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