Academics

At Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, we believe that the first school experience needs to be positive and rewarding. In every interaction with our students, from the early days until they graduate at 18, we strive to build up their confidence and guide them towards an understanding of the routines and rules that support our community and form the foundation for a productive and responsible adult life.

Infant and Primary School Life

The Infant section of Haut Lac International Bilingual School is often the very first experience of what school life is like for students. As educators and parents, we understand your child’s developmental stages. Our goal is to present him or her with opportunities to learn new things, practice new skills, socialise, and absorb the foundations of life in a classroom setting in an age-appropriate way. We value each student’s unique personality and background, and strive to address his or her learning needs in a challenging yet supportive environment.

As your child moves up into Primary School, so do our expectations for him or her. Beyond acquiring the fundamentals of reading, math, and sciences, our students practice group collaboration, leadership, and social skills. Art, music, and physical movement are always an integral part of the curriculum.

International Baccalaureate and Diploma Programmes

The Haut-Lac Secondary School offers the IB Middle Years Programme for students aged 11-16, and the IB Diploma Programme for students aged 16-18.

The International Baccalaureate MYP and Diploma programmes were selected primarily because of their philosophy. As expressed in the International Baccalaureate Mission Statement below, the mission of creating a better world through education closely corresponds to the philosophy of our school.

“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.”

Your children will benefit from being a part of one of 5,000 authorised and accredited International Baccalaureate programmes around the world. The philosophy of the curriculum design goes beyond biology and algebra to teach students key skills for effective learning.

In order to thrive in this fast-changing world, your children need to do more than just memorise facts and numbers. They must become effective self-regulated learners, capable of learning in every life and academic situation, any time, in any place, from any person. It is our hope that by the time your son or daughter graduates from Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, he or she will have absorbed all the skills needed to cope with and take advantage of every situation.

A True International Immersion

As you can see, Haut-Lac International Bilingual School is more than a rigorous curriculum. Through classroom instruction, field trips, and community involvement, we work hard to develop a greater awareness of the world in our students. Our hope is that your child will leave our school academically well-prepared for the next steps in his or her education, but also as a better informed and compassionate global citizen.

Our school is unique, as it includes students of well over 40 different nationalities. You child will be exposed to a variety of customs, habits, traditions, and languages just by walking the hallways, sitting down for lunch, or going on a field trip.

Language and Subject Support

To ensure that each child has equal access to the study programmes, we provide language support in our languages of instruction (English and French) based on the unique needs of each child.

Beyond language needs, many of our students take advantage of additional academic support within specific subjects or areas of study. Dedicated study and tutoring rooms are available for one-on-one tutoring and coaching sessions. Rest assured that the Haut-Lac Individual Needs department is dedicated to meeting the needs of every student, and is committed to addressing specific learning challenges. Only through individual work and attention can we be certain that our students achieve their full potential.

Assessments and Examinations

We pride ourselves on setting up clear expectations for success. Teachers and students know precisely what must be learned, and the lesson plans are thoughtful, detailed, and interconnected.

Our use of assessments reflects our philosophy of teaching and learning. We use tests, exams, and other assessment tools to guide our approach, as a diagnostic to better reach every single student. Test and assessment results are never used as punishment, but as feedback for continuous improvement.