Leysin American SchoolThxxxxxxe
Vaud, 1854, Leysin,
Tel: (+41) 24 493 3777
Fax: (+41) 24 494 1585
National, IB, US, curricula.
Leysin American School is an ECIS and MSA accredited, co-educational,
international boarding school preparing students for entry into colleges
and universities. The fee quoted covers tuition and boarding, activities,
excursions, insurance and supplies. The school was founded to provide
top quality secondary education, paying particular attention to students
with diverse academic backgrounds coming from different educational
systems throughout the world.
LAS is the first high school worldwide to receive certification by
ISO-9001 (International Standards Organization) meeting all norms for
a full quality management system.
The academic program follows the college-preparatory curriculum as
required by US universities. Advanced Placement courses are offered
in twelve major subject areas. An international studies diploma for
students whose native language is not English provides intensive English-as-a-Second-Language
instruction, with gradual integration into regular courses. The International
Baccalaureate (IB) is offered as a full diploma program, although students
are able to take individual IB certificates.
The teacher/student ratio fosters individual attention. All teachers
hold university degrees, with the majority having a Master's degree.
Most have prior boarding school experience. LAS teachers are responsible
for the total education of the students: academic, social, moral, and
cultural. All teachers live in the dormitories and supervise the sports,
activities, and travel. They also team up to form 'faculty families',
which provide academic guidance and small-group social and cultural
opportunities for the students.
The program includes a wide range of activities, three cultural trips,
team and individual sports, and skiing. An alpine village 1,400 metres
above Lake Geneva, Leysin offers numerous recreational opportunities
for students, including swimming, ice skating, and tennis at the two
sports centres and skiing/snow-boarding on a wide range of runs.
About one third of students are American although 51 other nationalities
are represented. All graduates pursue further education in universities
in the US, Canada, UK or country of origin. Two main buildings house
offices, classrooms, laboratories, library, health centre, social hall,
dining room and dormitory rooms. Three additional dormitories are adjacent
to the campus. The Art Centre includes a music performance hall, individual
music practice rooms, a black box theatre and studio art area. The gymnasium/auditorium,
with separate Fitness Center and Squash Court, is used for physical
education and team/individual sports, as well as for theatre and concerts.
Admission is based on previous academic achievement, school recommendation,
character references and interview when possible.