Aiglon College is an independent, non-profit organisation located in the Swiss Alps and founded in 1949. The school community welcomes students from all over the globe and guarantees a high-quality academic education which draws on the best of the British and international curriculums and prepares students for the best universities.
Pupils at Aiglon are challenged academically and through a range of experiences outside the classroom, developing in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect. Aiglon welcomes students from more than 50 nationalities and encourages pupils to speak many languages, making for a rich and diverse experience.
Aiglon College prides itself on teaching the British curriculum in the Swiss tradition of excellence, and in nurturing a range of life and leadership skills, such as moral values, respect for a spiritual dimension to life, a healthy lifestyle, and many others. All Aiglon teachers come from the UK, with the exception of the foreign language teachers, and teach the English national curriculum leading to IGCSEs and to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
All classes are taught in English and students can choose among eight foreign languages including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic to study on the side. Every school day begins with meditation to promote a habit of reflection.
The younger students attend Junior School, which is set in its own grounds within the campus and forms a crucial part in a child’s education and development. Junior School students learn in a family atmosphere of encouragement, sympathy and insistence on good standards within the confines of the Junior School. Some lessons are taught in the Senior School to help with the transition when the time comes.
Aiglon is an extended family to all its students, providing a home away from home and a loving environment where junior children can learn, grow and share together. They are also taught good habits and self-discipline such as caring for their rooms, personal smartness and attendance to church and school functions.
Aiglon is a founding member of Round Square, a worldwide association of schools which fosters community service, work projects, exchange programmes and adventuring in all its members. Round Square is based on the theories of educational philosopher Kurt Hahn and Aiglon prepares students for more than college and university by teaching them about courage, generosity, and imagination.
Students contribute to the greater community through leadership projects, volunteering and fundraising activities. Senior students may join international projects organised in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.
Students are required to take part in extra-curricular activities and to excel in art, music, drama, sport, and dance. There are around 100 activities and clubs to choose from, including swimming, fashion design, drama, jazz bands, and many others. Through the expeditions programme, all students take part in weekend trips out in the Alpine landscape where they can ski, mountain bike, canoe and rock climb; and develop self-confidence, independence and learn about teamwork.
Academic results are excellent and a majority of students’ progress onto universities around the world, including Ivy Leagues in the US and Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrew’s in the UK.
All students are expected to take part in mountain expeditions during weekends. In the Autumn and Spring terms, these activities include trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, orienteering, ropes courses and camp craft. In the Winter term, these activities include ski touring, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. PE activities include tennis, basketball, cross country running, swimming, aerobics, football, rugby, volleyball, gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, fitness, weight training, squash, yoga, track and field athletics. Skiing and snowboarding are our main Winter sport as the campus is located in a ski resort. In addition to drama and the arts, music is a large department with over 20 individual music teachers. In addition, we offer over 100 activities from clubs to yearbook production as part of our CAS programme. Moreover, service to the community, both on a local and global level, is required as part of the Aiglon educational philosophy. Our global humanitarian projects take place in Bulgaria, Thailand, Rwanda and Peru. Some of our students also engage in the annual Regional and Global conferences for Round Square, an organisation we helped to create in the 1960s and which now comprises of around 90 schools around the world.
The Aiglon campus occupies an area of 60,000 square meters, 1200 meters high in the French speaking part of Canton Vaud. The school has 23 buildings, including 8 boarding houses, an indoor sports facility, a library, a central dining hall, academic buildings and its own music, drama and art centers. The campus also includes many sports pitches and within 15-20 minutes, our students can ski on the resort slopes, take their golf or equestrian option, and perform water sports activities including sailing on Lake Geneva, and rafting or canoeing/kayaking on rivers.
- Boarding fees: CHF 63,000-97,280
- Curriculum: English National Curriculum, IGCSE, IB
- Number of students: 366
- Age range: 9-18
- Co-Ed or Single Sex? Co-Ed
- Email: Admissions@aiglon.ch for boarding school inquiries
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for summer school inquiries
- Telephone: +41 24 496 6176
- Website: www.aiglon.ch
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- Address: Avenue Centrale 61, 1885 Chesieres
- Canton: Vaud (VD)