Middle School

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Our mission can be summarized in three terms :


Under the French system, middle school comprises the sixth (classe de sixième), seventh (classe de cinquième), eighth (classe de quatrième) and nineth (classe de troisième) grades. LIH is mindful of the physical and emotional development characterizing young adolescents. Their new rapport with themselves and their maturity are nurtured by our structured approach and the kindness we promote. Our students become aware of the complexity of the world through cross-disciplinary learning. Each student becomes a citizen of the world, while maintaining their special place within the group. Our middle school program brings our students towards responsible autonomy. Their well-being is at the very heart of our mission at LIH. We encourage your child, our student, to learn responsibility and self- determination.


Our curriculum is thought-through, incremental and structured. We follow the requirements of the French Ministry of Education, whose demanding curriculum has a proven track record of success. The French National Education is learner-centered and focused on students’ needs. LIH offers an education that is context-based and tailored to the profile of every child, so they can develop their knowledge and skills to their highest potential. Our teachers use the latest findings in the fields of cognitive science and neurology to adapt their teaching and closely follow every child. Our learning environment is one that is calm and positive and our children learn in small groups.

Teaching is structured in a cross-disciplinary way. For example, humanities include: literature, language studies, history, geography, civics and ethics; scientific studies include math, physics, chemistry, technology, natural and life sciences. Language instruction includes English and Spanish. Arts include plastic arts and music. Our physical and sports education program follows the requirements of the French Ministry of National Education.

Middle school curriculum

Our middle school curriculum revolves around abstract thinking, modelling, creating and developing a sense of responsibility and volunteerism. Our environment fosters the respect of different cultural norms while supporting individual thinking.

The curriculum revolves around five main themes:

  1. Languages to think and communicate
  2. Learning methods and tools
  3. Becoming persons and citizens
  4. Natural and technical systems
  5. Representations of the world and human activity

Tests and diplomas

We prepare students to write U.S. standardized tests. We also prepare our students for the French « Brevet » diploma (Diplôme de Brevet des collèges).

Student/teacher ratio

In order to help our children develop to their highest potential, we welcome a maximum of 12 students per class. This allows us to provide every student with personalized attention and follow-up.


All our teachers possess solid experience to provide students with personalized attention. All have experience working in international institutions within bilingual or multilingual programs.