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What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Expats in Lausanne who do not speak French tend to choose an English-language international school for their children. Such schools use British, American or international curriculum. Many parents find these schools preferable because their programs are similar around the world and children can integrate well into a new school when the family moves again.
Parents who speak French at home may choose an international school, French-speaking private school or a French-speaking local school for their children. Note that Switzerland has a highly regarded public school system and young children coming from abroad are welcome.
For further assistance with regards to schooling contact Crown Lausanne.
What are some examples of these schools?
Brillantmont International College
16, avenue Charles-Secrétan
Phone: 021/ 310.04.00
Fax: 021/ 320.84.17
Brillantmont International College houses approximately 100 boarding boys and girls and about 50 day students. All students live and study on the campus, which is located in a large park in the center of Lausanne. The school offers the following curricula: American, British, Business, Language, Swiss; short terms and summer school section.
Ch. de Champittet
Phone: 021 / 721 05 05
Fax: 021 / 721 05 06
College Champittet is situated near the lake of Geneva, very close to the center of Lausanne (Pully). With its magnificent campus and varied sports facilities, it offers an ideal setting for studying and recreation.
Ecole Française de Valmont
Rte d'Oron 47
Phone: 021 / 652 37 33
Fax: 021 / 652 90 63
Valmont is a French Catholic school that welcomes children from all nationalities.
Ch. de Montolivet 19
Phone: 021/ 617 71 16
Fax: 021 / 617 04 52
The modern, spacious buildings of Mont-Olivet stand in a big park on a gentle slope overlooking the lake and facing the majestic Savoy Alps.
Bilingual teaching in French and German is provided for students from the age of 4 years.
Institut Monte Rosa
Av. de Chillon 57
Phone: 021 / 965 45 45
Fax: 021 / 965 45 46
Since 1874, Monte Rosa has been offering a wide range of academic programs in both general subject areas and intensive language studies. Co-educational from 8 to 19 years.
International School Haut-Lac
Quai Maria Belgia 16
Phone: 021/ 925 40 00
Fax: 021 / 925 40 01
The Haut-Lac International Bilingual School educates students of more than 30 different nationalities and from many diverse cultures, side-by-side with local Swiss students. Within the framework of an academically rigorous, student-centered, bilingual program, the school endeavors to create a stimulating environment for children aged 3 to 18 years.
The primary curriculum is based on the guidelines of the British National Curriculum and the French primary program, while the secondary curriculum incorporates the structures of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP.)
International School of Monts-de-Corsier
Le Champ de Pesses
1808 Les Monts-de-Corsier
Phone: 021 / 948 08 08
Fax: 021 / 948 09 09
ISM caters for children from 18 months in our crèche to 12 years old and has a student body of approximately 100 children made up of over 30 nationalities. The school is non-denominational and embraces every aspect of multicultural diversity.
International School of Lausanne
Chemin de la Grangette 2
1052 Le Mont. Sur-Lausanne
Phone: 021/ 560 02 02
Fax: 021/ 728 78 68
The school comprises primary level (ages 3-10), including the Early Childhood Center, and secondary level, made up of the middle and high schools (ages 11 – 13 and 14 – 18 respectively).
Throughout the school, the curriculum and educational practice is designed to be international.
St. George's School in Switzerland
Ch. de St. Georges 19
Phone: 021/ 964 34 11
Fax: 021/ 964 49 32
St. George's School is a British-style international school for boys and girls.
Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
Most of the international schools in Switzerland are over-booked. We suggest that you register your children as soon as possible at your chosen school or contact Crown Lausanne for assistance.
Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
Yes. The pre-school "Les Tournesols" admits children from 4 months to the beginning school age of 4 years. All classes are in French.
Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande offers complete schooling from kindergarten (with a Montessori section) to senior school. English begins at 3 years of age, with 3 to 4 hours per week, followed by daily classes in the primary school. All teachers are experienced professionals teaching in their mother tongue.
Please note that a free place at a crèche is also hard to find in Lausanne and the surrounding area, therefore, try to book a place as soon as you can.
How are most kids transported to and from school?
Most schools operate bus transportation. As Switzerland is a very safe country, many students also choose to use the public transportation on a daily basis.
When does the typical school year start and end?
Public school runs from mid-August to end of June. Private and International schools run from the beginning of September to the end of June.
Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Local primary schools provide intensive French lessons for foreign students. They are able to follow the program (Swiss curriculum) from the beginning. Within 4 – 6 months, foreign students are fluent in French. Feel free to contact Crown Lausanne if you have any questions.
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