
Applications: 317 (all campuses)
New students: 119 on June 15 (129 today)
Tours: 117 (in-person tours stopped on March 16)
Since January 2015, parents of babies and toddlers have had the opportunity to begin opening those proverbial doors for their children. The International School of Los Angeles offers a bilingual French and English program for babies between the ages of 6 and 12 months at our Los Feliz campus and toddlers between the ages of 12 and 30 months old at our Los Feliz, Pasadena, and West Valley campuses.
The LILA Mini Club program teaches French to parents and children in a warm, loving, and supportive environment. Music and playtime activities help children in their language acquisition while parents, some of them learning alongside their children, are able to participate in discussions on their children’s development.
This year, our team pivoted to virtual Mini Club sessions in March and held our first ever summer sessions virtually, too.
Total number of participants: 45
Total number of sessions: 128 sessions (over 32 weeks)
281 total events hosted in 2019-20, an 11% decrease from 2018-19 (many in-person events had to be canceled due to COVID-19)
- PA Hosted
- School Hosted
- Student Hosted
14 teams with 138 total participants in high school and middle school sports, comprising 114 different student-athletes (some competing in more than one sport; a handful competing in as many as 3 sports).
> High school: 14 basketball; 19 soccer; 8 tennis; 12 boys volleyball; 15 girls volleyball
> Middle school: 20 boys basketball; 12 girls basketball; 10 running; 14 boys soccer; 1 swimmer; 13 girls volleyball
5 teams with 54 total participants
> 15 boys basketball; 15 girls basketball; 13 soccer; 11 running
2 teams with 35 total participants, comprising 33 different student-athletes
> 24 running, 11 soccer
2 teams with 21 total participants
> 10 running; 11 soccer
The LILA Lions student-athletes showed tremendous motivation, hard work, and dedication during the 2019-20 school year. As with any season of sports, there were a few highlights that stood out across the year:
After earning another playoff berth, our high school soccer team closed their season in the semifinals, putting up a great fight against rivals Pilibos.
We fielded a soccer team for every grade level, from elementary through high school, on our LA-area campuses.
Our Los Feliz boys’ basketball team concluded their season as Champions of the Highland Park League.
For the first time ever, our middle school volleyball team participated in the Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics (FIYA) League.
Our high school girls’ volleyball team won the Ararat Glendale Tournament in the winter.
The running program saw great development, with the addition of a West Valley outlet to complement the already-strong Pasadena and Los Feliz branches.
Some 50 runners, aged 5 – 16 years old, represented the School in the South Pasadena Tiger Run in December 2019. A special mention goes to Pierre-Ange P. ’27 who finished in 33rd place (out of 456) in jut 22:41 and to Shogo P. ’21 who completed the race in 23:01.
As a part of the School’s overall operating budget, the community understood the importance of their commitment and supported at record levels helping us surpass our fundraising goal of $700,000. Indeed, in 2019-20, our Annual Fund effort raised $706,252 (a 7% increase over the previous year).
Los Angeles-area Campuses Parent Participation: 85%
Burbank Campus: 72%
Los Feliz Campus: 100%
Pasadena Campus: 99%
West Valley Campus: 59%
Orange County Campus: 22%
A big merci to all of our volunteers
Shelle Higgins Gaucher
Eden Riegel Miller
Ashley Nicole Gross
Jeff Vespa Meyer
Susan and M’Alyssa Bush Mecenas
Carolyn De Fanti
Teresa & Ben Rusiecki
Helen Hamber Rhys
Eden Miller Riegel
Jeanne Roué -Taylor
Kelly Chang Rickert
Carolyn De Fanti
Laure de Rivieres
Dalia El Sharkawi
Kristina Del Vecchio
Dana Gum Crawford
Beth Le Manach
Vanessa Rubod Maachi
Chantal Morgan D’Apuzzo
Laetitia Oguey Engstrom
Thank you for another great year!
We have made every effort to properly recognize all of our generous donors and dedicated volunteers. If an error or omission has occurred, please accept our apologies and notify the advancement team at firstname.lastname@example.org.