International Baccalaureate

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for students aged 11-16, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for students aged 16-18.

These programmes were selected primarily because the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy, as expressed in the IB Mission Statement below, closely corresponds to the philosophy of our school.

The International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

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 organisation works with schools, governments and companies to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

Holistic Education

The IB programmes encourage students around the world to become active adults, compassionate humans, and curious learners. The International Baccalaureate curriculum, as well as the multicultural exposure that your child will benefit from at Haut-Lac, builds an appreciation for human differences, embraces bilingualism, and encourages constructive communication.

Students are regarded as individuals for whom holistic education is essential to progress and succeed. We use the IB programmes to develop each student as a whole person, emphasising their intellectual, emotional, personal and social growth. Students are also encouraged to acquire the knowledge, skills, and understanding required to become global citizens within our changing society.

The International Baccalaureate Difference

We chose the International Baccalaureate model primarily because we share its approach to education. Here are some of the programme characteristics that we particularly like.

  • The IB programme incorporates best practices and research from schools around the world.
  • It is not based on any one government or national educational scheme.
  • It encourages students to consider the local and global aspects of issues and decisions from a young age, teaching them to think like future leaders.
  • It encourages critical and independent thinking.
  • It teaches life-long learning skills, including asking challenging questions, reasoning logically, and doing research.

International Baccalaureate Learner Profile

All IB programmes around the world share the Learner Profile, which is a set of desirable personal qualities and attributes that we inspire our students to acquire. In doing so, students get an appreciation for their shared humanity, a passion for protecting the planet, and a desire to create a better and more peaceful world.

Here are the qualities and character traits that describe the IB Learner Profile, as seen on the International Baccalaureate website.

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

In over a decade of serving as an International Baccalaureate-accredited school, we can testify to the fact that this curriculum cultivates independent, internationally-minded students who are capable of taking responsibility for their own learning and being respectful of others. All our students engage in community service throughout the International Baccalaureate programmes, enabling them to gain real life experience and become responsible, proactive citizens.

The International Baccalaureate Teaching Style

The IB curriculum is student-centred. The volume of technical content that we cover is significant. It spans a wide range of subjects, and develops an interdisciplinary understanding of how events, actions and natural laws are connected. It also helps students gain a deep understanding of different cultures.

Our teachers help students develop thinking and learning habits by using the cycle of inquiry, observation, and reflection. We want your children to succeed academically as well as personally, so every student is supported, coached, and encouraged throughout his or her learning.

IB programmes are designed to be rigorous and challenging – that is why they receive international recognition and hold a worldwide appeal. At Haut-Lac, we offer extensive resources to our students to make sure everyone gets the attention, support, and technical help they need to get the most out of their time with us.

The International Baccalaureate Accreditation

The International Baccalaureate organisation ensures the quality of its programmes through its ‘Programme standards and practices’, which are common across all accredited schools worldwide. The programme standards are a set of criteria that can be used by both the school and the IB to measure the success of the implementation of the programmes in each school.

In order to maintain the IB designation, accredited schools undergo rigorous self-assessment, as well as regular evaluation by the IB organisation. We can confidently state that the IB philosophy is alive within Haut-Lac International Bilingual School. We pride ourselves on preparing our students for life-long learning by developing their critical thinking skills and independence.