Welcome to Le Régent Crans Montana College, an international IB World school rooted in the canton of Valais and its spectacular mountains. We are nestled in the upscale yet neighbourly resort of Crans Montana amongst families with strong community values. Primarily a boarding school, we also welcome day students. Our educational model is unique, inspiring, rigorous and tailored to the needs of each student from 3 to 18.
Our school is governed by four school principles: COURTESY, COMPASSION, CREATIVITY and COURAGE, which students and staff are expected to reflect upon and embrace. The discovery of and respect for others are at the heart of everything we do. We want our students to leave school imbued with solid values, a better understanding of who they are and a sense of belonging. “Semper ad majorem” is part and parcel of our logo and governs our daily life.
Children are treated as individuals, provided with ongoing support by a hand-picked team of experienced teachers, tutors and directors who expect each student to reach his or her true academic potential and achieve well in all areas of school life. We not only deliver a broad and well-balanced curriculum, but we also promote character education, bringing the best out of our pupils. Our teachers are empathetic, caring, positive and always ready to give time, attention and nurturing support to every student. This approach to teaching makes it possible for teachers, tutors, and House Parents to build with each student a special relationship based on mutual trust and on our core values.
From Reception to Year 11, we teach a curriculum designed around our four founding principles and based on the British National Curriculum. It leads to the (I)GCSE and is followed by the IB syllabus in the last two years of secondary school. The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging syllabus based on a balance of academic rigour and a skills-based approach to learning. It is best suited for preparing students to meet the challenges of university and life beyond. Every year, we award scholarships to IB Diploma Programme students who show academic excellence and can contribute strongly to the life of our international community. They are awarded to deserving students on the basis of financial need and are means-tested. For more information: https://www.leregentcollege.com/ibdp-academic-scholarships
Our Weekend Activities programme is an important part of the education we offer. It is designed to provide students with opportunities to challenge themselves and experience a wide range of different activities. Amongst them are our iconic Long Expeditions which never fail to leave our students with a lasting sense of accomplishment while building their resilience and character. Le Régent College is currently the only institution outside of the UK that is recognized as a provider of the John Muir Award. This programme focuses on the respectful discovery of wild places and leads students to appreciate, respect and protect nature and the environment.
We provide the best possible surroundings and atmosphere for a balanced and happy life that enhances academic progress, personal growth, the development of individual talents, and the discovery of others. Class sizes are small (16 students maximum) and the tutoring system put in place does not leave any room for slacking and falling behind. Highly qualified and passionate, our teachers act as facilitators of learning, helping children develop critical thinking skills and promote self-learning. Students learn to ask questions and are prompted towards finding solutions through exploration. They also benefit from the support of a dedicated tutor who coaches them throughout the school year and are information relays for their parents.
The special care given to the children’s welfare, together with a real family atmosphere, ensure a harmonious and happy life. Looking after the boarders is actually a full-time job for one of the House Parents. In both the Junior School and the Senior School, generous space is dedicated to comfortable and well-appointed common rooms for the children’ s enjoyment and relaxation. On weekends, a programme rich in sports, cultural activities, and mountain outings is offered. Flexi-boarding is possible on request.
A modern yet cosy environment conducive to a family atmosphere ensures the harmonious development of each and every child. In addition, the students enjoy the vibrant mountain city of Crans-Montana, a beautiful setting with a magnificent view, the fresh air of the mountain on a sunny plateau at 1,500 meters above sea level, and of course the proximity of the ski slopes and the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf course. Nestled in this wonderful environment, the school offers its students an optimal learning environment and a unique boarding experience.
Our school is small enough for everyone to know and support each other. We are proud to collaborate with Le Rosey, one of the oldest and most emblematic of independent schools still owned by the same family (five generations of directors). This collaboration is based on the conviction that a beautiful school in the Swiss mountains can offer children an education that exists nowhere else.