Surval Montreux is a one-of-a-kind international boarding school exclusively for girls aged 12 to 19, located on the outskirts of the vibrant city of Montreux in French-speaking Switzerland. The school was founded in 1961 and celebrates its 60th anniversary, with a growing network of alumnae of different generations across the globe.
Surval Montreux benefits from an exceptionally beautiful location and inspirational setting, surrounded by the Swiss Alps and overlooking Lake Léman. This idyllic location offers unlimited learning opportunities beyond the classroom, ranging from winter and water sports to an enriching cultural tradition, which students can explore travelling in Switzerland and Europe. Surval Montreux stands out as the only all-girls English-speaking international boarding school providing a unique environment in which girls are educated for future success and influence.
Housed in a former art déco luxury hotel, Surval Montreux boasts a beautiful wraparound terrace overlooking Lake Léman and Château de Chillon, large balconies accessible from the bedrooms and private tennis courts.
Surval is also home to a caring and family-centred international community, providing a sense of belonging, confidence and positivity for all its students. A happy home with warm and welcoming faces, Surval is a place which nurtures talent and character and actively celebrates cultural diversity.
Surval Montreux offers a bespoke and flexible curriculum, which includes the American High School Program with Advanced Placements, and the international IGCSE and A Level curriculum. For students aged 12-13, Surval also offers a broad, balanced Foundation programme in Grade 8, devised to provide strong foundations in the English and French language, core subjects and independent study skills to ensure the girls’ success in Grade 9 and beyond, whether they decide to follow the Surval High School Diploma programme or the UK qualifications.
Surval Montreux prides itself on offering unique educational opportunities including an enriching pre-university finishing-style programme, the Surval Swiss Gap Experience, as well as a Winter Term programme and a very successful Surval Summer Camp.
The Surval community welcomes 60 girls boarders, with an average of 10 students in each class, offering each girl a welcoming home-from-home and the opportunity to receive the support each of them needs to achieve her best, to grow in confidence and to feel empowered to find her true voice.
Surval offers multiple flexible curriculum course options covering US (American High School Diploma and Advanced Placements) and UK (IGCSE and A Level) programmes. This ensures the course of study is adapted to the needs and goals of each student, offering many options for further study in the UK, US and university destinations around the world.
Several Surval students have continued their further education in the fields of Business Management, Law, and International Relations, and have been accepted at some of the world’s best universities in Switzerland, as well as Russell Group, QS Top Universities and Forbes’ Best Colleges in the United Kingdom, Latin America and the United States of America.
A Surval education offers unparalleled learning opportunities beyond the classroom and students are encouraged to make the most of all the options open to them: enjoying the great Swiss outdoors and exploring the historical towns and cities in Switzerland and across Europe.
The list of winter and water sports available at Surval Montreux include skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, hiking, cycling, stand-up paddling, canyoning, water skiing and much more. On every occasion, girls are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and embrace challenges.
A Surval education is based on empowering young girls by providing a modern and engaging learning opportunities based on Surval’s four key pillars: leadership, languages and culture, social enterprise and global perspectives.
Surval Montreux’ unique educational offering also includes an Etiquette and Savoir-faire programme, which is unique in Switzerland and across the world.
The programme covers essential skills for ambitious young women, ranging from presentation skills to world etiquette and customs, preparing them for any business and personal situation they might find themselves in.
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