ACADEMICS

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN DO I START MY APPLICATION?

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.

WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT FOR APPLICATION?

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

WHEN IS YOUR APPLICATION DEADLINE?

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.

DO WE NEED TO RE-APPLY FOR ADMISSION, AND SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION THIS YEAR?

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

DOES HAVING MULTIPLE CHILDREN APPLYING FOR DIFFERENT GRADES AFFECT ADMISSION PROCESS?

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 siblings or relatives going through the process at the same time.

DO YOU ACCEPT NEW STUDENTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR?

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

DO YOU GIVE SIBILING DISCOUNT?

A. We do not offer sibling discount.

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO TAKE REQUIRED STANDARDIZED TEST?

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.

WHAT ARE THE IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS?

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 

WHY DOES MY CHILD NEED AN OBSERVATION?

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.

WHY DO I NEED AN INTERVIEW?

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.

CAN MY CHILD HAVE A SHADOW VISIT?

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

HOW CAN I TOUR THE Lycée INTERNATIONAL DE HOUSTON?

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

To register for a School Tour, click here

If you would like a virtual tour,  click here

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Admission Team at admission@lihouston.org or call (832) 474-1013 extension 214.

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WHAT IF WE DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH?

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. In grades 1st through 9th we offer Intensive English classes designed to support the academic success of all students regardless of the language spoken at home.

WHAT IF WE DON'T SPEAK FRENCH?

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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. In grades 1st through 9th we offer French Language Enrichment classes designed to support the academic success of all students regardless of the language spoken at home.

WHAT IF WE SPEAK A THIRD LANGUAGE 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.

HOW YOUNG CAN MY CHILD START?

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

HOW IS THE "LA CRÈCHE AND TOUTE PETITE SECTION" OR Early Learning Program DIFFERENT FROM DAYCARE?

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.

WILL THE IMMERSION IN FRENCH AFFECT MY CHILD'S READING ABILITY IN ENGLISH?

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.

WHEN IS A THIRD LANGUAGE INTRODUCED?

A: A third language, Spanish, is introduced in PK 3 grade until graduation. In addition, students can choose Arabic, German, or Mandarin-Chinese.

WHAT IS THE DIPLÔME NATIONAL DU BREVET (DNB) ?

A:The school has accreditation from the Ministry of National Education, LIH students have the opportunity to take the Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB) in the 9th grade, 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.

WHAT IS THE BACCALAURÉAT FRANÇAIS INTERNATIONAL (BFI)?

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  1. The Baccalauréat Français International  (BFI) 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 curriculum of the BFI follows that of the French baccalaureate except for specific modules that are taught in English and require demanding written and oral examinations in English.

Our American section of the BFI allows for two Advanced Placements (AP) to be taught in première, AP English Literature and Composition or AP English Language and Composition, and AP European History or AP World History. Starting in the fall of 2024, one optional high-level math APs will be offered in terminale, AP Calculus BC.

 

In addition, the students will conduct an independent, self-directed piece of research called the Connaissance du Monde (CdM) in the English during première and terminale.

WHAT IS THE FRENCH BACCALAUREAT?

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.

WHAT IS THE (IB) INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREAT?

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.

DO YOU OFFER A LATE IMMERSION PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS ENTERING THE UPPER ELEMENTARY OR MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH NO FORMAL FRENCH EDUCATION?

A: Children with no prior exposure to the French language can attend LIH’s Preschool and Kindergarten. Starting in First Grade, students who enroll without sufficient French language skills are pulled from the French Language Arts classes and attend an intensive French Language Enrichment class. Students reach fluency in French typically within three (3) years to reach grade-level proficiency).

WHAT IS LIH'S HOMEWORK POLICY AND HOW CAN I HELP IF I DO NOT SPEAK FRENCH?

A: Homework at LIH starts in first grade. Homework almost always includes independent reading time. Additionally, our students have a short assignment that reviews/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.

 

Parents who need language support for homework. Have the option of Study Hall for grades 1-12. Parents can allow their child to go to Study Hall on any given day from Monday to Friday from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Two to three (3) days a week there is French homework support and two or three 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.

DO YOU OFFER BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE?

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. to 6:00 p.m. for La crèche and pk 2 for a fee. Grades 1-9 classes operate from 7:30 to 4:30 and extended care is available from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for a fee.

WHAT IS HAPPENING AFTER SCHOOL AND WHEN SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR VACATION DURING SCHOOL YEAR?

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 our children. Days of camp can be purchased one by one as needed, or you can decide to sign up for all of them. Please click on the Camp website link.

WHERE CAN I GET THE UNIFORM?

A: The LIH uniform is available for purchase through Dennis Uniform.

DENNIS Uniform’s Address: 7613 Katy Fwy Suite G, Houston, TX 77024

Click here for more uniform details

WHAT LANGUAGE DO CHILDREN SPEAK AMONG THEMSELVES?

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!

HOW INTERNATIONAL IS THE COMMUNITY OF THE LYCÉE INTERNATIONAL DE HOUSTON?

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 50 different countries around the world, including Mexico, Egypt, China, Belgium, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Switzerland, Canada, and Brazil, among many more.

HOW ARE YOUR TEACHERS CREDENTIALED?

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 our teachers hold either a credential or an advanced degree in their subject. All of the teachers in our English program are fully credentialed.

DO YOU HAVE TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE?

A: LIH has entered into a contract with TMI Transportation to offer bus transportation services for students traveling to and from the school. The buses will conveniently pick up and drop off riders at designated locations.  However, it is important to note that the provision of bus service is contingent upon reaching a minimum number of riders. As a result, adjustments to routes, including potential cancellations or price changes, may be necessary based on ridership levels.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO MEET WITH SOMEONE FROM THE ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT?

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.

IS THERE TUITION ASSISTANCE?

A: The Lycée International de Houston offers a Need-Based Tuition Assistance program to help families who demonstrate a 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.

WHAT IS THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM (AP)?

A. Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board.  AP offers undergraduate university-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities in the US and elsewhere may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain qualifying scores on the examinations.

WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL HOURS?

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Drop-off begins at 7:30 AM for all grades
18 months to PK2
• Drop off: 7:30 AM – 7:50 AM
• Classes Mon – Fri: 7:50 AM – 3:15 PM
• Extended Day: 3:15 to 6:00 PM

PK3 to 5th grade
• Drop off: 7:30 AM – 7:50 AM
• Classes Mon-Fri: 7:50 AM – 3:20 PM
• Study Hall and Language enrichment 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
• Extracurricular activities/Aftercare 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
• School closes 6:00 PM

6th to 12th grade
• Drop off: 7:30 AM – 7:50 AM
• Classes Mon-Fri: 7:50 AM – 4:30 PM
• Extracurricular activities/Aftercare 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
• School closes 6:00 PM

DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE SNACKS OR LUNCHES FOR MY CHILD?

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 can, for addition tuition, be provide snacks and lunch or the children can bring their snacks and lunch.

Does your school provide the I-20 forms to international students?

A:The Lycée International de Houston provides I-20 forms to qualified international students who meet the application requirements and have been accepted to the school.  The school can accept students from kindergarten to grade 12; however, F-2 visa status is not available for other relatives, such as parents or siblings. The parents must be in the United States on a valid visa or have US nationality. Parents are encouraged to send an email to our admission team at admission@lihouston.orgor call (832) 474-1013 ext. 214

B: LIH accepts international applicants form K-12.

Parents are encouraged send an email to our admission team at admission@lihouston.org or call (832) 474-1013 ext. 205.

Do you have any additional inquiries?

Our admission staff is prepared and available to address any inquiries or concerns you may have promptly.

Parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment, or alternatively, you can send an email to our admission team at admission@lihouston.org or call (832) 474-1013 ext. 205.

Crystal Bucio

Employee Information

Department(s):

Clinic

Title(s):

Nurse 

Contact Information

School Email:

cbucio@lihouston.org

Education

Degree(s):

Bachelor in Science in Nursing (BSN)

Registered Nurse (RN)