International School Altdorf
St. Josefsweg 15, 6460 Altdorf UR, Switzerland
+41 41 874 0000
Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
|Executive Dean||Francesco Masetti Placci|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Co-ed Age Range||13-19 years|
|Number of pupils||100|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP, IBCP|
|CP Coordinator||Francesco Masetti Placci|
|Diploma Coordinator||Nicoletta Scalabrin|
About our school
With over 40 nationalities, International School Altdorf is an inclusive and diverse community located in the central part of Switzerland. The school builds on the tradition of Swiss boarding education, with a special focus on academic excellence to offer a challenging course of studies. Our experienced and accomplished international teachers help students stay on track to earn globally recognized qualifications to attend excellent universities at home or abroad.
Academics at international School Altdorf
"IB students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics."
At International School Altdorf, students enjoy flexibility when choosing their courses: we offer a large number of courses in all programs and grades to ensure that students can follow their academic interest and talent. Our combination of small class sizes, tailored academic programs and individual support creates a family atmosphere and builds up the enthusiasm of students for learning and excellence.
The school offers the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-related Programme, each lasting for two years, in grades 11 and 12. In lower grades, we offer different authorized pathways for learners with a wide range of abilities and interests, including those whose first language is not English. We encourage students to engage with a variety of topics, focusing on interdisciplinarity, research and inquiry. We are also an accredited partner for TOEFL and IELTS testing and of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Center in Switzerland.
The IB curricula, the academic focus and the support of our University Counsellor at International School Altdorf offer the best preparation for students to continue their academic journey into the university of their choice.
The last three cohorts of graduating students have all obtained bilingual diplomas with scores well above the world average. Over 50% of our students have received offers from the top 50 universities in the world, and several alumni have been accepted to the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University College London, University of California - Berkeley, New York University, National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong and University of St. Gallen.
At International School Altdorf, we encourage students to actively participate and challenge themselves outside of the classroom! Students are thus instilled with a sense of responsibility, even in extracurricular activities and in community projects.
Students have access to a range of extracurricular activities on campus, from facilities for many sports to even a student-run animal shelter. Our school is located close to Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne, thus outdoor activities are part of the weekend life, from hiking to skiing, from golf to swimming and rowing. Students are free to create their own clubs and the range evolves from year to year.