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As part of Lausanne's International Baccalaureate curriculum, the Primary Years Programme takes the best of teaching and learning worldwide to create classes that are challenging, exciting, and perfect for the developing minds of children. With Lausanne's personalized approach to learning, Lower School students grow to be caring, knowledgeable and independent thinkers, providing them with a foundation that they build upon in their journey through Lausanne's Middle School and IB Diploma Programmes.


Challenging, Exciting, and Exploratory

The program is designed to teach our students to build connections across subject areas and be able to develop investigations into their own ideas, encouraging students to think deeply and make connections. Following an inquiry method of teaching, educators ask students open-ended questions, encouraging children to engage in discussions. The students explore the world through six transdisciplinary themes: 
  • Who we are
  • Where we are in time and place
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • How we share the planet


Meaningful Assessment

Student's need meaningful and useful feedback on their learning. to let teachers personalize their instruction to better suit each child's individual needs. Children are assessed in all subject areas, most often in a way that they will scarcely notice. We provide frequent feedback to students, parents, and administrators. This way we’re able to reflect on teaching effectiveness, refine our teaching strategies, and celebrate student performance.

At Lausanne, the Primary Years Programme:

  • teaches students a broad base of knowledge and skills in across subjects like mathematics, science, social studies and the language arts.
  • incorporates transdisciplinary themes that encourage students to learn more about themselves and the world around them — and to see how they interconnect.
  • foster every student’s development of learning with a powerful emphasis on important ideas and concepts through the units of inquiry.
  • emphasize the development of the whole student, including the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical well-being of every child.
  • empower students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • embrace the attributes outlined in the IB Learner Profile: students are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.
Learn more about the Primary Years Programme by visiting Lausanne. Schedule your tour today.