Secondary School

The Haut-Lac Secondary school offers an International Baccalaureate (“IB”) study programme for 11 to 18 year olds.

The programme consists of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years (“IBMYP”) Programme for ages 11 – 16, and culminates in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (“IBDP”) between 16 and 18 years old.

Swiss schools have a variety of curriculum options to choose from. When establishing our secondary education programme, we chose the International Baccalaureate because it closely matched our own philosophy about teaching and learning. We appreciate that the IB curriculum encourages students to make practical links between the study material and their world, and that it emphasises life-long skill building as opposed to memorising numbers and facts with no connection to real life.

Our goal is to have students learn about the world through a holistic approach. We strive to challenge our students academically by orienting them towards a Bilingual Diploma. We realise that a bilingual course of study is not right for everyone, and do everything we can to craft an individual academic track for expatriate students who wish to study their subjects primarily in English.

Academic achievement is important, and we set high expectations for our young students. However, we also emphasise the importance of using all their potential talents to the fullest extent possible, whether in the world of music, art, sports, or community service.

We work hard to raise mature independent individuals who know how to approach our ever-changing world and have the skills to make their own place in it. We believe that the philosophy and approach of the IB curriculum is a powerful tool, and are proud of our IB designation. Please read on for more details on the Middle Years Programme, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

We understand that programme options and terms may be overwhelming, so please feel free to reach out to us. We are always happy to explain the details, outline the options, and help you make the best decision for your child – whether over the phone or in person.