International School of Los Angeles to Increase World Languages Offering

February 1, 2023 – Burbank, CA – The International School of Los Angeles is excited to announce that Italian and Japanese will be introduced to the curriculum in the international high school track starting in the 2023-2024 academic year.

In our current strategic plan, we have a stated aim of increasing our languages offerings to complement the English, French, and Spanish currently taught by the school.

From 2023, students entering our 9th grade international track will study two languages from a choice of three: French, Italian, and Spanish. Each language will be studied for four hours per week, for grades 9 and 10, preparing students for Language Acquisition (Language B) courses in the same languages in the International Baccalaureate’s Diploma Programme.

Moreover, in Grades 11 and 12, Italian and Japanese will be offered as beginners’ courses to those students who have no prior experience in these languages.

The International Baccalaureate’s Language Acquisition requirement provides for Ab-initio study too.

“The expansion of our world languages program is an exciting development for both the school and our IB Diploma offering,” said Head of School, Michael Maniska. “The introduction of an Asian language, as well as another European language, will help us realize our vision to be the premier international school in Los Angeles.”

About the International School of Los Angeles:

The International School of Los Angeles (Lycée International de Los Angeles – LILA) is a non-profit, independent, international school committed to bilingual education and academic excellence in a nurturing environment. The School offers both a French immersion track from preschool through 12th grade, which prepares students for the French Baccalauréat; and a separate international high school track that prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme®. With four Los Angeles-area campuses (Burbank, Los Feliz, Pasadena, and West Valley), and over one thousand and fifty students, LILA holds accreditation from the French Ministry of Education, the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

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