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Old 20.03.2010, 19:42
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International Schools - Geneva

I've seen a few threads a few years old on various international school topics, but nothing recent.

I'm in the process of applying for my daughters' admission to international schools in Geneva. I've heard it's a bit of the luck of timing, and the luck of the draw. However, any feedback on which of the three international schools are preferable to the others, and if so, why you found one to be preferable over the others?

Also, any feedback on which campus of the International School of Geneva is preferable to the other? Or is it just a case of geography - meaning, where one lives and works.

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Re: International Schools - Geneva

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Not sure what you really mean by '3 international schools of Geneva'. There are indeed 3 campus' of the international school (Ecolint) but there are indeed 40+ private schools in Geneve (see sticky at top of this board for private schools in Geneve), many of which offer English and/or other languages. In this context, I am not sure what you mean by '3 international schools'?

On the other hand, the International School (Ecolint) has 3 campus'. The oldest LGB, is in Chene Bourg (rive gauche), the newest is Nations, near the UN (rive droite), and the other is in Canton Vaud, Le Chat, in Chataigneraie. You need to determine what curriculum your child will study and what age she is, as this could have a determining factor in which campus she will attend. Le Chat does not have the early kintergarten programme, and children start there later, not sure exactly but age 6 I think. If following the French curriculum, I think LGB is prefereable as there are more options. You need to determine these aspects and see what the possibilities are at the various campus'. You should speak to the school on this.

The only other thing to mention is that most kids take the school bus transport, which if you are too, it does not make too much difference which campus. On the other hand, if you want to take child to/from school, it makes sense to live on the same side of the river as the school campus, otherwise it could take a long time. Or if living in Vaud, Le Chat obviously is the choice.
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Old 22.03.2010, 09:52
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Re: International Schools - Geneva

Our experience is more recent, having arrived here this past September. Our first choice (in June) was Ecolint, but all three campuses of the school were full, so we are on the waiting list for this coming fall.

We were very lucky to receive places for both our children at Geneva English School in Genthod for this school year. It's a lovely little school and Genthod is very quaint. We've been very happy. If you are interested in the English curriculum, it's a great choice. Especially if you prefer not to live in the city.

And now we wait to see what happens this fall. I believe Ecolint give acceptance notices in May.
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Re: International Schools - Geneva

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We just recently left Geneva. My 5 y/o daughter went to Ecolint to the Pregny Campus. We were very happy there. The teacher are great and they have some really good after school programs for the kids. The only downside to the campus location is it is difficult to get to by car. Not bad by bus or bike. We looked into the Le Chat campus because they have a better French program than Pregny. I don't know much about the LGB campus. It is on the opposite side of the lake. The important part was my daughter really liked the school and her teachers.
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Not sure what you really mean by '3 international schools of Geneva'. There are indeed 3 campus' of the international school (Ecolint) but there are indeed 40+ private schools in Geneve (see sticky at top of this board for private schools in Geneve), many of which offer English and/or other languages. In this context, I am not sure what you mean by '3 international schools'?
Thanks for the clarification. My relocation consultant gave me the following three schools to make applicaiton for my daughters:

www.ecolint.ch
www.cdl.ch
www.iil.ch

I presumed they were the only three since those were provided to me. Thanks for the clarificaiton, and I haven't worked my way through the sticky since I figured where the relocation consultant had experience, why double the work - but now I will. Thanks,.

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Our first choice (in June) was Ecolint, but all three campuses of the school were full, so we are on the waiting list for this coming fall.
Wow, thanks for the input. I just filed the applications for my daughters, so it looks like Ecolint is a longer shot than I imagined.

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Wow, thanks for the input. I just filed the applications for my daughters, so it looks like Ecolint is a longer shot than I imagined.

Thanks again.
It'll depend on the year group, of course - the other poster's kids could be completely different ages to yours. But that said, waiting lists across all years is common here.

If you're planning to live out of Geneva, towards Lausanne, and have younger kids, there's also an international primary school near Rolle: http://www.international-school.org/page.php?pid=4010. It's only been open a couple of years (but is a new campus for a much longer running group) so might have more availability.

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Re: International Schools - Geneva

What ages are your children? Do you know already which side of the lake you want to live on? Which campus you prefer? I have some information from Ecolint that I can share with you if you are interested. A lot of these things are specific to campus and grade though.
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Re: International Schools - Geneva

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It kind of depends on the age and curriculum; I understand le chat is very full on the english side but the french side is much easier to get in. Thus, I know some parents who entered the kids on the french side, to change to the english side once a spot opened up. In general though, all private schools in the area have waiting lists, some very long.

Yes, there are a few other new schools not necessarily yet on the 'official lists/associations'. The one mentioned by the previous poster, is in Vich now. There is also Edelweiss international school in Geneve and Geneva Secondary school, also with english language offerings.

The two big international schools are econlit and College du Leman which you mention. They both have a long history of english education in the area, but differ a bit on the curriculum, so best to determine what is in your childs' interest. I believe CDL is slightly easier to get into. I was very happy with the pre-school programme at CDL but less enthusiastic with the programme as they got older. I have a friend with child at Institut Lancy and they are happy with it.
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Re: International Schools - Geneva

We are moving to the Geneva area in January and hear that the there are long waiting lists for Ecolint, CDL and the English SChool of Geneva. I'm submitting applications to all of them but have been warned that they don't like it when you try and play one off of the other.

CDL has slightly more availability. Does anyone out there have any impressions about this school that they would like to share? Especially compared to the La Chat campus of Ecolint which I've heard is more sought after. Thank you.
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Re: International Schools - Geneva

Keep in mind that La Chat campus is expanding and building a new primary school now; as I passed by the other day, the second story was already built, so it seems they are on target to have it completed by school return in Sept. 2011, thus that eliminate the waiting lists or at least greatly improve your chances of getting a spot there if that is your first choice.

I believe if you use the search function of EF, there have already been a number of comments and opinions of CDL.
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Re: International Schools - Geneva

Get your applications in now if at all possible. All the schools except perhaps CDL have waiting lists. The sooner you get your applications in, the higher up the waiting list you will start. We waited a year to get into La Chat and then for one of our children it was a last minute acceptance still!

We toured CDL, but decided it isn't right for us. My children went for a year to the Geneva English School in Genthod - it's a lovely British school. This was our second choice when we couldn't get immediately into Ecolint, and I can definitely recommend it.

La Chat is indeed opening a new primary section next year and as such will have more spaces, but that is a year from now and won't help you in January.
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Re: International Schools - Geneva

Are you able to tour the campuses? I did a 7-school tour in March and brought completed applications to each. I didn't submit a couple of them, because on the tour they didn't seem to be a great fit for our kids. That said, obviously the wider a net you cast the better chance you have. I wonder how the schools would know which others you're applying to?

I met a woman today who applied in June for two places at la Chat (primary school) and both kids got in. You just never know...and could get lucky for a January start. Certainly next Fall will be much easier with the opening of the new building.
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We are moving to the Geneva area in January and hear that the there are long waiting lists for Ecolint, CDL and the English SChool of Geneva. I'm submitting applications to all of them but have been warned that they don't like it when you try and play one off of the other.

CDL has slightly more availability. Does anyone out there have any impressions about this school that they would like to share? Especially compared to the La Chat campus of Ecolint which I've heard is more sought after. Thank you.
Hi

Haven't looked at the Forum for ages, but just seen your message about CDL. We moved to Switzerland two and bit years ago with an 11 and a 14 year old. We really wanted them to go to La Chat because, as Brits, it seemed much more like home whereas CDL felt like the set from High School Musical. However, there were no places at all and we reluctantly sent them to CDL. The Middle School follows the British curriculum and our daughter is doing very well. High School is split into International (British IGCSEs) and Regular (American curric). Our son took his IGCSEs this summer and got all A*s and As, as did many of his CDL and La Chat friends so we are very happy academically - I'm not sure I would be as comfortable with the Regular section.

Historically there has been some of snobbery amongst the British parents against CDL and lots have raised their eyebrows at me - asking how on earth could I send my children there! My advice would be to ignore them! Good Luck.
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We toured CDL, but decided it isn't right for us. My children went for a year to the Geneva English School in Genthod - it's a lovely British school. This was our second choice when we couldn't get immediately into Ecolint, and I can definitely recommend it.

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My wife and I currently have applications in at both Ecolint and the Geneva English School (we decided not to apply for a spot at CDL)--currently, we are leaning towards GES, but are still trying to get as many opinions about the schools as possible. Would you mind telling me more about why GES was your second choice, and why you chose to move your children to Ecolint after a year?

Thank you,

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We toured CDL, but decided it isn't right for us. My children went for a year to the Geneva English School in Genthod - it's a lovely British school. This was our second choice when we couldn't get immediately into Ecolint, and I can definitely recommend it.

Hello,
My wife and I currently have applications in at both Ecolint and the Geneva English School (we decided not to apply for a spot at CDL)--currently, we are leaning towards GES, but are still trying to get as many opinions about the schools as possible. Would you mind telling me more about why GES was your second choice, and why you chose to move your children to Ecolint after a year?

Thank you,

Kush
My children had only gone to IB schools prior to our moving here, so the system is familiar to both us as parents and to the children. This was our biggest reason for Ecolint being our #1 choice.

GES only goes to year 6 (grade 5 if you are coming from N. America) and then most of the students move to La Chat, so it is only a short term situation unless you have very young children and don't plan to live here for a long time.

Our eldest son did year six at GES and I must say that for his learning style it was marvelous. He likes structure and he certainly got it in the British system. If there were a year 7 at GES he'd still be there and would be loving it I'm sure. He graduated last year and is now in the secondary school at La Chat.

Our youngest child's learning style is perfectly suited for the PYP program that the IB system offers. He could have stayed 2 more years at GES, but after much thought we decided it was in his best interest on many levels to move him back into the IB system. He is having a great time in the primary school at La Chat.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.
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Re: International Schools - Geneva

Thank you!

I'm sure we'll be pelting you with a ridiculous number of questions as soon as we can formulate them all.

Honestly, we're having a bit of trouble coming to grips with the idea of schooling (our kids are both under school age), let alone all the different options before us--and, of course, the local/international school choice is making us re-evaluate our long-term career goals as well...

In any case, I was very happy to find someone who had experience with both schools--I am surrounded by parents with children in the Ecolint system (mostly the Nations campus), but have had more difficulty getting information about GES. It was a bit of a relief to hear you speak highly of both campuses.

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You can add this to the list: (this used to be GSS)

- www.britishschoolgeneva.ch

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Hi,

My wife is going to be relocating to Geneva from India by the middle of December 2011. We are Indian citizens and have two children a daughter aged 16 in India Grade 11 and a son aged 13 in India Grade 9 under the Central Board of Secondary Education.

We wanted to know

Will there be a possibility for them to join school in the middle of the session ?
What is the typical admission process tests / application forms etc and how much time does it take do we need to get the kids there for an interview etc.
Which could be some of teh good schools -- I see that the admission process in each of the international schools requires an advance payemnt also
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Re: International Schools - Geneva

Joining a school in December is very difficult if it is a popular one. The only chance you will get (usually) is if someone either drops out due to personal reasons or is expelled. However, there are likely to be other families already on the list, so they would be offered a place before you.

The better the school, the more rigorous the application procedure. Expect examinations, interviews and references requested from your children's current school(s).

As for time taken, that is different for each school. In my school parents usually apply at least a year or two in advance, and there is still no guarantee of acceptance.

In the best schools it really is that difficult to get in. Your son may find it easier to get a place due to his age. I know my school has no places for children wanting to enter at the age of 16 for the foreseeable future.

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