A new highschool profile for waldorf schools in Switzerland
Already in autumn 2012, the idea came up to expand our upper school with a new profile, unique for Switzerland.
After an 11th grade, which still is based on the waldorf curriculum, and subject to the authorization from the IBO, the students will be able to complete the 12th and 13th grade with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
In spring 2014 the Project was retaken by the school community and after extensive preparations and the submission of the feasiblity study our candidature was approved by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in autumn 2014.
Rudolf Steiner Schule Oberaargau is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy â€” a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Rudolf Steiner Schule Oberaargau believes is important for our students.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
The Rudolf Steiner School Oberaargau is planning to introduce the IBDP within a 12th and a 13th grade. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a demanding and internationally recognized certificate.
It was created by the IBO (a non-profit organisation located in Geneva) in 1968. Currently the IBO coordinates more than 3000 IB schools globally.
Preparation Grade for the IBDP (with language studies abroad)
The reason why we will offer the 11th grade in summer 2016, is that interested students (also students without previous waldorf experience) can prepare for the IBDP.
This preparation year offers, among other things, a stay abroad during at least three months. The stay is taking place in an English speaking country because parts of the lessons and examinations of the IBDP are done in English.
Surely there will be a possibility to stay in a different language speaking country for native english speaking students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Careerrelated Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org