International School Altdorf is a Candidate School* for the Career-related Program. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that International School Altdorf believes is important for our students.

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

 

This Future Career-Related Academic Program will focus on academic pathways related to Languages, Business Administration, Finance and Accounting and International Tourism Management.

This flexible program will allow International School Altdorf to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of its high school students through courses assessed both internally by the school or by its academic partners and externally by international curriculum organizations.

Bridge to Universities

The program, conceived around the existing academics and expanded through collaboration with professional partners, institutions and business schools, will be academically balanced, challenging and focused on practical business.

Our Career-Related Academic Program is designed to achieve deep knowledge and understanding of the professional subjects with a direct pathway to further / higher education, ensuring entrance to excellent universities and colleges around the world.

Our Career-Related Academic Program partners are Bella Vista Institute for Higher Education (BVIS), Swiss Education Group (SEG), Business School Lausanne (BSL) and Business and Hotel Management School Lucerne (BHMS).

International Baccalaureate

In International School Altdorf, an IB World School since 2019, students from age 16 to 19 follow the internationally recognized standards and practices governed by the International Baccalaureate Organization® (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1966, the International Baccalaureate (IB) assures authorized World Schools meet the international benchmarks for quality education. It has a graduation rate of 94.6% and is highly regarded by not only universities, but also employers around the world.

Our teaching and learning methods are one of our major assets to success: they overpower the students to achieve their academic goals and acquire an international language permitting them to be effectively operational in a global and professional environment.

IB Career Programme*

International School Altdorf is already an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is a candidate school to obtain authorization also for our Career-Related Academic Program. The IB Career-related Program is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB while addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education.

In the IB Career Related Program, students will undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme courses, a core consisting of four components and a set of career-related studies. The IB diploma courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigor of the programme; the career-related studies further support the programme’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the Career- related program core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for professional and lifelong learning.

*Note: International School Altdorf is currently an IBCP candidate school

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Curriculum

Students in the International School Altdorf Career-Related Academic Program will study career-related courses which will satisfy all the IB criteria for accreditation, assessment and quality assurance of the entire programme. The career-related studies and courses are accredited by OTHM, an independent awarding institution regulated by ofqual (the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and Whales) and through our partnership with Bella Vista Institute of Higher Education (BVIS).

Languages

  • English (from Intermediate to Literature)
  • German (from Beginner to Literature)
  • Chinese (from Beginner to Literature)
  • French (from Beginner to Literature)
  • Spanish (from Beginner to Intermediate)
  • Language Development

Business Related Courses

  • Economics
  • Business Management
  • Psychology
  • Introduction to Accounting and Economics
  • Society and Culture
  • Personal and Profesional Skills

Mathematics & Science

  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Foundation Computing

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Personal and professional skills is designed for students to develop attitudes, skills and strategies to be applied to personal and professional situations and contexts now and in the future. In this course the emphasis is on skills development for the workplace, as these are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations. This course is mandatory for all students.

Service Learning

Service learning is the development and application of knowledge and skills towards meeting an identified and authentic community need. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies and is essential to understand and develop values through these applied studies.

REFLECTIVE PROJECT

The reflective project is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period of time. Through a reflective project students identify, analyze, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their career-related studies. This project is mandatory for all students.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Language development, mandatory for all students, encourages students to improve their proficiency in a language other than their best language and can assist students to develop a better understanding of a wider world.