High School at Laurier MacDonald High School in Montréal, Québec

Laurier Macdonald High School is an International Baccalaureate World school. All students benefit from a degree of exposure to the International Baccalaureate Program’s philosophy of academic development and social/global growth while profiting from the availability of a variety of curricular frameworks. Success is promoted through the teaching and exploration of multiple literacies, the Media Production program, Community Learning Centre, and the diversification of learning pathways including an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, Bilingual Studies or a Core English syllabus. The school has a special media arts center for photography, video, and computer design courses. Laurier McDonald also has its own swimming pool.


Laurier MacDonald High School
  • Destination Montréal | Québec Canada
  • age from 15 to 17 years old
  • Language English
  • dates September to June
  • length 5 months or 10 months

Study Program

1) Regular High School curriculum

2) Middle Years IB (since 2002): the highest program which features an entrance exam.

3) Enriched and Core programs: Enriched is a program where science, history and geography are taught in French. Core is a program where every class is taught in English except for French class.

4) Resource programs: a program for students who have a hard time in school.

IB Courses

Chemistry, English, History, Maths, Physical Education, French, Biology, Further Maths, Science, Personal Project, Visual Arts, Humanities


Radio Club, Yearbook, Student Council


Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Swimming, Track and Field, Flag Football. Laurier McDonald also has its own swimming pool. Both its male and female sports teams compete as the Rams.

Visual Arts & Multimedia

In Secondary 3 and 4, Laurier MacDonald students are enrolled in the Visual Arts and Multimedia programs.  This provides them with the opportunity to explore new ways of creating and transforming imagery and content using technological tools and methods.  Using a variety of resources, students will create still and spatiotemporal images, with and without sound, opening new avenues of production and appreciation.


Students who attend Nacel Canada’s program in Montréal may choose to stay with either a predominantly French or English speaking host family.  Most people in Montréal are bilingual, however some favour one language more than the other in their everyday conversation.  All students studying in Montréal are exposed to both languages.

Our high school exchange programs in Canada provide full board.  Students will be welcomed by warm Canadian host families and learn firsthand about one another's culture ‪and live in a warming and comfortable environment.

You will have the opportunity to develop your language and social skills by meeting new friends and sharing experiences with your host family. Canadians are always looking forward to learn about your culture, yourself and everything about your home country.  Host families are carefully selected by our local coordinator, based on availability and your interests and hobbies.  

Canadian host families are also well known for supporting exchange students, by offering care at all times. International students will feel like at home, from the moment they arrive.  ‪We have many stories of students keeping in touch for years with their second families, visiting again with their own parents etc.
Students can also count on the full support of our local coordinators in Canada, who will be more than glad to offer any extra support, in case students are feeling homesick, need some extra reinforcement with school subjects, or need advice in communicating with the host family. Students must be aware that they might be placed in several host families during their exchange program in Canada ‪(due to availability, life circumstance, change of jobs etc.)
The personal growth and communication skills gained from an experience abroad can make an important difference in college and career goals. Apply now for your high school exchange in Canada!


Please contact Nacel Canada HSP for further details.


Please contact Nacel Canada HSP for further details.

Price includes

  • Local supervision during whole program and local orientation
  • School and Host Family placements in Full board
  • Official documents to obtain visas
  • Reimbursement of mandatory school fees for Core Subjects
  • Medical, accident & liability insurance.
  • Local assistance and 24 hour emergency support

Price does not include

  • International airfare to final destination in Canada
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Visa, passport and medical exam fees
  • Extra activities organized by schools and other
  • Daily transfers from family to school (bus passes)
  • School supplies and calculators, uniforms and sport uniforms, club or team fees
  • Extra language courses
  • All domestic transfers in Canada
  • Individual transfers for arrivals outside of scheduled arrivals and departures
  • Legalization of High School Transcripts (225 CAD)
  • Personal expenses and pocket money
Apply at least 5 months before arrival.
  • Students aged 13 – 17 at the time of arrival
  • 2 or more years of English language study
  • Exposure to French language (all students must take one mandatory French language course)
  • Experience living away from home, maturity and independence
  • An interest in learning about another culture and language
  • A willingness to share in the daily life of a host family
  • An open and flexible attitude which will allow the student to adapt to the school and host family environments
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