Lowell High School
About Lowell High School
Lowell High School, situated in the charming neighborhood of Yaletown in downtown Vancouver, is an esteemed IB World School. It belongs to the reputable CBCIS international schools consortium and is highly regarded for its commitment to fostering academic excellence and a well-rounded, holistic approach to education. In addition to the BC Dogwood Diploma Program, Lowell High School offers the prestigious IB Diploma Program. The school’s rigorous and comprehensive curriculum is designed to equip students with the necessary skills for success in college and beyond. With a dedicated team of advisors, the school ensures regular communication with individual students, monitors their progress, and supports their academic and personal growth. Students at Lowell High School are provided with ample opportunities to cultivate leadership abilities and engage in a diverse range of clubs and volunteer experiences.
Programs at Lowell High School
BC Dogwood Diploma Program:
The curriculum for this program at Lowell High School supports personalization and flexibility of learning. To fulfill the criteria for graduation and receive a British Columbia Certificate of Graduation, also known as the Dogwood Diploma, students must earn a minimum of 80 credits (52 mandatory credits and 28 elective credits). Out of these 80 credits, a minimum of 16 credits must be at the Grade 12 level. Upon graduation from grade 12 students will receive their BC Dogwood Diploma which is certified by the BC Ministry of Education.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program:
The IB Diploma Program is a two-year educational program designed for students between the ages of 16 and 19. This program follows a specific model that organizes the six subject group options, such as Language and Literature, Sciences, and The Arts, along with three additional components known as the “CORE components.” These CORE components are essential for students to earn the IB Diploma Program Certificate. Throughout the two-year duration of the program, students study six courses simultaneously and undertake both internal and external assessments. The “CORE components” of the program involve certain requirements for students, including:
- Crafting an independent research paper known as the Extended Essay, which consists of 4000 words and focuses on a topic that personally interests and aligns with their academic pursuits.
- Enrolling in a course called Theory of Knowledge, which spans approximately 100 hours and encourages students to explore diverse aspects of knowledge, including its generation, purpose, and evolution over time.
- Engaging in the Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) program for a period of 18 months. This program aims to enhance students’ personal and interpersonal growth by involving them in academic, artistic, athletic, and service-oriented activities.
Cultural Exchange Program:
Lowell High School offers a variety of exchange options for international students interested in balancing academic learning with fun-filled activities and cultural experiences.
- The one-year exchange program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the BC graduation program by studying its courses for an entire academic year. In addition to the academic advantages, participating students gain a broader perspective on Canada and the world upon their return.
- Through the Short-term Exchange Program, students from diverse cultural backgrounds have the chance to experience studying in Canada as visiting students. These exchanges can vary in duration, ranging from 4 weeks to one semester, and are offered throughout the school year.
- Winter and Summer Camps are specifically designed for international students who desire a combination of English language instruction and immersive cultural experiences. These camps offer a well-rounded approach where students concentrate on developing all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) during morning classes. The afternoons and weekends are dedicated to exciting and captivating activities and outings, allowing students to fully engage and experience the local culture.
- Academic Requirements: Applicants must submit their official transcripts or academic records. If these documents are not in English, they must be translated and officially certified.
- Supporting Documentation: A copy of the applicant’s passport, digital passport size photo, and a single page personal statement (150 words minimum) must be submitted in addition to the application form.
- Interview: Candidates are required to participate in an interview, which will be arranged by the Admissions Office once the application has been reviewed. It’s important to note that interviews will only be scheduled once the application and all supporting documents have been received in their entirety.
Tuition, Fees and Refund Policy
Tuition and Fees:
- Application Fee (non-refundable): $300 CAD
- Program Tuition: $23,100 CAD annually
- School Uniform Fee: $650 CAD
- Contingency Fee Deposit (refundable): $200 CAD
- Medical Insurance: $400 CAD
- Transportation Fee (Compass Card): $660 CAD
- Grade 12 IB Diploma Exam Fee: $1,300 CAD
- Student Support Service Fee: $2,700 CAD
- Homestay Fee (Full Board, 10 months): $16,000 CAD
If an international student’s visa application is declined by a Canadian Embassy outside of Canada, they will be eligible for a refund of the full prepaid tuition fee, excluding a processing fee of $600 CAD. To initiate the refund process, the student must provide the completed Tuition Refund Request Form along with the mandatory original letter of rejection.
- Application Deadline for the BC Dogwood Diploma Program:
- Fall Semester (September – January): July 15th
- Spring Semester (February – June): December 15th
- Summer Short-term Studies Session (July – August): May 31st
- Application Deadline for the IB Diploma Program:
- September Intake: March 1st
Facilities at Lowell High School
- Classrooms: The school has well-equipped small sized classrooms that provide a suitable learning environment for students. These classrooms are designed to facilitate interactive and engaging teaching and learning experiences.
- Computer Labs: Lowell High School offers computer labs with access to computers, software, and internet connectivity. These labs allow students to work on assignments, conduct research, and enhance their computer skills.
- Library: The school has a library or resource center that provides a collection of books, journals, and digital resources. Students can use these resources for academic research, studying, and accessing course materials.
- Study Areas: Lowell High School provides designated study areas or spaces where students can concentrate on their coursework and collaborate with peers. These areas may include quiet study rooms, group study rooms, and communal spaces.
- Student Lounge: The school has a student lounge area where students can relax, socialize, and interact with their peers. This space may have comfortable seating, tables, and recreational amenities.
- Student Services: The school offers student services such as academic advising, counseling, and support for career development. These services aim to assist students in achieving their academic and personal goals.
- Field Trips: We complement our courses with field trips to diverse destinations throughout the lower mainland, enriching the learning experience. These field trips encompass visits to nature centers, local businesses, museums, and amusement parks, among other potential locations.
- Clubs and Outdoor Activities: These activities have a primary goal of equipping students with vital life skills. Their intention is for students to disconnect from the demands of daily routines and instead focus on recognizing, implementing, and reflecting upon strategies that can improve and sustain their overall well-being.
- Volunteer Opportunities: The school facilitates connections between students and local charitable organizations, providing opportunities for them to actively engage in events that promote social awareness and foster a sense of global citizenship.
- Custodianship: For students below the age of 19, it is mandatory to have a responsible adult who will take care of them while they are in Canada. In cases where the student will not be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, Lowell High School must make arrangements for custodianship.
- Homestay: Homestays at Lowell High School offer exceptional value, as the families hosting students are meticulously chosen to create a welcoming and comfortable environment that resembles a “home away from home” for the students.
Scholarships at Lowell High School
- Academic Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:
- Up to $2,000 CAD
- Available to full-time admitted students
- Admission average of 86%+ in academic courses
- Diversity Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:
- Up to $2,000 CAD
- Available to admitted international students
We offer pre-evaluation of your documents including transcripts and English language proficiency results prior to applying to your program of choice. Additionally, we offer assistance and provide guidance in constructing optimal resumes and personal statements if required for admission. lastly we provide a checklist of all the required documents for admission and assist you with applying for residency as well.