Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Education  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 19.10.2018, 00:26
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Manila
Posts: 2
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
fmarchetto has no particular reputation at present
ISL or la Cote?

Hi, we are looking at international schools in the Lausanne area and we are down to ISL and La Cote, any tips and comments very welcome!
Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 19.10.2018, 10:14
Today only's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Europe
Posts: 6,859
Groaned at 764 Times in 522 Posts
Thanked 8,461 Times in 3,990 Posts
Today only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond repute
Re: ISL or la Cote?

Quote:
View Post
Hi, we are looking at international schools in the Lausanne area and we are down to ISL and La Cote, any tips and comments very welcome!
Thanks

Choose one of them
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 27.10.2018, 10:36
Tuborg's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Vaud
Posts: 501
Groaned at 32 Times in 18 Posts
Thanked 663 Times in 257 Posts
Tuborg has a reputation beyond reputeTuborg has a reputation beyond reputeTuborg has a reputation beyond reputeTuborg has a reputation beyond repute
Re: ISL or la Cote?

Quote:
View Post
Hi, we are looking at international schools in the Lausanne area and we are down to ISL and La Cote, any tips and comments very welcome!
Thanks
I have heard good things about both. I suppose, to a certain extent, it depends upon the age of your children.

ISL has a "full" IB programme (PYP, MYP and DP). I say "full" because I don't think it does the Certificates but it probably has no need to and all students take the full diploma at 16.

La Cote is based upon the English National Curriculum, does PYP, MYP, IGCSEs (I would ask how they combine MYP and IGCSEs and why) and DP.

Academics should be fine in both but, as La Cote is considerably newer, ISL will have more experience dealing with different types of situations, particularly at the senior school level. On the other hand, La Cote is part of Nord Anglia, so can call upon the expertise of the parent organisation when needed. Neither should be a cause for concern. The only area they could differ is in expertise in uni applications and the number of subjects they offer, but will it really make a difference if your children are young? At the pre-IB level, I would think both are equally as good, but you would need to look at their results to see.

Look at their pastoral offerings and co-curricular programmes. This is where schools can differ. Generally, the larger the student body, the larger the number of activities and sports offered. Generally, but not always.

Look at the number of students in the school (the student roll not the capacity). Some children prefer smaller schools so that they know everybody and some prefer larger schools so that there is more interaction with different students.

If you really wanted to go to town, ask the school about attrition rates, particularly at the senior end of the school. If children regularly leave the school to go to other ones in the surrounding area, it should ring alarm bells.

Ultimately, if your children are young enough and you are staying long term in Switzerland, I would send them to a local school. It is really the best way of learning French and integrating.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ecolint or CDL or La Côte or ...? Hil99 Education 0 05.09.2014 02:09
Restaurants in La Cote M. Ploymi Food and drink 9 05.04.2013 01:56
Suggestions on investment - real estate in la cote or... annai Finance/banking/taxation 33 21.03.2012 23:16
Cycle Hire La Cote? PaulAnke Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 1 08.07.2010 21:34
*** star Michelin ? ( la cote ) grynch Entertainment & dining 9 28.06.2010 14:15


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 08:18.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0