Kumon Leysin Academy of Switzerland (KLAS)


Location: Switzerland
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 15 - 18 years

About Kumon Leysin Academy of Switzerland (KLAS)

Kumon Leysin Academy of Switzerland (KLAS) is a mixed, non-denominational, Japanese, bilingual, independent secondary school with sixth form and boarding in Switzerland, serving pupils from the age of 15-18. The secondary school, situated in Leysin, Switzerland has approximately 100 students on record. It is accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Kumon Leysin Academy of Switzerland was founded in 1990 by Toru Kumon, who wanted to provide students with a bilingual education in English and Japanese. Students have the option in Year 11 to undertake one of two study programmes – the Main Bilingual Programme (MBP) or the Advanced English Programme (AEP), both of which offer English and Japanese classes. KLAS has two sister schools in Winnipeg, Canada.

Principal of School

John Southworth

Vice Principal of School

Masahiro Zaita

Values and vision

KLAS wants all students to develop as individuals and achieve their full potential in a stimulating and inspiring learning environment. The secondary school works to develop pupils moral and intellectual growth, strength of character, along with their academic abilities and creativity. Pupils come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries and are nurtured as open, global citizens who celebrate and embrace different cultures. It is vital to the school that students are respectful and kind to others and understand their roles as responsible and active members of the local and wider community. A strong sense of belonging is created at the school and boarders are looked after by dedicated dorm parents to provide further support and guidance for pupils during their teenage years. A wide range of extra-curricular activities are available for students to get involved in and enhance their learning experience outside the classroom, including ski trips, choir practice, sports clubs and exchange trips.

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Address: Route de Versmont 6, Case Postale 108, Leysin, Vaud, 1854, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 24 493 5335