We invite you to explore Leysin American School in person. By visiting when our school is in session, families can meet the full community of students, faculty and staff and experience daily life. We recommend an interview with a prospective student to complete our application, so an on-campus visit benefits both you and us.

A typical visit to LAS can be as short as one hour—or you may stay much longer so we can answer all of your questions, show you the facilities and introduce you to students from your country. Their stories and information can be valuable in making your decision.

Visits include:

Admissions staff presentation

Campus tour—

  • Dormitories
  • Classrooms
  • State of the art Magic Mountain Athletic Center
  • Music rooms
  • Black box theater
  • Art room

Also—

  • See the historic Belle Époque building.
  • Gaze at the spectacular panoramic Alpine views.
  • Meet student ambassadors.
  • Have lunch with the founding family.
  • And much more…

arriving by car

If using a GPS, the final destination will be Chemin de la Source 3, Leysin, 1854.

From Geneva

  • Take the main highway from Geneva in the direction of Lausanne, then Simplon/Gd.St. Bernard.
  • Take exit 17 at Aigle and follow the signs leading to the mountain road to Leysin.
  • Once in Leysin, continue towards the upper part of the village and the Feydey Railroad Station.
  • Then, turn to the left, pass the Catholic Church and arrive at the Belle Époque Campus with the LAS Visitors Center.

 

From Italy 

  • Take the Gd.St. Bernard pass and travel through the canton of Valais toward Aigle.
  • Continue on through Aigle, following signs toward Leysin (approximately 20-25 minutes).
  • Once in Leysin, continue towards the upper part of the village and the Feydey Railroad Station.
  • Then, turn to the left, pass the Catholic Church and arrive at the Belle Époque Campus with the LAS Visitors Center.

arriving by plane/train

120 KM from Geneva Airport
240 KM from Zurich Airport
240 KM from Basel Airport
50 KM from Sion Airport

The two main connecting airports are Zurich and Geneva. Upon arrival at either airport, take the train to Leysin; both airports have train stations within their complexes. The trip from Zurich airport will take 3.5 to 4 hours; from Geneva to Leysin, approximately 2 hours.

  • After passing through customs, follow the main sign to the railway station. Purchase a one-way ticket to Leysin-Grand Hotel. The clerks speak French, English and German.
  • If coming from Zurich, it may be necessary to change in Bern. It is necessary to change in Lausanne; then take the train in the direction of Sion/Brig, getting off in Aigle.
  • If coming from Geneva Airport on an Interregio train, it is generally not necessary to change trains in Lausanne. If it is an Intercity, you must change in Lausanne. Board the train in the direction of Sion/Brig and get off in Aigle.
  • At the Aigle train station, go to track 15/16 and take the small train marked “A-L” (Aigle/Leysin), which will bring you to Leysin.
  • In Leysin there are four stops. Get off at the very last stop, Le Grand Hotel. Walk left when you get off the train toward the back of the Belle Époque building, crossing the small bridge and down three flights of stairs. The Admissions Office is the last door on the left down the green corridor.

For SBB train timetable in English

Campus map

Belle Epoque

Formerly the Grand Hotel, this recently renovated historical building is the jewel in the town of Leysin. The train station adjoining the building reflects the prestige and importance of what is now the focused campus for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at LAS. Housing boys and girls in separate wings, the two-year programme is flourishing, partly because of its idyllic location and state-of-the art teaching facilities.

Jan Lowman

Educated at a variety of international schools around the world, followed by Brigham Young University and Middlebury College, Mrs. Lowman has had a thirty-plus-year career in international education. She has a Masters degree in English Literature and was an IB examiner in English Literature for ten years before arriving in Leysin.
A devotee of yoga and choral singing, she enjoys incorporating these avocations into her Theory of Knowledge and English Lit classes here at LAS, as well as into her role as Belle Époque Girls’ Dorm Head. She is married to Mr. Winfield Lowman, the LAS Director of College Counseling. They have three children and seven grandchildren, most of whom are also involved in international education.

Ben Hall

Benjamin Hall has been involved in education for ten years on three continents. Heralding from the North West of England, he has a background in sport via performance through a Sports Science degree. Currently furthering his education with a Masters degree, Ben has also taught in Chile, South America and then in Lancashire.
His current role includes the Belle Époque dorm head, teacher of Physical Education and Health as well as coach of the boys football team, boys rugby team and mixed badminton team.
Outside interests include snowboarding, mountain biking and watching his beloved Fylde RUFC.

Magic Mountain Athletic Center

This multi-purpose state of the art sports facility provides a wide range of sports options for LAS students and replaces the “Goathouse,” the former sports hall at LAS.

Among the many sports catered for are basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis as well as a cardio and fitness center. Central to the main gym are the indoor climbing wall, running track and a rooftop court for football.

Savoy

The Savoy Building is at the heart of the LAS academic experience for grades 9 – 10. In addition to academic classrooms, it houses a library, administrative offices, health and wellness counseling and nursing center, dining hall and arts department. The gym, sports hall, theater and music rooms provide recreational, as well as academic opportunities. The Savoy dormitory houses boys in grades 10 and 11.

Daryl Hitchcock

Mr. Daryl Hitchcock joined LAS in 2005. Originally a native of Washington State, he attended college at the University of Southern Maine where he earned his B.A. in History and played tennis on the tennis team. After completing a graduate program in education (ETEP) he began his teaching career at Fryeburg Academy in the state of Maine. At LAS he has been a dorm head since arriving and has taught IB History, IB Geography and Theory of Knowledge. He has lived in Savoy for 10 years with his wife Marta, the Director of Residential Life.

Vermont

Vermont is our most intimate dormitory house and is an extremely popular dorm for girls in grades 7 - 9. It houses the Travel Office and IT Office and is connected to the gorgeously restored Math Chalet by an underground tunnel. In addition, the underclassman lounge dubbed “The Fish Bowl” is located between the two structures. In ski season, the Fish Bowl plays a central role as a gathering point at the end of the day.

Andie Flett

Andie Flett is currently the 7, 8 and 9th grade Coordinator as well as the Head of House for our youngest girls' dormitory, Vermont, which houses 30 girls.
Mrs. Flett first came to LAS to teach French at the summer school (Summer in Switzerland) in 2009. After falling in in love with International Education, she and her family relocated to Switzerland in 2012. When she is not teaching or coaching, she enjoys riding her road bike, her mountain bike, skiing, and exploring Europe.
Mrs. Flett spent the first seven years of her teaching career working with an incredibly passionate group of educators to establish the Cedar Valley Waldorf School (CVWS) in British Columbia, Canada.

Beau Reveil

The Beau Reveil building is home to the Middle School program. 7th and 8th grade students have all of their academic classes here.

Eden

Eden is the primary location for the Alpine Adventure program in the summer and is a boy’s dormitory during the academic year. The Eden building features a beautiful, south-facing patio complete with a permanent barbeque, common area and a peaceful sense of privacy. The Eden dorm is located between the Vermont Complex and the Beau Site in the center of campus. It houses boys in grades 7 - 9.

Thom Padick

Thom Padick has been the Eden Dorm Head since 2014 and he served as the assistant dorm head in Savoy boys dormitory for three years prior to his tenure at Eden. Thom started his career at LAS in 2009 as a full time member of the art department where he taught digital imaging, film making, visual arts and IB art. Thom earned his undergraduate degree in art education frOm San Francisco State University and his masters in art from the University of New Mexico. His K-12 art certification is from Western State University in Gunnison, CO.
In addition to his role as the dorm head at Eden, which serves students from grade 7-11, Thom is the coordinator and liaison for grade 7, 8 and 9 students and their families. In this capacity he coordinates academic, athletic, social, residential and pastoral care with LAS staff, students and families to assure a comprehensive and holistic experience for the students in his care. Thom’s wife Joan Flynn is also employed at LAS in the English Department and his son Alex Flynn-Padick is in his 5th year as a member of the LAS History/Social Studies department.
In addition to his passion for the Visual Arts, Thom enjoys traveling and he is active in various teams and groups who are engaged in the continuing development of student and school culture at LAS.

Beau-Site

The recently remodeled Beau Site dormitory offers impressive views of the Alps and is only 100 meters from the Savoy Campus. It houses girls in grades 10 and 11.

Alice Patton