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Middle School

Individual abilities shine as students take a greater role in their educational experience. To see the world through two lenses. To make connections across two contexts. To imagine new possibilities shaped by two points of view. These are the gifts we strive to instill every day through our bilingual middle school program, as we assist our students in taking on a greater personal role in their educational experience and pride in their capabilities.

Our middle school curriculum is designed to encourage students to stretch their advancing skills and acknowledge their full capacity, asking them to acquire the recommended competencies of both the French Ministry of National Education and the rigorous American curriculum. Every foundational subject—Humanities, Math, and Science—is taught in both French and English, by native-speaking specialists, exposing students to the pedagogical expectations of each academic system. To ensure they develop a multi-cultural worldview, their study of Spanish is continued.

 

It is during the middle school years that our students begin to personally recognize and apply the benefits of their bilingual experience. Immersed over their years at the Lycée International de Houston in not just two languages, but two learning systems, they know there is always another way to look at and solve a problem, no matter the subject. Empowered with multiple approaches and tools, they develop the confidence to select those that work best for them in their day-to-day schoolwork, or that help them embrace and adapt to new cultural experiences, both in the classroom and out in the world.

Surrounded with classmates of wide-ranging nationality but connected through their two shared languages—and an increased capability in a third—our middle school students demonstrate and champion a respect for people and points of view from places other than their own. Supplemented by our formal character education program and school- and community-services clubs, they nurture in themselves, each other, and their communities the traits of a truly caring society.

In the final years of middle school, our staff works beyond the classroom with students—and their parents—as they increasingly focus on high school planning. Their continued strong performance beyond middle school is a great source of pride, and as we begin to build alumni community we will have proof that our bilingual program prepares students to both personally flourish in and positively contribute to the world around them, wherever their path takes them next.

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Curriculum

Language Arts

French System

Sixth grade is the third and final year of Cycle 3 in the French teaching system. Students develop a deeper analysis of texts. This class is articulated around the following themes:

  1. Monsters and Men, What Makes Us Human?
  2. The Adventure Story
  3. Creation Stories, Poetic Creation
  4. Resisting the Strongest : Stratagems, Lies, and Masks

Students read classics of French literature and young-adult novels. They reinforce their oral and written linguistic skills with the study of grammar. This French course is taught at a native level.

American System

Students in English 6 master previously learned skills in increasingly complex reading selections and written compositions. Sixth- grade students read and respond to literature, learning to make inferences and recognize the purpose of essential literary devices. In reading informational text, students interpret information, synthesize, and make logical connections between ideas, and explain how different organizational patterns develop the main idea and the author’s viewpoint. Students determine the meaning of grade-level academic English words derived from Latin, Greek, or other roots and affixes. Sixth- grade students utilize all steps of the writing process to develop different forms of writing for specific purposes and audiences, such as to express, reflect, influence, and communicate ideas. Through composition, students revise drafts to clarify meaning and enhance style and edit their writing based on their growing knowledge of grammar, mechanics, and spelling. Students produce final revised and edited pieces of written composition on a regular basis. They search multiple texts to complete research reports and projects. Students give an organized presentation with a specific point of view, participate in discussions, and work productively with others

Social Studies

History – Geography/EMC

French System

6th Grade History-Geography, the aim is the acquisition of a humanist perspective. The periods covered in History reach from the Ancient Worlds (“Haute Antiquité”) to the beginnings of the Middle Ages. During this year, students will travel to the past, meet Pharaohs, Pyramids, Hebrews and learn about Greek and Roman civilizations. Geography explores the notion of “living”. The students will go around the world of countries and continents. This year, it is a question of “laying the foundations” so that, over the years, students understand how the world in which they live is “formed”!

In 6th grade 30 minutes is devoted to Civic Education where students learn life in society as an independent adult.

American System

In Grade 6, students study people, places, and societies of the contemporary world. Societies for study are from the following regions of the world: Europe, Russia and the Eurasian republics, North America, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Southwest Asia-North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Pacific realm. Students describe the influence of individuals and groups on historical and contemporary events in those societies and identify the locations and geographic characteristics of various societies. Students identify different ways of organizing economic and governmental systems. The concepts of limited and unlimited government are introduced, and students describe the nature of citizenship in various societies. Students compare institutions common to all societies such as government, education, and religious institutions. Students explain how the level of technology affects the development of the various societies and identify different points of view about events. The concept of frame of reference is introduced as an influence on an individual’s point of view.

Math

French System

6th Grade Math in French is mainly centered on geometry (60%). We study the concepts of straight lines, half-lines and segments, distances and mediators, circle, particular angles and bisector, perimeters and areas, axial symmetry, rectangular parallelepiped, and volumes. About 20% of the teaching is dedicated to the representation of data (tables and graphs) and the notion of proportionality (situations of proportionality, presentation in tabular form, percentages). Some topics covered in Grade 6 Math in English will be studied in French as well (20%) to ensure that students are able to transfer knowledge acquired in English and use it in solving problems in French (decimal numbers, fractions, Euclidean division, and decimal).

Advanced Math

American System

Grade 6 Math in English explores six critical areas: (1) Algebraic reasoning, (2) Integers and operations with rational numbers, (3) Operations with fractions and decimals, (4) multi-step equations, (5) Statistical thinking, and (6) Proportional relationships and measurement. The course is a balanced integration of procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving. The integration emphasizes developing students’ skills in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately, as well as constructing and connecting mathematical concepts and rigorous reasoning evidenced by an ability to analyze and identify the most effective strategy to solve problems. Geometric concepts are studied in 6th grade Math in French.

Life and Earth Sciences

French System

Grade 6 Science in “Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre” or “SVT”— consists of four parts: (1) Know your environment, (2) The origin of matter and living things, (3) Settlement of environments, and (4) The unity, kinship, and diversity of living beings. It is a naturalistic approach that allows students to better observe, know and understand the world around them and their environment. It is also intended to introduce students to the scientific process, which will be the basis of all SVT teaching in middle and high school.

Sciences and Technology

French System

The 6th grade Science and Technology, the college start-up program introduces the distinction between what is science and technology on the one hand, and what is an opinion or belief, on the other.

For this, various scientific and technological approaches are implemented, and the students discover the history of science and technology.

In the sixth year, the science and technology program is structured around four main themes:

  • The structure of matter at the macroscopic scale, movement, energy, and information.
  • Living things, their diversity and the functions that characterize them.
  • Technical objects, their realization, and their function.
  • Planet Earth, place of life.

A variety of procedures and approaches is expected (observation, manipulation, experimentation, simulation, documentation, etc.). This diversity must make it possible to simultaneously develop curiosity, creativity, rigor, critical thinking, manual and experimental skills, memorization, collaboration to live better together and the desire to learn.

World Languages

Spanish

Grade 6 students are introduced to various linguistic topics in Spanish that focus on speaking, reading, and writing introductory Spanish. In class, students receive assignments and assessments that help reinforce the topics being discussed. Students use role-playing activities and oral presentations to demonstrate their own knowledge of the concepts learned in the course. Students will be able to apply Spanish learned in class to real-world situations, thus allowing students to become comfortable using the target language both in and outside of the classroom.

Art

French

A great emphasis is placed on line, color, and form while working with all the principles of design. Some projects are completed from observation; others call for students to draw from their own imagination. Students learn the fundamentals of color theory, which they will continue to build upon and apply in the coming years. Design, creating landscapes with depth in watercolor, frottage, and memory, drawing people and working in clay will all be covered. Students learn about different kinds of artists and their methods at the beginning of most projects. Problem solving, recognizing, and utilizing one’s own strengths and creative thinking are encouraged and underscored.

Music

French System

Students will learn basic fundamentals of music such as note reading, rhythmic patterns, and theory. Concepts will be taught using percussion, keyboard, guitar, and vocal training.

Students will also be introduced to humanities concepts such as art appreciation, ethno- musicology around world music, and social awareness through lyrics .

Physical Education

American System

Students are introduced to a variety of individual and team sports to encourage a lifetime of physical activity. A safe learning environment allows them to learn to compete fairly and accept winning and losing as a part of physical activity. Sports may include, but are not limited to, American football, volleyball, basketball, Pickleball, softball, baseball, kickball, handball, badminton, soccer, and cooperative games.

Language Arts

French System

The seventh-grade French course is the first year of Cycle 4 in the French teaching program. This course will refine the reading and writing skills that students will use throughout their academic life and career and develop their literary and artistic knowledge. It represents an important building block toward the construction of the independent and critical thinking that will be required for high school. The course is articulated around the following themes:

  • Finding and constructing identity : The journey and Adventure
  • Seeing and inventing worlds : Imagining New Universes
  • Living in society, being a citizen :
  • Communicating with Others: Family, Friends, and Relationships
  • Changing the world : Heroes, Heroines, and Heroism
  • Optional unit : Is Man the master of Nature ?

These themes allow literary texts to be presented as a window onto our world. Students also reinforce their oral and written language skills with the study of grammar. This French course is taught at a native level.

American System

Students in English 7 master previously learned skills in increasingly complex reading selections and written compositions. Seventh-grade students read and respond to literature, learning to make inferences, recognize the purpose of essential literary devices, and reflect on understanding to monitor comprehension. In reading informational text, students use different organizational patterns as guides for summarizing and forming an overview of different kinds of expository text. Students determine the meaning of grade-level academic English words derived from Latin, Greek, or other roots and affixes. Seventh- grade students utilize all steps of the writing process to develop different forms of writing for specific purposes and audiences, such as to express, reflect, influence, and communicate ideas. Through composition, students revise drafts to clarify meaning and enhance style and edit their writing based on their growing knowledge of grammar, mechanics, and spelling. Students produce final revised and edited pieces of written composition on a regular basis. They search multiple texts to complete research reports and projects. Students produce an organized presentation with a specific point of view, participate in discussions and work productively with others.

History-Geography-Civics

History and Geography/EMC

French System

In History-Geography, the aim is the continued acquisition of a humanist perspective. The period covered in History reaches from the Middle Ages to modern times. The students continue to familiarize themselves with different languages of history and to analyze documents (maps, texts, images, etc.) in order to find information useful for a good understanding of the concepts and concepts covered. We are gradually putting in place an analysis methodology.

The program is structured around 3 themes:

  • Christendom’s and Islam (6th-13th centuries), worlds in contact: In this theme, we are interested in Western and Eastern Christianity and the Muslim world, civilizations in contact. We focus on the definition of empire, and its characteristics, but also on the concept of civilizational area.
  • Society, Church, and political power in the feudal West (11th-15th centuries): The concept of “society” is at the heart of this theme. We are talking about the organization of a population in feudal society. Cities are experiencing significant growth thanks to the development of trade. Society is changing, as is the economy.
  • Transformations of Europe and openness to the world in the 16th and 17th centuries: In this theme, we are interested in the modern era, which begins at the end of the 15th century. The horizons are opening up, with the discovery of a new continent, and an opening of Europe to the world.

Geography focuses on the study of the notion of sustainable development. Each lesson is built around a triple objective: acquisition of knowledge, acquisition of know-how, and acquisition of how to behave.

Texas History

American System

In Grade 7, students study the history of Texas from early times to the present. Students examine the full scope of Texas history, including Natural Texas and its People; Age of Contact; Spanish Colonial; Mexican National; Revolution and Republic; Early Statehood; Texas in the Civil War and Reconstruction; Cotton, Cattle, and Railroads; Age of Oil; Texas in the Great Depression and World War II; Civil Rights and Conservatism; and Contemporary Texas eras. The focus in each era is on key individuals, events, and issues and their impact. Students identify regions of Texas and the distribution of population within and among the regions and explain the factors that caused Texas to change from an agrarian to an urban society. Students describe the structure and functions of municipal, county, and state governments, explain the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution, and examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens. Students use primary and secondary sources to examine the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas as they identify the different racial and ethnic groups that settled in Texas to build a republic and then a state. Students analyze the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of Texas in various industries such as agricultural, energy, medical, computer, and aerospace. Students use primary and secondary sources to acquire information about Texas.

Math

French System

Math in French for Grade 7 is a logical continuation of the sixth grade: the concepts already discussed are prolonged and deepened. Geometry (geometric constructions, demonstrations, problem-solving) accounts for about 60% of the program, covering the notions of triangles, central symmetry, particular angles, particular parallelograms, areas, right prism, and cylinder of revolution. Proportionality (fourth proportional, percentage, scales) and the representation of data (numbers, frequencies, classes, diagrams) represent about 20%. As in 6th Grade, the remaining time is spent ensuring that students are able to use the knowledge acquired in Math in English in solving problems written in French (fractions, equations, expressions, and relative numbers).

Advanced Math

American System

Grade 7 Advanced Math in English extends understanding of algebraic concepts, integers, and operations with rational numbers, rate and proportional reasoning, and statistical analysis. Students investigate linear equations, graphs and functions, and the impact of slope in an equation. In grades 6 and 7, developing key practices in mathematics is emphasized and required, including perseverance, attention to precision, abstract and quantitative reasoning, constructing viable arguments, and using appropriate strategies. Math concepts studied in English, which focus on algebra, complement the geometrical concepts that are the focus in the French math course.

Life and Earth Sciences

French System

In life and earth sciences, the Grade 7 program aims to distance oneself from an anthropocentric view of the world and to distinguish scientific facts and beliefs, to enter into a scientific relationship with natural or technical phenomena, and the living world.

The life and earth sciences program revolves around three main themes:

  • Planet Earth, the environment and human action.
  • The living and its evolution.
  • The human body and health.

Physics and Chemistry

French System

7th Grade Physics-Chemistry is divided into three parts: (1) Chemistry, focused on the study of water, (2) Electricity, focused on the study of series and parallel electrical circuits, and (3) Optics, focused on the sources of light and the propagation of light, as well as the Sun, Earth, and Moon system. The course always incorporates experimental activities that allow students to become personally involved in the construction and learning of the course.

As in the whole of this school cycle, 7 skills are worked on:

  • practice scientific procedures.
  • conceive, create, realize.
  • use tools and mobilize methods to learn.
  • practice languages.
  • use digital tools.
  • adopt ethical and responsible behavior.
  • to situate oneself in space and time.

Technology

French System

In technology, the middle school program aims for each student to appropriate a culture that will make them enlightened and responsible players in the use of technology and associated issues. It is about giving each student the keys to understand the contemporary technical environment and the skills to act.

The idea is to relate scientific results, environmental, social, economic constraints, and the organization of techniques.

The program aims to acquire methods to build algorithmic thinking, represent and process information, solve problems, monitor results, and carry out projects in an active and collaborative manner. 

The program is structured in three main parts: “Design, innovation, creativity”, “Technical objects, services and the changes induced in society” and “Modeling and simulation of technical objects”.

World Languages

Spanish

In Grade 7, students will be introduced to various linguistic topics in Spanish that will focus on speaking, reading, and writing introductory Spanish. In class, students will receive assignments and assessments that help reinforce the topics being discussed. Students will use role-playing activities and oral presentations to demonstrate their own knowledge of the concepts learned in the course. Students will be able to apply Spanish learned in class to real-world situations thus allowing students to become comfortable using the target language both in and outside of the classroom.

Art

French System

The seventh-grade art curriculum builds upon elements covered in the sixth-grade art course, reinforcing skills such as shading, use of color, and three-dimensional form-making. Students learn how to create an armature in a mixed media sculpture project. They learn the basics of drawing from observation and atmospheric perspective and how to collaborate in a printmaking project. Students learn about different kinds of artists and their methods at the beginning of most projects. Problem solving, recognizing, and utilizing one’s own strengths and creative thinking are encouraged and underscored.

Music

French System

Music in 7th grade is a continuity of concepts taught in 6th grade. Students will consolidate their percussion, keyboard, guitar,  and vocal skills. They will be introduced to composition and basic arranging and orchestration.

Physical Education

American System

Students build upon the foundation set in sixth grade and begin to apply problem-solving and conflict resolution to their activities. They learn to officiate games and apply rules when necessary. Sports include American volleyball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, softball, baseball, badminton, pickleball, handball, running, and cooperative games.

Language Arts

French System

In French, the Grade 8 program directly follows that of the Grade7 year. Students regularly practice reports and presentations, they express orally their feelings about a work, they formulate a personal opinion with a precise and extensive vocabulary. Students give their point of view and tries to convince an audience. Students know how to choose a book adapted to their level, tastes, and needs, know how to interpret a study of documents, to make written reports of his readings. In writing, students can summarize a document and knows some techniques and uses of notetaking. They are also able to structure a writing. Students transpose oral utterances to writing and vice versa, masters and re-uses a sustained grammatical, spelling, and lexical level.

The program is structured in 4 main parts:

  • oral language: understand and interpret complex oral messages and speeches, express oneself in a controlled manner by addressing an audience, participate constructively in oral exchanges, exploit the expressive and creative resources of speech.
  • reading and comprehension of writing and images: controlling one’s comprehension, becoming an independent reader, reading non-literary texts and documents (including digital), reading literary works and frequenting works of art, developing an interpretation of literary texts.
  • writing: exploiting the main functions of writing, adopting effective writing strategies and procedures, using readings to enrich your writing, moving from intuitive recourse to argumentation to more controlled use.
  • the study of language (grammar, spelling, lexicon): know the differences between oral and written, analyze the functioning of simple sentences and complex sentences, consolidate lexical and grammatical spelling, enrich and structure the lexicon, construct the concepts allowing the analysis and the elaboration of texts and speeches.

American System

Students in English 8 master previously learned skills in increasingly complex reading selections and written compositions. Eighth- grade students read and respond to literature, making intertextual links among and across texts, including other media. In reading informational text, students make subtle inferences and draw complex conclusions about the ideas in text and their organizational patterns. Students determine the meaning of grade-level academic English words derived from Latin, Greek, or other roots and affixes. Eighth-grade students utilize all steps of the writing process to develop different forms of writing for specific purposes and audiences, such as to express, reflect, influence, and communicate ideas. Through composition, students revise drafts to clarify meaning and enhance style and edit their writing based on their growing knowledge of grammar, mechanics, and spelling. Students produce final revised and edited pieces of written composition on a regular basis. They search multiple texts to complete research reports and projects. Students produce an organized presentation with a specific point of view, participate in discussions and work productively with others.

History-Geography-Civics

History-Geography/EMC

French System

The history program in Grade 8 year focuses on Europe and the process that enabled it to exercise its domination over the rest of the world in the 19th century. The Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution are widely discussed during this year. More and more students are invited to reason, to cooperate, to justify themselves.

The history program in 4th year is structured around 3 themes:

  • The 18th century, expansions, Enlightenment, and revolutions: This theme addresses the values of the Enlightenment, which marked a turning point in France and Europe. The scientific, technical, and cultural development characteristic of the Enlightenment makes it possible to make the link with the last theme of the fifth grade, centered on France’s openness to the world.
  • Europe and the world in the 19th century: This theme make it possible to make the link with a notion of central geography in fourth grade: globalization. It is also an opportunity to talk about the industrialization of Europe, which profoundly transformed our societies, and reinforced Europe’s domination of the world during the 19th century.
  • Society, culture, and politics in 19th century France: From 1815 to 1914, five different regimes followed one another in France. In this theme, politics therefore occupies a prominent place. We talk about the struggle for democracy and the establishment of a republican project.

The geography program allows students to work on graphic language by making simple sketches and diagrams. Globalization is at the heart of the program. We are studying this phenomenon in particular through urbanization and urban mobility. Thus, the student acquires geographic landmarks on a global scale by studying and analyzing maps and planispheres.

US History – Beginning to 1914

American System

Social Studies in Grade 8, students study the history of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, religious, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Students describe the physical characteristics of the United States and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns in the past and present. Students analyze the various economic factors that influenced the development of colonial America and the early years of the republic and identify the origins of the free enterprise system. Students examine the American beliefs and principles, including limited government, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights, reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. Students evaluate the impact of Supreme Court cases and major reform movements of the 19th century and examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States as well as the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic. Students evaluate the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of the United States. Students use critical-thinking skills, including the identification of bias in written, oral, and visual material.

Math

French System

8th Grade Math in French is a logical continuation of 7th Grade: the concepts already discussed are extended and deepened. Geometry is more focused on demonstrating and solving problems and represents about 60% of the program. The theories of Thales and Pythagoras, the notion of cosine and tangent, the pyramids and cones of revolution will be studied. Proportionality (cross product, enlargements, and reductions) and data processing (averages, percentages) represent about 20%. As in 7th grade, the remaining time is spent ensuring that students are able to use the knowledge acquired in Math in English in solving problems written in French (fractions and exponents, equations and inequalities, relative numbers).

Algebra 1

American System

The purpose of this course is to satisfy the Algebra 1 requirements and prepare students to pass their End of Course exam. This course extends on previous mathematics coursed and introduces more advanced topics: solving, graphing, and writing linear equations and inequalities, linear systems, exponential and quadratic functions, and factoring.

Linear Functions. Equations. and Inequalities:

  • Use linear properties to write and represent in multiple ways
  • Understand linear function key features and related transformations Quadratic Functions and Equations:
  • Use quadratic properties to write and represent multiple ways
  • Understand quadratic graphs and their transformations Exponential Functions and Equations
  • Use exponential properties and related transformations to write, graph and represent in multiple ways Number and Algebraic Methods:
  • Use algebraic methods to rewrite in equivalent forms and perform operations on polynomial expressions
  • Use algebraic methods to write, solve, analyze, and evaluate equations, relations, and functions

Life and Earth Sciences

French System

In life and earth sciences, the program aims to distance oneself from an anthropocentric vision of the world and to distinguish scientific facts and beliefs, to enter into a scientific relationship with natural or technical phenomena, and the living world.

The life and earth sciences program revolves around three main themes:

  • Planet Earth, the environment and human action
  • The living and its evolution
  • The human body and health

Physics and Chemistry

French System

In physics-chemistry, the program allows entry into a scientific relationship with natural phenomena, the living world, and techniques. This scientific posture is made up of attitudes (curiosity, open-mindedness, questioning one’s idea, positive exploitation of errors, etc.) and capacities (observing, experimenting, measuring, reasoning, modeling, etc.).

In physics-chemistry, the college program allows for a scientific reading of the natural world and improves the scientific and technical culture of each student. This course also provides an understanding of the wide variety and evolution of professions, as well as the economic issues in relation to the sciences, in particular physics and chemistry.

7 skills are worked on:

  • practice scientific procedures.
  • conceive, create, realize.
  • appropriate tools and methods.
  • practice languages.
  • mobilize digital tools.
  • adopt ethical and responsible behavior.
  • to situate oneself in space and time.

The program is structured in four main parts:

  • Organization and transformations of matter.
  • Movements and interactions.
  • Energy and its conversions.
  • Signals to observe and communicate.

These themes are intended to be treated throughout college because they are inseparable, and links are made with other scientific courses (mathematics, life and earth sciences and technology).

The history of science is also present, in order to allow a better contextualization of the notions of physics-chemistry.

Technology

French System

In technology, the program aims for each student to appropriate a culture that will make them enlightened and responsible players in the use of technology and associated issues. It is about giving each student the keys to understand the contemporary technical environment and the skills to act.

The idea is to relate scientific results, environmental, social, economic constraints, and the organization of techniques.

In technology, the e program aims to acquire methods to build algorithmic thinking, represent and process information, solve problems, monitor results, and carry out projects in an active and collaborative manner. 

The program is structured in three main parts: “Design, innovation, creativity”, “Technical objects, services and the changes induced in society” and “Modeling and simulation of technical objects”.

These themes are intended to be treated throughout college because they are inseparable.

Links are made with other scientific teaching (mathematics, life and earth sciences and physics-chemistry).

World Languages

Spanish

In Grade 8, students will continue to be introduced to various linguistic topics in Spanish that will focus on speaking, reading, and writing introductory Spanish. In class, students will receive assignments and assessments that help reinforce the topics being discussed. Students will use role-playing activities and oral presentations to demonstrate their own knowledge of the concepts learned in the course. Students will be able to apply Spanish learned in class to real-world situations thus allowing students to become comfortable using the target language both in and outside of the classroom.

Art

French System

 

Music

French System

 

Physical Education

American System

Students train and compete with the aim of improving individual skills and endurance in both team and individual sports. Evaluations and grades are based on comprehension and execution. Healthy-living habits are reinforced with an emphasis on nutrition and exercise. Sports include volleyball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, softball, baseball, , badminton, pickleball, handball, running, and cooperative games.

Language Arts

French System

This course is designed for students who have followed the French national curriculum since kindergarten or 1st grade. Students will strengthen their grammar and their understanding of the  mechanics of language. They will study vocabulary and written expression to learn clear and efficient ways to express themselves. They will develop their responses to literary texts of different genres in an articulated manner. Writing assignments will either develop their creativity or their ability to debate ideas in a convincing way. Students will be exposed to a wide range of literary genres to deepen their appreciation of Literature. The curriculum prepares the students for the National French diploma of the “Brevet” in June.

The curriculum is articulated around 4 main themes:

  • Finding and constructing identity : Knowing Yourself (autobiography)
  • Living in society, being a citizen: Denouncing the Ills of Society (theater)
  • Seeing and inventing worlds: A poetic vision of the world (poetry)
  • Changing the World (science fiction): Individuals and Power
  • Optional unit : Progress and Scientific Dreams

Works studied have included:

  • Lettres de poilus
  • Le Grand Meaulnes d’Alain Fournier
  • Petit pays, Gaël Faye
  • Les Sacrifiées, Laurent Gaudé
  • Un Secret, Philippe Grimberg
  • Le Dieu du Carnage, Yasmina Réza
  • Le Baron perché, Italo Calvino

English and Literature I

American System

English 1 is designed to improve your ability to communicate, interpret, analyze, read, and write. Each unit blends the reading of rich, mentor texts with the opportunity for you to engage intimately with the process of writing. The ability to read analytically and to write expressively exists as the cornerstone for success in the workplace, the military, and/or post high school collegiate work. Reading is the key that unlocks world. Dive in and embrace all that language and literature have to offer.

Skills to be mastered are:

  • analyze various genres of literature and understand their significance to culture.
  • analyze the critical attributes of each genre to appreciate the artistry of the writer.
  • develop and use research-based word attack skills when encountering unknown vocabulary.
  • analyze media for messages, purpose, and audience.
  • compose various types of essays and narratives dependent on audience, purpose, and message.
  • incorporate standard grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling into all written work.
  • analyze written research studies, develop a worthy research question, gather credible sources, synthesize those sources, and construct a presentation mindful of audience, message, and purpose.

History-Geography-Civics

History-Geography/EMC

French System

In 9th grade, the history program is centered on the 20th century, crossed by two world conflicts which have upset the history of Europe, and of France. Through three themes, the student understands how the world in which he lives was formed.

The history program is structured around 3 themes:

  • Europe, a major theater of total wars: in this theme, we study the 1st and 2nd world wars, two total wars in which the whole of society – civilians and soldiers – was impacted. Emphasis is placed on the reasons which, in the interwar period, favored the emergence of totalitarianisms and weakened European democracies.
  • The world since 1945: in this theme, the end of the Second World War and the collapse of the colonial empires make it possible to begin a reflection on the notion of independence, of autonomy. After studying the two world wars, we are interested in another form of war, the “cold war”, and in the confrontation between two East-West blocs. Finally, we talk about European construction and the desire to create a space of peace in Europe.
  • French and French in a rethought Republic: this theme refocuses the program on the history of France at the end of the Second World War. We thus approach the program of the National Council of Resistance, which initiates a refoundation of the Republic in a more social sense, then the birth of the Fifth Republic and its institutions.

The geography program offers to study the basics of the geography of France and the European Union. The pupil acquires a global vision of France, through its dynamics, the diversity of its territories and its integration within the European community political space.

World Geography

American System

In World Geography students  will examine people, places, and environments at local, regional, national, and international scales from the spatial and ecological perspectives of geography. Students will learn the influence of geography on events of the past and present with emphasis on contemporary issues. A significant portion of the course centers around the physical processes that shape patterns in the physical environment; the characteristics of major landforms, climates, and ecosystems and their interrelationships; the political, economic, and social processes that shape cultural patterns of regions; types and patterns of settlement; the distribution and movement of the world population; relationships among people, places, and environments; and the concept of region. Students will analyze how location affects economic activities in different economic systems. Students will identify the processes that influence political divisions on the planet and analyze how different points of view affect the development of public policies. Students will compare how cultures shape the characteristics of regions and analyze the impact of technology and human modifications on the physical environment. Students will use problem-solving and decision-making skills to ask and answer geographic questions.

Math

French System

The Grade 9 mathematics course is designed for students who have acquired the majority of the mathematical the majority of the mathematical skills required in elementary school. It bridges the gap between elementary and between elementary and secondary school, this compulsory course allows students to consolidate their mathematical learning from elementary school, while continuing with new mathematical mathematics in high school. Students will have the opportunity to explore the relationship between two variables, affine functions, the equation of right and left, and between two variables, affine functions, equation of lines, relationship between two lines, operations on linear equations, the Pythagorean theorem, measurements of plane figures and simple and simple and compound solids, sources of bias in a statistical study, types of statistical types of statistical data, representation of data, and statistical measures. statistical measures

Geometry

American System

In Grade 9 Geometry, students will build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in kindergarten-to Algebra I in 8th grade to strengthen their mathematical reasoning skills in geometric contexts. Within the course, students will begin to focus on more precise terminology, symbolic representations, and the development of proofs. Students will explore concepts covering coordinate and transformational geometry; logical argument and constructions; proof and congruence; similarity, proof, and trigonometry; two- and three-dimensional figures; circles; and probability. Students will connect previous knowledge from Algebra I to Geometry through the coordinate and transformational geometry strand. In the logical arguments and constructions strand, students are expected to create formal constructions using a straight edge and compass. Though this course is primarily Euclidean Geometry, students should complete the course with an understanding that non-Euclidean Geometries exist. Due to the emphasis of probability and statistics in the college and career readiness standards, standards dealing with probability have been added to the geometry curriculum to ensure students have proper exposure to these topics before pursuing their post-secondary education.

Science

French System

In the Grade 9, the physics and chemistry courses follow the curriculum of the French Ministry of National Education. The curriculum is divided into four components:

 

  • Energy and Conversion – Use of mathematical relation of kinetic and gravitational potential energy, use of mathematical relation of power, law of conservation of energy, Ohm’s law, residential energy consumption calculation.
  • Structure and Transformation of Matter – Deepening of balancing chemical equations, acid-base character of substance, notion of ionic compound, pH measurement (hydrogen ions), chemical reaction between acid solution and metals, order of magnitude of the universe, universality of scientific laws in the universe
  • Motion and Interaction – Newton’s gravitational law, weight, gravity
  • Signals of Communication and Observation – Acoustic signal, propagation of sound properties, notion of frequency, infrasound, and ultrasound, use of light or sound for information transmission

American System

Grade 9 Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. This course will include a variety of topics such as: structures and functions of cells and viruses, growth and development of organisms, cells, tissues, and organs, nucleic acids and genetics, biological evolution, taxonomy, metabolism, and energy transfers in living organisms, living systems, homeostasis, and ecosystems and the environment.

World Languages

Spanish

Grade 9 Spanish  will enable the student to understand and use the language appropriately, with an emphasis on language, cultural interaction, and communication through the student’s writing, speaking, listening, and reading. Students will develop an awareness of the languages and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, resulting in the student making connections and obtaining a global perspective.

Art

French System

 

Music

French System

 

Physical Education

American System

Students train and compete with the aim of improving individual skills and endurance in both team and individual sports. Evaluations and grades are based on comprehension and execution. Healthy-living habits are reinforced with an emphasis on nutrition and exercise. Sports include volleyball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, softball, baseball, , badminton, pickleball, handball, running, and cooperative games.

Community Service

Giving back, matters. At the Lycée International de Houston, we think that students benefit greatly – both academically and emotionally – from volunteering their time. When students get involved in community service, they not only help others, but they also learn about themselves. They get to interact with people who have vastly different backgrounds, they learn patience and empathy. They expand their worldview, and practice real-world skills that will help them succeed in high school and beyond: leadership, problem-solving, collaboration with others, time management, and communication. They realize how their actions can have a positive impact. They become engaged and responsible citizens.

Our students are encouraged to volunteer their time, energy, and talent to their local, national, and international communities. In Middle School, community service becomes a requirement for Graduation. 6th graders will volunteer 10 hours within the year, 7th graders 15 hours, 8th graders 20 hours, and 9th grade 25 hours. Sharing with our communities is a key tenet of the LIH’s philosophy.