As a Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, Lausanne helps our students grow to be caring and knowledgeable inquirers providing a foundation of learning that our students build upon in their journey through Lausanne. The curriculum is designed to teach our students to build connections across subject areas and be able to develop investigations into their own ideas as the students explore the world through six transdisciplinary themes:
- Who we are.
- Where we are in place and time.
- How we express ourselves.
- How the world works.
- How we organize ourselves.
- Sharing the planet.
Lausanne nurtures the whole child through the PYP, helping them grow socially, emotionally, and academically. Using the Learner Profile as the foundational lens through which all Units of Inquiry are taught, students are encouraged to be principled risk-takers as well as communicators to prepare them for college and life. The PYP at Lausanne culminates in the 4th-grade Exhibition, where students apply the global skills and concepts they learned through their time in the Lower School.
Learn more about Lausanne's Primary Years Programme here.
Lausanne is accredited as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme school, bringing its curriculum framework to our 5th to 10th grades. The MYP is designed to drive inquiry-based, holistic teaching in the classroom. The program focuses on interdisciplinary planning and helping students use Real World situations to draw connections between all areas of study. The MYP bridges the learning between the Primary Years Programme and the Diploma Programme by teaching students to effectively collaborate, research, and think creatively.
The program has 8 subject areas in grades 5 to 8:
- Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition (Spanish, Mandarin, and French)
- Individuals and Societies
- Physical and Health Education
- Arts (both visual and performing)
In grades 9 and 10, students can choose between Design and the Arts. Upper School students who are interested in Physical and Health Education are encouraged to participate in varsity sports.
In the 10th grade, students work on a personal project, a culminating assessment that allows them to reflect on all skill sets and areas of knowledge that they gained over the five years of the program.
The Programme showcase the student's versatile academic experiences in both the 8th grade with the Community Project and in the 10th grade with the Personal Project by drawing on all skill sets and areas of knowledge that they gained throughout their journey of the program. Lausanne became fully accredited for the MYP by the International Baccalaureate Organization in the fall of 2018.
Click here to learn more about the Middle Years Programme (MYP).
Lausanne is a Diploma Programme (DP) school, bringing the IB DP curriculum to our 11th and 12th grades since 2010. The DP framework capitalizes on the inquiry-based, holistic classroom skills learned and applied in Lower and Middle School. This gives students the opportunity to focus on discipline-specific curricula that is enriched by interdisciplinary collaboration. It also allows students to explore areas of interest in each of six content areas in preparation for college and life outside of Lausanne.
The program consists of two-year-long courses from the following subject groups:
- Language A – literary studies in the student’s native language
- Language B – acquisition of an additional language
- Social Sciences
- Natural Sciences
Students either take one class from each group or have the choice of doubling up in a group (except for Maths) by substituting out Arts. In most areas students have a variety of choices offered within each group, and students are required to take at least three courses at the higher level (HL), meaning that the course meets 240 hours, and three at the standard level (SL), which meets 150 hours.
Additionally, full diploma students also have an additional requirement, called the core, composed of the following elements:
- Extended Essay (EE)
- Theory of Knowledge course (TOK)
- Creativity, Activity and Service Program (CAS)
The EE gives students the opportunity to develop focused research skills through a discipline-specific investigation paper. TOK allows them to explore philosophical perspectives in learning. Through CAS, students practice and reflect on their personal interests and their potential contributions to the communities to which they belong.
All DP assessments are scored using a scale from 1-7 accompanied by discipline- and task-specific rubrics that guide both the learning process and the final examinations. Additionally, at various points throughout the two-year sequence, students complete IB mandated internal assessments and externally moderated assessments, as well. At the end of the second year, students sit for a final examination in each of the subject areas.
Non-diploma students can also enroll in IB classes and, thus, reap the benefits of an IB education. Students enroll in any IB course, diploma or non-diploma students, are required to complete all IB mandated assessments, including the final examinations.
Learn more about our Diploma Programme here.