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Haut-Lac International Bilingual School

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School

Ch. de Pangires 26, St-Légier-la Chiésaz, CH-1806, Switzerland

+41 (0)21 555 50 00



Haut-Lac International Bilingual School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1993
Infant & Primary Head Ms Grainne Dubler
Co-ed Age Range 18 months-18 years
Number of pupils 600
Day fees per annum CHF24,400 - CHF35,400
Average Class Size 12
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:6
Associations AVDEP, SGIS, ADISR, FSEP, SEBIQ, Eco-Schools, WAoS

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School opened its doors in 1993 with 13 students and now welcomes 600 students on a daily basis. A good relationship between the school and the parents, a rich choice of extra-curricular activities and many opportunities to become involved in the school, and the local and the international communities provide a stimulating and caring environment in which students can develop their potential to the full.

As a CIS-accredited school, Haut-Lac is committed to delivering high quality education and catering for students’ different needs and educational requirements. We strive to provide our students with the academic pathways that will enable them to reach their goals, as well as the transferable skills needed to succeed in life.

Infant and Primary students may follow a truly bilingual French-English pathway taught by native French and English speakers on a one day-one day schedule, or a predominantly English pathway. In both cases, the programme is the same as teachers plan together by year group. They also the only ones in Switzerland to benefit from a science programme worthy of the UK Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM).

Subjects are also taught in both English and French in the Secondary section, but according to different academic programmes.

Lower Secondary students follow the IB Middle Years Programme with or without specific Swiss Bilingual Cycle subjects depending on whether they wish to obtain an IB Diploma or a Swiss High School leaving qualification.

Upper Secondary students may follow a bilingual, English or French IB Diploma Programme, and obtain not only the IB Diploma but also the US High School Diploma if thinking of studying in the US or Canada.

Or, should they wish to keep their options open, opt to do the IB Career-Related Programme. With this course, students can obtain a Certificate in Sustainable Management from SUMAS University, a Certificate in Art & Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) or a Certificate in International Sport Management from Federation University alongside their IB studies. Such a qualification enables them to gain work skills and experience in the concerned domain whilst developing their knowledge in 3 IBDP subjects, so as to choose later whether to go on to university or straight into the work place.

What’s more, as the first Athlete-Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) accredited by the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) in Switzerland, Haut-Lac is able to offer student-athletes aged 11-18 a more flexible schedule to help them pursue both their academic studies and intense training programmes.

And of September 2021, Haut-Lac will run a Ski Racing Academy in collaboration with Ski Zenit, a cutting-edge ski racing centre in Saas-Fee and Zinal, to get young ski racers to the highest level in their sport and at school.

Our memberships: AVDEP, SGIS, ADISR, FSEP, SEBIQ, Eco-Schools, WAoS