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Examen Suisse de Maturité

IIL students aged 11 to 19 follow a French or English curriculum. Our programmes focus on each student’s personal development and international exposure, and support them in preparing for their future.

Examen Suisse de Maturité

At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, IIL is opening a new study programme to prepare students for the Examen Suisse de Maturité (Swiss Maturity Certificate) to meet the expectations of many parents.

At the end of 4e, IIL students will have the choice of continuing in 3e following the Baccalaureate or to integrate the first year of the Examen Suisse de Maturité (M1).
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The Examen Suisse de Maturité programme follows a 3 1/2 year school programme set up in accordance with the requirements defined by the Swiss federal authorities. As the exams take place in February, students can benefit from this time to prepare for university entrance or an internship abroad during the months following their exams. IIL has recently joined the Groupement Romand des écoles de Maturité (GREM) in order to network with other schools preparing students for this certificate.

The Examen Suisse de Maturité will give access to all Swiss universities, Hautes Écoles and Écoles Polytechniques and access to foreign universities under the same conditions that of the Maturité Cantonale.

The programme is structured as follows :

Core subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Visual Arts, French (L1), 2nd national language (German or Italian), English (L3) and Mathematics
M1: 1 compulsory option to be chosen from the following: Economics/Law, Experimental Sciences or Latin
M3: an additional compulsory option to be chosen between Biology, Sport or Philosophy
M3 and M4: Personal Project

This project work allows the student to gain more in-depth knowledge about a specific subject of their choice and at the same time develop skills such as autonomy, critical analysis and oral expression. In M4, the project will be presented in front of a jury. All of these skills are essential for future university studies.

As an international school, we place great importance in the study of foreign languages and gaining an excellent command of each language. Our students’ skills go beyond the requirements of the Examen Suisse de Maturité. Each student is offered the opportunity to validate their language level by sitting the specific certification exam.

This programme is set up according to IIL’s approach to learning geared to the 21st century.

The IIL Secondary school welcomes students aged 11 to 19 in two sections. Our French section follows the French national curriculum, leading to the French National Brevet Diploma (diplôme national du brevet) and Baccalaureate. The English section follows the British national curriculum in preparation for the Cambridge IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

Secondary school is a critical time for young people, representing an important transition that can open many doors to their future. At IIL, we help prepare students for academic diplomas and guide and support them in their social and emotional development. Through various local and international initiatives, we actively engage our students in global issues and charitable projects.

During their time at IIL, secondary students take their classes in our modern B17 building. Designed with the latest pedagogical innovations in mind, the building houses multiple collaborative spaces, non-traditional classroom settings and digital learning tools to enhance their education.

Digital Learning

The IIL Secondary school approach to digital learning encompasses the tools and the social aspects of digital citizenship. We guide our students on how to best live with technology and how to use it sensibly and ethically. In the classroom, students learn to use appropriate digital tools to enhance and complement their studies. We provide individual iPads to all secondary students and laptops to International Baccalaureate (IB) students. 

Language policy

Languages are a priority at IIL’s Secondary school. Combining learning, practice and cultural openness, our language approach leads students to a natural, high linguistic level in both English and French. Divided into groups according to their level of progress, students are learning with native speaking teachers benefiting from differentiated teaching based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

The pedagogical approach to language teaching focuses on the active participation of students, enabling them to develop their oral and written skills. In addition to acquiring linguistic notions, students gain access to the cultural dimension of the language, in particular through cohesion events, outings or school trips.

In addition to French and English, we invite students to choose an additional language – German, Spanish, Chinese or Italian – depending on the section in which they are studying. IIL offers several official certifications – the DELF diploma for French, the Cambridge English diploma for English, the Goethe Institut diploma for German, the Instituto Cervantes diploma for Spanish and the Confucius Institute diploma for Chinese, representing a valuable asset for future studies.


All IIL students take part in various KiVa activities according to their age. At the Secondary level, we place special emphasis on the concept of groups. Students also learn how to recognize bullying and how to talk about such situations with an adult. 

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

As an official partner of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, IIL encourages students to take on responsibilities and set personal challenges and goals.

A non-formal education framework, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides a comprehensive programme to develop transferable skills, increase fitness levels, cultivate a sense of adventure, and volunteer in the community.

It is open to students in both the English and French sections of the school, starting at age 13. Its three levels are each divided into four sections. Participants must complete the four sections at each level in order to obtain the award.

University Guidance

Our university and careers counselling programme offers students from year 7 through year 13 (6e-terminale) the tools they need to think actively about their future. Students in lower secondary focus on self-development and career exploration, while students in upper secondary investigate higher education options and work on putting together a strong university application. Focused on each individual’s strengths and interests, our devoted staff and dedicated classes offer students a holistic and inclusive approach to their reflection after graduation.

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