Our History

The International School of Orange County is the Orange County campus of the International School of Los Angeles which was established in 1978 by visionaries of varied cultural backgrounds who felt that the greater Los Angeles community needed a school which 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 our curriculum. Since its inception our school has continually evolved.


We’ve grown out of the very first campus – a small house in Van Nuys with seven students – to five formal campuses with over 1,000 students.


The International School of Los Angeles has earned an esteemed reputation with the placement of graduates in top universities all over the world

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Who we are

Our vision

Equipping our students with skills to ensure their future global success.

Our mission

The International School of Orange County is an international, preschool through 8th grade school committed to academic excellence in a nurturing and intimate environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity, and curiosity. 


Our goal is to develop confident, caring, and open-minded critical thinkers who will thrive in a diverse competitive world.

Our values
  • Academic Excellence first and foremost, through a world-class curriculum.‬‬

  • Cultural Diversity that promotes intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness.‬‬

  • Mutual Respect that leads to collaboration, communication and a strong sense of community.

Our accreditations

​The International School of Orange County is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The School also belongs to l'Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger (AEFE), la Missions laïque française (MLF), and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

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Frederique Bauer,

Campus Director

Born and raised in the South East of France, Frederique Bauer lives in Orange County with her husband and three children Alicia, Thibaut and Matt. A graduate of Université Nice-Sophia Antipolis with a BA in French Modern Literature, Frederique is a qualified French Ministry of Education elementary teacher with a certification in training teachers. In 2005, she joined the International School of Los Angeles (LILA) team as a teacher, then became a cycle coordinator and managed the implementation of bilingual hour school wide. For the last two years she has worked across LILA's four elementary campuses as conseillère pédagogique where she has skillfully led the school-wide French program.


Frederique starts her new role as the OC Campus Director in April 2020. She is an engaging educator and because of her passion for teaching and her commitment to the OC Community, she is a great addition to the OC Campus. Always striving for excellence, Frederique's main objective is to lead her team to empower students to reach their full potential in the school's multilingual environment.