Learning

Leysin American School seeks to create an engaging learning environment that promotes inquisitiveness, excitement, and inspiration in students and staff alike. Students begin their academic journey at LAS in Middle School—grades 7 and 8—where they work together to develop a toolbox of essential skills and knowledge they can carry with them as they advance in their education.

Grades 9 and 10, also known as the Preparatory Years, are a crucial time of self-discovery and expanding interests. LAS supports students during this transitional phase of life by exposing them to new opportunities and encouraging them to take on student leadership roles. Finally, schooling at LAS culminates in the Diploma Years program—grades 11 and 12—during which time students can choose to pursue an International Baccalaureate or US High School Diploma. Both programs are uniquely challenging and encourage students to develop their curiosity and independence while ultimately preparing them for postsecondary success.

We are committed to providing our young scholars with the resources they need to thrive and make the most of their time living and learning in the Alps. Students have access to two libraries which serve as hubs for research and technology and together hold a collection of books, journals, DSLR cameras, HD video cameras, and more. Students are also given academic assistance in the form of supervised study hall, office hours, tutoring, and additional learning support when deemed necessary.

Students approaching their final years of schooling can make use of our experienced University Advising Office. University Advising offers a number of services including SAT preparation sessions, university visits, and navigational tools to help with the university selection, application, and acceptance process.

While we have many first-rate services in place to help our students succeed, LAS knows that a strong academic program has to start with a strong network of educators. This is why our teachers enjoy one of the best professional development programs offered by an international school. Our teachers regularly attend conferences and workshops internationally, keeping them up to date on the most innovative and effective teaching methods.

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LAS edge Program

LAS offers two summer programs—LAS summer and LAS edge. These programs tap into the best of LAS’s geography and core values, keeping the tried and true aspects of camp that students have grown to know and love, while making adjustments based on the needs and ambitions of today’s youth. 

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