Copperfield International School Verbier
|Year of Foundation||2020|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||Ages 4-18|
|Boarding||Day School, Boarding School|
|Number of students||30-50|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1 : 2.5|
|Accreditations||Accredited IGCSE examination center; Accredited A-Level Examination Center IB PYP and DP accreditation arriving February 2022.|
|Headmaster||Dr Hugh McCormick|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||30,000 CHF (Day School)|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||40,000 CHF (Day School)|
Copperfield Verbier is the world’s only ski-in, ski-out international school, located in the Swiss alpine village of Verbier.
We have hired world-class teachers, built an inspiring and peaceful campus, and developed an empowering educational philosophy.
Our vision is to educate students who are globally-minded, compassionate, confident, and kind. Copperfield students will be academically skilled; fluent in multiple languages; accomplished writers and communicators; artistically driven and knowledgeable; scientifically aware and trained; emotionally resilient; physically fearless; generous of spirit and skill; leaders who also know how and when to follow. Above all else, Copperfield students will be designers of their own lives and of a better world for others.
Teaching is considered one of the most valuable professions in our society. At Copperfield, we provide faculty and all staff with an environment where their individuality is emphasised and their membership of the community encouraged. All teachers have opportunities to improve their skills, launch their own initiatives, and thrive personally as well as professionally.
We are grateful when things go well, and we will bring others with us. We will share our fortune with those who need it. By opening our doors to the most talented and kind students, and not only financial resources, we will build a community that resembles the kind of society in which we would like to live. Our scholarship programme ensures that our admissions process can be needs-blind.
Above all, Copperfield’s vision is to be a global leader in forward-thinking, international education. We will be a diverse and accountable school that functions as a hub of our local community and a launchpad for the global ambitions of young people. Copperfield is, in every way, an education for all seasons.
CurriculumAt Copperfield, we provide a range of first-class academic options from ages 3-18. Between the ages of 3 and 12, we teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme; between 13 and 16, we teach and administer Cambridge IGCSEs; and at 16-18 we teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. We also offer A-Levels for students looking to continue within a British system.
Languages of instructionEnglish and French
Foreign languagesFrench (taught also as a foreign language in addition to a language of instruction), German, Swedish, Spanish and Mandarin
ExaminationsCambridge IGCSEs; International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Examinations; A-Levels
Academics are very important to me. Verbier is a magical place to live where I have time for family, and we can ski in the winter. But this life has to come without sacrificing my children’ learning. Copperfield offers a top quality individualised plan, so with a programme like this we can stay in Verbier until they leave for a university of their choice.
I love going to school every day. The most important thing is that our teachers allow us to have fun and be creative. They love it when we are happy, and my parents love that too.
We moved from Sweden to Verbier as we wanted our children to have an international upbringing and education, surrounded by different nationalities, cultures, and languages. At Copperfield, they are taught in English and French, and each day they are exposed to many more languages. Add the Verbier lifestyle of outdoors, sports and skiing and we have exactly what we wanted.
The academic programme at Copperfield is truly individualised in small classes. Our two children have weekly sessions with a learning support specialist, individual piano lessons run by Fernando (concert cellist), and a tailored academic plan all the way to higher education. The road to university is very important to us as we want to live in Verbier together with our children.
I didn’t know what a “Homeroom” was, but now my daughters love to start the school day in Homeroom with their pastoral tutor. Together with the weekly assemblies, where all parents are invited, I feel that the school share my focus on wellbeing. It’s no exaggeration to say that everyone in the school community knows each other's names and faces. That’s special.
The community around the school is important to me and my family. There is a café on site where I meet up with other parents at drop-off/pick-up or during the day. Le Hameau is a safe site, ideal for learning, directly on the ski slopes and generally a beautiful place to go to school.
La nostra esperienza a Copperfield è molto positiva, siamo stati accolti sin dal primo giorno con molta attenzione. Abbiamo scelto questa scuola per la nostra esperienza di 1 anno a Verbier principalmente perchè segue un programma IB. Due cose hanno reso questa esperienza unica, avere classi con pochi studenti,questo è un valore aggiunto che permette di avere molta attenzione didattica per ogni singolo studente e per la possibilità di essere molto a contatto con la natura e praticare molto sport. Copperfield è una scuola nata da poco ma che fornisce già un alto livello di formazione e sono certa che nel tempo riuscirà a raggiungere alti obiettivi didattici e non.