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Boarding Schools In Switerland

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Can Anyone Help Me My Daughter Wants To Move Schools In 6th Form Or Year 12 And Board In Switerland She Likes Leysin American School And Le Rosey Also Aiglon College Does Anyone Know Anything About Any Of These Schools
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Old 07.03.2007, 19:52
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Re: Boarding Schools In Switerland

Hi, I can only help with Leysin American School as I don't know about the others. Do you know Leysin? It's a lovely place just up inthe pre-alps, small and compact, really safe and friendly. The school campus is set over a few different buildings that have classrooms downstairs and dorms above, faculty mostly live in and are always around in the dorms. Lots of the faculty have been there for some time so there is a good stable environment. There are kids from all over so it's great for having a varied cultural experience and there offer both the American system and IB. What sort of info are you looking for ?
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Le Rosey is quite special, they have a large number of kids coming from royal families. And their behaviour is not very good in general. It is a reasonnable good school but they do not control all their students. They welcome a lot of students sent off from Aiglon for various reasons.
Aiglon is good and very strict, but also very selective and expensive.
Le Rosey you can enter easily, Aiglon is more difficult.

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Re: Boarding Schools In Switerland

dear Dub

thank you so much for your comments on la rosey it was very helpful we are visiting both in may so hope to have a better idea la rosey were happy for my daughter to spend the day at the school but aiglon would only let us look round. How do,you know these schools, is it from expereince or from what you heard
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Re: Boarding Schools In Switerland

Hi,

Firstly, I am talking from experience as I personally grew up with many students from both Aiglon (my mum's best friend's daughter went there for over 8 years) and La Rosey (My best friend went there). I personally think that the best school in country at the moment is probably the latter. You will honestly be stunned at the sheer size of that place. However, academically it's not very strong. The strongest school academically is probably La Chat or Collège du Léman in Geneva. The pass rate at CDL (C and above at A-Level) was 99% on average on three A-Levels. They have excellent connections with Oxbridge and the Ivy League schools so if you're planning on sending your daughter there, then do not fear . In my year alone, two went to Oxford, three to Cambridge and for the Ivy Leagues it was a total of 5. The reason I'm putting these statistics down is to show you the backing you get at CDL. However, the facilities at CDL is poor and so is the overall administration.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours. As long as your daughter has potential, you shouldn't base your decision so much on the academic side as the majority of private schools in Switzerland will ensure you a very good education.
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Re: Boarding Schools In Switerland

Hi,

I went to Leysin American School and plan on sending my own kids there when they are of the appropriate age. It is a wonderful school with nice kids and warm staff. The village is very safe and it is not that easy to "run off" without a great deal of trouble. At the same time there is a great deal of freedom. The level of education is very good and there are a variety of physical activities such as skiing (with half-days during the winter months).

We considered Le Rosey and Aiglon in addition to Leysin (as all schools are in proximity to Verbier - Martigny - Geneve). Le Rosey is definitely not to be recommended. I was warned not to attend this school by some of my closest friends who were popular students there. Everyone I have ever met who were students here developed serious drug addictions (some have recovered after rehab... not all). This is really a school for wealthy kids with money to burn where school is just a playground. They have a pretty good skiing program but I'm afraid the costs would be too high. Of course there are exceptions to the rule but I at least would never send my kids here (neither would any of my friends who graduated from this school).

Aiglon is probably the strongest academically. Of course this also makes it the strictest. It is not too difficult to get expelled from Aiglon as the rules are very rigid. This is the only reason I did not attend myself. We went to boarding school after the death of a parent and the idea of also getting potentially getting expelled because of teen-age silliness didn't interest us.

I believe Leysin to be the best alternative of the three (in the middle). It is a good school with a healthy lifestyle and happy kids. All the students become family to one another and really have a nice time. The education is very good and it is a safe environment that doesn't completely restrict the freedom of a teen (as Aiglon does) nor does it allow for craziness (as Rosey does). And after graduation the kids get sent off to some of the best univerisities in the world (ivy league, oxbridge, etc).

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Re: Boarding Schools In Switerland

I must say the opinions on Le Rosey are extremely misguided. I do not know what was true 10, 20 30, or 100 years ago, but today those opinions are very incorrect. I was also very surprised to read what Dub wrote: "Le Rosey you can enter easily, Aiglon is more difficult." Le Rosey has one of the most rigorous admission procedures when it comes to schools of any grade level, comparable to the admissions procedures at Harvard or Oxbridge. Not to mention it costs CHF 2,000 just to apply (and for a good reason). Also, Le Rosey has adopted the most strict drug policy from any school I have ever heard of, it is zero-tolerance. If you are detected to have taken drugs of any sort in one of the hundreds of drug tests performed annually, you are immediately expelled with no chance of a lesser punishment. The school has also recently banned smoking of cigarettes (in accordance with new Swiss law) and Le Rosey now has programs to break the addiction. Dub and Christine make Le Rosey look horrible, when in reality it is the exact opposite. Academically, it is excellent, as are most Swiss boarding schools. I do not intend to put down Aiglon or Leysin, because they are great Swiss institutions, but Le Rosey is unparalleled when it comes to boarding schools anywhere around the globe. Not only is it the most prestigious internationally (an almost indisputable fact), it is also an excellent education. The teachers and staff are great, the students are like family, and there exists a level of multiculturalism that is unique to Le Rosey. Unlike Aiglon, Leysin, or TASIS, there are over 52 countries represented at Le Rosey, and the cultural trips in October take the students around the world to exotic locations to truly understand different cultures. Not to mention the excellent humanitarian missions to Mali and Romania. In Mali, Le Rosey built the "Rosey-Abantara School" in Bamako for Malian children to get a great education in one of the poorest countries in Africa. The students took part in the construction and now undertake humanitarian missions to help teach the students now that the school has been constructed.

It is true, the school is expensive, be prepared to pay CHF 100,000 (~$80,000 USD) in total for one year. Basic tuition is CHF 81,000. And the list of alumni at Le Rosey is truly amazing, it was known in the 20th century as the "School of Kings". See "List of Roseans" at Wikipedia for a referenced list of alumni.

I was just very surprised to read such incorrect views of Le Rosey, a legend among schools worldwide.
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Old 30.08.2007, 19:26
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I must say the opinions on Le Rosey are extremely misguided. I do not know what was true 10, 20 30, or 100 years ago, but today those opinions are very incorrect. I was also very surprised to read what Dub wrote: "Le Rosey you can enter easily, Aiglon is more difficult." Le Rosey has one of the most rigorous admission procedures when it comes to schools of any grade level, comparable to the admissions procedures at Harvard or Oxbridge. Not to mention it costs CHF 2,000 just to apply (and for a good reason). Also, Le Rosey has adopted the most strict drug policy from any school I have ever heard of, it is zero-tolerance. If you are detected to have taken drugs of any sort in one of the hundreds of drug tests performed annually, you are immediately expelled with no chance of a lesser punishment. The school has also recently banned smoking of cigarettes (in accordance with new Swiss law) and Le Rosey now has programs to break the addiction. Dub and Christine make Le Rosey look horrible, when in reality it is the exact opposite. Academically, it is excellent, as are most Swiss boarding schools. I do not intend to put down Aiglon or Leysin, because they are great Swiss institutions, but Le Rosey is unparalleled when it comes to boarding schools anywhere around the globe. Not only is it the most prestigious internationally (an almost indisputable fact), it is also an excellent education. The teachers and staff are great, the students are like family, and there exists a level of multiculturalism that is unique to Le Rosey. Unlike Aiglon, Leysin, or TASIS, there are over 52 countries represented at Le Rosey, and the cultural trips in October take the students around the world to exotic locations to truly understand different cultures. Not to mention the excellent humanitarian missions to Mali and Romania. In Mali, Le Rosey built the "Rosey-Abantara School" in Bamako for Malian children to get a great education in one of the poorest countries in Africa. The students took part in the construction and now undertake humanitarian missions to help teach the students now that the school has been constructed.

It is true, the school is expensive, be prepared to pay CHF 100,000 (~$80,000 USD) in total for one year. Basic tuition is CHF 81,000. And the list of alumni at Le Rosey is truly amazing, it was known in the 20th century as the "School of Kings". See "List of Roseans" at Wikipedia for a referenced list of alumni.

I was just very surprised to read such incorrect views of Le Rosey, a legend among schools worldwide.
And your relationship with Le Rosey is .......?
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And your relationship with Le Rosey is .......?
Student. None of the information I provided in my previous post is my "original research". It is from Forbes, International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, and Die Weltwoche.
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Student. None of the information I provided in my previous post is my "original research". It is from Forbes, International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, and Die Weltwoche.

So it's just hearsay then, no experience - what is your connection with Switzerland?
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So it's just hearsay then, no experience - what is your connection with Switzerland?
"Hearsay"? I think thats a little extreme. I'm a student there, it is not hearsay. I was implying that while I am a student at Le Rosey, it is not my original research and is therefore from referenced research done by professional organizations like Forbes, IHT, etc. There's no reason to get moody....
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"Hearsay"? I think thats a little extreme. I'm a student there, it is not hearsay. I was implying that while I am a student at Le Rosey, it is not my original research and is therefore from referenced research done by professional organizations like Forbes, IHT, etc. There's no reason to get moody....
Ah, sorry, but your post just said student - I took that as something else as schools in my day had pupils, students were those who had progressed a bit further in life. Now you can help out with some informed answers for EF members:

What were the academic requirements to get in to the school?
How many Swiss students are there?
How many scholarship students (i.e. non fee payers)?


I'd also be intersted to know what Swiss Law are you referring to with the smoking ban?
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Ah, sorry, but your post just said student - I took that as something else as schools in my day had pupils, students were those who had progressed a bit further in life. Now you can help out with some informed answers for EF members:

What were the academic requirements to get in to the school?
How many Swiss students are there?
How many scholarship students (i.e. non fee payers)?


I'd also be intersted to know what Swiss Law are you referring to with the smoking ban?
Concerning your first question: I dont know what the admissions staff's requirements are, but from my own experience it is a rigorous process. And your second question: 380 according to the official website
And your third question: I only know that there are scholarship students, I dont know how many. They would obviously be students that have exceptional academic standing but are having trouble with the high costs.

I believe Switzerland is instituting a "public smoking ban", I dont know whether or not it is being enforced yet.
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I dont know what the admissions staff's requirements are, but from my own experience it is a rigorous process.
Exams? Testimonials? Money?
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Exams? Testimonials? Money?
You must take an admissions exam. The complete admissions requirements are a matter of public record. Wealth does not help you get into the school, but if you can't afford the fees it will be a financial strain.
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Re: Boarding Schools In Switerland

I was simply offering my advice on choice of the three... Although I must say I was amused by the Wikipedia list as the very people who warned my family not to attend Rosey are in fact on the list Omitted of course is Osama Bin Ladin.... lol... who also attended. But like I said there are always exceptions to the rule and there is potential to succeed in all of these schools.

I realize that Rosey has an exceptional class of attendees with exceptional wealth and exceptional futures and that should not be undermined. But are we really supposed to believe that these amazing people did not party their asses off in high shool? And that kids with this much wealth were refused items like... supercars or superwatches or oxbridge universities or so on and so on?

Anyways I am sure that the school has progressed and is a fine institution of learning... I am only going by personal experience and advice from students 10-20 years ago
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Oh, in case anyone gets upset... The rumour that Osama attended Rosey was a joke that the Spectator ran with back in the day Just a little humour to brighten the day...
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It was Taki who wrote that in the Spectator wasnt it? I think so... But yes, I've heard of some famous alumni that have had "undesireable" experiences at the school, but thats usually the student's fault, not the school's. Students who dont like the school typically are non-conformists (not used to the international atmosphere) or are the problem themselves and dont realise it. I have heard that during the 80s things got pretty insane, but that has happened at least once at every educational centre in the world... so I dont think Le Rosey deserves any particular criticism for being to wild in the 70s and 80s when every other school was just the same.

And sure most of the students go partying on the weekends, but I'm pretty sure even the most academic institutions in the world have the same thing. My my point in responding to the "put downs" of Rosey were the opinions that degraded the school and its legacy. It is still the most prestigious, most elite (if you care about those things), and most exclusive boarding school in the world. Others might say Eton, Harrow, Gordonstoun, Exeter, Andover, or Millfield are more prestigious, but they are only more famous, and extremely less internationally oriented. The fact remains that Rosey is the best international school in the world. Best for academics? Not really. But Rosey is not trying to breed little Einsteins, its trying to allow the students to be well-rounded, cultured, and internationally educated. And even though Rosey is not the best boarding school for academics in the world it still contains a prestigious academic programme, as do most Swiss boarding schools...
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Re: Boarding Schools In Switerland

I have friends who went to the Lyceum Alpinum, with very different outcomes. If you want a brilliant education and great sports facilities and have a strong enough character not to be drawn in by the games of the rich and famous, it would be a great place to go. If you are easily drawn in, then maybe not such a good option, although they do have excellent discipline.

Le Rosey seems to have conflicting reviews, some people I know who are involved say that they don't admit just anyone and others say that enough money gets anyone in.

Essentially, if your kid is not stable, pretty much any boarding school can really mess her up because, sadly, a lot of rich kids are simply not balanced and have too much money to get into trouble with. The more reputable the school, the worse this will be.

Does it have to be Switzerland? I'd recommend Durham School in the UK if that was an option as boarding schools do not have the same context there as they do in Switzerland. Kids here go to boarding school because they are either really rich or really screwed up, often both.
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Student. None of the information I provided in my previous post is my "original research". It is from Forbes, International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, and Die Weltwoche.
I guess if one were to conduct a research on the cost of international newspaper advertising campaigns, they'd be well advised to head to Rosey then
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