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.


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:

  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 within 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 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 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:


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.