Accreditations & Memberships

In addition to being fully authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation ( to deliver its programmes at Middle Years and Diploma levels, Haut-Lac International Bilingual School is also a member of the following organisations.

AVDEP – Association Vaudoise des Ecoles Privées

AVDEP was founded in 1940 and is network of private schools of proven academic standing. It was established to offer member schools advice and resources to help with educational curriculum development, legal questions, business issues and communication. AVDEP also offers professional training opportunities for management and teaching staff, and a representative voice vis-à-vis official authorities and public interest organisations. Today, ADVEP has 52 member schools, and offers its resources to 14,000 students.

Through the dedication of the Directors of member schools, the network seeks to elevate the quality and innovation in the field of private and international education. Members share best practices, learn from each other, and join forces for the common purpose. AVDEP defends the interests of private schools (and through them the interests of our student families) in the Canton of Vaud.

The Haut-Lac Managing Director Jean-Louis Dubler is currently President of AVDEP.

SGIS – Swiss Group of International Schools

SGIS has a membership of 40 international schools from around Switzerland and its neighbouring countries.

It promotes closer links amongst teachers, administrators and students through professional development by sponsoring and organising annual conferences, interest groups, and educational updates. Another key function of the SGIS is to represent the concerns of Swiss international schools to local and federal authorities. Member schools also benefit from shared cultural and sporting activities, such as various SGIS tournaments and competitions. SGIS maintains contacts with other regional and international educational bodies and associations.


The Swiss Federation of Private Schools comprises 260 private day and boarding schools which provide an education for around 100,000 students of all nationalities and ages. Member schools follow national and/or international programmes. The main aim of the SFPS is to ensure that all its member schools provide quality education as evidenced by their commitment to accreditation, and thus merit the confidence of parents, students and the state authorities. In addition, FSEP represents the interests of international schools to federal authorities.

CIS – Council of International Schools

350 international schools (as well as 470 higher education establishments) worldwide belong to this organisation, which expects its members to continually strive to enhance student learning and well-being, and actively promote intercultural and global awareness. The lengthy accreditation process (18 months to 2 years) ensures that schools not only respond and adhere to the CIS standards, but remain true to their own mission and guidelines. Haut-Lac has been fully accredited by CIS since 2012….

ADISR – Association des Directeurs d’Instituts de la Suisse Romande –

SEBIQ – Société des écoles du monde du BI du Quebec et la francophonie –

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award –