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American School in Switzerland

6926, Montagnola-Lugano,
Tel: (+41) 91 960 5151
Fax: (+41) 91 993 2979;

School Summary
National, IB, curricula.

Founded by Mrs M Crist Fleming in 1955, TASIS integrates an American and International Baccalaureate education with a European culture experience. TASIS is accredited by ECIS and NEAS&C.

The High School (Grades 9-12) and the Middle School (Grades 7-8) offer full college-preparatory courses in English, social studies, mathematics, sciences, drama and languages (French, Spanish and Italian). Elective courses available are art history, economics, architecture and design, modern European history, studio art, photography and music appreciation. The International Section offers intensive instruction in English-as-a-Second language. The Post Graduate Program provides a special year of studies for high school graduates. The average class size of 12 and a high proportion of resident faculty assure personal attention. Course-related travel takes students to major cultural centres throughout Europe, and the entire school relocates to Crans-Montana for two weeks of studying and skiing in January. The school is an ETS and ACT college testing center and provides experienced college counselling. Sports, both inter-scholastic and intramural for boys and girls, such as soccer, rugby, volleyball, basketball, tennis, swimming and riding, track and field, are an integral part of TASIS life. Summer school in July and August offers intensive language instruction in ESL, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

About 30% of students are of American parentage; the remaining students represent 39 other nationalities. The graduating classes attend major colleges and universities throughout the USA, Europe and Asia as well as US colleges in Europe.

The school occupies the 17th-century Villa de Nobili and the surrounding estate and buildings overlooking Lake Lugano, about one hour from alpine ski areas. The seven-acre campus encompasses 14 buildings, 25 classrooms, four science labs, dormitories, a 10,000-volume library, studio theatre, AV facilities, infirmary, art studio/photographic lab and new state-of-the-art sports complex. Nearby soccer and rugby fields, tennis courts, riding stables and other athletic facilities are also used.

Admission is open to qualified students interested in a strong college-preparatory education and is based upon evaluation of work and recommendations from a student's previous school. Financial aid and scholarships are available and awarded on the basis of merit and need.


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