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Lower Canada College
Lower Canada College
4090 Royal Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 2M5
Contact name:
Dawn Levy

Phone number:
(514) 482-9797×
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Lower Canada College

Lower Canada College

4090 Royal Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 2M5

Liberal Arts,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
K to 12 (Coed)
$17,195 to 21,290/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 775 (Gr. K - 12)

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Contact Name:
Dawn Levy

Phone Number:

School Address
4090 Royal Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 2M5

About this school:

Globally minded, our school is an independent, university-preparatory coed, K-12, day school offering the IB Diploma Programme. Located on a 7-acre campus in the heart of the Monkland Village, the school has a rich history, an inspiring team of faculty, and a diverse and highly motivated student body. With a challenging academic programme and extensive co-curricular offerings that include athletics, arts, service, debating and leadership, our focus is on fully developing the mind, body and heart of every student.

The Our Kids review of Lower Canada College

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Created in 1909, LCC has historical roots that date back to the 1860s. As such, it’s one of the oldest schools in the country, and it has a reputation to match. As well all schools of age, LCC has changed over the years, though, within that, the operating principle has been one of no sudden movements—all adaptations have been considered and orderly. A bilingual program was adopted in the early 1990s, and girls admitted to all levels of instruction in 1995. The International Baccalaureate program, too, is relatively new, with its initial introduction in 2013. The list of alumni includes some shining lights of Canadian arts and letters, such as Hugh MacLennan and Stuart McLean, as well as politicians and academics. Families are attracted to the traditions of the school, one of them being academic excellence. LCC has long been one of best schools in the country, and no doubt it will remain one  for many years to come.

Principal's Message


Christopher Shannon, Headmaster

Ask LCC students, parents, teachers, or alumni what makes LCC a special place and they will tell you... abundant opportunities; a culture of excellence; a strong community; and exceptional resources.

We know this because we cared to ask. As educators, we understand that these defining characteristics are central to a student’s journey in discovering all that he or she can be—whatever that may be. And this strikes at the core of our philosophy.

Our school offers amazing opportunities for students in kindergarten through grade 12 because we believe they are essential to the student’s fullest development in mind, body and heart. We also understand that it’s not “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to education and personal growth. Providing a breadth of well-integrated curricular and co-curricular programmes keeps students engaged, allows them to try new things, and stretches their boundaries in a safe environment.

What is striking—and personally gratifying—is that students and staff alike enjoy being at LCC. We are a school that sets high standards in all that we do, but we also welcome the challenge. Positive student involvement, committed teachers, supportive parents and a joy of learning combine to make the LCC educational experience exceptional. Our faculty and staff inspire our students to do their best and discover new strengths and passions. These special relationships are the true measure of the value-add that distinguishes the programmes and opportunities of our school.

Community is part of our core values. At LCC, there is a genuine sense of pride and belonging palpable not only across our four school divisions, but also in all layers of school life. We live our motto—Non Nobis Solum/not for ourselves alone. This means instilling a sense of responsibility and accountability in our students, and ensuring everyone has the chance to make a difference in the lives of others, locally or globally.

Outstanding resources help make all of this possible. We are fortunate to have some of the best facilities in the city, which are complemented by innovative programming and teachers prepared to go the extra mile. Whether it be math and science, performing arts, technology, athletics, leadership, service, Pre-University, or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, it comes down to people, facilities and programmes. Together they provide a comprehensive experience that develops personal potential and brings about seemingly endless possibilities for LCC students.

There are many excellent schools from which to choose and we recognize that selecting the school that best fits 
is important. We invite you to explore LCC and discover for yourself the journey that will lead to the power to be.

Christopher Shannon

Headmaster, Pre-U graduate, and parent of two LCC alumni


Curriculum Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What Lower Canada College says: LCC’s academic program is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity, develop essential literacy and numeracy skills, and inculcate life-long learning habits that promote excellence. We want our students to become independent learners who can face new challenges and stretch their capacities to think critically and creatively. They must feel free to take intellectual risks and understand that as much can be learned from failure as from success. Our program encourages students to be engaged in their learning processes, appreciating their own strengths and recognizing the areas in which they need to improve. We foster a culture of achievement, where students strive to do their best and are acknowledged for their efforts.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading
    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

              • Play-based
              • Montessori
              • Waldorf
              • Reggio Emilia
              • Academic

              Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

              What Lower Canada College says: At LCC we offer a safe and stimulating physical environment nestled away from the other divisions of the school. We implement a challenging bilingual programme led by excellence in teaching, and we instil a set of values to ensure that each of our students grows to meet the challenges of the future, not only with confidence but with compassion. Along their journey students are exposed to a variety of experiences and opportunities that help them discover all that they can be.

              Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

              • Standard-enriched
              • Accelerated
              • Student-paced

              Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

              Flexible pacing:

              Flexible pacing style = offered
              Subject-streaming (tracking)
              Multi-age classrooms as standard
              Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
              Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
              Regular guided independent study opportunities
              Differentiated assessment

              What Lower Canada College says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

              Academic Culture Rigorous

              • Rigorous
              • Supportive

              A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

              What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

              Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

              Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
              Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

              Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
              Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

              What Lower Canada College says: This information is not currently available.

              Special Needs Support Moderate


              Lower Canada College provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

              • Academic Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
                Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
              • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
                Support Type = offered
                Extra support
              • What Lower Canada College says: Please call LCC (514-482-0951) for more details.

              • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
                Special needs
                Learning disabilities
                ADHD (moderate to severe)
                Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
                Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
                Language Processing Disorder
                Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
                Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
                Asperger's Syndrome
                Down syndrome
                Intellectual disability
                Behavioral and Emotional
                Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
                Clinical Depression
                Suicidal thoughts
                Drug and alcohol abuse
                Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
                Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
                Cystic Fibrosis
                Multiple physical
              • Forms of support delivery:
                Support Type = offered
                A regular class with indirect support
                A regular class with resource assistance
                A regular class with withdrawal assistance
                A special education class with partial integration
                A full-time special education class
              • Additional Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Social skills programs
                Occupational therapy
                Speech-language therapy
              • What Lower Canada College says: Please call LCC (514-482-0951) for more details.

              Gifted Learner Support No Support

              No Support

              Lower Canada College does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

              Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.


              What Lower Canada College says:

              This information is not currently available.

              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Cross-country skiing
                Ice Hockey
                Track & Field
              • Clubs Offered
                Art Club
                Audiovisual Club
                Chess Club
                Community Service
                Computer Club
                Debate Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Jazz Ensemble
                Musical theatre/Opera
                Online Magazine
                Outdoor Club
                Poetry/Literature club
                Robotics club
                Round Square
                School newspaper
                Student Council

              Tuition & Financial Aid



              Need-based financial aid

              Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
              Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid12%
              Average aid package size$0
              Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid12%
              Total aid available$1,000,000

              Application Deadline:
              October 26, 2015 Repeats annually

              More information:

              Application Details:

              This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
              At Lower Canada College we believe it is important to make the opportunity for an LCC education as accessible as possible. Our bursary programmes have been established to support students who deserve an LCC education. In fact, last year our school granted approximately $982,000 in scholarships and bursaries to almost 15% of our students at the high school level (grades 7-12). We are part of a network of schools affiliated with Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS); a neutral organization that provides an analysis of a family’s financial ability to contribute toward the school’s tuition fees. The school will make its decisions to award aid on the basis of financial need with guidance from the confidential analysis provided by FACS. During this challenging economic climate, our first priority is to support current LCC families.

              Merit based Scholarships

              This information is not currently available.


              Total enrollment 775
              Average enrollment per grade60
              Gender (grades)K to 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offeredNo

              Student distribution:

              Day Enrollment3636383840424290959510010060



              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              InterviewK - 12
              SSAT (out of province)
              Entrance Exam(s)
              Entrance Essay
              Application Fee 

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:
              October 16, 2015

              What Lower Canada College says:

              □ A completed application form

              □ A recent wallet/passport size photo of applicant (please write applicant's name on back of photo)

              □ A completed student profile form (grades 5 –11 only)

              □ A confidential report form completed by the child’s teacher who returns it directly to the LCC Admissions Office (where schools comply)

              □ A copy of recent report cards (current year and previous year-end)

              □ A copy of the child’s eligibility certificate (mandatory for grades 7–11)

              □ Applicants born in Canada: an original birth certificate (brought to the Admissions Office meeting for certification) or provide 3 certified copies of the long form birth certificate. Both parents’ names must appear.

              □ Applicants born outside of Canada: an original birth certificate (brought to the Admissions Office meeting for certification) or provide 3 certified copies of the long form birth certificate. Both parents’ names must appear. Also include proof of student's or parent's Canadian citizenship. If the applicant or parents do not possess Canadian citizenship, Canadian immigration documents must be provided.

              □ Results of a second-language test provided by LCC or recommended by the school. Contact the Admissions Office for details (ESL students only).

              □ A non-refundable processing and evaluation fee of $50. Payable by cash (receipt provided), cheque or money order payable to Lower Canada College, or wire transfer (from a financial institution outside Canada only). Contact Admissions Office for details.


              Acceptance Rate:


              Type of student Lower Canada College is looking for: At LCC we aim to educate the child in mind, body and heart, and as such, admission considerations at our school extend beyond test results. We want to know the whole child. We seek diverse students who demonstrate potential, excitement for learning, and commitment. When we invite a student to join our school, we believe that it will be a mutually beneficial experience. We want the child to grow beyond his/her imagination and expect that his/her involvement in our community will strengthen the school as a whole.

              Student Entry Points

              Student TypeK123456789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              36 (60%)000000000000

              University Placement

              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class size100
              *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
              **Ivy+ placementsN/A

              *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

              **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

              What Lower Canada College says:

            • 100% success rate for IB DP graduates

            • Notable Alumni

              Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
              Peter  Behrens 1971 Peter Behrens,a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. has his third novel CARRY ME published in Spring 2016. www.peterbehrens.org
              Stuart Mclean 1965 Vinyl Cafe

              Alumni Highlights

              • www.peterbehrens.org

              Stories & Testimonials


              Ready for University. Ready for Life.

              The Pre-U/Grade 12 experience is one that i will never forget. I cannot imagine myself feeling more prepared for university, and that is definitely thanks to the teachers and administrators at LCC. We worked hard in the classroom but had a blast in the process! With new-found friendships and study habits, Pre-U/Grade 12 offered a seamless transition to life beyond high school. It was far the most fun and rewarding school year for me and I wouldn't change a thing!


              In the News


              April 28, 2015 - Montreal Private School Wins LEED Canada Gold Rating

              Lower Canada College (LCC) in Montreal was awarded the LEED Canada Gold rating with top marks for innovation and design. ...


              • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
              • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
              • The Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) Associations

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