Class 11 in Langenthal
In Langenthal, every interested student (also without previous Steiner experiences) gets the chance to start in class 11.
This preparation year is based on the Waldorf curriculum with the corresponding focus on the linguistic, natural-scientific and artistic subjects. In addition, there is a language stay abroad within at least three months. The Class 11 profile will be equal to many different needs.
Class 11 «Pre-IB»
The 11th grade is introduced as a preparation year for the IB Diploma Programme in Langenthal (12th and 13th grade).
Although many of the subjects can take place in German, in Langenthal – like in most of the IB schools – several subjects will be taught in English. That is why there will be emphasis on the English language in class 11. During 3 to 4 months the students will visit another Steiner school in an English speaking country, while foreign students will visit our school in Langenthal.
Our Waldorf partner schools are located in Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
As a preparation for the IBDP Mathematics will be especially supported in class 11 too.
Class 11 «Pre-IB» as preparation for the IBDP
The Rudolf Steiner School Oberaargau in Langenthal is planning to introduce the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) as 12th and 13th grade in summer 2017. The IBDP is an international accepted highschool certificate.
In summer 2016 there will already be an 11th grade as an IBDP preparation year, so that the students (they don’t necessarily have to have visited a Steiner school before) will be prepared in the best possible way.
Although the lessons are based on the Steiner school curriculum, the 11th grade will meet the requirements of the IBDP curriculum.
Many of the subjects can take place in German. In Langenthal – like in most of the IB schools – several subjects will be taught in English. That is why there will be emphasis on the English language in class 11: During 3 to 4 months the students will visit another Steiner school in an English speaking country, while foreign students will visit our school in Langenthal.
On the evidence of the IBDP, in class 11 Mathematics will be especially supported too.
The following subjects will also be taught: German, English, French, History, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Ethics, Visual Arts, Craft and Design, Bookbinding, Music, Eurythmy and Gymnastics. Furthermore the students work on an own portfolio.
Did you know that there is a lively exchange between students from different Steiner schools.
Therefor, there even exists an internet platform called: www.wal-di.com.
This possibility can be very interesting for the students and for the school. For the host families, it is a special experience to take foreign students in for a few months. We are also convinced that Switzerland is an exciting destination for foreign exchange students.
There are also financial benefits. Since the mutual exchange works between the participating schools, we can offer our students a cost-neutral alternative to classical language studies. For these reasons, the Rudolf Steiner School Oberaargau promotes international student exchanges and is a member of the above exchange platform.
As part of the high school project, a three-month exchange in English-speaking countries was implemented in the planned profile for the 11th grade.
Our 32 year old school is located in the middle of Langenthal, a pretty town with 15,000 inhabitants, and close to the train station and the city centre. Langenthal is in the German speaking part of Switzerland, between Bern, Zürich and Basel. The Alps and nearest ski resorts are about 1 hour car or traintrip away. Langenthal is wellknown for his design-industry and locates several international companies.
We have a waldorf nursery and two kindergardens, the school itself currently has grades 1-10. The classrooms are allocated in a nice old landhouse and three other buildings on the schoolground. There is also a kitchen, where the students can eat warm lunch at noon.
In summer 2016 we started class 11 and im Summer 2017 we plan - subject to the authorization from the IBO - to offer the International Baccalaureate for class 12 and 13. There will be a student exchange in class 11 (autumn/winter), to prepare for the International Baccalaureate. But we also offer student exchanges in class 8 to 10.
Main language is German (Students learn french and english).