An alternative to the Swiss Maturity, the IB allows students to:
- Develop an international and open mind
- Study a challenging programme via a flexibile and modern approach
- Work autonomously and on individual project
- Acquire academic knowledge but also develop as individuals
- Study over a two-year academic cycle that ENSR has offered since 1971
- Obtain a highly respected diploma that is recognized by universities world-wide
The IB for whom?
The IB is first of all the desire to offer to students of different linguistic, cultural and pedagogical origins intellectual, social and critical skills that will be necessary to them in the adult world that awaits them.
A hostistic education is more and more important when facing an often disconcertingly large amount of choices.
Some educational systems prefer to emphasize the learning of a few subject. Others prefer a wider and therefore less specialized, knowledge.
The IB is a compromise that has well succeeded between these two extremes.
“To learn how to learn is as important as to learn content.”
The necessity of a wide general culture giving the student a solid mastery of the intellectual tools that he will need.
The necessity to offer a range of options that will allow the student to choose those which correspond best to his interests and skills.
The structure of the programme
The diploma is schematically represented by a hexagon, with specific academic fields. The disciplines are taught conjointly and each student studies the three big pedagogical areas: languages, individuals and societies, as well as experimental sciences.
The diploma candidates must choose a discipline in each field. Three of these disciplines must be presented as higher level (HL) options and three as standard level (SL) options. Throughout the two-year educational cycle, this task division allows the student to study certain subjects in depth and others more widely, which is where its originality comes from.
To conclude, each student has the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a subject that is of a particular interest in a chosen discipline.
1. Languages A (French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian) – HL + SL, or another language to be defined on request:
Mother tongue, also including the study of world literature.
Languages B – HL + SL or ab initio SL:
Learning of a foreign language (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian) or another language to be defined.
Individuals and societies:
a) History (HL + SL)
b) Geography (HL + SL)
c) Economics (HL + SL): 2 courses (in French or in English)
a) Biology (HL + SL) in French or in English
b) Chemistry (HL + SL) in French or in English
c) Physics (SL) in English
a) Mathematical Studies (SL) in French
b) Mathematics (SL) in English
Visual Arts – HL + SL or another subject from group 1 to 4:
– 2nd foreign language
– 2nd human science
– 2nd experimental science
Additional subjects available upon request
According to the students skills, additional subjects can be offered upon request, like Mathematics HL or Physics HL for example.
Although some classes are taught in French or English, the exam can be taken in either language.
Theory of knowledge
Programme based on philosophy and interdisciplinary classes about the acquisition of knowledge in the academic disciplines as well as through personnal experience, and which stimulates critical thinking. It also allows the student to appreciate different cultural perspectives. It consists of 100 hours of teaching throughout the two-year academic cycle.
CAS activities (Creativity, Action, Service)
The aim is to educate the person as a whole and help the students to become global citizens. These activities are emphasized in life outside of the school, thus bringing a profitable counterbalance to the intensive workload that certain students may feel when undertaking this demanding programme.
Extended essay (4000 words)
The essay is a research work which is an opportunity to deepen understanding of a subject of particular interest for the student.
IB fees per subject