La Garenne International School
|Year of Foundation||1947|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades|
|Boarding||Day School|Boarding School|
|Number of students||Reception to Year 9 class|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1:2|
|Accreditations||CIS, IPC, DELF/DALF, Cambridge English Language Assessment, QSC|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||CHF 25'000|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||CHF 72'000|
Founded in 1947, La Garenne International School is one of the leading primary/middle boarding schools located on the balcony of the Swiss Alps. Owned and managed since two generations by the Méan family, our school is set in the charming alpine French speaking ski resort – Villars-sur-Ollon – which provides secure environment for our students. Our Philosophy is based on traditional values, strong sense of responsibility, kindness and security which are the key elements for a successful and balanced life.
Each academic year we welcome 80 boarding and 30 day students, aged from 4 to 14 years old and from over 25 countries. La Garenne prides itself of an English-French bilingual approach, it gives students expertise in two languages. Students follow the English official national curriculum, from Reception to Year 9, taught in small classes by experienced teachers from the UK. The school aims also to develop a high level of mastery of the French language, even though the main language of study is English. All Junior students take lessons in French as a Foreign Language. The students are prepared for the official French language examinations, the DELF programme and for those students who are native speakers and those who have a strong level of French, we offer an optional programme called ‘Français renforcé’. Our French teachers are all mother-tongue French speakers and many other members of staff are highly proficient in French.
In summer camp, we welcome 90 young-learners – from 5 to 14 years of age – also coming from close to 30 countries. We do propose different stays in July and August of 2, 4 or 6 weeks in during which campers experience a varied programme, well balanced between learning, playing, discovering and sharing. Our combination of the English and French section makes our camp enriching and our students’ integration and adaptation being a must for us, our ratio of adults and students is 1:2. The same team of professionals works during the school year as well as the summer camp to provide a safe environment for our young learners.
Finally, our winter camp offers children aged from 8 to 14 years the opportunity to enjoy languages lessons – French or English – and an amazing experience of skiing/snowboarding in our well-known resort. We do propose different sessions from January to March enabling campers to share incredible moments with our school year boarding students.
Whether during the school year programmes or during our camps, we offer a maximum of opportunities – sports, expeditions in the region, arts, music, teaching of more than 8 languages, school and cultural trips – for the children to arouse their curiosity and to improve their enquiry skills so that they become the protagonist of their future life.
Languages of instructionEnglish, French
Foreign languagesFrench, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Russian
ExaminationsDELF and Cambridge
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