About Us

A Word From

Margaret Combs
Head of School


Welcome returning and new students to Lycée International de Houston! We are excited to begin our 2019-2020 academic year, as many great things are in store for us at LIH as we begin the journey of introducing the International Baccalaureate requirements into our bilingual curriculum. Dual Language Immersion education is grounded in the principles of additive bilingualism and cultural pluralism. This orientation views language and culture as a resource, and thus, being bilingual and bicultural as being resource-rich. The goals of dual language immersion education are:

(1) high levels of academic achievement in two languages,
(2) bilingualism and biliteracy,
(3) encompasses culturally responsive learning environments that value inclusivity, equity and the differences of all students and the surrounding communities,
(4) develops students to be adaptive, open-minded, culturally competent and globally aware.

We are committed to ensuring that all children reach their potential and that we are providing students, parents, and community advocates with a warm, welcoming environment where students can experience success in a school culture that inspires dreams, builds compassion, and opens minds!

Catherine Prié Leray


I am truly delighted to become part of the Lycée International de Houston!

I was born and educated in France. Graduated from the French National Education and holding a master’s degree in management, I served as a primary school teacher and then as Head of School.

My directorship experience spans across all levels of the French education. I was the head of both a middle and high school for 9 years.

At the LIH, in a context of true bilingualism and multiculturalism, we will welcome students from all backgrounds and all nationalities in a safe and caring environment. We will guide them to become confident, caring and open-minded critical thinkers.

This extraordinary diversity is an asset of which we are extremely proud. Our students understand from the beginning that differences and otherness are the wealth of the world, great sources of discovery and personal enrichment.

They will be encouraged to question, create and explore the world they live in to become true actors of their own education. They will be able to develop to their full potential.

At the crossroads of French and American cultures, we have strengthened the French schools academic and pedagogical approach by integrating the American methodology in terms of personal development, autonomy, self-confidence and creativity.

Together with parents and students as partners and members of our community, we will help your children bring out the best of themselves.