Foundation Year

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Foundation Year 

Surval welcomes students from the age of 13, for a Foundation Year (Grade 8) which will prepare them either for the American High School Program or for IGCSE and Advanced Levels.

Foundation Year has a strong language element. English is the language used throughout the school, and extra support for non-native speakers is given to those who need it. French is compulsory and another language is optional. Mathematics, all three sciences, humanities, drama and art all form part of the curriculum, together with the sporting programme and personal, social and health education, as well as a module on ‘Switzerland, our host nation’.

The combination of the academic programme and the wide range of enrichment activities and sport give girls an outstanding start to their future at Surval; and the chance to make international friends across ages and cultures.

Foundation 2, for girls from age 12, is a special introductory course for those whose English is limited, and who are staying at Surval for a full five years. These girls study intensive English, and move on to French when they are ready. They take part in some lessons on the main curriculum, and within a year we expect them to join the full timetable offer.

The foundation year programme encompasses a wide range of subjects, designed to help prepare the girls for the American High School Program or the IGCSE and A Levels. Students can use the year to combine the academic curriculum with a high level cookery course, or extra art and music.

Academic Programmes

​Programme Details

Who the programme is for: Students aged 13+ who wish to progress to the American High School program or IGCSE and A Levels

FY2 for girls with limited English, but intending to stay at Surval for the whole 5 years of their secondary education; the initial year enables them to gain a high level of English so they can move on to IGCSE.

Programme length: One year

Progression: Upon successful completion students will progress to the next year of their American High School program (last year of Junior High) or IGCSE.

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