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Early Linguists : Private Foreign-Language Schools Give Bilingual Education a New Twist

April 28, 1988|MICHELE LINGRE

At its main campus (3261 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, (213) 836-3464) Le Lycee Francais features two different sections: an American section in which English is the academic language and French is taught as a foreign language, and a section in which French is the academic language and English is taught as a foreign language. Students at the Valley campus are not segregated according to their main language; the curriculum is taught in English and French.

Viewpoint School, 23620 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, (818) 340-2901. A full-day school founded in 1961. Head of school: Robert Dworkosky. 408 students with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. Grades: pre-kindergarten through 12. Tuition: pre-kindergarten, $4,300; kindergarten through fourth grade, $4,800;, fifth through eighth grades, $5,300; ninth through 12th grade, $6,200. French and Spanish are taught five days a week in grades seven and eight and four days a week in grades nine to 12 four days a week. Students may choose to begin French classes at the pre-kindergarten level. The school requires a minimum of three years of foreign language study (grades seven through 12) for graduation.

GERMAN

German-American School Assn. (Valley campus), in Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino, contact Principal Regina Springsteed at (805) 985-2693. A private Saturday morning school (from 9 a.m. to noon) founded in 1954. 65 students, with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. Ages: 4 to 18. Tuition: $195 a year. (Main campus: 227 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel (213) 622-4268, or contact office manager, Gigi Balian at (213) 693-0223.)

GREEK

St. Nicholas School, 9501 Balboa Blvd., Northridge (818) 886-6751. A full-day school founded in 1977. Principal: Catherine Pallad. 242 students, with a student-teacher ratio of about 17 to 1. Grades: Kindergarten through eight. Tuition is $170 a month for members of the Orthodox Church community, and $190 for non-members.

The school is affiliated with the Greek Orthodox Church and religious instruction is mandatory.

HEBREW

Kadima Hebrew Academy, 5724 Oso Ave., Woodland Hills (818) 346-0849. A Jewish community, conservative full-day school founded 18 years ago. Principal: George Lebovitz. School has 275 students, with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. Grades: pre-kindergarten through six. Tuition: pre-kindergarten, $2,600; kindergarten, $3,700; first through sixth grade, $4,300.

The school offers classes in regular subjects plus three hours a day of Judaic studies.

Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, 17701 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 368-5781. A full-day school founded in 1972. Principal: Shirley Levine. 475 students, with a ratio of 25 to 1. Grades: kindergarten through nine. Tuition: grades kindergarten through five, $4,680; grades six to nine, $ 5,570. Students have two hours a day of Judaic and Hebrew studies.

Einstein Academy, 15339 Saticoy St., Van Nuys, (818) 994-1442. A Jewish community, full-day school founded in 1980. Principal: Ron Davis. Grades: seven through 12. Sixty-six students, with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. Tuition: $5,500. Financial aid available. Students have 45 minutes of Hebrew and Judaic studies a day.

JAPANESE

Japanese Language School Unified System (Valley campus), 8850 Lankershim Blvd., Sun Valley, (818) 767-9279. Private. A Saturday morning school (from 9 a.m. to noon) founded in 1949. Principal: Yoshichika Nokaido. Head instructor: Terue Seino. Ninety students with a student-teacher ratio of about 10 to 1. Grades: kindergarten through six. Students can continue their studies at the main campus, 1218 Menlo Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 383-4706. Tuition is $48 per month, plus $25 for books.

The school teaches conversational Japanese, as well as reading and the different writing systems: Katakana (block letters) Hiragana (script) and Kanji (Chinese alphabet).

San Fernando Valley Japanese Language Institute, 12953 Bransford St., Arleta (818) 896-8612. A Saturday morning school (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) founded 60 years ago. Principal: Kuriyo Anaba. One hundred thirty students, with a student-teacher ratio of about 10 to 1. Grades: pre-school to eight. Tuition is $32 a month plus a $20 registration fee. The school teaches conversational Japanese, as well reading and writing.

KOREAN

Korean Institute of Southern California (Valley campus), 5436 Vesper Ave. Van Nuys, (213) 937-2083. A Saturday morning school (from 9 a.m. to noon). Superintendent: Ki Sung Kim. Principal at Valley campus: Hui Im Chong. Grades: kindergarten through six. School has 283 students. Tuition: $110 a semester. The institute offers two hours of Korean language instruction and one hour of art, calligraphy and music. Main campus: 4900 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, (213) 937-2083.

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