School

WHAT DO WE DO ?

At Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, we believe that a holistic approach to education is the only way forward. Whilst we understand and appreciate the importance of achieving academically, and are proud of our unique Primary curriculum and four Secondary curricula, we also know that a well-rounded education requires teaching sport, art, transferable skills and cultural awareness.

Our approach encourages your child to be creative, to develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, to become a leader and team player, and to communicate ideas in more than one language.

As a bilingual school, we believe that true bilingual education is not limited to offering academic instruction in two languages. We offer true bilingual immersion in study, play and daily activities so that, no matter what your child’s language level is today, they will leave our school equipped to live in English and French.

We also run a predominantly English programme for students who come to us with neither English nor French, or whose families are on short-term contracts to Switzerland and plan on returning to study in their respective countries. These students will study all their subjects in English and have one French lesson a day to help them make the most of learning in a bilingual school.

We adapt our teaching approach to the developmental stages of the children and adolescents in our care. Not every method is appropriate for every child, so our teachers focus on identifying and using approaches that will work for each student.

FactsAbout Our School

A WORDFROM THE DIRECTORS

Over 20 years ago, we were just two families with a dream. We wanted to create a learning space where children from Switzerland and all over the world could live and thrive together in two languages. Today, our dream is a reality. Approximately 600 students from over 47 countries play, learn, and grow together at Haut-Lac, an international Swiss bilingual school. We are humbled by the trust put in us by their parents and honoured to be a part of their journey. We hope that you will enjoy discovering for yourself what makes our school so special.
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ABOUTBILINGUALISM

We believe that true bilingual education is not limited to offering academic instruction in two languages. Unlike other schools, we offer true bilingual immersion in study, play and daily activities. No matter what your child’s language level is today, they will leave our school equipped to live in English and French.

A predominantly English programme is also available for students who come to us with neither English nor French, or whose families are on short-term contracts to Switzerland and plan on returning to study in their respective countries. These students will study French as a foreign language in an environment that exposes them to the language on a daily basis.

APPROACH TO TEACHINGMODERN & PROGRESSIVE

At Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, we enable students to master skills and content in a happy and nurturing environment, both in and out of the classroom. Risk-taking, reflection, enthusiasm, motivation and self-led learning, where each student is recognised and accepted as an individual, remain at the heart of the learning process. Students produce, synthesize, and evaluate information, exercising choice, developing goals, planning their approach and working independently in two or more languages. They are encouraged to grow as global citizens and digital leaders, open to change in order to develop the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable intercultural understanding and respect.
APPROACH TO TEACHING