Collège et Lycée Saint-Charles

International Baccalaureate MYP program

IB Programs

The International Section of the Collège et Lycée Saint-Charles focuses entirely on the International Baccalaureate, taught in English, giving our graduating students the very best access to top Universities, both here in Switzerland and around the world.

We are proud to have become an IB World School in April 2020, with the first teaching of the IB Diploma programme (IBDP) beginning in August 2020. We are also a candidate school for the Middle Years Program (MYP) in which our students are already enjoying their learning, as per the application procedure.

IB World Schools share the same philosophy: a commitment to a challenging, high quality, international education that we consider important to our students from around the world. Empathy, curiosity, openness to the world, research and communication are values and attitudes that are at the heart of our IB programmes, closely linked to our own school values, embraced by our teaching teams and shared with our students.

IB programs are recognized worldwide and aim to provide students with the skills that will enable them to function in a multicultural and interconnected world, through a demanding, recognized and high-quality education.

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IB Diploma Program

Taken over two years prior to University, the IB Diploma programme is rich with the experience of more than 50 years of teaching worldwide. In addition to traditional subjects such as mathematics, humanities and experimental sciences, students are invited to work in an interdisciplinary manner, forging links between different subjects.

At the heart of the Diploma Program is the Core, comprised of Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity-Activity-Service. Complementing the subject curriculum, the core encourages artistic and athletic activities, alongside community service. The skills developed within the core set IBDP students apart from other students in developing the essential skills required for University and life, making students highly competitive in today’s demanding world. 

Students have the opportunity to create their personal programme of study by choosing 6 subjects from each of the following groups:

·         Groups 1 & 2: Languages

·         Group 3: Humanities

·         Group 4: Sciences

·         Group 5: Mathematics (group 5),

·         Group 6: The Arts or further study from Groups 2, 3 or 4

From the 6 subjects, students choose to study 3 subjects at a Higher Level and 3 at a Standard Level.

Language of Instruction: English

Grades: 11 and 12

Ages: 16-18 years old

Classes per week: 32 - 34 hours

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The MYP is the ideal preparation program for the final two years of the IB Diploma. Young people are supported in linking their academic learning to the world and its different realities, as well as to develop complementary skills to the disciplinary knowledge itself. As students grow with us, they develop the skills young people need to continue their studies and to be successful life-long learners through the IB Learner Profile. This is widely integrated into all aspects of teaching and learning within the MYP programme.

In Grade 11, our students have the opportunity to carry out a Personal Project, encouraging students to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work – key skills that prepare them for success in further study and in life beyond the classroom.

Our students study subjects in all areas of education: arts, languages, math, science, design, humanities and physical education, acquiring a foundation that enables them to make informed choices when they reach the IB Diploma Programme. Completing their academic studies, our students are also involved in service as action, through community service, outside of the classroom.

Language of Instruction: English

Grades: 8 to 10

Ages: 14-16 years old

Classes per week: 32 hours

Collège et Lycée Saint-Charles is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme / Middle Years Programme / Diploma Programme / Career-related Certificate (delete as appropriate) and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

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