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Best schools Lausanne, Vevey, La Cote Switzerland

A snapshot overview of schools in Lausanne, Vevey and La Cote 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.

Some of the schools on this list are between cities, 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.

Schools in Lausanne/Vevey/La Cote reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International


International School of Lausanne  (pending)

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 880 pupils

Founded in 1962 as the English School of Lausanne, 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).

Haut-Lac Ecole Internationale Bilingue  

School developed curriculum/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 18 months-18 years; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 650 pupils

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. 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. From September 2019, they will be offering 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

Le Rosey  (pending)

IPC/Adapted National Curriculum for England/French curriculum/IMYC/French Bac/IB Diploma; ages 9-18; co-ed; boarding; independent; privately owned; 420 pupils

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 16, a choice between the French Baccalaureate and the IB Diploma, most subjects 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).

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

Brillantmont International School 

IGCSEs/A-Levels/American High School Diploma/AP/SATs; ages 13-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 150 pupils

Established in 1882 (one of the oldest boarding schools in Switzerland), owned by the same family for five generations and located in the centre of Lausanne. The school also runs a post high school 13th grade programme, the modern equivalent of a ‘finishing’ school. 22 per cent of candidates achieved A*-A at A-Level in 2018 and recently graduates have continued to gain places at leading global universities. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC).


College Champittet Campus Pully-Lausanne

School developed curriculum/French Bac/Swiss Maturité/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; day and boarding; co-ed; independent; privately owned; 750 pupils

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 IB Diploma or the French Baccalaureate and the Swiss Maturité. Students come from approximately 30 different nationalities with roughly 50 per cent Swiss citizens and 20 per cent English speakers. The average score of IB candidates is not given.

Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande

Montessori/IGCSEs/IB Diploma/Swiss Maturité; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 600 pupils

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 Swiss Maturité or the IB Diploma in French, English or bilingual French-English. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Institut Monte Rosa

Originally founded in 1874, this very small (80 boarders) specialised school has been run by the Gademann family since the 1960's. Think Swiss finishing school, although it is now co-ed. It offers small classes to help international students gain entry to US colleges and therefore awards a US High School diploma only.

La Cote International

EYFS/Adapted National Curriculum for England/MYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma/Swiss Maturité; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 pupils

Established in Aubonne between Lausanne and Geneva in 2008 and acquired in 2011 by the rapidly expanding Nord Anglia Education group, now with 61 international schools. Moved to a brand new purpose-built campus in 2014. Respectable IB Diploma results in 2018 with an average score of 32.4, no average result given for 2019 but 100 per cent pass rate. Classes taught in English and French with the option of the IB or Swiss Maturité path.

St. George’s School

Adapted curriculum/IGCSEs/American High School Diploma/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 480 pupils

A traditional British school founded in 1927 by two Oxford graduates, 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 bilingual approach to the curriculum taught to students from over 50 nationalities.

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