International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

An international second degree

The Kantonsschule am Burggraben St.Gallen has been an accredited IB World School since 2017. The bilingual focus subjects "Biology and Chemistry" and "Physics and Applications of Mathematics" are taught in English exclusively in conjunction with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP). As with all other Matura students, IB students will take the cantonal Matura exams according to the regulations of the bilingual Matura. In addition, they will also earn the globally recognized IB diploma. The IB DP course, which prepares students for the additional final examination two years before the Matura, is integrated into the cantonal grammar school curriculum.

The path to the IB as a second degree in addition to the Matura requires a high level of motivation and is particularly suitable for motivated, curious and open-minded students who wish to engage with scientific topics in depth. The IB course promotes personal qualities as summarized in the IB Learner Profile.

A varied and challenging program

Students complete the first two years of school at the Kantonsschule am Burggraben according to the regulations of the bilingual Matura. The subsequent IB subjects of biology, physics, mathematics and history are taught in English from the second semester on. The second school year is concluded with the compulsory four-week language stay in an English-speaking area.

The Diploma Programme begins in the third year of grammar school. It comprises the following six subjects, which are also Matura subjects, at Standard (SL) or Higher Level (HL):

- German (HL)
- English (HL)
- French (SL)
- History (SL)
- Mathematics (SL)
- Physics or Biology (HL)

In addition, the students attend focus days in the "Theory of Knowledge" (ToK) module, in which, among other things, the question of how we arrive at new knowledge is examined. Students also spend part of their free time designing and implementing artistic-creative, athletic, or social projects in the Creativity, Activitiy, Service (CAS) module. The final paper, the "Extended Essay", written in English in the fourth year, corresponds to the Matura paper, in which the students explore a scientific topic of their own choosing.

During the two-year Diploma Programme, internal written papers (Internal Assessments) and oral examinations (Individual Orals) are held in the six IB course subjects, which in turn contribute to the final examination. In the ToK module, an essay is written towards the end of the course, which, as with the Extended Essay, is externally assessed by the IB organization and contributes to the final grade. The costs of the IB final exams are approximately 1,000 Swiss francs.


At our school, the IB Diploma Programme is taught exclusively in combination with the grammar school course (focus subjects "Biology and Chemistry" or "Physics and Applications of Mathematics"). Students who register for one of these two bilingual focus subjects and pass the entrance examination will be admitted to the course. The admission requirements are the same as those of the grammar school. There is one IB class per year. If there are more applications than available spots, the student’s performance at the entrance examination (numerus clausus) will decide on admission to the course.