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

In May 2019, Origlio Rudolf Steiner School has applied for the IB Diploma Programme.*

The aim is to start teaching for IB DP in school year 2020/21 and have the first group of graduates 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.

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.

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.

The six subject groups (one subject for each group to be chosen) of CURRICULUM DP are:

  1. Mother-tongue: Italian literature
  2. Foreign language: English, French
  3. Maths
  4. Natural sciences: Biology, Physics
  5. Human sciences: History, Social and Environmental sciences
  6. (Free choice of one of the subjects from groups 2, 4 or 5; the DP 6th group originally includes “artistic” subjects, but they wouldn’t be recognised to access Swiss universities)

Through the DP Core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service. DP Core subjects are:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK), in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know;
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), in which students complete a project with artistic components and social/ethical impact;
  • Extended Essay (EE), which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

Among the subjects, some restudied at High Level (HL – Italian literature, Biology and History), others at Standard Level (SL). Students are able to make their choices in a flexible way, they can autonomously decide which subjects to study in more depth in view of the future university frequency. The HL subjects are studied in greater depth than the SL ones. At both levels, various skills are developed, especially those of critical thinking and analysis.

At the end of the Program, students are assessed through final assessments (May, Grade XIII). Most of the subjects also involve internal periodical assessments, which are internally evaluated by the teachers and externally moderated by IB.

At Origlio Rudolf Steiner School, by the end of final exams, social and humanitarian activities and experiences are programmed.

* Only the schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer one of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), the Diploma Program (DP) or the Career related Program (CP). Candidate status does not guarantee that the authorization will be granted.