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    The school has obtained the IBDP certificate and the authorization to teach IB from the 2020/21 school year by the International Baccalaureate Organization® to guarantee students a complete cycle of studies.

    Getting to know the real world
    (Classes X to XIII)


    Since the end of May 2019, the Rudolf Steiner School of Lugano Origlio has been a candidate school for the IB Diploma Program.

    One year later, the school has obtained the release of the IBDP certificate and the authorization to teach IB from the 2020/21 school year by the International Baccalaureate Organization, with the aim of achieving the achievement of the first diplomas in May 2022.



    Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogy aims to realise a school system at human scale with a positive influence on both students and society.

    This pedagogy involves the student’s personality as a whole to harmoniously develop the human abilities of thought, feeling and action.Thus, the young person, having completed the full course of studies, or rather reached maturity, will have acquired the ability to form clear representations and independent judgments, will have developed an interiority that is sensitive to great ideals, such as the sense of justice and responsibility, brotherhood and tolerance, will be able to decide autonomously and, by appealing to one’s creative potential, to bring together one’s individual impulses in the social organism.

    The curriculum of studies goes hand in hand with the evolutionary progress of human beings, with the introduction of the different disciplines in correspondence with the stages of development. Learning is equally balances between cognitive abilities, experimentation and creative experience. Artistic, musical and practical attitudes are stimulated and cultivated through drawing, painting and clay modelling, carpentry and iron, music and theatre, through knitting, looming and gardening.

    High School is made up with two two-year phases:

    • Classes X and XI follow Waldorf pedagogy.
    • Classes XII and XIII follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), recognised by universities all around the world. The IB DP is a rigorous pre-university study course designed for students in the 16-19 age group. It is a broad two-year course that aims to encourage students to be curious and to independently get informed, being attentive and compassionate at the same time. We give great emphasis to the development of intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and related behaviours, in order to learn evaluating situations and contexts from different points of view.
    • The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP Core.
      Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

    Our pedagogy is based on an ever deeper knowledge of the human being in progress, offering an education that gradually adapts to its various stages of development.


    International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).

    In our school the students will bring the following subjects:

    1. Native language: Italian literature (high level)
    2. Foreign Language: English (standard level)
    3. Mathematics (standard level)
    4. Natural sciences: Biology (high level)
    5. Human Sciences: History (high level)
    6. the students can choose between Physics or French (standard level)

    Il DP CURRICULUM is composed of 6 disciplinary groups and the Central Nucleus (Core).

    The disciplinary groups (one subject per group must be chosen) are:

    1. Native language: Italian literature
    2. Foreign Language: English, French
    3. Mathematics
    4. Natural sciences: Biology, Physics
    5. Human Sciences: History, Environmental and Social Sciences
    6. (optionally a subject of categories 2,4 or 5; the sixth group would be composed of “art”, but this subject area would not allow for scoring for entry into Swiss universities)


    The “Core” part, on the other hand, includes works that, during the two years, touch the different disciplinary areas:

    • Theory of Knowledge (TOK), which is then applied to the main subjects;
    • Individual creative and social activities (CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY, SERVICE), jobs that the student chooses independently and carries on and which must have artistic components and a social / ethical impact;
    • Final individual research work (EXTENDED ESSAY), a “thesis” coming from an in-depth study on one of the topics covered in the two-year course, with multidisciplinary aspects.

    Among the disciplines, three subjects (Italian, biology, history or mathematics) are brought into the school at a higher level (HL), three other subjects (English, history or mathematics, physics or French) are brought into the school at standard level (SL) . Students are able to make their choices in a flexible way, this means that they can decide for themselves which subjects to study in more depth in view of future university attendance. Higher level subjects are studied in a more in-depth and extensive way than standard level ones. At both levels, various skills are developed, especially those of critical thinking and analysis.

    At the end of the course, students’ results are assessed by means of exams, which are held in May of the 13th class. Many subjects also involve assignments that are assessed internally by teachers and moderated externally by the International Baccalaureate.

    At the Origlio school, after the exams, training and humanitarian experiences are planned to seal the course of study.