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Best Schools in Geneva Switzerland

A snapshot: schools in Geneva considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats.

Schools with a full GSGI review are noted with  next to their names. 

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.


Schools

Geneva English School

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE / A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 300 students

Founded in 1961 by a small group of parents, moving to the ‘Petit Malagny’ site in Genthod (overlooking Lake Geneva and with stunning views of Mont Blanc) in 1989. Joined by a nursery in 2014 and secondary campus in nearby Versoix in 2017 and growing organically each year. Most pupils go on to local international schools with a varying proportion heading to boarding school in the UK. Accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and inspected by British Overseas Schools (BSO).

Click here to read our full review of the Geneva English School

International School of Geneva (also known as "Ecolint")

4,000 students on three campuses and offering the choice of differing curricula makes Ecolint the largest and most educationally diverse institution in Geneva. In addition, all three campuses now offer an Extended Support Programme, the only international school in Switzerland to do so, for the Anglophone community. All the schools are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Click here to read our full review of the International School of Geneva.

International School of Geneva: Campus des Nations

PYP /MYP/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; 990 students

The newest edition to the Ecolint schools, on two sites near the United Nations buildings. A wide variety of nationalities are taught the entire International Baccalaureate programme in English although students can choose to take some IB subjects in French. Despite the small size of the site, the sports facilities, thanks to some creative architects, aren’t bad as long as you don’t mind playing basketball on the roof.

Click >here to read our full review of the International School of Geneva: Campus des Nations.

International School of Geneva: La Châtaignerie 

French curriculum/ Brevet/ Swiss Maturité / PYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; 1,550 students

Located in the countryside in the Canton de Vaud, 20kms outside Geneva. Ground-breaking bilingual curriculum with students spending 60 per cent of the school year in English and 40 per cent in French or vice versa. French Brevet, followed by the choice of Maturité Suisse for Francophones and IGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Diploma for Anglophones.

Click here to read our full review of the International School of Geneva: La Châtaignerie.

International School of Geneva: La Grande Boissière 

French curriculum/ adapted English curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; 1,900 students

Oldest of the Ecolint schools, based around a beautiful chateau in the centre of Geneva, surrounded by trees. Offering French, English and bilingual programmes to a majority of Francophones but any subject can be studied in English or French from year 9. Predominantly English or French classes in primary, English or bilingual in middle School and English, French or bilingual in secondary.

Click here to read our full review of the International School of Geneva: La Grande Boissière.

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

British School of Geneva

National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 200 students

The school started life as an A Level college in the centre of the city and, unusually, expanded downwards with a reception class only recently opened. The only school in Geneva to offer the full English National Curriculum programme, making transitioning to or from the UK, easier for students. Owned by ASC International House Education group, in turn owned by Novapred SA, specialists in language teaching. Inspected by Penta for the British Schools Overseas (BSO).

Collège du Léman International

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma /IB Careers/ French curriculum/ Brevet/  French Bac/ Swiss Maturité; ages 2-19; co-ed; day and boarding independent; privately owned; 1,900 students

Founded in 1960, sold to Meritas (education) in 2008 and then to Nord Anglia Education in 2015. Offering both English and French programmes, the former leading either to Advanced Placement exams or IGCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the latter to the French Baccalaureate or the Maturité Suisse. Both programmes produce successful outcomes at university entrance. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Collège-Lycée International de Ferney-Voltaire

French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac/ OIB/ (National Curriculum for England in 4 subjects); ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,650 students

Over the border and only open to families living in France (large numbers of families commute from France to Geneva). French curriculum taught in French throughout but also offering fee paying courses in English, maths, history and geography. GCSE English is very popular with about 80 students taking the exam annually.

Institut Florimont

French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac/ Swiss Maturité/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ OIB; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,490 students

Located in Petit-Nancy. Initially, a Catholic, French speaking, all-through day school but has now introduced a full bilingual system and since 2014, offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as the French Baccalaureate and the Maturité Suisse. There is a bilingual section in secondary divided into Honors and Expert Users dependent on their attainment in English. Students come from over 70 nationalities. Recently Swiss were the largest cohort, followed by French. Graduates head to Oxbridge and Russell Group in the UK and Ivies in the US amongst other destinations.

Institut International de Lancy

French curriculum/ Brevet/ French Bac/ National Curriculum for England/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,430 students

Originally, a traditional French Catholic day school (College Marie-Thérese, founded 1903) but changed its name into the Institut International de Lancy, with the English section opening in 2001 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma authorised since 2009. Now a bilingual international school but still with a strong Catholic ethos and part of the international network of the schools of Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon. Results are good and graduates head off to leading universities in Europe and the UK.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.

 

 

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