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Who Are the Visionary Founders of Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) ?


“In the 1970s, a group of visionaries felt that the Los Angeles community needed a school that would prepare children for life in an increasingly international environment. In 1978, they decided to make their vision a reality and to open a school, using the proven French educational system as the foundation for their school’s curriculum.

It all began in a small house in Van Nuys with seven students. Some of the founders’ children were among these first students and they worked hard, alongside their parents, to prepare for their new school  LYCÉE INTERNATIONAL DE LOS ANGELES ( LILA) which was originally named Collège d’études françaises (CEF) School and later The French American Schools of Southern California before it was named LILA 0r Lycée International de Los Angeles and then International School of Los Angeles.”

The original founders of the International School of Los Angeles are Monique, John Mickus, Pierrette Gaspart and Jacques Gaspart.

The school rebranded and changed its name in 2016 to International School of Los Angeles.

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In 1978 Catherine Mickus and Guylaine Gaspart entering their new school Collège d’études françaises (CEF)
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1978 CEF – Collège d’études françaises
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Relaxing after a hard day of work
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Taking a break: Pierrette Gaspart (left) with John Mickus, Catherine Mickus, and Christelle Gaspart.
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Christelle Gaspart, painting windows
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Christelle Gaspart, working on the grounds of the new school
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Francis Mickus, working on the entrance of the new school
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Guylaine Gaspart, working on the windows
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Jacques and Christelle Gaspart at work
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John Mickus at work

THE EDUCATOR

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Mme. Bayet (2nd from left), mother of Monique Mickus, who was on the original LILA Board of Trustees for the school – LILA Class of 1981

1981 – A group of students with Mme. Bayet (2nd from left), mother of Monique Mickus, who was on the original Board of Trustees for the school. She used to quote a saying from Victor Hugo: “ Open schools and you will close prisons.” An educator herself, Mme. Bayet taught French, Latin, and Philosophy when the school first opened in 1978.

THE VISIONARY

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LILA co-founder Monique Mickus

LILA co-founder Monique Mickus came from a long line of educators and was one of the first teachers in 1978 when the school opened. Her great-grandfather, French historian and author Alphonse Aulard ( 1849-1928), held the chair of Professor of History of the French Revolution at the Sorbonne, succeeding Michelet. He was also a co-founder of the Ligue des droits de l’homme and was president of the Mission Laïque from 1906-1912. Her grandfather, Albert Bayet ( 1880-1961) was Professor of Sociology at the Sorbonne and at the L’Ecole pratique des hautes etudes. He too was a member of the Ligue des droits de l’homme and was president of the Ligue de l’enseignement from 1949-1959. He was president of the Federation nationale de la presse libre during WWII and president of the Federation nationale de la presse française following the war.

CELEBRATION

On December 31st1978,  co-founders Pierrette Gaspart and Monique Mickus celebrated the completion of the first term of their new school.

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December 31st, 1978, Pierrette Gaspart and Monique Mickus celebrate the first term of their new school.

CO-FOUNDERS

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Pierrette Gaspart and Monique Mickus Co-Founders of LILA

While Monique Mickus may have had a clear vision for the school, nothing put her in a bad mood more than going over the accounts. Co-founder Pierrette Gaspart found a way to put a smile on her face as they went over the dreaded task in this photo taken in 1993. Pierrette Gaspart first opened her business doors in Westwood to host the first classroom in Los Angeles for the school.

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Two of the original LILA co-founders, Jacques Gaspart and John Mickus.

MOVE TO VAN NUYS METHODIST CHURCH  in the 1980’s– First formal school buildings. As the school grew out of its original cramped quarters, it was moved briefly to shared grounds with a Methodist church in Van Nuys.

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LILA Class of 1987
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LILA sharing grounds with Methodist Church Van Nuys
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Playing outside at recess
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LILA Teaching Team
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LILA Class of 1989

1993 – LOS FELIZ CAMPUS –  The first graduation ceremony at the Los Feliz campus took place, led by co-founder Pierrette Gaspart and Elizabeth Chaponot, daughter of co-founders Monique and John Mickus.

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Pierrette Gaspart and Elizabeth Chaponot, daughter of co-founders Monique and John Mickus. Los Feliz Graduation 1993

1993 – An outing of students with (from left) co-founder Jacques Gaspart, teacher Sam Donlavy, Woodland Hills campus director Shahin Partiyeli, Los Feliz elementary campus director Giselle Mancheva, and co-founder Pierrette Gaspart.

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School Field Trip Outing in 1993
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The graduating class of 1995
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LILA students at an event celebrating the centennial of Charles de Gaulle / centenaire de Charles de Gaulle, 1990

35th LILA ANNIVERSARY

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Co-Founder Jacques Gaspart at LILA 35 – 35th Anniversary

Thank you Ai-lin Grison, LILA Public Relations for this wall display of the “Origins of LILA in 1978 ” during the 35th LILA Anniversary at the Burbank Campus.

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Lycée International de Los Angeles –

“History dies without the present.

 

There is no future without the path made to it by the past.” 

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Lycée International de Los Angeles aka International School of Los Angeles – Present

 

 

“Without History, there is no future” Aidan Chambers

Pictures courtesy of personal archives – more to be added as they become available.

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LILA Then and Now  https://frenchalacarteblog.com/2013/08/28/lila-then-and-now-new-campus-opens-today-in-burbank-just-in-time-for-back-to-school/

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in Burbank Campus https://frenchalacarteblog.com/2013/10/13/its-official-burbank-welcomes-lila-lycee-international-de-los-angeles-in-the-neighborhood-ribbon-cutting-ceremony/

LILA 35 – Celebrating 35 years https://frenchalacarteblog.com/2014/09/06/lilas-35th-anniversary-celebration/

Monique Mickus http://articles.latimes.com/2001/oct/07/local/me-54443

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycée_International_de_Los_Angeles

LILA’S 35th Anniversary Celebration


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Lycée International de Los Angeles invites you to join and celebrate LILA’s 35-year history!  LILA is hosting a fun and festive food and wine tasting with surprise entertainment, a live auction and paddle session, and dancing.

More than 300 families and friends of LILA are anticipated to attend. The LILA community represents over 50 nationalities, including several Francophone countries as well as countries representing every continent except Antarctica.

This unique international event will support scholarships for international and local field trips for LILA students as well as the Burbank Campus athletic field.

Congratulations LILA for 35 years of excellence in bilingual education in Southern California!

WHEN: 

October 25, 2014, from 5-8 pm

WHERE:

LILA’s Burbank Campus

1105 W. Riverside Dr.Burbank CA 91506

TICKETS/ INFO/SPONSORS:

www.lilaschool.com/lila35

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Burbank Welcomes LILA


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It’s Official! On October 10, 2013, LILA  Burbank Campus and its school community were officially and warmly welcomed in the city of Burbank by the Mayor of Burbank Emily Gabel-Luddy with a ribbon-cutting ceremony which gathered LILA Families & friends of LILA on its new campus grounds.

The event honorees and ribbon cutters included Consul General of France Axel Cruau, LILA Board members, LILA Co-founders Jacques & Pierrette Gaspart, Dominique Jamgotchian, Monique Lough, Shahin Partiyeli, Sophie Riaux-Desblanc, Laura Roubicek, John Fleck current CEO, and Campus Principal Anneli Harvey applauding the efforts, hard work, and dedication of all who generously contributed in time, efforts, and finances to make this project and dream a reality as we remembered LILA’s humble beginnings and history in a  small Van Nuys house and the original founder Monique Mickus’ vision.

Read more here about the origin of LILA!

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LILA Then… and Now!


Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) was established in 1978 by visionaries of varied cultural backgrounds who felt that the Los Angeles community needed a school that would prepare children for life in an increasingly international environment. Because the majority of the founders had French backgrounds, they chose the proven French educational system as the foundation for LILA’s curriculum.  Since its inception, LILA has continually evolved.  From its very first campus – a small house in Van Nuys with seven students – to four formal campuses with over 900 students.   LILA has earned an esteemed reputation with the placement of graduates in top universities all over the world.

LILA’s new 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!

Burbank is known as the “Media Capital of the World” 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

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