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Our History

The International School of Orange County started as the Orange County campus of the International School of Los Angeles which was established in 1978 by pioneers 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. 


Our founders, Monique & John Mickus and Pierrette & Jacques Gaspart, had an audacious vision: to open a school that blended the rigor of the French academic system with the diverse international community in Southern California.

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.

The Orange County campus first opened in 1988 in Fountain Valley and moved to its current location in the city of Orange in 2015.

The International School of Orange County is now officially operating as its own entity since July 1st, 2021. 

Who we are

Our vision

We open the hearts and minds of our children to navigate the world with confidence and have a positive influence wherever they go.

Our mission

The International School of Orange County is a preschool through 6th grade school that offers bilingual French immersion education in a multicultural, nurturing, and intimate environment. We develop caring, confident, and intellectually curious students who are equipped to excel in any academic environment throughout the world.

Our values
  • Community. Our diverse community is tight knit and welcoming.

  • Excellence. We always strive to be and do our best.

  • Respect. We value and care for others.

Our accreditations

The International School of Orange County is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and is a partner of l'Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger (AEFE) and la Mission laïque française (MLF).

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