La Garenne International School, founded in 1947 and run by the second generation of the Méan family, welcomes children between the ages of 4 (Reception) and 14 (Year 9) of all nationalities from around the world. The school prides itself on its English-French bilingual approach, giving students expertise in two languages. Students follow the official English national curriculum, in parallel with developing a mastery of the French language. Academic excellence, a warm international family ambience in which diversity is welcomed, and a safe location in exceptional surroundings, are the core values of the school. La Garenne's mission is to promote respect, tolerance, politeness, global citizenship and self-challenge.
La Garenne International School educates children from around the world, in a warm, family atmosphere. The school promotes the traditional Swiss values of openness, responsibility, precision, honesty, politeness and the benefits of being well organised. The ambience of its bilingual community emphasises the importance of human contact. The ambitious extra-curricular programme, exciting school trips and challenging expeditions, combine with the taught curriculum to offer the children a truly holistic learning experience. La Garenne strives to provide our students with a solid foundation to face the ever-changing world, enabling them to move along the path towards true global citizenship.
● Individual attention ● International family atmosphere ● Global citizenship ● High quality learning environment ● Passion for learning
● Global recognition ● Qualified, passionate teachers ● Educational programme in English ● French lessons for all students ● Small classes
● Bilingualism ● Holistic education ● Art, drama & music ● Expeditions ● Clubs & activities
● Day & boarding students ● Ages 4 to 14 ● Safe & healthy environment ● Exceptional surroundings ● Modern facilities
Enabling each individual student to achieve academic success and develop a passion for life-long learning and discovery are key objectives of La Garenne. The boarding environment ensures the stability and structure necessary for each child to thrive and develop. Parallel to this, the academic life of the school provides each individual student with stimulating and challenging programmes of study. The small class sizes favour a personalised approach to teaching, based on inquiry and investigative learning.
At La Garenne International School, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is integrated with the English National Curriculum for the younger section of the school.
In the Junior School, the students follow the English Key Stage 3 programme. The academic programme for the Junior classes centres on the International Middle Year Curriculum (IMYC). This internationally recognised curriculum provides the perfect platform for further study when the students move on to senior school. All the students also study French at levels ranging from beginners to first-language speakers.
A healthy body and mind is key to a child’s success both within and outside the classroom. Here at La Garenne the children participate in timetabled sports and activities for an hour-and-a-half per day, which is an unusually high commitment. Whilst enjoying the various sports, the children learn about fair play, team building and develop leadership skills.