leysin american school
at a glance

History

  • Established by Fred and Sigrid Ott in 1960
  • Now managed by the third generation of the Ott family
  • Not-for-profit foundation since 2005

Academics

  • Teaching in English
  • Grades 7-12 ( 12-18 years old)
  • Postgraduate Year – Year 13
  • IB, International Baccalaureate
  • US High School Diploma
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • English Bridge Program (April-August)
  • Faculty-to-student ratio – 1:8
  • Average class size – 12
  • Full-time faculty – 72; 95% live on campus
  • Special optional academic tutorial program
  • SAT preparation and testing

Lifestyle

  • 320-345 students
  • 50 nationalities
  • Full boarding school
  • Located in the Swiss Alps, Vaud Canton
  • French-speaking part of Switzerland
  • Mountain location, ski resort of Leysin
  • Two hours from Geneva
  • Sports teams
  • European travel
  • Arts and cultural performances
  • Ski-Term, January to March
  • Caring community
  • Partnership with parents
  • Afternoon activities
  • Model United Nations
  • Weekend excursions
  • Faculty Family

Facilities

  • Belle Époque Campus for students in grades 11 & 12
  • Savoy Campus for students in grades 7-10
  • Twelve buildings
  • Shared accommodation with bathroom
  • Media center
  • Black box theater
  • Performance hall
  • Art centre
  • Two libraries
  • State-of-the-art Athletic Center
  • Squash court
  • Two fitness rooms

University & College Placement

  • 99% of graduates attend colleges and universities worldwide
  • Over 40% continue to US universities
  • Annual visits by over 70 universities from US, Canada and Europe

Travel

  • Past trips include
  • Swiss excursions: Geneva, Berne, Lugano
  • Italian trips: Florence, Rome, Venice
  • European trips: London, Paris, Barcelona
  • Spring Break trips: Tanzania, Thailand, Egypt
  • Weekend excursions

Summer in Switzerland

  • 3-7 week program, June-August
  • 7-18 years old; 3 age groups, 7-11, 12-14, 15-18
  • Culture week
  • European adventure (Madrid, Rome,
  • London, etc.)
  • French language immersion
  • English, science and art classes
  • Adventure, exploration, challenge