Leysin American School

Introduction

Leysin American School, a school with “family” values.

Located in the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps, Leysin American School has a history of nurturing talent and motivating students to succeed in education, sports, and arts. We bring together students from around the world to create a campus community with a global perspective and a family atmosphere. Our ethos of maintaining strong links with students and parents underpins the education we provide from grades 7 through 12, culminating in the International Baccalaureate or the US High School Diploma.

We believe in the traditional Swiss values of quality and excellence, and our academic program reflects those attributes. Extracurricular activities—including ski term, team and adventure sports, and excursions to cities that many only dreams of visiting—round out the outstanding lifestyle experience.

A visit is the best way to understand why so many students and their families have made Leysin American School such an important part of their lives. Contact us to schedule a visit and receive your warm welcome to Leysin and Switzerland.

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At a Glance

History

  • Established by Fred and Sigrid Ott in 1960
  • Now managed by the third generation of the Ott family
  • Not-for-profit foundation since 2005

Academics

  • Teaching in English
  • Grades 7-12 ( 12-18 years old)
  • Postgraduate Year – Year 13
  • IB, International Baccalaureate
  • US High School Diploma
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • English Bridge Program (April-August)
  • Faculty-to-student ratio – 1:8
  • Average class size – 12
  • Full-time faculty – 72; 95% live on campus
  • Special optional academic tutorial program
  • SAT preparation and testing

Lifestyle

  • 320-345 students
  • 50 nationalities
  • Full boarding school
  • Located in the Swiss Alps, Vaud Canton
  • French-speaking part of Switzerland
  • Mountain location, ski resort of Leysin
  • Two hours from Geneva
  • Sports teams
  • European travel
  • Arts and cultural performances
  • Ski-Term, January to March
  • Caring community
  • Partnership with parents
  • Afternoon activities
  • Model United Nations
  • Weekend excursions
  • Faculty Family

Facilities

  • Belle Époque Campus for students in grades 11 & 12
  • Savoy Campus for students in grades 7-10
  • Twelve buildings
  • Shared accommodation with bathroom
  • Media center
  • Black box theater
  • Performance hall
  • Art centre
  • Two libraries
  • State-of-the-art Athletic Center
  • Squash court
  • Two fitness rooms

University & College Placement

  • 99% of graduates attend colleges and universities worldwide
  • Over 40% continue to US universities
  • Annual visits by over 70 universities from US, Canada, and Europe

Travel

  • Past trips include:
    • Swiss excursions: Geneva, Berne, Lugano
    • Italian trips: Florence, Rome, Venice
    • European trips: London, Paris, Barcelona
    • Spring Break trips: Tanzania, Thailand, Egypt
    • Weekend excursions

Summer in Switzerland

  • 3-7 week program, June-August
  • 7-18 years old; 3 age groups, 7-11, 12-14, 15-18
  • Culture week
  • European adventure (Madrid, Rome,
  • London, etc.)
  • French language immersion
  • English, science and art classes
  • Adventure, exploration, challenge

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Our Values

“Developing innovative, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world.”

At the core of Leysin American School is a guiding set of principles and beliefs that set the highest standards for our efforts every day.

Students First

Recognizing our responsibility to prepare our students for university, careers, and life, we have based our organization, programs, and policies on fulfilling every student’s needs.

Teachers Are the Key

Our faculty plays a key role in creating a total education for our students—one that reaches beyond the classroom to include social, moral and emotional growth.

Leadership with Inspiration

As educators, we know that inspired students are motivated students. For that reason, faculty and administrators work to provide inspired leadership to every student at LAS.

Management with Purpose

Prudent and consistent management practices provide the framework through which our educational goals can be achieved.

Systems for Support

Supporting systems and programs collectively advance the mission and goals of the school.

Continuous Improvement

To promote an evolving environment of academic excellence and personal growth, LAS seeks to make the newest technologies and most innovative tools available for our students.

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Guiding Principles

Academic Challenge

LAS offers students an academically challenging setting, based on realistic goals, to prepare them for university study. To meet this challenge, students are expected to master the skills necessary to become lifelong learners. Non-native English speakers can expect a supportive classroom environment that enhances the mastery of English communication skills.

Community Harmony

LAS is committed to maintaining a stable, caring, supportive, family-like environment. Students receive guidance through daily interaction with live-in faculty who provide an in loco parentis presence while serving as role models.

Balanced Program

LAS offers a balanced program of study, sports, recreation and cultural travel to promote the total education of our students.

International Understanding

LAS promotes a living and learning environment where students can mature into model “citizens of the world,” actively engaged in promoting principles defined by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

Partnership with Parents

LAS believes that the involvement of parents is integral to the success of our students. Through school-based initiatives that encourage long-distance parenting, LAS parents can connect with partners in our educational process.

Locations

Leysin

Address
Chemin de la Source 3
1854 Leysin, Vaud, Switzerland