Family Style Boarding School amidst the Swiss Alps private school boarding in Switzerland

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Chantemerle – Private School in Switzerland

Founded in 1966 by Mathilde and Jean Wegmüller, Ecole Chantemerle is a private boarding school for boys and girls ages 6 to 18. Over the years, Chantemerle has acquired an international reputation for the high quality of its teaching and its personalized family atmosphere.

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Location

The chalet-like campus of the Chantemerle School is beautifully located near Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps, on an amazing piece of land with a private forest and a river. The towns of Montreux and Lausanne are a 15-minute drive away, and the Swiss alps are all around.

School Info

With a population of 55+ international and Swiss students, Chantemerle is often described as a “small big school”. The small class sizes and the relatively small size overall, mean every pupil receives personalized attention in a warm and family atmosphere.

Every student is allocated a tutor responsible for monitoring academic progress and for addressing any concerns that may occur. This system enhances the naturally positive relationships that exist between staff and students in the school.

Timetables remain carefully balanced to provide a varied program, alternating class hours and supervised studies, with a varied sports programme, nature walks, music, art & crafts, reading time, and more.

In today’s fast paced world, Chantemerle offers a peaceful and well-balanced learning environment. The students will be taught to be attentive to nature and its wonders, and will be encouraged to actively protect the environment. The staff at the school is very engaged for a reasonable use of personal electronic devices as well as for healthy living and eating.

The Chantemerle welcomes boarding and day school students with a wide range of backgrounds and culture creating an interesting and diverse community. The intelligent and rigorous application of simple community rules contributes to the smooth running of the school.

Boarding students are housed in pleasant 2, 3 or 4-bedded rooms according to their age, gender and preferences. A school nurse is permanently present at the school and follows the children in relation to their health.

Academics

At Chantemerle, there is an emphasis on building strong academic foundations and “learning how to learn” more efficiently and in autonomy. One feature of the school timetable is that there are 3 x 50 minutes reserved each week for supervised independent study. Together with homework, these periods help encourage pupils to develop their motivation and capacity for autonomy.

Chantemerle follows the French National Education guidelines. Advanced Programs in Mathematics, French, English and German are also proposed to meet the Swiss Maturity program requirements.

The following academic programs are proposed during the school year:

- Elementary to middle school, Brevet des Collèges (French program)

- Preparation for Swiss and International High Schools

- French Immersion and Study Abroad programs

- Elite Sports & Studies (Ski, Soccer or Basketball)

Students ages 15+ willing to continue their studies in Switzerland can prepare for the International Baccalaureate (I.B) or the Swiss Maturity with the Haut-Lac or the Alphalif schools while being resident at Chantemerle.

Extra Curricular Activities

At Chantemerle, there is a strong belief that personal growth and wellbeing are just as important as academic success. Every day has its after class activity program in place that is coordinated by professional teachers and educators.

Sports:

Group sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball or rugby), martial arts, target sports (air shooting, archery), Fitness and running, swimming, tennis (private lessons possible), ski (private lessons possible).

Performing Arts:

Ballroom dancing and street dance, circus skills, theatre and improvisation, school choir and singing, instruments (piano or guitar)

Cultural visits and excursions:

A rich program of cultural visits excursions is planned throughout the year, on Wednesdays and during weekends as well as during the October and February school breaks.

Artistic workshops:

Cultural and artistic workshops are offered in the form of group lessons or individual sessions: Painting, creative design, arts & crafts, nature discovery, cooking and chocolate, photography and multimedia.

Summer and Winter Educational Camps

Throughout the school year and during the Summer, Chantemerle hosts residential educational camps for individual students and school groups

• Languages courses (French, English, German)

• « Inventors for a better world » (Science & entrepreneurship)

• Juventus Summer Soccer camp

• NBA star Thabo Sefolosha basketball camp

You can find more information about Summer Camp here.

Core Values

A positive and personalized approach to education is at the core of Chantemerle’s philosophy.

The aim is to educate and nurture every child, ensuring they acquire the knowledge, life skills and attitudes to fulfil their potential and be successful in the future.

The Chantemerle strongly believes that this objective can best be achieved by

• encouraging a positive attitude towards life,

• respecting individual learning differences and potential,

• reassuring the student and make learning relevant,

• teaching the student the methods for developing self-confidence and autonomy,

• promoting healthy living and appreciation of nature.

Location

Facilities

Programmes of Study

  • Academic programs

    language certifications (DELF, Cambridge, Goethe) / French National Brevet des Collèges / IB / Swiss Matura

  • Extra Curricular

    Theatre / Drama / Swimming / Art / Chess Club / Badminton / Sailing / Basketball / Football / Choir / Music / Tennis / Archery / Martial arts / Fitness / Swiss Ski Academy / Juventus soccer academy / Film club / Survival skills / Circus skills / Ballroom dancing / Etiquette

  • Tuition / Fees

    • Scholarships

      Sports scholarships / International student / Academic

    • Primary to middle school: Boarding Tuition

      CHF 30'500 to 42'500

    • Primary to middle school: Day Tuition

      CHF 18'500 to 20'500

    • High School (Swiss Matura and IB diploma)*: Boarding Tuition

      *Residency program in collaboration with the Haut-Lac and Alphalif schools / CHF 45'000 to 65'000

    • Teaching Environment

      • Setting

        Village

      • Total Enrollment

        50 boarders + 15 day school

      • Average Class Size

        12

      • Languages

        • Main language

          French / Bilingual English and French

        • Language courses offered

          Farsi / Japanese / Russian / English / Mandarin / German / French / Spanish

        • Students

          • Boys

            Yes

          • Girls

            Yes

          • Age of Entry

            5+

          • Age of Entry to Boarding Houses

            5+

          • Boarding

            • Full Boarding

              Yes

            • Weekly Boarding

              Yes

            • Flexi-boarding

              Yes

            • Day Students

              Yes

            • Occasional Boarding

              Yes

            • University Preparation

              • Career Counselling

                Yes

              • Senior School Counselling

                Yes

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