La Garenne International School

Address LA GARENNE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, Ch. des Chavasses 23, CP 65, 1885 Chesières
Direction Famille Grégory Méan 


Profiles: Pre-school, Mandatory educational path, Summer school, Boarding schools
Ages: 1-5 years old, 6-15 years old
Range study: Schooling, Languages
Classes taught in: French, English, bilingual school
Structure: Boarding school, Coeducational (boys and girls), Day school
Diplomas: Certificate of study, Languages diplomas
Schedule: Full time

Presentation of the school

Founded in 1947, La Garenne is the leading primary international boarding school located on the balcony of the Swiss Alps. Owned and managed since two generations by the Méan family, our school is set in the charming alpine French speaking ski resort - Villars-sur-Ollon - which provides secure environment for our students. Our Philosophy is based on traditional values, strong sense of responsibility, kindness and security, which are the key elements for a successful and balanced life.

Each academic year, we do welcome 90 boarding and 30 day students, aged from 4 to 14 years old, coming from more than 25 countries. La Garenne prides itself on its English-French bilingual approach for the school year programme. It gives students an expertise in two languages, following the official French or English curriculum. When attending our British curriculum, the ratio of English vs. French is 70% vs 30% and vice-versa when following the French academic programme.

In summer camp, we welcome young learners from 5 to 13 years of age, also of more than 25 nationalities. We do propose 4 different stays in July of 5, 4, 3 or 2 weeks in which campers will experience a varied programme, well balanced between learning, playing, discovering and sharing. Our combination of the English and French section makes our camp enriching and our students’ integration and adaptation being a must for us, our ratio of adults and students is 1:2. The same team of professionals works during the school year as well as the summer camp to provide a safe environment for our young learners.

Whether during the school year programmes or during our summer camps, we offer a maximum of opportunities – sports, expeditions in the region, arts, music, teaching of more than 8 languages, school and cultural trips - for the children to arouse their curiosity and to improve their enquiry skills so that they become the protagonist of their life ahead.

Since 2008, La Garenne has undertaken many different infrastructure renovations and in 2012 built the new academic building, "Academia". Last autumn, our dinning hall was completely renewed and refurbished, and since this year bedrooms in the main building are all renovated. In September 2016, the birth of «Beau Site», a new boarding house – located just underneath Academia – will improve the quality of provision for students including common areas and a multi-function room (leisure activities, drama, exam and celebration room, etc).


La Garenne upholds the official English or French school programme. Students are welcome in the English section from Reception to Year 8. The French section provides education from CE1 to 5ème. According to the section chosen, the students do also follow 4 hours of mandatory French (if in the English section) or English (if in the French section) lessons.

Experienced teachers all from Great Britain or France teach the children in small classes.


- QSC (Qualify School Certification)
- IPC (International Primary Curriculum)
- Cambridge English Language Assessment (Exam Preparation Centre)
- DELF / DALF (Diplôme en Langue Française)
- AVDEP (Association Vaudoise des Ecoles Privées)
- FSEP (Fédération Suisse des Ecoles Privées)
- SGIS (Swiss Group of International Schools)
- Swiss Private School Association

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