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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

Middle School (grades 7 & 8) Courses

Campus Full time 2 - 4 semesters August 2019 Switzerland Leysin

Get ready to learn. Get ready to push yourself. Get ready to have fun. And get ready for high school. The LAS middle school provides a solid background in core academics and the freedom to explore individual talents in a variety of 5-week courses. We mix traditional and innovative education to mold interested – and interesting – young people. [+]

Get ready for Middle School!

Get ready to learn. Get ready to push yourself. Get ready to have fun. And get ready for high school.

The LAS middle school provides a solid background in core academics and the freedom to explore individual talents in a variety of 5-week courses. We mix traditional and innovative education to mold interested – and interesting – young people.

The goal of the Middle School is to give students a strong base on which to build their success in later grades through the LAS values of academic challenge, balanced program, community harmony, and international understanding.

A Self-Contained Program

The Middle School is largely a self-contained program where students interact mostly with other grade 7 and 8 students and their faculty. Students enjoy scheduled activities, as well as special programs for the weekends. Middle School cultural trips will only be for students in grades 7 and 8.... [-]


Preparatory Years (grades 9 & 10) Courses

Campus Full time 2 - 4 semesters August 2019 Switzerland Leysin

Grade 9 and 10 students begin their high school education with course grades counting toward their final diploma. The weekly timetable reflects the demanding preparatory years curriculum. Optional excursions and activities are organized for the weekend, as with all LAS students. Winter term includes ski or snowboard lessons on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. [+]

Grade 9 and 10 students begin their high school education with course grades counting toward their final diploma.

Developing Responsibility

The weekly timetable reflects the demanding preparatory years curriculum. Optional excursions and activities are organized for the weekend, as with all LAS students. Winter term includes ski or snowboard lessons on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Preparatory students take 6 core subjects. In addition, Grade 9 includes the study of Health & PE, while Grade 10 adds Academic Literacy as the 7th subject. Grade 10 students are also given the option to participate in the Model United Nations activity.

Grade 9 and 10 students are given age-appropriate independence and will be expected to act responsibly. For example, they will have study hall in their rooms, under the supervision of dorm heads. In Grade 10, students will begin meeting with the university counselors in preparation for life after LAS.... [-]


Diploma

Diploma Years (grades 11 & 12)

Campus Full time 2 - 4 semesters August 2019 Switzerland Leysin

Diploma Years students grow in maturity and are treated as young adults. Dorm staff, teachers, and faculty families assist in this “growing up” process. Students have a variety of weekend options as they are able to travel out of Leysin, subject to parental permission and good academic standing. Additionally, sports teams, skiing and snowboarding, arts and theater, weekend excursions, and activities are available to students. [+]

University counseling

During these years, students map out their future course of study. Most students enroll in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, creating a strong learning environment for all during these important final high school years.

In Grade 11, students periodically meet with the university counselors. They are given advice on their university options, tested for aptitude and preference and are helped with the application process by three specialized staff members. Students in grades 11 and 12 will also be able to attend presentations from over 100 universities on campus and at major university fairs nearby.

Becoming a young adult

Diploma Years students show greater maturity, and, in return, are treated as young adults. Dorm staff, teachers, and faculty family assist in this “growing up” process. In addition to the available sports teams, arts and drama, weekend excursions and activities, Diploma Years students have weekend options, as they are able to travel out of Leysin, subject to parental permission and good academic standing.... [-]


Summer courses

LAS Edge Course

Campus Full time 3 weeks July 2019 Switzerland Leysin

Through a perfectly blended mix of cutting-edge, fun, and engaging activities, company visits, and high-level guest speakers, LAS edge™ is designed to broaden your horizons and increase your potential and determination to succeed. The tailor-made program running over three weeks, focusing on adaptability, creativity, innovation, resilience, self-confidence, and ultimately leadership, requires each individual to be highly motivated and committed. [+]

Why LAS Edge?

LAS edge™ is a new and exclusive program we are offering for students aged 13 and up. Aimed at highly motivated students, LAS edge™ will provide a platform for self-awareness and confidence development. This will allow students to gain a perspective on their leadership potential. Edge is a three-week program of self-discovery, focusing on our three core values – Innovation, Compassion, and Responsibility. It is designed for students who really want to participate in something completely different. The program offers a variety of challenging topics that will be explored in depth, including company visits, well-known guest speakers, and dynamic activities designed to push students limits.... [-]


LAS Sports Program Course

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2019 Switzerland Leysin

The LAS Sports Program has been designed to increase student participation, learning, and skill acquisition through two optional core programs: Tennis, or Mountain Leadership Development. The goal is to promote a healthy and positive attitude while building physical and mental fortitude through physical activity. The students are encouraged to challenge themselves in order to build self-confidence and a strong work ethic; transferable skills they will benefit from for the rest of their lives. [+]

The LAS Sports Program has been designed to increase student participation, learning, and skill acquisition through two optional core programs: Tennis, or Mountain Leadership Development. The goal is to promote a healthy and positive attitude, while building physical and mental fortitude through physical activity. The students are encouraged to challenge themselves in order to build self-confidence and a strong work ethic; transferable skills they will benefit from for the rest of their lives.

Tennis Program

The LAS Summer Tennis Program offers a quality tennis camp for all ages and abilities. Players will flourish through challenging training on the court while at the same time having fun. The program will also increase their personal and social skills while interacting with coaches and fellow tennis players.... [-]


LAS Summer Academic Program Course

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2019 Switzerland Leysin

The LAS Summer Academic Program consists of two streams. The first, our “Accelerator” program, provides a clear focus on core school subjects. The second, our “Explorer” program, allows students to discover a range of fascinating topics that support the development of key skills in, particularly alternative subjects. Both programs bring the classroom out into the real world in order to take what the students have learned and apply them to practical situations. Students will select two courses from any of the subjects offered. [+]

The LAS Summer Academic Program consists of two streams. The first, our “Accelerator” program, provides a clear focus on core school subjects. The second, our “Explorer” program, allows students to discover a range of fascinating topics that support the development of key skills in, particularly alternative subjects. Both programs bring the classroom out into the real world in order to take what the students have learned and apply them to practical situations. Students will select two courses from any of the subjects offered.

Accelerator courses offered – Summer 2018 Mathematics

Mathematics is prevalent in almost every aspect of our lives. Math theories, concepts, and principles are the foundation of the economy, time, measurements, engineering, and even the arts. For this reason, it is clear that students need to have a solid working knowledge of mathematics. This course is designed to strengthen students’ math comprehension. Not only will it expose students to the way math is used in science, technology, and engineering, it will also help students understand statistics, practice reasoning skills, and strengthen their critical thinking.... [-]


LAS Summer Language Program Course

Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2019 Switzerland Leysin

The LAS Summer language Program is an intensive program consisting of two optional streams, English or French. The purpose is to increase students’ skills, abilities, and confidence in their selected language. Students are divided into groups based on an appropriate age range and ability. Learning takes place in and out of the classroom and each week will be themed in order to add focus and richness to the language acquisition process. [+]

The LAS Summer Language Program is an intensive program consisting of two optional streams, English or French. The purpose is to increase students’ skills, abilities, and confidence in their selected language. Students are divided into groups based on an appropriate age range and ability. Learning takes place in and out of the classroom and each week will be themed in order to add focus and richness to the language acquisition process.

English Stream

The LAS Summer program is an English language environment. However, we recognize that some students are not quite ready for this English language immersion experience. For those students, we offer three levels of specific English language instruction, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced. When submitting an application students/parents select the level, they think best represents their student’s abilities. Upon arrival on campus students take a placement test to confirm they are enrolled at the correct level. Each level offers a variety of learning opportunities that include reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.... [-]


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