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Looking at International School of Lausanne for 13 and 15-year old sons

Hi to all and glad to have found this site!

Our family is relocating to Lausanne area (from midwest US) over next summer and am starting to look into schools for our 13 and 15 year-old sons. The ISL looks like a good school, but would be interested in hearing some feedback - either here or by PM would be great.

Also, any experience in transitioning teenage boys to Swiss life??!!

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 05.12.2010, 12:42
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Re: Looking at International School of Lausanne for 13 and 15-year old sons

Welcome to the Forum.
Can't help with the school you mention but there are many threads about schools in general - not quite as many with info about transferring teenagers, but this one has a few points in and might be a help.

Often the best way to find info on the Forum here is to search under
site: englishforum.ch then the key words joined by +
I found the above with
site: englishforum.ch teenager+school

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Re: Looking at International School of Lausanne for 13 and 15-year old sons

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Also, any experience in transitioning teenage boys to Swiss life??!!

Thanks for any advice!
Coming to Europe for the first time in Europe with two teenage boys from mid-West Ohio? Hmmm, well be prepared for la plage scene!!!
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Re: Looking at International School of Lausanne for 13 and 15-year old sons

Can't help with schools- but imho the best help you can give your kids is make sure they start learning as much French as poss until you come, to help them with school but also socially. Not an easy age for such a big move, but I suppose you have no choice. Good luck.
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Re: Looking at International School of Lausanne for 13 and 15-year old sons

At that age, you should ask them the question of their lives:
- school in English => International IB school
- school in French => Public Swiss school
For the latter, be prepared to repeat one year: the first year is language-year, then repeat for the academic part and go on in French, working on English language and litterature at home in order to keep up and have an "adult" English before going to universities.
If they choose IB school in English, make sure they do not totally pass by the whole country and make with them a space for learning French, in formal and/or informal environment.

You might as well give them the choice. But in any case, they will have to work on the language they do not have schooling in if they want to make the best out of their stay in Europe. It's a life opportunity, a real biggy. They are old enough to reflect and participate in the whole process. It's their lives.
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Re: Looking at International School of Lausanne for 13 and 15-year old sons

...the school that I hope to come back to Switzerland and teach at!
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Re: Looking at International School of Lausanne for 13 and 15-year old sons

Hi, I moved to Basel three months ago with two boys, 17 and 13 years old. Its been tough, nothing like social scene in UK. They attend academia International school in Basel which is excellent academically but only small numbers of students, In the bilingual school my youngest is in the high school where only 14 students attend and in the college my eldest is with 43 other students which has many academic advantages but socially they have gone from 1200 kids in a school with plenty of friends to staying at home most weekends. The football season is over for now so that's not an option. so we have a lot of family time which I love but they hate!! The International schools are generally a lot bigger but I chose academia as it was flexible with costs (we didn't have the option of education package as part of our relocation so we have to pay for it ourselves) and academically better. It also runs the IGCSE and A Level systems which suits my boys especially the older one who will return to UK in 18 months to go to University with A levels.

I know a lot of the children do travel from Zurich way to attend academia also, which again socially is not good for meeting up for the cinema etc! so may be worth a look? good luck!
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