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Admissions


FAQ






A. As admission is selective and cannot be guaranteed, the Lycée International de Houston begins accepting applications in September one year ahead of the intended year of entry.

Apply now The application is a paperless process.

A. To submit an application you need to attach a  recent photo of the applicant.

A. La Crèche/18 month- GS/Kindergarten:  October 31

Decision letter will be sent out January15

*Applications received after this deadline will be considered based on availability.

CP/1-CM2/5: November 30

Decision letter will be sent out Febuary15

*Applications received after this deadline will be considered based on availability.

6eme/6-Tle/12: December 31

Decision letter will be sent out March 15

*Applications received after this deadline will be considered based on availability.

All decisions will be sent via email only.

A. Yes, Students must apply each year that they wish to be considered for admission.

A. Each applicant is considered for admission based on his or her own application. The admissions process includes a review of child evaluations, parent interviews, observation day, any existing school records and other factors that help us make sure all admitted students will thrive in our rigorous, bilingual learning environment. Regardless of sibling or relatives going through the process at the same time.

A. Yes, the Lycée International de Houston has rolling admissions and will be processed based on availability of openings  in the intended grade(s).

A. We do not offer sibling discount.

A:  Yes, The Lycee International de Houston School has a selective admission process. We evaluate each applicant based on the following criteria to make a determination as to whether the Lycee International de Houston school is the right fit.
We require the following to complete our admissions process:
-Online Application
-Testing: WPPSI, WISC or ISEE
-Teacher Recommendation(s)
-Interview
-Observation day
-Report Cards/Transcript
-Immunization Record
In addition to these requirements, we look for students who are academically motivated and exhibit a curiosity for learning.

Applicants to K/GS and 1st grade/CP must submit the results of the WPPSI.
Applicants to 2nd through 4th grade must submit the results of the WISC.
For applicants outside of the Houston area, the WISC and WPPSI tests can be administered by any certified psychologist. Please have the results sent to The Lycee International de Houston School. The test should be administered in the child’s first language.
Applicants to 5th through 12th grade must submit results of the ISEE.

 

A: All students must provide a copy of their immunization records before the first day of class. LIH uses Magnus Health for all student medical information.

Immunization documents must be translated if not in the English language. For a list of immunizations required by the State of Texas, please click here 

A. Observations are for applicants and are designed to help evaluate each applicant based on criteria to make sure all admitted applicants will thrive in our rigors ,bilingual program and  determine as to whether the Lycée International de Houston School is the right fit.  Admission Office will contact you to schedule applicant’s observation day.

A. An interview is made to all applicant parents who do not have a child currently enrolled at the Lycée International de Houston. The interview will determine if the Lycée International de Houston is the right fit for your child. Admission Office will contact you to schedule your parent interview.

A. Only students who have been accepted  are given the opportunity to visit classes at the Lycée International de Houston.

A. The Lycée International de Houston offers Open house events.  click here for dates to rsvp

If you would like a virtual tour  click here

If you have any questions, please contact our Admission Team at admission@lihouston.org or call(832)474-1013 extension 205.

A: Many of our students arrive at LIH without any previous exposure to English, and nearly all of them go on to excel in both languages.

Our la Crèche and prekindergarten classrooms create a welcoming environment where children can gradually become comfortable with English, and all of our programs are designed to support the academic success of all students regardless of the language spoken at home.

A: Nearly one third of our students arrive at LIH without any previous exposure to French, and nearly all of them go on to excel in both languages.

Our la Crèche and prekindergarten classrooms create a welcoming environment where children can gradually become comfortable with French, and all of our programs are designed to support the academic success of all students regardless of the language spoken at home.

A: Since bilingualism makes it easier to learn a third language, children whose families speak a language other than English or French tend to thrive at LIH.

A: Lycée International de Houston welcome children starting at age 18 months in its dedicated “la Crèche Section”. Children in la Crèche and PK2/TPS, and PK3/PS do not have to be potty trained to be enrolled in this class.

A. The ” La Crèche and Toute Petite section”, starting at age 18 months and 2 years old, is the beginning of formalized education based on the French curriculum program. Its focus is on developing the skills required for kindergarten and elementary school.

A: LIH offers both a bilingual and bicultural curriculum. French and English are the languages of learning. Our program is an authentic mix of both the curriculum of French government taught by French-speaking teachers, and the American Curriculum . Our students are prepared for the renowned French Baccalaureate exams, as well as American college preparatory classes and tests like the SAT and ACT.

In la Crèche (18 months) to Terminale (12th grade), students are taught by a teaching team of French and English-speaking teachers, with 55% of their classroom time in French and 45% in English.

All LIH students are remarkably bilingual and bicultural, with an extraordinary ability to move seamlessly between the two core languages and cultures of the school–a special preparation for college life and beyond to be sure!

A: The reading and study skills learned in French transfer into English and the reading and study skills learned in English transfer to French. That is, once a child has grasped that letters make sounds, and sounds combine to make words, that skill is applicable to any language with the same alphabet. Both French and English language are taught 5 hours a week.

Bilingualism enhances children’s understanding of the workings of language, and—since one-third of the words in English are of French origin—knowledge of French helps build vocabulary for reading in English.

A: A third language, Spanish, is introduced in CP/1st grade until graduation. In addition, students can choose Arabic, German, or Mandarin-Chinese.

A: As a school that has begun the accreditation process by the Ministry of France, LIH students have the opportunity to take the Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB), which is a series of examinations in support of the curriculum of France. The DNB assesses the knowledge and skills students have acquired by the end of middle school, and includes tests in math, French, history-geography, science and an oral exercise that could focus on art or citizenship. Tests are externally marked, providing students with an external measure of their competencies, skills and knowledge. As well, students gain the opportunity to broaden their academic portfolio with a recognized diploma from France.

A. The French “Baccalauréat” or “BAC” is a diploma that marks the completion of a French high school program and follows the curriculum guidelines established by the French Ministry of Education.  The Bac exams are taken over a two-year period (11th and 12th grade) and includes written as well as oral parts. It is a challenging and highly respected diploma widely recognized by universities around the world. Students entering North American universities often do so with a certain number of credits (generally up to the equivalent of one year). In addition to the “baccalauréat” (a national exam graded by external examiners), the curriculum at the Lycée International de Houston is accredited (“Homologation”) by the French Ministry of Education (AEFE).  Students can also be awarded an American high school diploma.

A. The French American Baccalaureate the is a binational baccalauréat, which combines the academic demands of Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses and exams, operated by the US College Board with the widely recognized excellence of the French baccalaureate managed by the French Ministry of Education.

The FAB is currently available only in the United States and is really suited to students who are completely proficient in both English and French and who can successfully manage the double demands of American APs and of the French Baccalauréat.

In the L track, students take three APs :

  • AP English Language and Composition (in 11th grade)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (in 12th grade)
  • AP European or World History or US History (in 12th grade)

In the ES track, students take three or four APs :

  • AP European or World History or US History (in 11th grade)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (in 12th grade)
  • AP Microeconomics and Macroeconomics or AP Statistics

In the S track, students take three APs :

  • AP European or World History or US History (in 11th grade)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (in 12th grade)
  • AP Biology or AP Calculus AB

Students who pass the French American Baccalauréat have demonstrated their ability to succeed in the French curriculum and in university-level American classes: they are particularly well prepared to succeed their studies in the best French higher education institutions and in the best universities in the world. The Lycée International de Houston is accredited(“Homologation”) by the French Ministry of Education (AEFE).

A. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at 16-to-19-year-olds in 140 countries around the world. The programme provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by many universities worldwide.  The Lycée International de Houston is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate(IB) Diploma Programme.

A. AP (advanced placement) is a college board  program.  Classes are developed by the college board to give high school students an introduction to college-level classes and also gain college credit before even graduating high school.  AP exams are tests on everything you’ve learned in your AP class that year.  Most colleges award students  with qualifying AP exam scores college credit, giving students the opportunity to skip intro-level courses in the subject, or both.

A: Children with no prior exposure to the French language can attend LIH’s Preschool and Kindergarten. Starting in First Grade, we find that students who do not speak any French have a hard time keeping up with the curriculum, as 55% of it is conducted in French; therefore, parents will need to ensure their student gets the additional language support in the afternoon to help the student reach fluency in French (typically it takes three (3) years to reach grade level proficiency). Starting in 6ème/6th grade though students with no prior French language experience can join the LIH Middle School in the new international track, slated to open in September 2020.

A: La Crèche to TPS/Pre-Kindergarten 2: 7:50 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.Preschool (PS/MS/ Pre-Kindergarten 3

A: Homework at LIH starts in first grade. Homework almost always include an independent reading time. Additionally, our students have a short assignment that review/rework a concept seen that same day at school.

This is a good way for a child to memorize and practice a new concept, but also for parents to see the learning process, and know what is happening in their child’s school life. The students are always able to understand what is asked of them and do not usually need any support from a parent/adult.

Your child also has the option of Etude (Study Hall) for CP/1st grade to CM2/5th grade. Parents can allow their child to go to Etude on any given day from Monday to Friday from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Three (3) days a week there is French homework support and two (2) days a week English homework support. Children will be grouped by grade level and will have the opportunity to do their homework, after a snack and a brief recess.

A: The school opens at 7:30 and parents are allowed to drop-off their (child(ren) at this time and this service is included in tuition.Extended Day care runs from 3:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for all grades for a fee.

A: Afternoons at Lycée International de Houston are filled with fun options: Aftercare, enrichment classes, etude/study hall, and extracurricular activities. Learn more about the afterschool care at Afterschool.

In addition to Winter and Summer breaks, LIH is closed for one week in October, one week in February, and one week in April. During these three breaks, LIH is open with day camp options for all of our children. Days of camp can be purchase one by one as needed, or you can decide to sign up for all of them. Please click on the Camps website link.

A: One of the great joys at the Lycée International de Houston is experiencing how French and English are spoken and “mixed” among our students across all the grade levels. Generally speaking, in the lower levels, the children speak the language they, or their friends, are most comfortable in. In the upper levels, English tends to be spoken more between students outside of class. Vive la difference!

A: LIH students, faculty, staff and families come from many different origins. About one-third of our students are French nationals and another third are American, but we welcome students from more than 45 different countries around the world, including Mexico , Egypt , China, Belgium, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Switzerland, Canada, and Brazil, among many more.

As published in k12.niche.com, LIH is the Most Diverse Private High School in Houston area

A: All of the teachers in our French program (including in our preschool/TK program) are native speakers.

At the Lower School, including at the Preschool, all of our core subject teachers hold credentials from either the French Ministry of Education or the State of Texas.

At the Middle and High School, all of our teachers hold either a credential or an advanced degree in the subject they teach. All of the teachers in our English program are fully credentialed.

A: LIH provides a morning and afternoon snack for children from Petite Section (Pre-Kindergarten 3) to Terminale (12th grade).

In addition, LIH provides a hot lunch delivered daily by the food caterer that is working with the school for Petite Section (Pre-Kindergarten 3) to Terminale (12th grade).

Parents of a child(ren) in la Crèche and TPS/Pre-Kindergarten 2 must provide snacks and lunch.

A: LIH does offer private bus transportation. There are multiple bus routes available in the Houston area for an additional fee. However, the school may cancel a route if the number of riders hinders the financial viability of the route. Please go to our website at Transportation.

A: Students are required to be in a uniform during school hours. Our uniform is made up of specific items and colors. Please visit this page for more information.

A: The Lycée International de Houston offers a Need-based Tuition Assistance program to help families who demonstrate need to bridge the gap between what they are able to contribute financially towards their child’s tuition and the full annual tuition fee. This program reflects LIH’s core values as a school that values diversity and equity. LIH does not receive any external funding for its tuition assistance program but considers this as a priority and funds it through its operating budget. Families are eligible to apply for LIH’s Need-Based Tuition Assistance Program regardless of grade level, language background, or language track.

Tuition assistance packages are offered to as many qualifying families as possible, but LIH does not have the means to extend assistance to all families who apply and qualify.

Families should indicate their intention to apply for this program when they complete their child’s admissions application.

French citizens may apply for the French Bourse.

A: The Office of Admissions is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to drop-in or to send an email to admission@lihouston.org to set an appointment.