Academics


Bilingualism

Lycée International de Houston bilingual and bicultural program provides a well-balanced combination of the French structured learning methodology and the American pedagogical approach that encourages self-confidence, creativity and the respect of others.

The percentage of instruction between French and English is apportioned 55% and 45% respectively. The cross-language transfer of skills takes place gradually over the years in order to insure a proper command of both languages.

Diversity, inclusion, and equity are core values of the Lycée International de Houston. Members of the LIH community commit to embrace and respect the diversity of our students, teachers and families. Our community is made up of people of many ancestries, races, colors, religions, gender identities, family structures, disabilities, sexual orientations, learning difficulties and socio-economic backgrounds. Actively embracing these differences makes our school vibrant and inclusive.

We pride ourselves on our low student-to-teacher ratio, which allows teachers to tailor the curriculum to each students’ individual learning abilities. Within our programs, we cater to a wider age range giving families more options. Empower your children to join the 270 million people in the world who now currently speak French.

Learning a second language is immensely important in a world that speaks hundreds. Whether you are an entrepreneur maneuvering through society or a masterful scholar ingrained in academia, language is not only a tool, it is a gateway. Language gives access to rich cultures and unique manners of living that can enchant and fascinate. They can also enlighten, by teaching about foreign traditions or speaking with other native speakers who study or practice in that language. Finally, it is a method of expressing yourself in ways that other parts of the world can understand. At Lycee International De Houston, we aim to instill bilingual fluency in all of our students.

However, the benefits of bilingualism are not just social or academic. There are numerous reports that show neurological benefits emerging as a result of speaking two or more languages. In fact, a neuroscientist named Ellen Bialystok made great strides when she published her research on the subject. The study demonstrates both an increase in cognition and mental sharpness, as well as a correlation between bilingual speakers and the prevention or prolonging of the of Alzheimer’s Disease and its onset. This is an incredibly profound discovery that brings language to the forefront of well-being and self-improvement. We believe that the skills we teach our students can lead them to live fuller, healthier, and happier lives.