American School in Switzerland
Tel: (+41) 91 960 5151
Fax: (+41) 91 993 2979
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.