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:
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:
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 two year-long subject courses from the following groups are:
Students take one class in each area and have the choice of doubling up in one area by substituting 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:
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.
The rigor of the IB Diploma requirement meets our recommendation for the strongest high school preparation possible…In sum, the IB diploma candidate who has met the challenge successfully receives strong consideration from the William and Mary admission committee.
Allison Jesse, Former Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission, College of William and Mary
I have always been a supporter of the International Baccalaureate. It is a thoughtful and genuinely intellectual curriculum with an unusually high degree of integrity and connectedness. There is no other curriculum anywhere that does a superior job of both educating students and inspiring a true and broad-based love of learning.
William Shain, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Vanderbilt University
IB is special in that, students have an opportunity, especially if they pursue the full Diploma Programme (DP), to be involved with research and doing independent thinking. Whether it’s the extended essay or CAS, there is an opportunity to explore areas of academic interest and extracurricular interests. That is going to prepare them for the type of independent opportunities they have on a college campus to explore the variety of programming available at the university.
Kevin Hudson, Assistant Director for College Opportunity at Princeton University
IB students who attended that university (Virginia Tech) as freshmen significantly outperformed all other freshmen, including students who had taken Advanced Placement courses.
Dr. Eugene Carson, Virginia Tech
One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated program, well established, well known and well respected. We know the quality of IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific.
Christoph Guttentag, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Duke University
Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript. GPA is not nearly as important a factor in university admission as the IB Diploma. If a student has to choose, choose the Diploma over protecting the GPA.
Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Assistant Dean of Admissions at Harvard University
A transcript that reveals a student’s enrollment in International Baccalaureate courses serves
notice to the admissions officer that the applicant is someone who accepts rather than avoids
educational challenges. Further, a successful IB student will enroll at Michigan with some
advantages over students who have taken less intensive programs.
Cliff Sjorgren, former Director of Admissions, University of Michigan