middle school overview
Get ready for Middle School!
Get ready to learn. Get ready to push yourself. Get ready to have fun. And get ready for high school.
The LAS middle school provides a solid background in core academics and the freedom to explore individual talents in a variety of 5-week courses. We mix traditional and innovative education to mold interested – and interesting – young people.
middle school academics
Five courses provide the necessary academic core for middle school students to meet the future challenge of LAS grades 9 and 10. Students focus on English through developing good habits of reading and writing. Students focus on mathematics and science to practice analysis and reasoning. And students practice healthy living in physical education.
- Reading & Writing
- PE & Health
We introduce students to a variety of subjects through daily academic exploration. These 5-week courses provide students, in a trusting environment, new skills leading to stage presence, innovation, environmental awareness, working with one’s hands and more. Friday field trips provide context for new ideas and skills.
Academic exploration courses change from one year to the next. The courses in 2016-2017 were:
- Alpine Institute
- Coding & Keyboarding
- Forest Ecology
The 2017-2108 courses will be announced during winter term.
residential life information
Middle school students are housed together by gender. Live-in LAS faculty provide emotional and social support outside of the classroom.
After class, middle school students have an afternoon activity, for example: athletic teams, recreational sports, strength and conditioning, outdoor leadership, yoga, horseback riding, computer programming, choir, jazz band and theater.
Middle school students have extra levels of care: mandatory breakfast and dinner check-ins; Monday through Thursday activities after school; mandatory Saturday excursions in fall and spring terms; and a supervised ski program in the winter term.
Friday Field Trips
Middle school students have educational field trips on Friday afternoons in fall and spring terms.
In the winter term, students ski every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Lessons are provided by the Swiss Ski School. Middle school students have an extra skiing session on Saturday with the option of skiing on Sunday as well.
Power of Parenting
Parents have access to their student’s grades, teachers comments and discipline and health information through the parent portal and bi-weekly dashboard updates.
Students meet weekly as part of a group of students with their faculty “parents” to celebrate special events and to discuss school or personal issues.
Arrival, Orientation & Departure
Students are met at Geneva Airport and taken by bus to the LAS Campus.