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IB Diploma Programme

LCC is the only English high school in the province of Quebec to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), where the focus is on an academically challenging, international education. The programme is taught over a two-year period (grades 11 and 12), and positions students for direct entrance to university anywhere in the world. Its mission and philosophy are entirely in line with LCC’s mission of fully developing students in mind, body, and heart, and preparing them for success and leadership in a sustainable global society. In 2015–2016, 72 students were enrolled in Years 1 and 2 of the IB DP.

To earn the diploma, students must follow a course of study in the six subject areas and the three elements of the core for two years. There are externally set and corrected exams at the end of the two-year course in most subject areas. This external assessment determines the score students receive.

Why IB?

Lower Canada College: An Authorized IB World School

In early April 2013 LCC was officially recognized as an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Diploma Programme for students in grades 11 and 12. Although other schools in Quebec offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) or the Middle Years Programme (MYP), we are currently the only English high school in the province offering the Diploma Programme (DP).

International Baccalaureate schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education. The Diploma Programme is designed as an academically rigorous and balanced course of study with final examinations that prepare students for success at university and life beyond. This two-year programme has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.

Offering the IBDP as an option for LCC students makes sense. The IB mission and philosophy are entirely in line with our school’s mission of fully developing students in mind, body, and heart, and preparing them for success and leadership in a sustainable global society. In addition, the IB Diploma Programme further enhances our existing Pre-University (grade 12) Programme and its reputation for outstanding university preparation. Students who gain requisite standing in the IB Diploma Programme can pursue direct access to universities worldwide, including in Quebec.

About IB

The International Baccalaureate currently works with more than 4,300 schools in 143 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes—Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme—to over 1,049,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.

The Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities. Since 1970, over half a million students have graduated with an IB diploma worldwide.

LCC is an IB World School that offers the IB Diploma Programme. Although other schools in Quebec offer the Primary Years Programme or the Middle Years Programme, it is the only English high school in the province offering the Diploma.

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The IB Mission

“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

—International Baccalaureate

Curriculum & Faculty

The IB curriculum comprises a ‘core’ and six subject groups. Students will select one course from each of the subject groups below. Three HL courses are required to obtain the Diploma. Students may select an additional elective from groups 1 - 4 instead of an option in group 6. Even though these courses run over the two-year period, the IB curriculum gels with the Quebec curriculum and all students will fulfill their high school leaving requirements after grade 11. In order to complete the requirements for a bilingual diploma, a student must complete two Group 1 courses.

GROUP 1

English A: Literature SL & HL

French A: Language & Literature SL*

Chinese A: Literature (school-supported self-taught SL)

GROUP 2

French B SL & HL*
Spanish Ab Initio (Online) SL
Spanish B (Online) SL
Mandarin Ab Initio (Online) SL

GROUP 3

Philosophy SL & HL
Economics SL & HL
20th Century World History SL & HL
Psychology (Online) SL & HL
Business Management (Online) SL & HL
Information Technology in a Global Society (Online) SL & HL

GROUP 4

Chemistry SL & HL
Physics SL & HL
Biology SL

GROUP 5

Mathematics SL & HL
Math Studies SL

GROUP 6

Music SL & HL
Visual Arts SL & HL
Film SL & HL

(Or an additional elective from one of the other subject groups 1-4)

* The Group 1 and 2 curriculum briefs are available in English only; however, the curricula offered in French A and B are the same.

Disclaimer: Students may choose no more than one online course in their selections, and entry into the course is subject to a successful interview. Please note that there is an additional cost for online courses, which will be determined.

The Core

In addition to the six subjects, the IB Diploma involves completing three elements of the core:

  1. Students follow a course in Theory of Knowledge, where they are encouraged to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing and different kinds of knowledge while drawing on their courses of study.
  2. IB Diploma students must complete a 4000-word Extended Essay, requiring independent research through an in-depth study of a question related to one of the subjects they are studying.
  3. Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requires that students actively learn from the experience of performing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately. The expectation is that students complete approximately three CAS hours per week.

IB Faculty

All faculty teaching IB courses are required to take part in subject-specific training. In addition, they gain access to IB resources and a virtual forum where they can share ideas and discuss pedagogy with colleagues from around the world.

Diploma Requirements & University Recognition

To earn the diploma, students must follow a course of study in the six subject areas and the three elements of the core for two years. There are externally set and corrected exams at the end of the two-year course in most subject areas. This external assessment determines the score students receive.

Additional Information:

Understanding the IB Diploma Programme Scores

University Admission

Data show that universities regard IB diploma students as being more prepared for university than their colleagues. Data also show that they do better in school and have a higher university acceptance rate than non-IB students.

Additional Information:

IB Diploma Programme: A strong predictor of success in university

The IB Diploma and Higher Education

The IB Diploma Programme: Global Graduate Destinations Survey 2011/2012

The IB Diploma Programme: Graduate Destinations Survey 2011/2012 – Country Report: Canada

Universities with IB Recognition Policies

Canadian University IB Recognition Policy

McGill University Admission Standards for IB Students

10 Reasons Why the IB Diploma Programme is Ideal Preparation for University

Student Profile

Students entering the programme should have an average of at least 85%. Some HL courses, e.g., science and math, require a grade of at least 88%. Self-motivated, these students demonstrate the ability to think critically and show evidence of good research skills and proactive commitment to community service, action and creativity.

An IB Diploma student should exemplify the elements of the IB Learner Profile:

Results

Here are our results since our first cohort of graduates in 2015:

University Destinations

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme has numerous advantages:

  • The academically challenging and balanced programme of education prepares students for success at university and life beyond.
  • The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
  • Research shows that former IBDP students have experienced profound, long-term positive effects in the development of international-mindedness and a broader perspective on the world.
  • Enduring student outcomes include enhanced critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills and a strong aptitude for social engagement.

To date, LCC has celebrated two cohorts of IB Diploma Programme graduates. Our students are going on to study at distinguished universities around the world.

Click to learn about the offers of admission as well as the schools that they chose to attend.

Enrolment & Expectations

Approximately 50% of LCC students will follow the IB programme in grade 11. Students not participating in the Diploma Programme continue to have a wide range of option courses from which to choose, ranging from Media to 20th Century History, and Student Leadership to Spanish.

Balance

IB is regarded as a rigorous academic programme that provides excellent preparation for university. As with all students at LCC, those who are following the IB programme will be expected to keep up with their studies and complete all homework assignments and reading.

Students who are taking the IB diploma will be encouraged to take part in the co-curricular life of the school. Moreover, fulfilling their CAS requirements will ensure that not only are the students involved in creative and active co-curriculars and service, but they will also plan their commitment and reflect on what they have experienced.

Withdrawal from the IB Diploma Programme

Students who are enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme but choose to leave after grade 11 will not earn an IB Diploma. However, all students will receive all credits that they require for high school graduation in Quebec and will be very well prepared for CEGEP studies if that is the path they choose to take.

LCC Pre-University Option

Admission to LCC’s one-year Pre-University programme will continue for students from schools other than LCC. These students will continue to have a wide range of courses from which to choose. Upon successful completion of their grade 12 year, graduates will be able to attend university.

However, it must be noted that to complete the IB Diploma students must follow the programme for two years.

Visit our Pre-University page.

Information & Resources

Testimonials

"Budgeting my time is one of the key skills that the IB DP helped me develop. Because you have to think quickly and write quickly for the IB exams, I learned how to work efficiently. Now I am able to get through tests with more confidence and less hesitation."

Read more about the impact of the IB Diploma Programme on Harrison Mashaal's (Pre-U '16) post-secondary studies.

"From a parent’s perspective, the challenging workload of the IB Programme prepared Ryan very well for the rigours of college."

Read more about Dr. Ron Dimentberg's thoughts on the value of the IB Diploma Programme and how it served his son Ryan '15.


"I thought that IB would provide me with a diploma that would be recognized by universities in many parts of the world."

Read more about how the IB Diploma Programme has helped Daniel Wen '15 in his post-secondary studies


"I chose the IB Diploma Programme because I knew it was going to be challenging and because I was told that having the diploma would look great."

Read more about why the IB Diploma Programme was a good choice for Arjun Chaudhuri '15.



Q & A

Will there be fees over and above the LCC tuition fees?

Yes, but these are only the direct examination costs, in the same way as families currently pay for AP examinations. These are only payable in the grade 12 year.

What happens if the student withdraws from the programme after grade 11?

Students who decide to withdraw following the first year of the IB programme will be very well prepared for CEGEP study and will receive their Quebec High School Leaving at the end of grade 11. However, they do have the option to stay for grade 12 and gain a Pre-U diploma.

Do teachers receive special training to teach at the IB level?

Each IB teacher/administrator is required to complete intensive training workshops sanctioned by the IBO and is also expected to attend subsequent workshops for further training once s/he has been teaching/administering the DP for at least two years. The curriculum for each course changes every seven years, and teachers in the affected subject areas must be retrained at this point.

If a student is a grade 11 LCC graduate who did not take the IB option, can s/he enroll in the Pre-U programme?

Yes, LCC will be offering the Pre-U programme concurrently with the IB Diploma Programme. Non-IB LCC students and grade 11 graduates from other schools can enroll in the Pre-U programme. Note, however, that the Pre-U Diploma does not make a student eligible for admission to a Quebec-based university.

How are students evaluated?

Students are evaluated with criterion-referenced rubrics in a variety of different assessments, ranging from formal essays to presentations to orals to exams. Each course has a combination of internal and external assessments, and the bulk of the overall grade comes from the externally assessed exams in May of year two (grade 12).

What is a passing grade in an IB course and for the IB Diploma?

Each of the six subject area courses is graded on a score of 7, with 4 considered a passing grade. In order to successfully complete the Diploma Programme, a student must attain a minimum overall score of 24 points. This score also includes the 3-point maximum awarded for the core elements of the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. A student must also successfully complete the third core requirement of CAS to receive the IB Diploma. Finally, a student who does not successfully complete any one of the core or subject area components will not receive an IB Diploma.

What is the minimum IB score for university admission?

University acceptance standards and advanced credits vary. Therefore, it is important to consult the admission guidelines of the institution to be fully aware of its policy. Please consult the “Diploma Requirements & University Recognition” tab for further details.

What’s the difference between IB and AP (Advanced Placement)?

Does completing the IB Diploma guarantee my child entry to McGill?

No. McGill and all other universities offer places dependent on how students fare in their IB courses. See McGill University Admission Standards for IB Students for further information.

Will IB mean that my child cannot take part in the co-curricular life of the school?

No, through the CAS component students are mandated to be involved in co-curricular activities. However, the IB Diploma Programme is challenging, and students will have to stay on top of their studies.

IB DP Brochure

Student Testimonial

Harrison Mashaal (Pre-U '16) wasn't fully convinced that the IB Diploma Programme was the right choice for him. Learn more about why he is happy that he stuck with it.

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