Diploma Years (grades 11 & 12)

General

Program Description

University counseling

During these years, students map out their future course of study. Most students enroll in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, creating a strong learning environment for all during these important final high school years.

In Grade 11, students periodically meet with the university counselors. They are given advice on their university options, tested for aptitude and preference and are helped with the application process by three specialized staff members. Students in grades 11 and 12 will also be able to attend presentations from over 100 universities on campus and at major university fairs nearby.

Becoming a young adult

Diploma Years students show greater maturity, and, in return, are treated as young adults. Dorm staff, teachers, and faculty family assist in this “growing up” process. In addition to the available sports teams, arts and drama, weekend excursions and activities, Diploma Years students have weekend options, as they are able to travel out of Leysin, subject to parental permission and good academic standing.

Accommodation

All students in Grades 11 and 12 study in the beautiful Belle Époque building. Girls in Grade 11 live in Beau Site and boys in Grade 11 in Savoy. Grade 12 students live in separate wings on the Belle Époque Campus.

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

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Options for students in grades 11-12

All LAS 11th and 12th-grade students at LAS engage with IB studies in one of three ways:

  1. Full IB Diploma Programme: in which all of the student’s courses over two years are IB-based, and which culminate with major exams in May of the second year of the program. Students who are successful in the programme will graduate with both an IB Diploma as well as a US High School Diploma.
  2. IB Certificates: in which a student may take any IB course(s) over two years for IB credit, earned through performance on major exams in May of the second year of the program. Students will graduate with a US High School Diploma. Students who earn successful scores on their exams may receive college credit.
  3. IB Courses: in which a student may take any IB course(s), but not attempting to earn credit from IB. These students will graduate with a US High School Diploma.

Choosing a program

Choosing the correct combination of classes is of the highest importance, and LAS advises each student individually on his or her course selections based on ability, interested, and requirements for entry into the universities of his or her choice. Students have some flexibility in course changes after the start of classes, but all courses must be set by the second week of the first year of the program.

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

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IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As IB learners we strive to be:

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

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Admissions Procedure

Application Form - Completed in BLOCK CAPITAL LETTERS and signed by one of the student’s parents or legal guardians. The application can also be filled out online.

Application Fee - There is a 500 CHF non-refundable application fee, payable when the Application Form is submitted.

School Transcripts - Transcripts or school reports should be submitted for the last 3 academic years. (Note: All non-English transcripts must be officially translated and submitted in English.)

Passport & Passport-style Photo - Scan the pages indicating the passport number, expiration date, and place of issue. We also need a digital passport-style photo.

Essay - The student essay portion must be handwritten independently by the applicant in English. The question can be found on page 7.

Recommendations - Completed by Math and English teachers and a school counselor/ administrator or another teacher.

Placement Tests - A Math test must be taken before any decision can be made as well as an English-as-a-Second Language test for non-native speakers. An English Proficiency Test such as the IELTS or TOEFL will also be accepted.

Interview - An interview with a member of the Admissions Team is required. It can be performed on or off campus, via Skype or telephone.

Visit (optional) - Applicants are invited to spend a day on campus to familiarize themselves with the school, meet the Admissions Team, be interviewed and sit assessment tests.

Candidate Evaluation and Acceptance - Applications are assessed by the Admissions Committee before a final acceptance decision is made. Decisions will be conveyed to applicants within ten working days of receipt of a fully completed file, including test results and interview comments. Accepted students will receive the acceptance package, electronically and/or by courier/postal services.

Enrollment - In order to guarantee a student’s place at LAS the payment of a security deposit is required within 10 business days following the acceptance date. The enrollment process is complete when the Admissions Office receives all required documents.

Financial Info

Application Fee Security Deposit Tuition Capital Improvement Fund Personal Account
Price 500 CHF 8,000 CHF 91,000 CHF 3,000 CHF 8,000 CHF
Payable by Upon submitting the application form Within 10 days of acceptance May 1st or within 10 days of acceptance May 1st or within 10 days of acceptance Before student arrival
Info One time fee Refundable approximately within 3 months after student permanently leaves LAS. Yearly Fee New students only. Used for development and beautification of LAS campuses. This account covers students’ personal expenses and is managed by the Accounting Office (see pg 3).

*LAS payment details and bank information will be provided together with the invoice.

Last updated April 2018

About the School

LAS is a Swiss boarding school with US high school diploma International Baccalaureate and ESL program. Students enjoy extra-curricular schedules with sports, arts, drama and music, a ski term and cul ... Read More

LAS is a Swiss boarding school with US high school diploma International Baccalaureate and ESL program. Students enjoy extra-curricular schedules with sports, arts, drama and music, a ski term and cultural travel. University counseling is important for students attending the best universities in the US and around the world. Our boarding school community provides a stable, caring and supportive family-like environment. Read less