Ecole La Garenne Franco Anglaise: Chesieres, Switzerland

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Are you looking for a Switzerland boarding school? La Garenne in Chesieres (not far from one of the top schools Aiglon College) is one of the best preparatory boarding schools in Switzerland. 

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 that 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 student-to-staff ration of 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, cooperation, 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.

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7 days boarding: 

CHF 77,000 – CHF 115,000 per annum

About 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.

Age of entry to boarding houses 5+

Each residential building has live-in staff caring for the children. Buildings are equipped with appropriate information technology, safety and security systems including CCTV and door access is controlled by wrist bracelets.  Situated within a leafy garden, there is safe and easy access to benches, a sports pitch, trampolines, table-tennis tables, table football, swings, an adventure playground and playhouses.   

A warm family environment has been created for boarding students by designing spaces with a cosy ‘home from home’ feeling. Modern furniture interspersed with traditional pieces, colourful textiles and attractive wall decorations all contribute to the sense of quality and comfort. 
Girls and boys have separate quarters, with bright comfortable bedrooms overlooking the alpine countryside.  Two to four children share a room, each child having their own desk and cupboard for personal belongings. Junior rooms include an en suite bathroom.  Bedrooms are a place for children to relax, enjoy reading or listening to music. Friendly house staff clean and maintain the bedrooms and bathrooms daily and encourage children to be tidy and well organised. In the changing rooms on the ground floor, each child has a locker for outdoor clothing and sports equipment.  Student lounges with age-appropriate books, toys and TV are popular for chilling quietly or socialising with peers. Boarders love the unique character of this mix of traditional and modern Swiss style.


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Location Description

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.

Ecole La Garenne, Chesieres, Switzerland CH -1885

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