La Garenne International School was created in 1947. Since 1980,it has been run by the Méan Family. The many years of experience, strong family values and high academic standards continue to make La Garenne a popular choice amongst parents seeking an excellent boarding school which combines an outstanding primary and middle school education with a safe and healthy family atmosphere. The children have the opportunity to interact with a variety of nationalities and different cultures which helps them to develop socially as mature students.
It is in our school philosophy to treat each child as an individual. With the students to staff ration 2:1 and an average class size of 13, there is always continual support and encouragement throughout their years at the school. The children are immersed in both the French and the English language, which is why they are bilingual by the time they leave. The language programmes may also be adapted to suit the student’s individual needs which may include support from the SENCO specialist and private lessons.
As boarders or day pupils, the students study The Official British Curriculum(IPC) or The Official French Curriculum as well as the official Cambridge exams.
The student’s individual talents and interests are celebrated and developed throughout their years spent at La Garenne. Our 8 IPC personal goals: communication, co-operation, respect, morality, adaptability, thoughtfulness, resilience and enquiry are the focus at La Garenne, encouraging students to reflect upon and enhance their personal development.
There are daily sports lessons including football, tennis, swimming, karate, athletics, climbing, hockey and ice-skating, to name but a few as well as weekend expeditions. This enables us to uphold and advocate an active and healthy lifestyle for our students. During the ski season the children ski in the afternoons and finish right at the front door of the school.
Campus centres around the main La Garenne building, an authentic yet modernised Swiss chalet. Thoughtfully designed to best serve the school community, it includes a dining room, offices and residential accommodation for youngest students and school directors. Nearby, ‘Académia’ is the main teaching building, ‘Millenium’ houses two Cubs’ classrooms, playroom, library and a base for Learning Support and the recently opened ‘Beau Site’ is the junior boarding house. Indoor facilities include a sports room, a library, purpose-built science laboratory, students’ lounges, school hall and music room, a multi-function room and an Art Room. Beau Site and Academia buildings have full disabled access and there is disabled access to key facilities in other buildings. All in all, the campus has been designed to maximise opportunities for diverse activities all year round.
La Garenne organizes the summer camps for the children between 6 and 13 years of age with courses in English and French. All the afternoons are allocated to sport and cultural activities like visit to the chocolate factory, the Olympic museum, the Alpine glacier and many others.
Situated in the magnificent French speaking Swiss Alps in the popular ski resort of Villars, La Garenne offers an education for young learners unlike any other.
The benefits of this healthy and invigorating environment have been recognised for hundreds of years. This ancient mountain pasture also offers an extraordinary panorama of majestic mountain peaks including Mont Blanc. Villars-sur-Ollon overlooks the Rhone Valley and the Swiss Riviera, thus the children discover the pleasures of both mountains and lake whilst benefitting from cultural and educational activities in the lakeside cities of Montreux, Lausanne and Geneva.
Situated at the edge of the village, the school is away from traffic and main roads. The village centre and its communal facilities are accessible on foot in just a few minutes. This includes the train and bus station, shops, playgrounds, sports grounds, swimming pool, bowling alley, cinema, ice-skating/hockey rink and more. The winter ski lift is two minutes from school and the children may conveniently ski right back to the campus
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