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Teens 12-18

At Summer in Switzerland (SIS), you’ll find a lot to learn and tons to explore. If you are between 12 and 14 years old, you’ll fit right into the Alpine Exploration (AE) program. For older teens, ages 15 to 18, there’s the Alpine Challenge (AC) program. 

SIS offers two sessions of three consecutive weeks, with an optional Cultural Tour at the end of each sessions. Students in the Alpine Challenge and Alpine Exploration programs have the option to participate in the Core Program or may choose one of the Special Programs—English as a Second Language (ESL), French Immersion, Mountaineering, or our Art Immersion Program in coordination with the Paris College of Art.

Core Program:

Our Core Program consists of five streams of courses. Those streams are: Arts & Creativity, Language, S.T.E.M., Liberal Arts & Entrepreneurship. Students who wish to focus may take classes from only one stream. Students with varied interest may choose classes across multiple streams. 

Specialty Programs:

Our Specialty Programs offer a more intensive learning opportunity for students who have specific learning goals. Students who enrool in a Specialty Program will study their program subject for either a two-period block, for two of the four morning periods or for all four morning periods. 

For summer 2016 we are offering Specialty Program opportunities in the following areas: 

  • ESL (English as a Second Language) - two periods
  • French Immersion - four periods
  • Mountaineering - two periods
  • Theater - two periods
  • Art Studio - two periods 

French Immersion

  • Learn through French with a focus on excursions into the local community each morning
  • Participate in regularly scheduled afternoon activities
  • Participate in the group activities in the evening
  • Go on all-day excursions on the weekend

Mountaineering

  • Learn the skills necessary for enjoying Alpine activities 
  • Learn about equipment needs, wilderness first-aid, diet and nutrition, and weather
  • Participate in extended and overnight hiking trips
  • Gain experience in climbing, orienteering, and outdoor risk management

Art Immersion (15-18 year olds; first session only)

  • Focus on IB Preparation while assembling an Art Portfolio
  • Participate in regularly scheduled afternoon activities
  • Participate in the group activities in the evening
  • Go on all-day excursions on the weekend