A snapshot: schools in Lausanne, Vevey and La Côte 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.
Some of the schools on this list are between towns, and might seem to be of interest but would actually be too far for a commute. Parents should also note that if the school is primarily French-speaking the Swiss/French style of teaching will be very different to the Anglo-Saxon style.
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 network which was established to promote the values of Kurt Hahn. Located in the Alpine village of Chesières near the ski resort of Villars. Serious academics, with a candidate achieving a perfect score for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in two successive years, recently. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Click here to read our full review of the Aiglon College
Adapted curriculum/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 18 months-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 650 students
Established in Vevey in 1993 and grown from 13 to 650 pupils. Now in Saint-Légier-La-Chiésaz on two campuses, ten minutes’ drive from Vevey, with the nursery staying in the centre of Lausanne. The bilingual programme in primary is one day/one day English/French and there is also a programme delivered in English for families who are in Switzerland short-term. They now offer the Swiss Bilingual Cycle, the American High School Diploma and the IB Sport and Study programme. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Click here to read our full review of Haut-Lac École Internationale Bilingue
Institut Le Rosey (pending)
International Primary Curriculum/ adapted National Curriculum for England/ French curriculum/ International Middle Years Curriculum/ French Bac/ IB Diploma; ages 9-18; co-ed; boarding; independent; privately owned; 420 students
Opened in 1880 and the only school to move seasonally from their Lake Geneva base, up the mountains to Gstaad, both campuses equally well-equipped for sport as well as academics. Bilingualism developed through the school and a third language is obligatory. At sixteen, a choice between the French Baccalaureate and the International Baccalaureate Diploma, with most subjects taught in English but a few offered in French. Accredited by the Council of Independent Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
These schools have been brought to our attention but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.
IGCSE/ A Level/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 13-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 150 students
Established in 1882 (one of the oldest boarding schools in Switzerland), located in the centre of Lausanne and owned by the same family for five generations. The school also runs a post high school 13th grade programme, the modern equivalent of a ‘finishing’ school. Over 20 per cent of candidates consistently achieve A*-A at A Level and graduates continue to gain places at leading global universities. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Brevet/ French Bac/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 11-18; co-ed; boarding; independent; privately owned; 240 students
The Swiss jewel in the 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. One of the oldest private boarding schools in Switzerland, offering skiing and riding options as well as one on one tuition, if required.
Adapted curriculum/ French Bac/ Swiss Maturité/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; day and boarding; co-ed; independent; privately owned; 750 students
Founded in 1903 by Dominican fathers and now one of the four Nord Anglia Education group’s schools in Switzerland. Option of either a bilingual or Francophone education leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the French Baccalaureate or the Maturité Suisse. Students come from approximately 30 different nationalities with roughly 50 per cent Swiss citizens and 20 per cent English speakers. The average score of International Baccalaureate candidates is not published.
Montessori/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ Swiss Maturité; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 600 students
Founded in 1906 and located in Lausanne. Primarily, a French school but classes taught in French and English with English introduced in nursery, followed by daily classes in primary. Choice of the Maturité Suisse or the International Baccalaureate Diploma taught in French, English or bilingual French/English. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Originally founded in 1874, this very small (80 boarders), specialised school has been run by the Gademann family since the 1960's. Think traditional Swiss finishing school, although it is now co-ed. It offers small classes to help international students gain entry to US colleges and therefore only teaches a US High School diploma course.
PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 880 students
Founded in 1962, as the English School of Lausanne, only attended by seven pupils. A new ‘South’ campus was opened in 2015 near the purpose-built (2005) buildings in Le Mont-sur-Lausanne. Students from over 70 nationalities with the largest cohorts from the US, the UK, Switzerland and France. Approximately 40 per cent of graduates move on to UK universities, including Oxbridge and Russell Group and 25 per cent to North American universities, Ivies amongst them. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
EYFS/ adapted National Curriculum for England/ MYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ Swiss Maturité; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 students
Established in Aubonne, between Lausanne and Geneva, in 2008 and acquired in 2011 by the global Nord Anglia Education group, now with over 65 international schools. Moved to a brand new purpose-built campus in 2014. Respectable International Baccalaureate Diploma results in the low thirties, with no average result published recently except for the 100 per cent pass rate. Classes taught in English and French with the option of the IB Diploma or the Maturité Suisse path.
Adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ American High School Diploma/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 480 students
A traditional British school, founded in 1927 by two Oxford graduates and located on the shores of Lake Geneva halfway between Vevey and Montreux. Now a member of the education group Inspired who run over 50 global schools. Small number of boarders from the age of eight. Increasingly French/English bilingual approach to the curriculum, taught to students from over 50 nationalities.
For more information on the schools above, please go to each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.