alpine challenge

Ages 15-18

Our oldest age group, Alpine Challenge (AC), lives at our beautiful Belle Époque Campus. With its sweeping panoramic view, the Belle Époque has dorm rooms for boys and girls in separate wings as well as the Grande Salle ballroom, The Cave student lounge, an art studio, workout room and classrooms.

Students in our AC program can challenge themselves academically in one of our five streams, or they can select classes from different streams to provide a broader experience. Classes in the AC program are designed to challenge students’ thinking skills and stimulate their curiosity.

AC morning classes

Our AC classes provide opportunities for older students to apply their skills, knowledge and creative energy to academic pursuits. Courses and teaching methods will challenge AC students to express ideas, work collaboratively and gain perspective. The content of each class is designed to be of high interest, currently relevant and thought-provoking.



AC students can study and immerse themselves in the French language or improve their English language skills in our ESL (English as a Second Language) program.

Class options include:

  • French Immersion
  • French Classes
  • English as a Second Language



Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Teachers will introduce students to the relationship of these subjects and their relevance in human history and our daily lives. Courses are a mix of formal lessons, hands-on activities and small group projects

Class options include:

  • Math & Engineering

  • Computer Programming


Arts & Creativity

Classes in this stream focus on fostering students’ individuality and empowering students’ imagination. Through music, art, acting and photography students will have various opportunities to explore and develop their creative and artistic talents.

Class options include:

  • Art & Photography
  • Piano/Guitar
  • Theater/Voice



Entrepreneurs are leaders who have initiative and are willing to take risks. Additionally, they are people who are creative, individualistic and disciplined. Classes in this stream are designed to help students discover these abilities within themselves.

Class options include:

  • Business Math
  • Everything is Negotiable!
  • A walk through Kickstarter


Liberal Arts

Carrying on the mission of Leysin American School, the SIS program strives
to “develop innovative, compassionate and responsible citizens of the world.” With that in mind, our Liberal Arts stream helps students process, comprehend and evaluate the world they are living in.

Class options include:

  • Atrocities & Human Rights
  • Global Leadership
  • Spies & Secret Operations

AC afternoon activities

During afternoon activities students are able to engage in competitive or non-competitive activities, and adventure sports. We balance our active offerings with music, cooking, arts and crafts classes and continually introduce new activities to improve students summer experience. All of these options combine to help students exercise their minds as well as their bodies.

AC evening socials

The Summer In Switzerland program emphasizes a family style of interaction, and all students are assigned to Faculty Families, which are led by Faculty “parents.” Every evening students enjoy family activities, dorm events or program socials.

Afternoon Activities & Evening Socials


Competitive sports:

  • Football Floor
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Basketball

Non-competitive sports:

  • Swimming
  • Horseback riding
  • Ice-skating
  • Yoga & Pilates

Adventure sports:

  • Climbing
  • Alpine hiking
  • Parapenting
  • White water rafting

Evening Socials:

  • Student theater productions
  • Student talent shows
  • Visiting guest performers
  • Themed dances

AC family trips
& weekend excursions

One afternoon per week students go on a family trip, allowing Faculty Families to spend quality time together. At SIS, we and that these family trips enable students to connect with each other, and with their faculty parents, in a meaningful way. On weekends students participate in excursions to cities in and around Switzerland. Each excursion includes a mandatory group activity, as well as free time for students to explore and hang out with friends.

Family Trips

  • Château de Chillon in Villeneuve
  • Aqua Parc in Bouveret
  • Fondation Pierre Gianadda art museum in Martigny
  • Swimming pools or spas
  • Nestlé-Cailler Chocolate Factory in Broc

Weekend Excursions

  • Lausanne (Olympic Museum)
  • Zermatt (the Matterhorn)
  • Geneva (United Nations & Red Cross Museum)
  • Bern (thousand year-old medieval city center that is the capital of Switzerland)
  • Lucerne (Swiss Museum of Transport & Communications)

AC cultural trips

At SIS, we know the benefits that come from introducing students to the larger world just outside our door. That’s why SIS students have the opportunity to take part in organized European cultural trips.

Supervised cultural tours allow students to experience a new country and culture. They also help students to bond more closely with one another, a key goal of SIS. Staff accompany students on all trips as supervisors and mentors, further promoting that sense of community fostered on campus.

As a result of these experiences, SIS students gain a greater awareness of other cultures and a greater understanding of how their participation can make a difference to others.

Options for 2017:



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