Academics


Elementary School – École Élémentaire

Welcome to Elementary School

The elementary program is determined to deliver excellent instruction, where safety, respect, accountability, support and excellence are highly evident. While academic success is important, we recognize that human values are also required to be successful. We are creating a unique culture of respect, empathy, integrity, responsibility and resilience.

The learning model includes age-appropriate core subjects with instruction given in both French and English. Instruction is delivered in French (55% per week) and in English (45% per week). Our teachers provide instruction that allows students to progress in their development of their understanding of languages and build their foundational knowledge of math, science, social studies, geography, history, and reading.

Students have the opportunity to take a third language when entering 4th grade. They can pursue the third language in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, or German.

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Grande Section (GS – KG)


Welcome to Kindergarten

After the immersion program in preschool, the Grande Section (GS – KG) naturally evolves into a rich and challenging bilingual program, preparing students for success in first grade, where they will learn how reading and writing in French. KG is designed to foster children’s natural curiosity and to support their academic, creative and social growth.

Curriculum

The program and instruction of KG is based on a combination of the French National Education program and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The specific focal points of this program are individualized for each student.  Kindergarten features a full-day curriculum developed in French and English.

Oral Language

During GS/Kindergarten, building a strong oral understanding and expression in both English and French language is the main goal. Used in interaction, production and reception, oral language allows students to communicate, understand, learn, and reflect. By practicing oral language, children discover the characteristics of French and English.

Written Language

Presented to students gradually until they begin to use it, written language familiarizes students with a form of communication that they will eventually utilize to reflect, anticipate, and make observations and assertions. Building this familiarity prepares children for learning to write and read at a higher level in Cycle 2.

Motor Skills

Movement is an essential element of your child’s development. During Physical Education sessions, he/she will develop skills, such as running, jumping, climbing, throwing and balancing. This will help him/her to become aware of time and space, judge distances and react to a signal in team games. He/she will also learn to express him/herself using his/her body, alone or with other children, through mime or choreography.

Discover the World

Classifications (classify using a given criterion), numeration (estimating quantities, instantaneous recognition of numbers, learning number rhymes, small additions and subtractions, ordering), geometry (open and closed figures, inside and outside, recognizing geometrical shapes) and organization of space (above /below, right /left, near/far, here/there)..

Learn to Live Together

Extending attention span during listening times, working cooperatively in groups, solving conflicts with words. KG students learn to share common spaces and activities such as organized play, board games, or project work. The sharing of responsibilities, listening to, and the respect of others are emphasized at all times

Schedule
7:30 – 7:50
Students gather in the Olympic for socializing, sports, or play before class.
7:50 – 8:50
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
8:50 – 9:50
French – Students gather for lessons in math
9:50 – 10:10
Snack and recess
10:10 – 11:10
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in science, music, and physical activities
11:10 – 12:10
English – Students participate in math
French – Students participate in lessons for technology
12:10 – 13:15
Lunch and recess
13:15 – 14:15
English – Students gather for lessons in language activities
14:15 – 15:15
English – Students participate in lessons for STEM and math, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
15:15 – 15:30
Snack and Recess.
15:30 – 16:30
Study Hall and language support, parent arriving for 4:30 pickup
16:30 – 17:30
Extra-curricular activities, parent arriving for 5:30 pickup
17:30 – 18:00
Afterschool care, parent arriving for 6:00 pickup, school closes

 

* This is not a fixed Schedule; Specific course offerings may vary from trimester to trimester.

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Cours Préparatoire – (CP – 1st grade)


Welcome to 1st Grade

In the 1st grade, teachers will encourage, nurture, and respect your child as if he/she were their own. The goal is to help students become active in their education so they enjoy learning new ideas and concepts that they can take with them throughout their educational career. Our mission is to touch the hearts of each of child while instilling a love for lifelong learning. LIH will give your children the skills and knowledge necessary for their successful futures, as well as instill an eagerness and enthusiasm to know more and question why.

Curriculum
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science /Question/Investigate the World
  • Social Studies/Question the World
  • Art/Music
  • Physical Education
  • Technology/Question the World

Schedule
7:30 – 7:50
Students gather in the Olympic for socializing, sports, or play before class.
7:50 – 8:50
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
8:50 – 9:50
French – Students gather for lessons in math
9:50 – 10:10
Snack and recess
10:10 – 11:10
English – Students gather in group discussions and for lessons in language activities
French – Students participate in physical education activities
11:10 – 12:10
English – Students participate in math
French – Students participate in physical education activities
12:10 – 13:15
Lunch and Recess
13:15 – 14:15
English – Students participate in STEM
French – Students gather for music, sciences and language activities
14:15 – 15:15
English – Students participate in lessons for STEM and language activities, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
French – Students participate in lessons for arts and science, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
15:15 – 15:30
Snack and Recess.
15:30 – 16:30
Study Hall and language support, parent arriving for 4:30 pickup
16:30 – 17:30
Extra-curricular activities, parent arriving for 5:30 pickup
17:30 – 18:00
Afterschool care, parent arriving for 6:00 pickup, school closes

 

* This is not a fixed Schedule; Specific course offerings may vary from trimester to trimester.

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Cours Élémentaire 1 – (CE1 – 2nd grade)


Welcome to 2nd Grade

Curriculum
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science/Question/Investigate the World
  • Social Studies/Question the World
  • Art/Music
  • Physical Education
  • Technology/Question the World

Schedule
7:30 – 7:50
Students gather in the Olympic for socializing, sports, or play before class.
7:50 – 8:50
English – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
8:50 – 9:50
English – Students gather for lessons in math
9:50 – 10:10
Snack and recess
10:10 – 11:10
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
11:10 – 12:10
French – Students participate in math, music, and physical education activities
12:10 – 13:15
Lunch and Recess
13:15 – 14:15
French – Students gather for arts, science, and language activities
English – Students participate in STEM
14:15 – 15:15
French – Students participate in lessons for math, science, in language activities, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
English – Students participate in lessons for STEM, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
15:15 – 15:30
Snack and Recess.
15:30 – 16:30
Study Hall and language support, parent arriving for 4:30 pickup
16:30 – 17:30
Extra-curricular activities, parent arriving for 5:30 pickup
17:30 – 18:00
Afterschool care, parent arriving for 6:00 pickup, school closes

 

* This is not a fixed Schedule; Specific course offerings may vary from trimester to trimester.

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Cours Élémentaire 2 – (CE2 – 3rd grade)


Welcome to 3rd Grade

Curriculum
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science/Question/Investigate the World
  • Social Studies/Question the World
  • Art/Music
  • Physical Education
  • Technology/Question the World

Schedule
7:30 – 7:50
Students gather in the Olympic for socializing, sports, or play before class.
7:50 – 8:50
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
8:50 – 9:50
French – Students gather for lessons in math
9:50 – 10:10
Snack and recess
10:10 – 11:10
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities, sciences, and arts
English – Students gather for lessons in math
11:10 – 12:10
English – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
12:10 – 13:15
Lunch and Recess
13:15 – 14:15
English – Students gather for lessons in math
French – Students participate in physical education activities
14:15 – 15:15
English – Students participate in lessons for STEM, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
French – Students participate in lessons music and physical education activities, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
15:15 – 15:30
Snack and Recess.
15:30 – 16:30
Study Hall and language support, Parent arriving for 4:30 pickup
16:30 – 17:30
Extra-curricular activities, Parent arriving for 5:30 pickup
17:30 – 18:00
Afterschool care, parent arriving for 6:00 pickup, school closes

 

* This is not a fixed Schedule; Specific course offerings may vary from trimester to trimester.

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Cours Moyen 1 – (CM1 – 4th grade)


Welcome to 4th Grade

Curriculum
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science/Question/Investigate the World
  • Social Studies / History – Geography – Moral and civic education
  • Art/Music
  • Physical Education
  • Technology/Question the World

Schedule
7:30 – 7:50
Students gather in the Olympic for socializing, sports, or play before class.
7:50 – 8:50
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
English – Students gather for lessons in math
8:50 – 9:50
English – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities and STEM
9:50 – 10:10
Snack and recess
10:10 – 11:10
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities, math, and geography
English – Students gather for lessons in math
11:10 – 12:10
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities, history, and math
12:10 – 13:15
Lunch
13:15 – 14:15
English – Students gather for lessons in math, history, and STEM
French – Students participate in physical education activities
14:15 – 15:15
French – Students participate in lessons music and arts, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
English – Students participate in lessons for STEM, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
Spanish – Students participates in group discussions and lessons in language activities, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
15:15 – 15:30
Snack and Recess.
15:30 – 16:30
Study Hall and language support, parent arriving for 4:30 pickup
16:30 – 17:30
Extra-curricular activities, parent arriving for 5:30 pickup
17:30 – 18:00
Afterschool care, parent arriving for 6:00 pickup, school closes

 

* This is not a fixed Schedule; Specific course offerings may vary from semester to semester.

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Cours Moyen 2 – (CM2 – 5th grade)


Welcome to 5th Grade

Curriculum
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science/Question/Investigate the World
  • Social Studies / History – Geography – Moral and Civic Education
  • Art/Music
  • Physical Education
  • Technology/Question the World

Schedule
7:30 – 7:50
Students gather in the Olympic for socializing, sports, or play before class.
7:50 – 8:50
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
8:50 – 9:50
French – Students gather for lessons in math and history
9:50 – 10:10
Snack and recess
10:10 – 11:10
English – Students gather for lessons in math
French – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
11:10 – 12:10
English – Students participate in group discussions and lessons in language activities
12:10 – 13:15
Lunch and Recess
13:15 – 14:15
French – Students participate in physical education activities and music
Spanish – Students participates in group discussions and lessons in language activities
English – Students gather for lessons in geography
14:15 – 15:15
English – Students participate in lessons for STEM and math, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
French – Students participate in art, Parents arriving for 3:15 pickup.
15:15 – 15:30
Snack and Recess.
15:30 – 16:30
Study Hall and language support, parent arriving for 4:30 pickup
16:30 – 17:30
Extra-curricular activities, parent arriving for 5:30 pickup
17:30 – 18:00
Afterschool care, parent arriving for 6:00 pickup, school closes

 

* This is not a fixed Schedule; Specific course offerings may vary from trimester to trimester.

Instruction

Our curriculum follows the requirements of the French Ministry of Education, a demanding academic structure with verifiable success and the Texas essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) which are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do. The LIH program is student-focused and learner-centered. Our teachers adapt teaching strategies in accordance with the most recent discoveries in neurology and cognitive science. Additionally, we tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of each child. This positive, personalized learning environment allows each child to achieve their greatest potential.

Our carefully thought-out curriculum includes instruction in French, English, and beginning in the 4th grade, Spanish. In addition to the alphabetical languages, we teach digital language (coding) to students. Our teachers create lessons that combine language acquisition with mathematical principles. This creative approach requires students to reason, cooperate, and create to complete projects and activities. Students’ programming skills continuously expand and with that, their work evolves tremendously over time.

Tests

We prepare our students to succeed at standardized testing.

Student : Teacher Ratio

We welcome a maximum of 15 students per class. This allows us to provide every student with personalized attention and follow-up care.

Teachers

Every instructor at LIH has real-world experience working within bilingual or multilingual programs in international institutions.

LANGUAGE ALLOCATION

Cycle II

1st grade
2nd grade
3rd grade

13.5 hours taught in French
Language, literature and culture (spoken and written)
mathematics, social studies, arts
11.5 hours taught in English
Language, literature and culture (spoken and written)
mathematics, science, technology, coding, sports
Cycle III

4th grade
5th grade
6th grade

12 hours taught in French
Language (spoken and written)
mathematics, history, geography, art
11 hours taught in English
Language, literature and culture (spoken and written)
mathematics, science, technology, coding, sports
2 hours taught in Spanish
Language, literature and culture (spoken and written)