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International Boarding & Day School in the Swiss Alps - La Garenne
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Situated in the magnificent French speaking Swiss Alps in the popular ski resort of Villars, La Garenne offers an education unlike any other.


La Garenne school is situated in the popular Swiss ski resort of Villars. The campus offers a safe environment in this French-speaking village to all students from 5 years old.


The international school was founded in 1947. The many years of experience, strong family values and high academic standards continue to make La Garenne one of the leading boarding schools in Switzerland and a popular choice amongst parents seeking an excellent private boarding school which combines an outstanding education with healthy family atmosphere.

Every year the campus welcomes 120 students from over 35 countries providing individual approach and attention to each and every student. Their philosophy is to encourage young people a passion for developing international-mindedness and learning. The schools ensures the holistic development in all aspects.


At this private boarding school in Switzerland with rich history, the children are immersed in both the French and English language, which is why they are bilingual by the time they leave. English language is the main language of academic subjects, however the students are encouraged to develop also a mastery of the French language. The language programs may also be adapted to suit the student’s individual needs and native language.

The children follow the International Primary Curriculum in the Primary School (ages 5 to 10 years old). This prepares them to continue with the Secondary School (ages 11 to 16 years old) where they will study the highly regarded International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Upon completion of the Middle Years Programme they can start their studies for the world-renowned IB Diploma Programme.

Students may also decide to join La Garenne as part of the ‘Integration Programme’ at first. It is a shorter version of academic and boarding period during winter which can help them decide to join at a later stage for full academic year.

La Garenne International School is also a CIS fully accredited school (Council of International Schools) and a Cambridge / DELF-DALF Preparation Centre. Their positive motto “Be Happy and Never, Never Never Give Up” encourages effort, wellbeing and resilience in all aspects of life for all school community members.

Summer Camp: 

The La Garenne residential and day summer camp also offers a complete English or French program as well as summer sports activities and outings. 

Extra Curricular Activities: 

It is their philosophy to treat each child as an individual. There are daily sports lessons including football, tennis, swimming, Karate, athletics, climbing and ice-skating, to name but a few. During the ski season the children ski in the afternoons and finish right at the front door. 

La Garenne provides great opportunities (languages, expeditions, challenges, school trips around the world as well as charity projects) during their school year and the camps to stimulate in their students natural curiosity and develop valuable life skills.

La Garenne - International School with British and International Curricula in Villars

Telephone number: +41 24 495 24 53
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Programmes of Study

  • Academic programs

    Preparatory school / IB Middle Years / English Curriculum / IB Diploma

  • Extra Curricular

    Assault courses & rope-bridge walking / Baseball / Ice-Hockey / Film club / Fitness / Hiking / Climbing / Ultimate frisbee / Ice skating / Theatre / Drama / Table Tennis / Swimming / Golf / Art / Model United Nations / Volleyball / Theatre / Badminton / Basketball / Karate / Dance / Hockey / Football / Music / Snowboarding / Skiing / Tennis / Rugby

Tuition / Fees

  • Boarding Tuition

    CHF 71,000 - 96,000

  • Day Tuition

    CHF 36,000 - 75,000

Teaching Environment

  • Setting

    Mountain Resort

  • Total Enrollment


  • Teacher - Student Ratio


  • Average Class Size



  • Main language

    English with intensive French


  • Boys


  • Girls


  • Age of Entry to School


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  • Full Boarding


  • Weekly Boarding


  • Day Students


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