LISA Languages and Economics
In order to meet the interests of the different students better, we offer two school branches: LISA Languages and Economics. Both branches are general educational. Students do not have to decide right at the beginning which curriculum to follow, but have time until the end of the first semester in year 2. The two curricula will start in year 3.
LISA Languages: Students will graduate with a total of four languages, where German, English and French are mandatory and with a choice of Spanish, Italian or Latin. These students therefore have a little less of the natural sciences.
LISA Economics: Students will graduate with a total of three languages, where German and English are mandatory, and with a choice of French, Spanish, Italian or Latin. There is a stronger focus on the natural sciences and Economics in the upper classes.
The LISA Academy Program is offered in the last two years of the school career. It is a program for those students, who are not able to complete the Austrian Matura due to German language inability. To cover the costs of this program, higher school membership fee is imposed.
Six IB subjects: The students will choose their 6 IB Diploma subjects.
Sports: Physical education is a mandatory subject.
Third language: Besides the two IB Languages, the students have to complete a third language, which is in most cases Spanish. Students who only speak two languages will receive a beginner’s course in Spanish.
As a school with English as a language of instruction, learning German is especially important. Students will receive a level of German appropriate to their ability. While every student is required to attend a German course appropriate to their level, we do not require previous language knowledge in German. We offer German beginner courses also for older students. Please refer to the LISA Language policy for more detailed information.
Preparing for the Austrian Matura exam: Students who want to complete the Austrian Matura, must attend the German courses (at mother-tongue level).
German as a foreign language: We offer up to nine different German as a foreign language courses in six different academic levels.
Mother tongue languages in the IB-Diploma Program
All LISA students have to declare a first language. This can either be German, English or one of the 51 recognized IB languages. Students who have German or English as a first language will receive an appropriate course during school time. Students who have another first language will receive support by the school to maintain their mother tongue abilities on an academic level so that they can complete the IB Diploma program. All exams, with the exception of the languages are in English.
Example: For example a student who only speaks Mandarin Chinese as a first language and English will receive:
- Tutoring support to maintain the Chinese ability
- English as a foreign language lessons in school
- A German as a foreign language beginner’s course in school