A snapshot overview of schools in Geneva that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.
If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.
Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.
By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups 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 descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.
Parents should note that if the school is primarily French-speaking, the Swiss/French style of teaching will be very different to the Anglo-Saxon style.
Schools in Geneva reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International
Adapted curriculum / IGCSE / IB Diploma; ages 9-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 360 students
Founded in 1949 by an ex-Gordonstoun teacher and a founding member of the Round Square, established to promote the values of Kurt Hahn. Located in the Alpine village of Chesieres near the ski resort of Villars. Serious academics, with the occasional candidate achieving a perfect score for the IB Diploma, recently two years running.. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
National Curriculum for England / IGCSE / A-Levels; ages 4-15; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 300 students
Founded in 1961 by a small group of parents, moved 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, growing organically each year with year 10 opened in September 2019. 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 by British Schools Overseas (BSO).
4,000 students, three campuses and differing curricula make Ecolint the largest and most complicated educational 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).
French curriculum/ Brevet / Maturité Suisse / PYP / IGCSE / IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; 1,600 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. Choice of French Brevet or Maturité Suisse for Francophones and IGCSEs and the IB Diploma for Anglophones.
French curriculum Adapted National Curriculum for England / 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 and 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.
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 whole IB 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.
These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
Beau Soleil College Alpin International Villars
French Bac / French Brevet / IGSCE / IB Diploma; ages 11-18; co-ed; boarding; independent; privately owned; 240 students
The jewel in the crown of Nord Anglia (major world player in education) schools in terms of glamour. Listed in print as one of the most exclusive educational establishments in the world, this is one of the oldest private boarding schools in Switzerland with skiing and riding options as well as one on one tuition, if required.
British School of Geneva
National Curriculum for England / IGCSE / A-Level; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 200 students
Started life as an A-Level college in the centre of the city and, unusually, expanded downwards with a reception class only recently opened. Despite its name, only British because it follows the British curriculum and is not accredited by the British Council.
Collège du Léman
American Elementary & Middle School Curriculum/ American High School Diploma / AP/ IGCSE / IB Diploma / IB Careers ; French curriculum/ Brevet / Bac / Maturité Suisse; ages 2-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 2,200 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 IB Diploma and the latter to the French Baccalaureat 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 Ferney-Voltaire
French curriculum / Bac / Brevet / English National Programme (4 subjects); ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 2,650 students
Only open to families living in France (large numbers commute from France to Geneva). French curriculum taught in French throughout but also offering the fee incurring ENP in English, Maths, History and Geography. GCSE English is very popular with about 80 students taking the exam annually.
French curriculum / Brevet / Bac / Maturité Suisse / IGCSE / IB Diploma; 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 IB Diploma as well as the French Baccalaureat 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 (580) were the largest cohort, followed by French (380). Graduates head to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities in the UK and Ivies in the US amongst others.
Institut International de Lancy*
French curriculum / Brevet / 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 to the Institut International de Lancy, with the English section opening in 2001 and the IB 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.
* It should be noted that neither College du Leman, Institut Florimont nor Institut International de Lancy are authorised by the French Government as French Baccalaureat centres and therefore follow their own curriculum not the French national curriculum. Therefore children transferring from these schools to French Lycées elsewhere will need to pass an entrance exam. The three schools are, however, members of the Group of Swiss Schools preparing for the French Baccalaureat which is overseen by the French Embassy in Bern.