Private boarding school in the Swiss Alps - Ecole d’Humanité

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Progressive international Swiss secondary school - Ecole d'Humanité

Surrounded by the awe-inspiring peaks of the Swiss Alps, the Ecole d’Humanite is home to students and teachers from 25 countries.

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The stunning natural setting of this leading Swiss boarding school provides a wholesome learning environment and exceptional opportunities for hiking, skiing, climbing, and other outdoor activities.

The school’s 130 students live in fifteen “families,” each headed by two or three teachers. Ecole d’Humanité strives to promote a simple, environmentally responsible lifestyle.

By limiting material and electronic consumerism, the school creates a space where students can engage directly and honestly with other people and with the natural world.

The academic program aims to promote meaningful understanding rather than surface knowledge. Small classes (6-10 students per class) allow for individualized instruction and demand active participation.

The school is an official testing center for the College Board SAT exams and for exams leading to the Advanced Placement International Diploma.

Recent graduates have been accepted to Oxford, Brown, NYU, Oberlin, Smith, Reed, Exeter, Kings College London, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and to the University of Basel in Switzerland.

To balance the intensive academic program students devote afternoons to the arts, sports, and practical work. Blacksmithing, skiing or snowboarding, woodworking, pottery, rock-climbing, theater, music, gardening, and animal husbandry are just a few of the fields students can choose to explore.

Special focus areas include the Outdoor Education Program, Environment (“Ecoliteracy”) Program, and Arts Programs, including outstanding opportunities to pursue visual and performance art.

Twice a year the school sets out in small groups on 6-day hikes into the mountains of Switzerland and Italy.

The School Program is accredited by AdvancED and the Outdoor Program is accredited by Safety in Adventures. Ecole d’Humanité is the only school in Switzerland to have earned this accreditation for outdoor education safety measures.

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Facilities

    Programmes of Study

    • Academic programs

      US High School Diploma / ESL / Swiss Matura / EAL / AP Courses / AP Diploma

    • Extra Curricular

      Hiking / Singing / Climbing / Handicrafts / Theatre / Drama / Table Tennis / Swimming / Art / Theatre / Basketball / Dance / Football / Choir / Music / snowboarding / Skiing / Tennis

    • Tuition / Fees

      • Boarding Tuition

        CHF 50,000

      • Scholarships

        Limited financial aid available

      • Day Tuition

        CHF 25,000

      • Academics

        • AP Exam Results 2011-2015

          51% at 4 or above; 27% at 5

        • Teaching Environment

          • Setting

            Rural

          • Total Enrollment

            130

          • Teacher - Student Ratio

            1 : 5

          • Average Class Size

            6 - 10

          • Languages

            • Main language

              English / German

            • Language courses offered

              ESL/EAL / German / French

            • Students

              • Boys

                Yes

              • Girls

                Yes

              • Age of Entry

                12+

              • Age of Entry to Boarding Houses

                14 +

              • Boarding

                • Full Boarding

                  Yes

                • Day Students

                  Yes

                • University Preparation

                  • Preparation Course

                    UCAS Preparation

                  • University Counselling

                    Yes

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