frequently asked questions
320-345… about half girls and half boys.
Everywhere… well, more than 50 countries this year.
It was founded in 1960. Our founders were seeking a school that would build understanding of different cultures.
You learn responsibility and are given a schedule that sets you up for success.
Dorm rooms are shared by two or three students. The shared space is more than adequate, with hardwood furniture, desks, beds and lots of closet space. Each room has its own bathroom.
Average size is 12. Our largest class is limited to 24 students; the smallest class is 5 students.
Our school offers the U.S. High School Diploma Program and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Our highest-level courses are IB HL. These classes qualify for college credit at many universities.
We do not offer AP classes. Our school focuses on the International Baccalaureate Diploma and therefore our highest level courses are IB HL which correspond to AP courses.
As one LAS student answered, “Everywhere, but most importantly, we go where we want to go; in most cases, our first or second choices.” Whether studying in the United States, Europe, Asia or taking a GAP year to enjoy Europe after deferring a college acceptance, our students have many options open to them. Read more about our University Counseling here.
For many years, LAS students have been heavily involved in humanitarian works, from construction of schools in Africa, to rebuilding houses in parts of Europe and activities in local community. These compassionate efforts are key part of the LAS mission in creating a community of students who want to make the world a better place.
Math and English tests are part of the admissions process.
Yes, you will find a step-by-step application process in the application form—and our regional representatives will guide you and answer questions.
Yearly tuition is 85,000 CHF. For families employed by companies such as Chevron, Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, Shell and the US government, please contact the Admissions Office.
Each year, LAS strives to provide a small number of full scholarships. Many highly qualified students apply, and the process is very competitive. LAS also offers more limited financial aid to a select group of qualified applicants. All scholarship awards are based on both merit and financial need.
We have rolling admissions. This means that the application and acceptance process begins when you send in all necessary documents. We notify you of your acceptance or denial within three weeks. Applying as early as possible is beneficial.
Usually by May 1, we are approaching our school capacity and a wait list may form.
We receive visitors throughout the year. Please contact the Admissions Office for an appointment.
No, we have students from more than 20 different religions and are committed to a community that supports and respects religious freedom.
It’s an alpine village… with a ski resort in the town. It’s in the mountains looking over the northeast end of Lake Geneva. We share Leysin with about 3,000 local residents. During the ski season, we welcome about 7,000 more people to our mountains to ski.
You walk… seriously, you walk most places. We’re in a small community, and our “campus” is small and closely connected. We do have free bus and train shuttles and taxis, if necessary.
Yes, there is a full ESL program. There is also an ESL Bridge program that starts in April, includes the LAS summer program and continues with the next academic year.
Breakfast is between 7:30-8:00a.m., then students have 7-8 different classes, activities in the afternoon and study hall in the evenings—a simple, effective model.
Yes—it’s high school!