Ages 12-14

Teenagers in our Alpine Exploration (AE) program are given the opportunity to explore and discover through morning classes, afternoon activities and evening socials. Subjects offered are more in- depth and age-appropriate.

Exploring their environment through excursions, they can also make this a more memorable summer by participating in a cultural trip, supervised by SIS Staff, to a European destination with their new SIS friends.

For the morning academic program, students can choose classes from within a single stream, or they can explore new areas of study by taking classes from multiple streams. Either way, we are confident that students will find much to explore.

Boys and girls live in separate supervised dormitories on our Savoy campus, each with their own staff. The campus is a short walk to Leysin’s town center with its restaurants, shops, cinema, and sporting facilities. During their time at SIS, students will become very familiar with our quaint Swiss mountain village.

Morning classes

AE classes are designed to engage students in age-appropriate content and to help them develop academic skills, broaden their interests and increase their knowledge. If students are especially interested in a subject area, they can select all of their classes from a single academic stream. Or, if they are interested in a broader academic enrichment experience, they can choose classes from various streams. Either way, we are confident that students will find our classes stimulating and appropriately challenging.


Class options include:

  • Beginner French
  • Intermediate/Advanced French
  • French Immersion
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

Academic Discovery

Class options include:

  • Collecting Numbers
  • Computer Modeling & Animation
  • Code Cracking
  • What’s Cool About My Country
  • Visual Programming
  • Text-Based Programming

Arts & Creativity

Class options include:

  • DJ – Music Mixing
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • Superheroes in Debate
  • Exploring the World
  • Music Theory
  • Guitar / Ukulele
  • Piano/Voice
  • Theater
  • Photography
  • 2D/3D Art

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.

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

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 believe 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)

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.

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