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International Baccalaureate

English-language courses with an international focus

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) and the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Program (IBCP) are two international educational programs that prepare students primarily for English-speaking universities. They are based on the promotion of independent learning and critical processing and aim at the formation of mature, critically thinking personalities.

Every year around 130,000 pupils from all over the world complete one of the two IB programs. As a rule, learners enter from the eleventh grade and complete their course with the IB final exams in May of the twelfth grade (see also the Swiss Matura).

In preparation for the diploma, the Lyceum Alpinum offers a Pre-IB Diploma Program from 7th to 10th grade.

A visionary concept

The International Baccalaureate Programs aim to develop young, critical, inquisitive, eager to learn and socially minded personalities who help to shape the world through intercultural understanding and respect in the sense of peaceful coexistence. To this end, the IB Organization works closely with schools, governments and international institutions to develop challenging programs for international education.

Additional Information


  • • Pre-IB Diploma Program (grades 7-10, ages 12-16)
  • • IB Diploma Program (Grades 11 & 12, Ages 16-19)
  • • IB Career-Related Program (Grades 11 & 12, Ages 16-19)

The IB Career-Related Program (IBCP): The Zuoz Business Course

The IBCP at the Lyceum Alpinum was specially developed for students who want to focus on professional, applied learning in business for the last two years before completing a university degree in this direction. More information about the course is available here.

Workshops & programs

Academic tutorial programs

Every student in the IB Diploma Program and the IB Career-Related Program receives an Academic Tutor who looks after his protégés and monitors their performance.

CAS programs

The CAS program (Creativity Activity Service) is a central part of the IB Diploma Program. The aim is to offer students meaningful activities outside of school in which they can develop and consolidate their social and cognitive strengths.

LGT workshop

Project management, philanthropy and fundraising are taught to our students during a one-day seminar.

Pre-IB Diploma Program

International curriculum for the 7th-10th grade Classes

The 7th and 8th grades serve to create a solid foundation in the basic subjects of mathematics, English, German, natural sciences, history as well as art, music, sports and computer science. The French, Spanish or Chinese electives are also important basics that are already taught in the lower grades.

The 9th and 10th grades are the actual preparation for entering one of the two IB programs. In addition to a wide range of subjects, learning techniques and structured learning disciplines are also deepened here. In the so-called World Studies course, the students learn to develop sensitivity for the problems of humanity and to form their own opinion based on ethical principles in order to come up with creative and novel solutions. In the 10th grade, basic knowledge in the subjects of business and economics as well as design technology is imparted. The average class size is currently 10-15 students.

IB Diploma Program

The final grades 11 and 12

The IB Diploma is an internationally recognized school leaving certificate that was developed in Switzerland in 1968. Today there are over 4,000 IB schools worldwide. After passing the exam, the graduates can look forward to a first-class academic future, because the degree is extremely popular at many universities, business schools and technical colleges. In principle, the two-year course is open to everyone who meets our admission requirements at the Lyceum Alpinum. In order to be able to follow the lessons, certain language skills in English are of course required. For the program, the pupils go through an admission procedure with a placement test and a personal interview. Your performance at the previous school or grammar school are also included in the assessment. The program comprises six subjects as well as three other core components:

  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Extended essay
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

The choice of subjects

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is made up of a circle with six subject groups. All students can put their subjects together individually, but must choose at least one subject from groups 1-5. One language from group 1, a second language from group 2, one subject each from group 3-5 and additionally visual arts, theater or another subject from group 1-4 for group 6. Three of these subjects must be attended at the "higher level" and the remaining three in the "Standard Level".

A maximum of 7 points can be achieved per subject, for a total of 42 points. You get 3 more points for fulfilling the requirements of the three compulsory components Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and CAS.

Thus, the maximum number of points for the IB Diploma is 45 points, the minimum number for obtaining the diploma is 24 points.

Subjects offered:

  • Group 1 / Studies in Language and Literature
    English A, German A or Chinese A Literature, English A Language and Literature or Literature in other languages ​​as “School-Supported Self-Taught course” at the Standard Level.
  • Group 2 / Language Acquisition
    English B, German B, French B, Spanish B as well as German, Italian and Spanish ab initio (only in the standard level)
  • Group 3 / Individuals and Societies
    Business management, economics, history
  • Group 4 / Experimental Sciences
    Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Design Technology
  • Group 5 / Mathematics
    Mathematics Analysis and Approaches, Mathematics Applications and Interpretations (only in Standard Level)
  • Group 6 / The Arts
    Visual arts, theater or another subject from groups 1–4

Theory of Knowledge

In the subject Theory of Knowledge (TOK) critical thinking and questioning of our actions and knowledge are practiced. In targeted investigations of different modes of knowledge and different types of knowledge, TOK consists almost entirely of questions. The most important of these is "How do we know?" As a final paper, students have to write an essay on a given question and explain their point of view.

Extended essay

The extended essay is a specialist work by the students on a freely selectable scientific topic. The work comprises 4000 words and must meet all stylistic and content requirements of a diploma thesis.

The aim is to learn by way of example what a scientific paper is and how to write it. This includes topic development, material search, work planning, structuring and creation of the text and a final discussion with the subject teacher.

CAS programs

The CAS program (Creativity Activity Service) is a central part of the IBDP program. The aim is to involve the students in meaningful activities outside of school that present personal challenges.

These include activities such as writing a poem, a series of photos on a specific topic, a role in a play or other creative topics that train your own skills and open up awareness of new and unlearned things.

This includes physical activities, such as muscle building with special strength training or the 100-meter run in a specific, previously set best time. Learning a new sport or a plan for healthy weight loss can also be activities in this field.

This is about social engagement or one's own environment. Reading aloud in retirement homes or shopping for young mothers - whatever interests and concerns you socially.

Goal of the CAS

The purpose of the CAS program is reflective thinking and the expansion of awareness of one's own strengths and weaknesses as well as the acceptance of new challenges and roles. The planning and implementation of activities in different communities is trained as well as working with other people in general. Perseverance and commitment are central aspects that are also promoted in the CAS program. The students learn to deal with globally relevant problems and develop new skills to deal with them.

During the entire two active years in the CAS program, the students must complete several of these activities every 4 or 10 weeks (special projects) and document their progress in the form of a weekly journal. Project management, philanthropy and fundraising are central themes in this program. When introducing the CAS program, our students are supported by our partner, LGT Bank. More about the requirements can be found under Downloads.

IB Career-Related Programs

Practice-related IB course with a focus on business

The IB Career-Related Program (IBCP) is a combination of academic courses from the IB Diploma Program (IBDP) and a recognized professional and practice-related study program. This new, innovative course is particularly suitable for schoolchildren between the ages of 16 and 19 who want to focus on job-related, applied learning in business for the last two years before they then aim for a university degree in this direction.

Business at school

The career-related program is characterized above all by its strong practical relevance. The students learn to think critically and creatively and to communicate clearly and effectively. They can apply their knowledge to internationally relevant scenarios and situations and have developed excellent research and presentation skills. Graduates of this course are internationally and globally oriented and have strong academic and professional skills.

Internship partner

Particularly relevant for practical relevance and, above all, for further education: the right partner. For this reason, the Lyceum Alpinum continuously establishes contacts in order to maintain internship partnerships in the banking, hotel and industrial sectors.

IBCP - this is what awaits us:

  • A BTEC Level 3 diploma course with a total of 18 weekly business lessons.
  • Two (or more) subjects from the regular IB Diploma course
  • A CP Core program consisting of the four components: Personal and Professional Skills, Service Learning, Language Development and Reflective Project

Personal and Professional Skills

In this subject, the students learn personal and social skills. The five topics “Personal Development”, “Intercultural Understanding”, “Effective Communication” and “Learning Processes” promote the social skills of young people and prepare them to think in global contexts and to be able to communicate in them.

Service learning

For “service learning”, the students choose a project that covers a need in the local area. This project is defined, prepared and carried out with the support of a teacher and finally reflected on. With their commitment, the young people learn to get involved in the community and to play their part in social coexistence.

Language Development

Language Development stands for learning a new language and its culture, but does not replace the language chosen for the required IB Diploma subject. The goal is not to be fluent in this language, but to have dealt with a new culture, for example with mastering some of the basic characters of the Chinese language and dealing with the Chinese culture.

Reflective Project

With the “Reflective Project”, the pupils deal in depth with an “ethical dilemma” of their choice, which is related to their main subject, i.e. business. You analyze this dilemma either in a written work of 3000 words or in a combination of 1500-2000 words and another format such as an interview, film or oral presentation.

Additional offers

Academic tutorial programs

Every IB student in the Diploma Program and in the Career-Related Program receives his or her personal academic tutor at the same time as they join the program, who continuously monitors their performance over the past two years and individually promotes. A highly academic achievement and steady learning progress are a common goal that can be achieved through regular monitoring and a curriculum based on it.

The tutor and student meet every two weeks to plan the next few weeks together and to discuss the last few weeks. Through the discussions with and the direction from the tutor, each individual student receives exactly the individual support that is needed to define and achieve their own academic goals. In addition, our tutors know exactly what is expected in the individual subjects and how to meet these expectations. This is a good introduction and support during the acclimatization phase, especially for new students.

Contact with parents

The tutor is an irreplaceable link in the communication between parents, teachers, students and the school management. So if there are special issues or concerns about the child's academic performance, the tutor is always welcome to email the tutor for advice. Every tutor has full access to all relevant information and grades of their personal students. This also includes deadlines and other relevant events. On request, subject teachers or the boarding school management can provide specific information on individual students.

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