8th Grade is the final year of Middle School. At Brillantmont, our programme of studies is designed to meet the needs of international 13-14-year olds and covers a broad range of subjects. Additional English support is available if needed. STEAM courses in Robotics / Coding are an integral part of the 8th Grade curriculum.
9th Grade is the first year of High School and students continue to build on their study skills. The broad, comprehensive curriculum is designed to instil a love of learning. STEAM courses in Robotics / Coding are an integral part of the 9th Grade curriculum.
Our 8th and 9th grade students are entered for the PSAT 8/9 tests which assess their English and Mathematics level and begin to prepare them for external examination situations. All 8th and 9th Graders learn French (except for those in the EAL programme).
After class, 8th and 9th Grade students participate in extra-curricular activities, many of which develop leadership skills.
Read more about the 8th and 9th Grade Programme.
A limited number of scholarships are available for new students wishing to enter the 8th and 9th Grade. Please refer to our fees page for further information.
At every grade level, each student has a personalised timetable and follows a selection of courses which cover a solid range of subjects. In 11th and 12th Grade the courses extend and build on students’ subject knowledge, allowing them to focus on subjects in which they are particularly interested and which they may wish to pursue further at university.
Click to find out more about the externally recognised examinations offered at Brillantmont.
IGCSE Examinations (Cambridge Assessment International Education)
A Level (Cambridge Assessment International Education)
PSAT, SAT test, SAT subject test examinations (US College Board)
Advanced Placement examinations (US College Board)
European language examinations in different languages such as French, Italian, German, Spanish and more (ALTE)
Technology is an integral component of all courses. Sports and PSHE classes are compulsory for
all students and all student learn French (except for those in the EAL programme).
All teaching is in English. In addition to their academic programmes, all students follow extra-curricular activities, many of which develop leadership skills.
At the end of 12th Grade a Brillantmont student will complete their high school, either with British A Level examinations or with an American High School Graduation Diploma (with SAT & AP). These enable every single one of our students to continue their studies and enter universities around the world, including in England, Switzerland, Canada and the USA.
A Levels or IB?
Brillantmont is one of the only schools in the Lake Geneva area which teaches British A Levels. Many schools offer the IB (International Baccalauréat), however, here at Brillantmont, we feel strongly that IB is not the best programme for everyone. We feel that A Levels are a great choice because:
A Levels offer students flexibility and choice.
In the IB, the programme is fixed and students have to study a range of subjects, including those which they may not enjoy. With A Levels, students get to choose three or four subjects, which they can study in depth. They can focus on subjects they like and enjoy and not be pulled down by having to study subjects they don't want to study.
A Levels prepare students for university
A Levels are recognised all over the world. In fact, in the USA, good A Level grades will mean students get credit and can enter the 2nd year of study. The depth of study and the autonomy that students take for their learning, prepare them for university study.
What about Community Service?
Many people like the IB because of the Service Learning it offers. However, at Brillantmont, students can get fully involved in Service Learning and it is a choice, not something imposed upon them. They can join Habitat for Humanity, participate in the weekly Soup Kitchen in Lausanne, where our students volunteer and get involved with fundraising events throughout the school.
Are A Levels recognised everywhere?
Yes, A Levels are recognised in Universities worldwide. Each University will specify the required grades and criteria to enter its courses. Universities like students who come with A Levels because “Our experience is that Cambridge Advanced qualifications such as Cambridge International AS & A Levels are consistently robust and reliable, and prepare students very well for higher education.” (Admissions Officer, University of Newcastle, UK)
What does the evidence say?
Recent data in the USA shows that:
-Students with A Levels are more likely to be offered places at College (higher % than the national US average).
-At the end of the first year, students having completed A Levels have a higher Grade point average (GPA) than those who entered College with IB.
-Students are less likely to drop out of College if they have taken A Levels or AP, rather than the IB.
-Students who took A Levels are more likely to finish their Degrees on time (compared to other examinations).
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