Diploma Programme

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School has been authorised to deliver the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme since 2004. The IB Diploma Programme is currently taught in 147 countries. It offers students access to what is arguably the most broadly recognised international qualification for university entrance. We are proud and honoured to be able to support your children as they prepare for the next step in their educational journey.

The IB Diploma Programme is offered to all pupils from the age of 16 to 18. This is the main academic vehicle provided by the school for progression to tertiary studies in a college or a university.

About the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

As with all IB programmes, the Diploma Programme has The Learner Profile at its philosophical core. The programme seeks to develop the key qualities and character traits of a life-long learner, who is an inquirer, independent thinker, open-minded, caring, a risk-taker and a clear constructive communicator. At Haut-Lac, we actively promote these attributes to all our students and model them ourselves.

With university entrance on the line, attention to subject academics is vital. We understand that entrance requirements vary depending on where in the world your child wishes to pursue their education. We spend significant time with every one of our students to help them design a course of study that will support them and prepare them for their next steps.

As you can see in the IB Diploma visual above, the Diploma is based upon the study of 6 disciplines, united by a common core.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Disciplines

The six disciplines include the following:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature (mother-tongue studies)
Group 2: Language acquisition (the learning of another language)
Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Business & Management, Economics, Geography and History)
Group 4: Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics, Sports Science)
Group 5: Mathematics (3 levels)
Group 6: The Arts (Film, Visual Arts)

From these 6 disciplines, students must take 3 subjects at Higher Level (HL) and 3 at Standard Level (SL). It is possible to replace a Group 2 subject with a 2nd Group 1. It is also possible to replace a subject from Group 6 with a subject from either Group 2, 3 or 4.

We work with every student to ensure that he or she gets the necessary exposure and knowledge to prepare for entrance to the university of his or her choice.

As with all IB programmes, the aim is to offer a holistic approach to student learning. In other words, one that provides students with a broad range of competencies, the possibility to explore their strengths, and adequate preparation for their future.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Core Studies

We believe that the common core studies truly set the IB programme apart from the rest. The early exposure to Theory of Knowledge, as well as the intense experience of writing an Extended Essay and completing the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) programme enables our students to apply their knowledge and practice the skills that will make them successful college students and productive members of the society.

Theory of Knowledge is a critical thinking course designed to study how we know what we know.

Extended Essay is an independent self-directed research project that culminates in a 4’000 word essay.

Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is a programme designed to counterbalance the rigours of the classroom while developing life skills in a hands-on manner. Projects involve real and purposeful activities with meaningful outcomes, require thoughtful consideration, and encourage students to reflect on their learning. We recommend a mix of individual and team-based projects.

The IB Diploma is a well-established, comprehensive educational platform that serves students extremely well for their future. The study programme is intense and rigorous. We push our students to do their best, step outside their comfort zone, and grow in ways that will serve them well during their university studies. The holistic nature of the curriculum completes and balances out the intensity of the academics. We focus on making interdisciplinary connections, as well as allowing time for physical movement, art, music, and independent study.

We hope that you come to appreciate the philosophy and the result of International Baccalaureate as much as we do!