La Garenne International School
|Year of Foundation||1947|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||Primary School: Year 1 to Year 6 / Middle School: MYP1 to MYP5 / Senior School: IB DP1 & DP2|
|Boarding||Day School|Boarding School|
|Number of students||90 boarders & 30 day students|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1:2|
|Accreditations||CIS (Council of International School), DELF/DALF, Cambridge English Language Assessment, IBO in progress.|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||36'000 CHF (day student) to 71'000 CHF (boarder)|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||75'000 CHF (day student) to 96'000 CHF (boarder) - IB Years|
Ever since the foundation in 1947, La Garenne International School has been one of the leading boarding schools in Switzerland and the world. More than 120 students from over 35 nations are welcomed each year on our campus located in the charming alpine French-speaking ski resort of Villars which provides a secure environment and an extraordinary education to boarding and day students from 5 years old. Our philosophy is based on providing individual attention to each and every student, encouraging a passion for learning, developing international-mindedness and ensuring the holistic development of all of the young people in our care both academically, socially and emotionally.
La Garenne prides itself on its long and rich history as a bilingual place of learning. While the main language of academic subjects is English, we believe that language learning is vitally important and students are encouraged to develop a mastery of the French Language in addition to encouraging the study of a student’s native language. In the Primary School (ages 5-10), students follow the International Primary Curriculum, which prepares them well to enter the Secondary School where they will study the highly regarded International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (ages 11 – 16). Upon completion of the MYP, our students will start their studies for the world-renowned IB Diploma Programme. Our students will enter their final year of schooling in 2022, just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of La Garenne.
In addition to our full-time academic curriculum, students may also choose to join La Garenne as part of our ‘Integration Programme’. it offers them a unique taste of academic and boarding life over a shorter period, after which some may choose to join us at a later stage for the full academic year. Furthermore, in summer, we offer residential and day camps with a well-balanced programme consisting of language courses in French or English in the morning (from beginner to advanced level) followed by sports, cultural and leisure activities in the afternoon. In winter, students may participate in the Integration Programme and enjoy snow activities including skiing/snowboarding several times a week.
Whether during the school year or during our camps, we provide wonderful opportunities (languages, challenges, expeditions, charity projects and school trips around the world) that stimulate young people’s natural curiosity and teach them valuable life skills.
La Garenne is also a CIS fully accredited school (Council of International Schools) and a Cambridge/ DELF-DALF Preparation Centre.
At La Garenne we have adopted the phrase “Be Happy and Never, Never, Never Give Up” as our motto, to encourage wellbeing, effort and resilience in all aspects of life and for all members of the school community.
CurriculumIPC, MYP & IBDP
Languages of instructionEnglish, French
Foreign languagesEnglish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Russian
ExaminationsMYP (Middle Year Programme), DELF, Cambridge, IBO in progress
I believe Yasumasa had a pleasant time, due to support by all teachers and staffs. He told me lots of stories of the programme, and mostly enjoyed chocolate factory, walking in the mountain, and laser gun game. He also could learn how to play chess. I really thank to you, and wish you a pleasant summer
Please pass my deepest thanks to Mr Mean of his immediate response and assistance, we are worry free even though my child is in some medical issue during the camping. Your team efficiency and well organizing are very impressing us. Last but not least, thanks to those leader and helper brings lot of fun and such memorable experience to my boy.
We feel sad to leave La Garenne which provided Riko with comfortable home; however, we have decided to send her to Le Rosey so that she can face new challenges. We hope that Riko will have even more good memories than ever during the short rest of the year at La Garenne so that La Garenne will become her home for the rest of her life. We appreciate your countless efforts you devoted for Riko, and we are very pleased how she grew up.
Thank you so much for taking care of Henry for the last three weeks. Henry had a wonderful time in La Garenne. He learned how to ski, how to sing a French song and he made a lot of friends as a boarder. We were quite worried about him before sending him as a boarder in a different country. Now he told us that he wanted to go back and stay for another two weeks. We knew he must have had so much fun there. We were so pleased with his changes and we will definitely send him back in the near future.
Thank you for taking care of Pablo this term and for making his tough times easier . Once more it's great to let my son in your hands knowing he is really like at home with all the cares , love and values he lives in my family . THANK YOU!!!
Amazing! Greatest primary boarding school in the world. Good friends, beautiful nature, very kind,excellent teachers and staff
Warm hearts. Sharp minds. Best intentions. The skills to make it happen. We are proud and blessed to have found a home away from home. La Garenne offers a safe environment where our children can make mistakes and fail and where they are taught to get up, try harder and succeed. Priceless