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Diploma Programme

Lausanne is a Diploma Programme 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:

  • Language A – literary studies in the student’s native language
  • Language B – acquisition of an additional language
  • Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Arts

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:

  • 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 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.