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Lower school/primary school Lausanne area

Hello,

We (my son and I) are moving to Lausanne this summer form US. I have a question about primary schools in the area. I would be working at EPFL so we are flexible in terms of living in either Lausanne, Preverenges, or St. Sulpice.
Is there a difference in terms of quality of the schools in these cities?

Also my son is 8 and will be attending 3rd grade. He is fluent in English and Italian, but no French. In light of this information would your recommendation chance?

Finally, I am single parenting so we have to use the organized school lunch. Is it standard to get this or it is hard to arrange?

thank you!
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Re: Lower school/primary school Lausanne area

Swiss schools don't vary in quality very much and school lunches aren't always a thing either. You'd need to check with the school itself to see if they offer them. Most children come home for lunch here.
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Swiss schools don't vary in quality very much and school lunches aren't always a thing either. You'd need to check with the school itself to see if they offer them. Most children come home for lunch here.
Thank you Medea. Unfortunately I work during the lunch time. I had heard most villages and schools organize something for lunch as many parents work during the lunch time.
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Re: Lower school/primary school Lausanne area

As said, you'd have to check with the individual school. Also note that you don't get to choose which school your child will go to. The commune will decide which one, usually it's the one nearest to you, but that's not always the case. Again it depends on what arrangements the commune have.
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Thank you Medea. Unfortunately I work during the lunch time. I had heard most villages and schools organize something for lunch as many parents work during the lunch time.
As medea has said it can be very hit and miss. By vaudois law they technically need to provide something and things have improved tremendously in recent years. But that being said, your child may have to travel alone, sometimes at a distance, maybe also bussed to another facility. Meaning things may not be ideal in terms of logistics, timeliness, etc. Also keep in mind demand outstrips supply so you may find it hard to get a place or face long waiting list.

Also, if you are single working parent, it is not only the two hour lunch that you need to worry about, but also the before/after school care, odd school hours and Wednesday afternoons that are equally if not more problematic. Again for these services, very hit or miss on what's on offer at your local school.
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Thank you Medea. Unfortunately I work during the lunch time. I had heard most villages and schools organize something for lunch as many parents work during the lunch time.

People here usualy take a lunch break, in fact in many companies it's actively encouraged
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Re: Lower school/primary school Lausanne area

Thank you so much for the information both about the waiting list as well as the odd hours
I will do my best to learn more and navigate the situation.
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People here usualy take a lunch break, in fact in many companies it's actively encouraged
We have 1 1/2 hours for lunch.

I go home.

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We have 1 1/2 hours for lunch.

I go home.

Tom

That's hardly enought time for aperitif, eating and a modest siesta
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Re: Lower school/primary school Lausanne area

Around her its 2 hours for the kids, 1 hour for the parents.

Go figure..
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Re: Lower school/primary school Lausanne area

The school your child goes to will depend on where you live. The structures that manage the lunch and pre- and after-school care are called UAPE.

They belong to a network - Preverenges is in AJEMA, Saint-Sulpice is AJESOL - Here is info for Saint-Sulpice https://www.st-sulpice.ch/vivre-a-sa...ants-jeunesse/
You need to register with the network to get a place in a UAPE.....perhaps they can advise you on your chances of having a place. Places are being allocated at the moment for the next school year, so if you arrive after the summer, you may have to take what's left over, but this may depend on the demand where you live.

The cost is dependent on your income.



There is a private school in Ecublens:
https://avdep.ch/ecole/ecole-vivalys/
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Re: Lower school/primary school Lausanne area

Dear Eireann, This is incredibly helpful. Thank you so so much. It is also extra fun to revive my 20 years dormant French
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