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Curriculum Guide

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Math, Grade 1

Students continue to build on mathematical skills from the previous school year, and practice skills as well as gain new skills through math centers. All activities are taught through large and small groups as well as partner games to practice skills as well as work one-on-one with their teacher. Topics covered include numeration, operations and computation, data and chance, measurement, geometry and patterns, functions and algebra. Specific skills for this grade can be found at http://everyd... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math, Grade 2

Math- Students continue to build on mathematical skills from the previous school year, and practice skills as well as gain new skills through math centers. All activities are taught through large and small groups as well as partner games to practice skills as well as work one-on-one with their teacher. Topics covered include numeration, operations and computation, data and chance, measurement, geometry and patterns, functions and algebra. Specific skills for this grade can be found at http://... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math, Grade 3

Math- Students continue to build on mathematical skills from the previous school year, and practice skills as well as gain new skills through math centers. All activities are taught through large and small groups as well as partner games to practice skills as well as work one-on-one with their teacher. Topics covered include numeration, operations and computation, data and chance, measurement, geometry and patterns, functions and algebra. Specific skills for this grade can be found at http://... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math, Grade 4

Students continue to build on mathematical skills from the previous school year, and practice skills as well as gain new skills through math centers. All activities are taught through large and small groups as well as partner games to practice skills as well as work one-on-one with their teacher. Topics covered include numeration, operations and computation, data and chance, measurement, geometry and patterns, functions and algebra. Specific skills for this grade can be found at http://everyd... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 8

Eighth Grade Math is the culminating integrated mathematics course for Middle School students to prepare them for high school level courses. The course is an integrated, spiraling approach to several branches of mathematics. It builds on what students learned in grades 5-7 mathematics courses and delves deeper into the different branches. Students further explore topics in the Number System, Expressions and Equations, Functions-this begins the formal study of functions, Geometry, and Statisti... Read More
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Math 9 SL

The MYP Math SL course is an integrated math course that will provide students with the background information leading to the rigorous study of math at the DP level in 11th grade. This course concentrates on mathematics that includes topics from algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, financial math, trigonometry, and matrices. In each of the areas, the focus is on learning basic techniques and then applying them in higher-order problem-solving. The integrated approach allows skills learn... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 9 HL

The MYP Math HL course is an integrated math course that will provide students with the background information leading to the rigorous study of math at the DP level in 11th grade. This course is designed for the student who has shown a propensity towards math and thus can move at a faster pace than the standard level. This course concentrates on mathematics that includes topics from algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, financial math, trigonometry, and matrices. Additional topics in va... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 10 SL

The MYP Math SL course is an integrated math course that will provide students with the presumed knowledge required for the IB course Mathematics SL. This course will prepare the student for the rigor and type of math that they will study in their DP course. This course concentrates on mathematics that includes advanced algebra techniques, coordinate geometry extended to three dimensions, advanced trigonometry including identities, probability and statistics, applications of exponents and log... Read More
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DP Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL

The DP Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL course is designed for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. More specifically, it is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics and the use of math in the real world. Students taking this course need to be already equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic processes in mathematics. This course concentrates on mathematics that can be applied to contexts related as far as... Read More
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DP Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations HL

The DP Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations HL course is designed for students who are interested in describing the real world and solving practical problems using mathematics. They should also be interested in using technology alongside mathematics to develop and use models of real-world situations. Students taking this course should have strong mathematics fundamentals and a sound understanding of algebra. This course is intended to meet the needs of students whose interest in math... Read More
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DP Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches SL

The DP Mathematics SL: Analysis and Approaches course is designed for students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who intend to pursue mathematics at university or college subjects that have a large mathematical content. It is for students who enjoy a theoretical approach to mathematics and also enjoy problem solving and exploring real and abstract applications with and without the use of technology. This course focuses on introducing important mathematical conc... Read More
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DP Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL

The emphasis of DP Math HL: Analysis and Approaches is the study and use of analytic methods with an in-depth study of advanced calculus – appropriate for pure mathematicians, engineers, scientists, economists, and those with an interest in analytic methods. This subject is aimed at students who will go on to study subjects with substantial mathematics content such as mathematics itself, engineering, physical sciences, or some economics courses. The nature of the subject is such that it... Read More
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Science, PK3 - SK

In PK3-SK, science is incorporated into the Units of Inquiry. When applicable, our science expert, Dr. Frassinelli, visits the EC classes and participates in experiments with them in their classrooms. Read More
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Science, Grade 1 - Grade 4

Students in grades 1-4 connect their classroom science learning through units of inquiry and apply their knowledge when they go to the LS science lab 2 times in a 7 day rotation. Our experienced science teacher, Dr. Frassinelli, guides students through a science teaching model that includes hands-on science labs and partner work. It truly becomes one of our LS students’ highlights of their day. Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Integrated Science, Grade 5

The fifth-grade year is an introduction to the big three areas of science covered throughout the Middle Years Programme, which are Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. This year, students will gain an overall perspective on scientific inquiry, along with the processes of experimentation and measurement. Students will need to collaborate, ponder, question, examine closely and be prepared to try multiple avenues in order to grasp the concepts we shall face throughout the course of... Read More
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Earth Science, Grade 6

Sixth-grade students will be learning Earth and Space Science. As a part of the course, students will be using multiple sources, but their primary textbook is the McGraw-Hill Earth and Space IScience Online Textbook (2017). The Earth and Space Curricula includes three major sections: Geology, Weather and Climate, and Space. Throughout the year, students will actively engage in these three topics in conjunction with the MYP Year 1 science curriculum. While exploring geology, students will have... Read More
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Life Science, Grade 7

In seventh grade Life Science, the students explore three disciplinary core ideas 1) From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 2) Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, and 4) Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. They will study topics such as characteristics of living things, classification, cell transport, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, human body systems, and genetics. Throughout each unit, the students participate in a variety of hands-on activities and la... Read More
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Physical Science, Grade 8

This course is a preparatory science course for Upper School physics and chemistry. The students will be reintroduced to scientific inquiry, including the scientific method, hypothesis writing, and experimental design. There will be an emphasis on critical thinking of experimental design and the peer-review process. Throughout the course, students will gain hands-on experience in scientific measurement, the use of laboratory equipment, basic science related math, and how to be safe in a schoo... Read More
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Biology SL, Grade 9

Biology SL: The Biology SL curriculum is designed as an entry-level course that gives students an opportunity to develop a working knowledge of biological concepts. It is designed to prepare them for college-level courses in biological sciences. Topics include cell structure and function, the chemistry of life, cellular division, and genetics. Students will be challenged to use critical thinking skills to solve problems presented in a laboratory setting. The course emphasizes uniformity as we... Read More
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Biology HL, Grade 9

While covering essentially the same core materials taught in Biology SL, the Biology HL goes into greater depth. Cellular processes are examined in detail, with additional time spent on chemical pathways of key processes, applied genetic studies and immunology. As in Biology SL, students will be challenged to use critical thinking skills to solve problems presented in a laboratory setting. The course emphasizes uniformity as well as diversity among organisms. It also provides exposure to the ... Read More
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Chemistry HL, Grade 10

This course is designed for the student who might be interested in pursuing a science major in college and/or a career in the sciences. The course content is similar to Pre-Diploma Chemistry SL, except that this course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of fundamentals and the course content is covered at an accelerated pace. Computer technology is integrated into some of the units of the curriculum. Analytical thought is developed through the application of problem-solving skil... Read More
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Chemistry Studies, Grade 10

Prerequisite: Biology SL, Biology HL (with approval) This course is designed to prepare the student for college chemistry by providing the student with a fundamental understanding of the composition and structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Content from this survey course includes atomic structure, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, thermodynamics, organic chemistry and acid-base. Analytical thought is developed through the application of problem-solving skills to che... Read More
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Physics SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry HL, Chemistry Studies (11th and 12th), Chemistry SL (11th & 12th) Physics SL provides a broad overview of introductory level physics topics that include: one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion (or projectile motion) with motion graphs, classical mechanics and analysis using Newton’s laws, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, work and power, simple harmonic motion, electricity, simple circuits, magnetism, optics, special relativity and b... Read More
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Physics HL

Prerequsite: Chemistry HL Physics HL provides an in-depth overview of introductory level physics topics that include: one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion (or projectile motion) with motion graphs, classical mechanics and analysis using Newton’s laws, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, work and power, simple harmonic motion, electricity, simple circuits, magnetism, optics, engineering principles and modern physics topics including both special and general relativit... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Chemistry SL

This course is designed to prepare the student for college chemistry by providing the student with a fundamental understanding of the composition and structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Content from this survey course includes atomic structure, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, thermodynamics, organic chemistry, and acid-base. Analytical thought is developed through the application of problem-solving skills to chemical computation and the use of the scientific metho... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Anatomy and Physiology

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL Anatomy and Physiology course investigates the structure and function of the human body, the biological structure of living organisms and their components. Students in Anatomy and Physiology course can expect a general overview of the systems and structure of the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems. Students will also learn about exercise physiology, hea... Read More
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DP Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL This course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition and looks at them in the context of sports, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and option topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific... Read More
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DP Environmental Science and Societies SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry Studies, Chemistry SL Environmental Science and Societies is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies and gives students the opportunities to assess the scientific, ethical, and political impacts of numerous environmental topics. The eight major areas focused on in the course include: Foundations of environmental systems, Ecosystems and ecology, Biodiversity and conservation, Water and aquatic food ... Read More
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DP Chemistry SL

Chemistry Standard Level (SL) is a course of study that will mirror a first year principle of chemistry course at the college level. Topics that will be covered include basic scientific reasoning and experimental procedures, atomic structure and chemical bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acid/base reactions, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. SL and HL cover a common core syllabus, a common internal assessment (IA) sch... Read More
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DP Biology SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology The purpose of this course is to instill in each student an appreciation for and understanding of the global interdependence of all living things; and the exquisite and intricate ecological balance of life on this planet in all its biodiversity. To this end, students will be engaged in laboratory activities covering cellular components and the varied processes which maintain life. Students will also study anato... Read More
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DP Physics SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, DP Physics SL, Further Biology DP Standard Level (SL) Physics is a course study that includes Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular motion, Energy and the environment, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. In addition, students are required to complete additional work related to either Engineering physics, Astrophysics, Digital imaging or Relativity. An additional 40 hours of laboratory time will be required, over... Read More
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DP Computer Science HL

Prerequisite: Chemistry SL, Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology DP Computer Science HL will give students an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computational thinking as well as knowledge of how computers and other digital devices operate. Students will need to think procedurally, logically, concurrently, abstractly, recursively and think ahead. They will utilize an experimental and inquiry-based approach to problem-solving, developing algorithms and expressing th... Read More
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DP Chemistry HL

Prerequisite: Chemistry HL, Physics SL, Physics HL, Further Biology Chemistry Higher Level (HL) is a course of study that will mirror a first-year principle of chemistry course at the college level. Topics that will be covered include basic scientific reasoning and experimental procedures, atomic structure and chemical bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acid/base reactions, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. SL and HL ... Read More
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DP Physics HL

DP Higher Level (HL) Physics is a course study that covers all the topics listed in DP SL Physics but to a deeper level. Topics include Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular Motion, Energy, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. In addition, DP Physics HL covers topics covering Engineering Physics and Relativity, both special and general. This course includes a minimum of 60 hours of laboratory work required over the course of the two years. A project in th... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Biology HL

The purpose of this course is to instill in each student an appreciation for and understanding of the global interdependence of all living things; and the exquisite and intricate ecological balance of life on this planet in all its biodiversity. To this end, students will be engaged in laboratory activities covering cellular components and the varied processes which maintain life. Students will also study anatomy and physiology, learning how we function and maintain physical health. In additi... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Environmental Systems and Societies HL

Environmental Systems and Societies is an interdisciplinary course which focuses on the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies and gives students the opportunities to assess the scientific, ethical, and political impacts of numerous environmental topics. The eight major areas focused on in the course include: Foundations of environmental systems, Ecosystems and ecology, Biodiversity and conservation, Water and aquatic food production systems and societies, Soil systems... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

World Languages, PK3 - SK

Lausanne students benefit from daily language instruction. Understanding that the young brain learns new languages at a much higher rate than older, our early childhood students receive daily language instruction. In grades PK-SK, students receive daily Mandarin and Spanish from native speakers. Our world language teachers follow the learning goals of ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Language). These national standards are taught under through the “5 C’s”- Comm... Read More
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World Languages, Grade 1 - Grade 4

All Lausanne Lower school students benefit from daily language instruction. Having gained a strong foundation in both Mandarin and Spanish in the early childhood years, students in grades 1-4 expand on their language skills. In these lower school grades, studetns receive daily Mandarin or Spanish from native speakers through an alternating language scheduled. 1st grade students receive 4 days of Mandarin and 3 days of Spanish instruction of 30 minutes each. Our world language teachers follow ... Read More
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Mandarin, Grade 5

The 5th grade course is designed to builds students' understanding of the Chinese language and culture with themes and subjects that are relevant to their daily lives. Students will learn pinyin, Chinese radicals, strokes, basic greetings and introductions. The lessons are developed for fifth-grade students' level, including listening, speaking, reading and writing (w/basic grammar). Online activities will make learning fun, effective and get self-feedback from lessons. After each les... Read More
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Mandarin, Grade 6

The 6th grade students are going to review lessons have taken before, and they will keep learning phonetic and writing system (including Chinese radicals and strokes). The course continues to learn the Chinese language and culture with themes and subjects that are relevant to their daily lives. The course focuses on students becoming fluent speakers, more sophisticated listeners through building reading comprehension and the creation of short essays. The online lessons and activities will mak... Read More
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Mandarin, Grade 7

The goal of the course will keep practicing daily conversations to compare diverse cultures around the world. Students will also keep learning word structure, sentence grammar, paragraph structure with comprehensive readings to analyze and be a good problem solver; write short essays with all kinds of topics; understand dialogues by native Chinese speakers with complicated listening. The course will be expected to frequently present your own ideas and understand all examples in Chinese.    Read More
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Mandarin, Grade 8

The goal of the course is for students to become proficient in the target language. More complex exercises that require good listening skills are practiced for students' understanding of dialogues by native Chinese speakers. It's expected for students to frequently present their own ideas and understand all examples in Chinese. During the various discussions about the cultural presentations, students shared their ideas and brought up inquiries about the significance of Chinese customs... Read More
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Spanish, Grade 5

The MYP Spanish Grade 5 course introduces the students to the basics of Spanish language and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Although this course lasts only one trimester, lessons will include real case scenarios, meaningful conversation, and grammar when applicable. In every class we are going to use the four skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking while learning useful vocabulary, grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation.  The units cover a ser... Read More
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Spanish, Grade 6

In 6th grade, students will focus on the three modes of communication-interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive. Students learn how to say what they like and do not like to do, where they are from, describe themselves and others, identify people and things, how they feel, what must do, how often they do it, classes, classroom objects and daily schedules They are able to discuss a range of topics such as their favorite activities, their family and friends, celebrations, and vacation plan... Read More
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Spanish, Grade 7

In our 7th grade course, students are challenged to build on what they learned in 6th grade in order to communicate with increasing complexity over topics related to self, daily life, and community. Our units this year revolve along content related to describing ourselves and others, school and leisure routines, events in the community, home and chores, and traditions. At this level, students are expected to express themselves by using words, phrases or short sentences (sometimes memorized). ... Read More
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Spanish, Grade 8, SL and HL

In 8th grade, students are honing their linguistic skills in preparation for Upper School. This is the year in which many students progress from Novice High to Intermediate Low communicators. To do that, students must be willing to push themselves to communicate in Spanish and strive to immerse themselves in the language whenever possible. Although they still have a limited range of topics about which they can communicate, students will be working to go beyond using simple memorized phrases o... Read More
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French, Grade 5

The MYP French Grade 5 course introduces the students to the basics of the French language and the cultures of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include commonly used vocabulary, grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. The trimester is organized into two main units: Greetings and Hobbies. The units cover a series of topics that allow the students to learn, practice and develop their language skills, collaborate with peers, foster creative thinking, and enhance ... Read More
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French, Grade 6

The MYP French Grade 6 course allows the students to develop a basic level of French language acquisition and explore the cultures of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include grammatical structures, commonly used vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. Instruction focuses on the development of the students' speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in French. The year is organized into main units such as: greetings, hobbies, school life, weather and time, famil... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

French, Grade 7

The MYP French Grade 7 commits the students to a higher level of language acquisition and deeper cultural understanding of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include grammatical structures, commonly used vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. Instruction focuses on the development of the students' speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in French. The year is organized into main units such as: recent past, clothing, shopping, directions, body parts and daily r... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

French, Grade 8

The MYP French Grade 8 course builds upon previous levels of language acquisition and deeper cultural understanding of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include grammatical structures, commonly used vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. Instruction focuses on the development of the students' speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in French. The year is organized into main units such as: simple past, holidays, artistic expressions, daily routine and traditio... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16