Ages 15-18

Our oldest age group, Alpine Challenge (AC), lives at our beautiful Belle Époque Campus. With its sweeping panoramic view, the Belle Époque has dorm rooms for boys and girls in separate wings as well as the Grande Salle ballroom, The Cave student lounge, an art studio, workout room and classrooms.

Students in our AC program can challenge themselves academically in one of our five streams, or they can select classes from different streams to provide a broader experience. Classes in the AC program are designed to challenge students’ thinking skills and stimulate their curiosity.

Morning classes

Our AC classes provide opportunities for older students to apply their skills, knowledge and creative energy to academic pursuits. Courses and teaching methods will challenge AC students to express ideas, work collaboratively and gain perspective. The content of each class is designed to be of high interest, currently relevant and thought-provoking.


Class options include:

  • Beginner French
  • Intermediate/Advanced French
  • French Immersion
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

Academic Discovery

Class options include:

  • Computer Programming
  • Catching an Invisible Killer: Pandemic
  • Math Engineering Challenge
  • App Writing
  • Math in Art
  • Economics

Arts & Creativity

Class options include:

  • Rock, Pop, and Hip-Hop
  • PhotoBook
  • Guitar / Ukulele
  • Songwriting
  • Voice
  • Visual Literacy
  • Piano
  • Theater
  • Photography
  • Digital Art
  • 2D/3D Art
  • The Art of New War
  • Open Art Studio

Afternoon activities

During afternoon activities students are able to engage in competitive or non-competitive activities, and adventure sports. We balance our active offerings with music, cooking, arts and crafts classes and continually introduce new activities to improve students summer experience. All of these options combine to help students exercise their minds as well as their bodies.

Evening socials

The Summer In Switzerland program emphasizes a family style of interaction, and all students are assigned to Faculty Families, which are led by Faculty “parents.” Every evening students enjoy family activities, dorm events or program socials.

Afternoon Activities & Evening Socials


Competitive sports:

  • Football Floor
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Basketball

Non-competitive sports:

  • Swimming
  • Horseback riding
  • Ice-skating
  • Yoga & Pilates

Adventure sports:

  • Climbing
  • Alpine hiking
  • Parapenting
  • White water rafting

Evening Socials:

  • Student theater productions
  • Student talent shows
  • Visiting guest performers
  • Themed dances

Family trips & weekend excursions

One afternoon per week students go on a family trip, allowing Faculty Families to spend quality time together. At SIS, we and that these family trips enable students to connect with each other, and with their faculty parents, in a meaningful way. On weekends students participate in excursions to cities in and around Switzerland. Each excursion includes a mandatory group activity, as well as free time for students to explore and hang out with friends.

Family Trips

  • Château de Chillon in Villeneuve
  • Aqua Parc in Bouveret
  • Fondation Pierre Gianadda art museum in Martigny
  • Swimming pools or spas
  • Nestlé-Cailler Chocolate Factory in Broc

Weekend Excursions

  • Lausanne (Olympic Museum)
  • Zermatt (the Matterhorn)
  • Geneva (United Nations & Red Cross Museum)
  • Bern (thousand year-old medieval city center that is the capital of Switzerland)
  • Lucerne (Swiss Museum of Transport & Communications)

Cultural trips

At SIS, we know the benefits that come from introducing students to the larger world just outside our door. That’s why SIS students have the opportunity to take part in organized European cultural trips.

Supervised cultural tours allow students to experience a new country and culture. They also help students to bond more closely with one another, a key goal of SIS. Staff accompany students on all trips as supervisors and mentors, further promoting that sense of community fostered on campus.

As a result of these experiences, SIS students gain a greater awareness of other cultures and a greater understanding of how their participation can make a difference to others.

Options for 2017:



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