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.
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.
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:
- 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 within the programme will graduate with both an IB Diploma as well as a US High School Diploma.
- 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.
- 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 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.