Our high school students graduate with the nationally recognised Swiss Matura and, optionally, in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). English and German continue to be equally important, both as languages of instruction and in other parts of day-to-day school life. In their third year of college, students can choose one of three specialised subjects: “economics and law” (in German), “biology and chemistry” (in English) or "physics and applications of mathematics" (in German).
A Broad General Education
At college level, students enjoy a general education that is both broad and deep. Our main priority is to enable them to understand their natural, technical and cultural surroundings in Switzerland as well as on an international level. This includes, amongst other things, educational excursions, summer and winter sports camps, day trips to cultural and scientific institutions, visits to the theatre, participation in athletic and academic competitions, author readings and musical performances from the German-, English-, and French-speaking cultural spheres, as well as a one-week industry placement in a local company.
Computer Skills and Language Certificates
In addition to gaining the ability to participate in multilingual classes in a natural way, our students also acquire solid and hands-on computer skills. They each receive their own laptop, which is used extensively in class and at home. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to earn language certificates in English and French.
Matura and IB
Our high school students graduate from the Bilingual College with the nationally recognised Swiss Matura. However, as a recognised IB World School, we also offer them the opportunity to simultaneously obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). During their final two years in college, students follow an integrated programme that prepares them for both sets of exams. With this dual qualification, they are ideally prepared for taking up their studies at Swiss or international universities.
The academically challenging combination of Matura and IB Diploma is only offered at a handful of Swiss schools, making it one of the distinct benefits of studying at SIS.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The IB Diploma Programme is the ideal preparation for university studies in English-speaking countries, but can also be used to gain entrance into local Swiss and international universities. Individual subjects are enhanced with teaching and learning methods commonly used at university undergraduate level.
All subjects (except German) are taught exclusively in English with corresponding English material. The two year course provides excellent preparation for the IB exams, which are conducted only in English. With German language and/or literature, a student can also graduate with a bilingual IBDP.
Additional to the six subject classes, the programme is characterized by two other distinctive features: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) gives students the opportunity to actively engage in arts, sports and social activities while Theory of Knowledge teaches students to develop personal and critical thinking skills.
Our six-year International track is divided into three parts:
Grades 7 through 9
These three years, officially classified as secondary school in Switzerland, provide the basic education on which the following years build. This is a fully bilingual program aimed at preparing students for the potential of future studies in German or English.
This is called the Pre-IB year where students further develop the skills necessary for success in the IBDP. During this year, it is also possible for students to sit some of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams thereby gaining valuable experience which will help them in the IBDP.
Grades 11 and 12
In the last third of the International College, students complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), a two year course of study primarily aimed at students between 16 and 19 years providing them with a globally recognized university entrance qualification.