La Garenne International School


Location: Switzerland
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 4 - 18 years

About La Garenne International School

Ever since the foundation in 1947, La Garenne International School has been providing individualised and holistic education to children and young people from around the world. More than 120 students from over 35 nations are welcomed each year on our campus located in the charming alpine French speaking ski resort of Villars which provides a secure environment and an extraordinary education to boarding and day students. Our philosophy is based on providing personalised learning to each and every student, encouraging a passion for education, developing international mindedness and ensuring the holistic development of all of the young people in our care academically, socially and emotionally.

La Garenne prides itself on its long and rich history as a bilingual place of learning. While the main language of academic subjects is English, we believe that language learning is vitally important and students are encouraged to develop a mastery of the French Language in addition to encouraging the study of a student's native language. In the Primary School (ages 5-10), students follow the International Primary Curriculum, which prepares them well to enter the Secondary School where they will study the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (ages 11 - 16). Upon completion of the MYP, our students start their studies for the IB Diploma Programme.

In addition to our full-time academic curriculum, students may also choose to join La Garenne as part of our 'Integration Programme'. it offers them a unique taste of academic and boarding life over a shorter period, after which some may choose to join us at a later stage for the full academic year. Furthermore, in summer, we offer residential and day camps with a well- balanced programme consisting of language courses in French or English in the morning (from beginner to advanced level) followed by sports, cultural and leisure activities in the afternoon. In winter, students may participate in the Integration Programme and enjoy snow activities including skiing/snowboarding several times a week.

Whether during the school year or during our camps, we provide wonderful opportunities (languages, challenges, expeditions, charity projects and school trips around the world) that stimulate young people's natural curiosity and teach them valuable life skills. La Garenne is also a CIS fully accredited school (Council of International Schools) and a Cambridge/ DELF-DALF Preparation Centre.

At La Garenne we have adopted the phrase “Be Happy and Never, Never, Never Give Up” as our motto, to encourage wellbeing, effort and resilience in all aspects of life and for all members of the school community.


  • Family school founded in 1947
  • Geneva airport (1h30 min), Lausanne (45 min)
  • French speaking region - Alps - Ski resort at 1'300m
  • Students aged 5 to 16 years old (17 by 2021 and 18 by 2022)
  • 120 students - 80-85 borders, 25-30 day students,
  • 30-35 nationalities Year 1 - to IB MYP5 - (to IB DP2 by 2022)
  • Average class size: 12-16 students
  • Staff/Students ratio 1:2
  • Full time academic programme / Integration programme / Summer & Winter Camps


Primary & Middle School (5 to 13 years old)


IB MYP4 to IB DP2 (14 - 18 years old)

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Address: Chemin des Chavasses 23, 1885 Chesières, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 24 495 24 53