Opening Doors to Global Opportunities
A premier Montreal institution for 106 years, Lower Canada College (LCC) is a co-educational day school for students from kindergarten to grade 12 with a strong reputation for preparing students for entrance to prestigious universities across the world. One of only three Quebec high schools to offer a pre-university grade 12 program, LCC is also the only English high school in Quebec to offer a two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).
Becoming Part of the Lower Canada College Community
With its attractive location in the internationally renowned city of Montreal, LCC draws students from nearly every continent of the world. “With students from over 35 different countries at LCC, we have quite a diverse community, and we are committed to global education,” said LCC Director of Enrollment Dawn Levy.
In addition to the international student orientation program, foreign students can adjust to life in Canada through the new homestay program. Ms. Levy explained. “We are in partnership with Canada Homestay Network. The homestay program is a really attractive option, not only because it allows for immersion into Canadian culture, but it’s also very affordable.”
LCC’s enriched educational program consists of academic, co-curricular, and service opportunities that position students to explore and discover their true potential throughout their educational journey. Students are active in music, sports, digital media, drama, debate, technology, and more. The region’s distinct seasons allow for a wide range of sports at LCC, from hockey to jiu-jitsu to football, soccer, and cross-country skiing. School spirit is a prominent aspect of student life, with cheerful competition to gain points throughout the year for each student’s “house” – Hogwarts-style.
With a student/teacher ratio of 10 to 1, and an average class size of 17, global connections weave through all levels of LCC’s four mini-schools, enabling students to build confidence and feel a sense of belonging and responsibility. The school also hosts prominent guest speakers and international visitors, such as a recent visit from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, a member of the British Royal Family.
A Global Mindset
Global education is a significant part of an LCC education. As a member of Round Square, an international association of globally minded schools, LCC sends local students abroad and hosts foreign students for short-term exchange programs.
LCC grade 10 student, Abby Shine, went to South Africa for six weeks through Round Square International. “It was the highlight of my year,” said Ms. Shine, who has attended LCC since kindergarten. “I enjoyed the classes, learned some Zulu, went on a safari, and visited Cape Town. Best of all, I stay in touch with my South African host friend almost every day.”
Exchange students participate in international leadership conferences, while also becoming fully immersed in LCC student life and extracurricular activities. Students may also participate in the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh awards program, which includes fulfilling criteria related to fitness, service, learning a new skill, and having an adventurous journey.
“Ask LCC students, parents, teachers, or alumni what makes LCC special and they will tell you it begins with LCC’s CORE Advantage: a strong sense of Community, abundant Opportunities, exceptional Resources, and a culture of Excellence. Combined, our CORE strengths help cultivate the fullest potential of every child in mind, body, and heart,” concluded Ms. Levy.