The International Baccalaureate Diploma - Department of International Studies
The Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz is an IB World School. Since young people started studying here over 100 years ago, it has always been truly international. Today the Lyceum is home to students of about 30 different nationalities, and our alumni are studying at some of the world's leading universities or pursing their careers across the globe.
What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a comprehensive university preparation course that demands the best from motivated students and teachers. It is based on an approach to learning involving critical inquiry and is aimed at the education of the whole person.
Founded in Switzerland in 1968, the IB curriculum covers a wide range of subjects. Every year more than 70,000 young people at schools all over the world take the IB examinations. Most of them then go on to study at universities, other higher education institutions, business schools or enter professional training programmes. Students officially enter the Diploma programme in Grade 11, and complete their studies with the final examinations in May of Grade 12.
The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
International curriculum in Grade 7 to 10
Grades 7 and 8 provides a solid grounding in core subjects such as English, German, Mathematics and Science, together with Music, Art, IT and Global Citizenship. Years 9 and 10, the pre-IB years, are a preparation for entry to the IB Diploma programme. As well as continuing with a broad range of subjects, the emphasis is also on developing the study skills and personal maturity essential for life-long learning. In the World Studies course, students develop an awareness of issues facing humanity and are encouraged to reflect on ethical responsibility as well as their own contribution to possible solutions.
International Baccalaureate Diploma