International School

Our International School offers a comprehensive six-year university preparatory programme geared towards a successful completion of the IB Diploma. Established in 1952, and an IB World School since 1987, we offer our students decades of experience in international education.

The International School offers students from grades 7 to 12 a high quality education designed to guide them through the rigours of the IGCSE and IB Diploma Programmes and to prepare them for successful university studies. See the University Acceptances for the 2012-2016 graduates.

In our vertically integrated curriculum we combine the best programmes in international education, giving our students an educational experience of the highest quality.

Beginning with the Foundation Years Programme (Grades 7-8) students are immersed in a culture of independent thought and learning. By the IGCSE years (Grades 9-10) students make their first contacts with external marking and IB-style examinations, ideally preparing them for a successful completion of the IB Diploma Programme and High School Diploma (Grades 11-12).

Our multicultural environment gives our students a variety of interdisciplinary teaching and learning experiences, inspiring young minds to explore, and preparing them for life-long learning.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a prestigious internationally recognised programme. It is designed to offer the best university preparation for students in grades 11 and 12. Many leading universities hold the Diploma in such high regard that they reward good scores with university credits upon entry.  

The programme teaches independent thought and study habits, university writing techniques, and lets students study their chosen subjects in-depth.

The graduation class of 2017 at Institut Montana achieved very good IB Diploma results, which ensured that our tudents were able to start their academic studies at the university of their choice in Switzerland and worldwide. 16 out of 19 candidates (84,2%) earned the full diploma, a result which is way above the world average of 78,58%. Our highest scoring candidate in the last 3 years earned 44 out of 45 IB points, a brilliant score compared to the world average of 32.45 Points. In recent years, over 93,64% of our students received the IB-Diploma with an approx. average of 32 points. 

IB Curriculum (Grades 11 & 12)

Students enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme complete the following course of study over two years, choosing one subject from each of the five core groups (groups 1-5) and one subject from group six (6), or alternatively a second subject from groups 1-5:

  • First Language / Studies in Language & Literature (group 1)

  • Additional Language / Language Acquisition (group 2)

  • Individuals & Societies (group 3)

  • Sciences (group 4)

  • Mathematics (group 5)

  • The Arts (group 6) or another subject from groups 1-5

They must also complete three requirements that make up the core of the IB Diploma Programme:

  • The Extended Essay – an in-depth independent research project

  • Theory of Knowledge – a course on critical thinking and the nature of knowledge

  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) – a scheme of on-going commitment and experiential learning outside of the classroom. 

Students finish the programme by taking externally marked written examinations, and by completing a variety of course and core assessments.

Students and their parents are aided in their choice of subjects throughout their pre-IB Diploma Programme years, or alternatively throughout the admissions process by our experienced teaching and counselling staff.

Students who do not wish to enrol in the IB Diploma Programme are able to take IB Certificate examinations in subjects they choose.

All students are simultaneously enrolled in the High School Diploma programme, which is seamlessly integrated into the IB coursework. Upon fulfilling the Institut Montana graduation requirements students receive a High School Diploma.

IGCSE Curriculum (Grades 9-10)

At this stage the curriculum is especially designed to prepare our students for IGCSE examinations. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an internationally recognised qualification for students aged 14 to 16. It enhances our students’ academic profile, and is highly regarded by many international universities, especially in the UK and Germany.

Our IGCSE curriculum is also an ideal preparation for our IB Diploma Programme, teaching independent and in-depth study, and giving our students experiences with externally marked final examinations.

A core requirement of our IGCSE curriculum is the Global Perspectives course, an interdisciplinary course teaching open-mindedness and critical thinking.

Foundation Years (Grades 7-8)

Our Foundation Years curriculum is designed to teach our students the fundamental skills required to be successful at IGCSE and IB Diploma stages. We challenge our students to become critical thinkers and life long learners as part of our school community – qualities required for success in later stages of education and throughout life.

Support, College Counselling, English as an Additional Language

Throughout their time at our school, our students are offered constant guidance and counselling. We offer specialised programmes for academic support, college counselling, and for students whose first language is not English through our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme.

IGCSE Subject Choices 2018-19 (as PDF)

Principal of the International School

Admissions Coordinators

Ms Andrea Baev
Ms Stefanie Schneider

Tel.: +41 (0)41 729 11 99
Fax: +41 (0)41 729 11 78

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