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Leysin American SchoolThxxxxxxe

Vaud, 1854, Leysin,
Tel: (+41) 24 493 3777
Fax: (+41) 24 494 1585

admissions@las.ch;  www.las.ch

School Summary
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.



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