What am I interested in? What do I want to be? A graphic designer, a chemist, a chef? Our senior level classes prepare our students for further education. With a broad general education to develop their personalities and six major subjects to specialize in. So they know what they want and get off to a good start when they leave school.

What we offer

In year 11 the pupils choose a major. This allows them to immerse themselves in the subjects which most interest them. And they are optimally prepared for further education. The majors we offer are:

Art and Design– springs from the desire to animate space with colour and form and to make materials speak. It includes the subjects sketching, painting, sculpture, graphics and architecture, with supplementary courses in paper manufacturing and photography. An in-depth examination of the history of art, particularly in the 20th century, provides a wider context in which to consider their own creative work. Passing the IMS-F exam gives the students direct access to the Basel School of Design’s (SfG) preliminary course.

Major in Arts and Craft – The focus is on product design and handcrafts. We sketch and draft when seeking and developing design forms. This includes sketching both objects and designs as well as working in metal, wood, paper and modern materials. The aim of the work is the independent production of objects and products. Passing the IMS-F exam gives the students direct access to the Basel School of Design’s (SfG) preliminary course.

Major in Social Affairs/Health/Education – The focus here is on humans as social beings. This major allows the students to dvelop an understanding of the connections between health, education and social issues and is especially suited to students who want to work in social care or nursing. The students all organize their own work placement and write a detailed report about it.

Major in Biology and Chemistry – This major is based on precise observation and consideration. The topics covered are complex theories and the influence of the natural sciences on our society. The subjects taught are ecology (with excursions), chemistry (with practical laboratory courses), extensive microscopy courses, evolution, classical and molecular genetics, protein chemistry and physiology. This major is aimed at students who are interested in the natural sciences and an apprenticeship, attending a university of applied sciences or who want to take the baccalaureate.

Major in Spanish – Students who want to learn a new language and its culture are in the right place here. The intensive language training culminates in the study of selected fiction in the orginal. Please note: Teaching for this major subject already starts in year 10.

Major in Music – This major allows an intensive and comprehensive examination of the phenomena, forms and theoretical contexts of music. There is a strong focus on the history of music and culture, complemented by and deepened with excursions and concerts. There are classes in aural training, rhythm, harmonics and analysis, morphology and the history of music. These classes are supplementary to the basic subject (singing, choir, orchestra) and take four hours a week. 

Our students graduate from year 12 with the qualifications IMS B or IMS F. The IMS B qualifies them for an apprenticeship and dispenses them from the general education classes this entails. IMS F qualifies them for entrance to higher technical colleges and certain universities of applied science. There are thus many training courses open to them, listed in our brochure “Compass – further training.

Preparation for the baccalaureate starts in class 11 – with supplementary subjects and streaming in chemistry, physics, math and languages. Students with the necessary qualifications spend year 13 preparing specifically for the Federal baccalaureate exam which they usually take after a year. Alternatively, they can transfer to a high school in Basel city or land. No exam is required, they just need a recommendation from the school. Our students thus have all these options open to them.

In year 10 the students receive practical training. In 6 hours a week of block lessons they are taught cookery, metalwork, woodwork, cardboard production, technical drawing, modelling and painting, rounded off with computing and social studies. Vocational training and work placements help the students to clarify where their strengths and weaknesses and interests lie and which professions they should consider. A week of French camp in the French speaking area of Switzerland strengthens their language competence.

In the middle of year 11 the students choose a topic which they work on intensively for a year and then present. The topic can be taken from the fields of the arts, science or handicrafts. The final project is a truly demanding challenge.

Our senior classes allow a great deal of creativity. The students participate in our ochestra or choir. They perform classical works – at the school, in Basel and on concert tours all over Europe. In year 11 they spend two weeks in Tuscany – sculpturing, painting and visiting museums; and in year 12 four weeks are reserved for a theatre project. Sounds like plenty of creativity? It is!

Our senior school provides individual support – with a status review in year 10, individual meetings as required, and marks and grade reports at the end of each semester and school year. So that the students always know whether they are meeting their targets.


Stefan Rohrer

Stefan Rohrer

Chair of senior class level conference, physics teacher

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