La Garenne International School
|Year of Foundation||1947|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||Primary School & Middle School since 1947. Senior school opening from 2019.|
|Boarding||Day School|Boarding School|
|Number of students||85 boarders & 25 day students|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1:2|
|Accreditations||CIS (Member school, accreditation in progress), IPC, DELF/DALF, Cambridge English Language Assessment, QSC|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||CHF 33'000 (day student, youngest age)|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||CHF 82'000 (maximum fee for Y10-Y11 boarders)|
Founded in 1947, La Garenne International School is one of the leading boarding schools located on a sunny plateau in 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 85 boarding and 25 day students, aged from 4 to 15, from over 30 countries.
La Garenne prides itself on an English-French bilingual approach. During the academic year, our students follow the British Curriculum (IPC & IMYC) from Reception to Year 9, and also develop a high level of mastery of the French language.
Responding to continuous requests from our students and their parents, we are proud to announce the launch of “La Garenne Senior School”. We will welcome our first Year 10 class to the existing campus in September 2019 (Y11 from 2020, Y12 from 2021 and Y13 from 2022). As our facilities develop, we plan to launch a new class each year, ultimately opening Year 13 in 2022 – just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of La Garenne. Internal examinations in the Year 10 and Year 11 age groups, such as IB Diploma programme for our Year 12 and Year 13, are the academic programmes planned to be offered.
In addition to our full time school year curriculum, students may also choose to join La Garenne as part of our “Integration Programme”. This 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.
In summer and winter, we offer residential and day camps with a well-balanced programme – language courses of French or English in the morning (from beginner to advanced level) followed by sports, cultural and leisure activities in the afternoon.
Whether during the school year or during our camps, we provide many wonderful opportunities (languages, challenges, expeditions, charity projects, school trips around the world) that stimulate the children’s natural curiosity and teaches them valuable life skills. In addition to providing the British curriculum, La Garenne is a CIS Member School (Council of International Schools, accreditation in progress) and a Cambridge / DELF-DALF Preparation Centre.
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