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Ecole International La Garenne

Address: Chemin des Chavasses 23, 1885 Chesières Villars-sur-Ollon
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Description Ecole International La Garenne

  • Total number of students: 80 people
  • Students age: 5 to 13 years.
  • Start dates: January and August.
  • Type of study: mixed
  • Location: Villars-sur-Ollo, Switzerland.

Ecole International La Garenne is located in the cozy resort of Villars-sur-Ollon on the southern slope of the Alps, at an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level. The campus is located at some distance from the central part of the city, in a picturesque park zone, but you can get to the center quite quickly. Also in winter, lifts are in walking distance from the hull, which can take children to the famous Swiss ski slopes.

Ecole International La Garenne was founded in 1947 by the Mean family and is still a family enterprise for two generations. Children from 6 to 14 years from all over the world are accepted for studying, especially the international composition of pupils is famous for summer camp (you can read more about it in the detailed description of the program). The educational institution is constantly being modernized, expanding and generally keeping pace with the times: in 2010 the campus area was significantly expanded and the construction of an additional building (9 classes, laboratories and a library, music and creative studios, a cozy spacious living room for common recreation) was started. Now about 80 children study at the school (50 of them at the boarding house), 30 qualified teachers deal with them. To date, it is considered to be one of the most prestigious boarding houses in Switzerland and offers children graduate programs of British, French and American educational models. Studying is conducted in English and French. It is an international educational institution where children from all over the world can study, even those students for whom English and French are not native languages. The purpose of the institution is to prepare absolutely all students without exception to continue their education in high school and university. Studying classes are formed in small (up to 12 people in each), which allows teachers to implement a personal, individual approach and give each student maximum attention.

Villars for a long time was a small resort in which the Swiss came for the healing, pure mountain air and plenty of sun. Now it is a major tourist and ski center (thanks to the proximity of a huge glacier you can ski all year round), as well as a significant national educational center - there are many prestigious schools and international educational centers. Geneva (airport) can be reached within an hour and a half, and to the developed lively Montreux - in just half an hour.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Ecole International La Garenne

Program name
Date
Age
Cost
27.06.2020 -07.08.2020
6-13
from 5 400 CHF / 2 weeks

Brief information: the school annually organizes summer courses for children from all over the world, from the very moment of its foundation. International children from 6 to 13 years can study and have a rest - the balanced program combines academic studies, sports and interesting leisure. The camp practices full-time tuition and full board accommodation. In total, 70 people from 15 countries come to the seasonal programs annually, many children choose this camp repeatedly.

About the educational course: 

  • English lessons are conducted from 9:15 to 12:15;
  • All children are divided into groups according to the level of basic training;
  • The rest of the day is devoted to sports, leisure and interesting excursions.

Immediately after arrival, the students are assigned to the classes collected according to the principle of basic training. Educational staff actively used modern, original techniques of education, which are adjusted to the age and level of abilities of children. Attention is paid to music and computer programs.

Lessons are held in bright and comfortable classes, in small training groups - this helps to realize an individual, personal approach, to achieve impressive results in a short time. Experienced professional teachers are able to motivate children to achieve high educational and personal goals, they share their knowledge and experience with pleasure.

Periods of the educational course: from 2 July to 7 August.

Duration of the educational program: from 2 to 5 weeks.

27.06.2020 -07.08.2020
6-13
from 5 400 CHF / 2 weeks

Quick overview: annual French summer courses for international children. Children from 6 to 13 years join the balanced program combines academic studies, sports and interesting leisure. The camp practices full-time tuition and full board accommodation. In total, 70 people from 15 countries come to the seasonal programs annually, many children choose this camp repeatedly.

About the educational course: 

  • French lessons are conducted from 9:15 to 12:15;
  • Children are divided into groups according to the level of basic training;
  • Extra curricular program:
    • different sports;
    • Leisure activities;
    • Interesting excursions.

Immediately after arrival, the students are assigned to the classes collected according to the principle of basic training. Actively used are modern, original educational techniques. Music and computer programs are also studied.

Lessons are held in bright and comfortable classes, in small training groups - this helps to realize an individual, personal approach, to achieve impressive results in a short time. Experienced professional teachers are able to motivate children to achieve high educational and personal goals, they share their knowledge and experience with pleasure.

Period of the camp is from 2 July to 7 August. Duration of the course is from 2 to 5 weeks.

Annual
7-10
from 71 000 CHF / year

Quick overview: the curriculum fully corresponds to the state standard of France (primary and secondary classes): kindergarten and 6 school levels (from CE1 to 5 grade, 6-13 years).

About the educational program: each class includes no more than 9 people. English is a must-attend subject, the lessons are taught by native speakers. Each term ends with exams: it helps to more closely monitor the level of students' progress and, if necessary, adjust the curriculum, pay closer attention to difficult topics and aspects.

After completing the course, students can enroll in schools and colleges that support the educational standards of France or Switzerland. For pupils who have chosen the American or British system (for example, the international IB program), it will be necessary to pass the English exam to a fairly high score.

List of subject to study:

  • Mathematics;
  • French;
  • Art;
  • History;
  • Physical education and sports;
  • Music art;
  • Science and technology;
  • Art theory.
     
Annual
11-14
from 77 000 CHF / year

Quick overview: an educational program of middle classes is designed for international students. The curriculum fully corresponds to the state standard of France.

About the educational program: 

  • Small educational groups - up to 9 people;
  • French is a must-attend subject, the lessons are taught by native speakers;
  • Each term ends with exams;
  • Monitoring of the level of students' progress.

After completing the course, students can enroll in schools and colleges that support the educational standards of France or Switzerland.

List of subject to study:

  • Mathematics;
  • French;
  • Chemistry;
  • Art;
  • History;
  • Physical education and sports;
  • Music art;
  • Physics;
  • Science and technology;
  • Art theory.
Annual
4-9
from 71 000 CHF / year

Quick overview: an educational program of middle school for international students is designed according to the British education system.

About the educational program:

  • Small educational groups - up to 12 students;
  • English-speaking teachers work with children; 
  • French is studied in a obligatory principles.

After the end of the course, students can enter the educational institutions that support the British or American system, select the IB (International Baccalaureate) system. If the pupil prefers the system of France or Switzerland, it will be necessary to pass an international exam in French on a fairly high score.

Details about educational course (4-7 years old): 

  • Training is conducted in the format of the game, interesting and cognitive;
  • Children become more independent, curious;
  • They are taught the skills of a healthy lifestyle.

List of subjects to study at next step (8-9 years old):

  • English and French;
  • Sports and physical culture;
  • Mathematics;
  • Music;
  • Science;
  • Art.
Annual
10-14
from 77 000 CHF / year

Quick overview: an educational program of middle school is designed according to the British education system.

Brief information about the educational program:

  • Each class includes no more than 12 people;
  • English-speaking teachers work with children; 
  • French is studied without fail every day;
  • Then students can enter the educational institutions that support the British or American system, select the IB (International Baccalaureate) system;
  • If the pupil prefers the system of France or Switzerland, it will be necessary to pass an international exam in French on a fairly high score.

List of subjects to study (10-14 years old):

  • English and French;
  • Biology;
  • Sports;
  • Mathematics;
  • Music art;
  • Chemistry;
  • Art;
  • Geography;
  • Physics;
  • Religion study;
  • History.

The curriculum also consists of:

  • Sports activities;
  • Informatics;
  • Music;
  • Foreign languages ​​(English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese).

There is also a special department for international students, for whom English does not native. International pupils can fully integrate into the cultural and linguistic environment of the British educational system.

About the language program: Lessons are conducted by experienced, qualified teachers, each of whom is a native speaker. The lessons are intense enough - it helps to achieve excellent results in the shortest possible time. Programs can adapt to the different needs and opportunities of students, adapt to their level of preparation. As soon as the level of language knowledge becomes sufficient, the child is transferred to the main English department and further deals with the other students (of course, corresponding to his age, in the proper class).

Accommodation and food

Students are united in one large family - after all the educational institution is a family enterprise and seeks to create a warm, comfortable atmosphere. At different ends of the chalet are arranged women's and men's bedrooms for 2-4 people. Special lockers for storing personal belongings, textbooks and sports uniforms are equipped, the rooms are equipped with all the necessary furniture (including a personal desk), very cozy, and the windows offer a magnificent view of the mountain alpine peaks. In each house there are educators who follow the order, discipline and cleanliness, ensure the complete safety of children. The youngest students live in the main building, for the senior students there are 2 separate chalets.

Meals are organized on the full board basis.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: art, biology, chemistry, design, economics, English, geography, history, Information Technology, maths, music, physical Culture, physics
Events list: aerobics, Athletics, badminton, basketball, Bike trips, dancing, disco, football, golf, hockey, karate, mountaineering, skiing, Sports running, Squash, volleyball,  Mountain bike

Events Ecole International La Garenne

In addition to academic studies, students are expected to have ample opportunities for active recreation, leisure and sports - this is facilitated by the well-developed infrastructure of the campus, including numerous sports facilities. Among the most popular sports are the following:

  • Climbing
  • Alpine skiing
  • Football
  • Ice Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Biking
  • Tourist hikes and walking tours
  • Badminton
  • Golf
  • Snowboard (winter)
  • Basketball
  • Squash
  • Aerobics
  • Volleyball
  • Sport orienteering
  • Table tennis (ping pong)
  • Swimming and water sports (9 years and over).

For an additional fee (490 CHF per term), there are also classes in ballet or karate, skating or choreography. The school employs professional instructors who have a minimum of three years of experience and excellent recommendations that have been carefully selected and tested.

There is a large number of groups, sections and clubs of interest, so that every student can find a job for the soul and like-minded people: drawing, playing musical instruments (piano, violin, drums, flute, guitar), computer science, theater and drama.

Regularly arranged excursions to Swiss cities, walks and tours, a survey of attractions and monuments of culture and art. Once a year, students go on an educational walk around Europe for 1 week.

Equipment Ecole International La Garenne

This is a fairly small educational institution - a typical mountain chalet, surrounded by household and some educational buildings. The campus is surrounded by a beautifully manicured garden: there are fields and playgrounds for sports, tennis courts, a trampoline and a swing, playgrounds and cabins, a modern new sports center. The main building of Ecole International La Garenne includes a modernized computer classroom, an art studio and a music school with pianoforte and other musical instruments.

Term dates and fees

The cost of studying at Ecole International La Garenne (1 academic year) is:

  • 4-7 ​​years = 66000 CHF
  • 8-14 years = 69500 ​​CHF.

Pay attention to additional costs not included in the basic cost of the program:

  • Visa fees and services
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Residence permit: for new students = 2000 CHF, for returnees = 500 CHF.
  • Registration fee = 2500 CHF (non-refundable)
  • Educational fee = 4000 CHF returns
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy)
  • Uniform school uniform = 2000 CHF (for returning students = 1000 CHF)
  • Additional computer lessons = CHF
  • Additional lessons = 500 CHF / trimester
  • Medical insurance = 2000 CHF (note that in case of necessary hospitalization of the child 10% paid by parents)
  • Pocket personal money = 10-40 CHF / week
  • Excursions, trips to ski resorts and uniform = 4000 CHF
  • Some clubs and pursuits = 490 CHF / term.

Extra fees:

  • Application fee 2000 CHF
  • Medical insurance 2200 CHF
  • Deposit for a course/programme 8000 CHF
  • Application fee 2000 CHF
  • Uniform 3000 CHF

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Applicants should demonstrate physical and psychological health, social and academic fitness. The package of documents includes:

  • Completed application form
  • Receipt for payment of the registration fee = 2500 CHF
  • Recommendations from the director and teachers of the last place of study
  • A report card with marks for the last year
  • Birth certificate
  • 10 colour passport-size photographs
  • Medical certificate translated and certified (English or French)
  • Valid return ticket (date must be the same as the end date of the course).

It is also highly recommended to have a personal interview with the school's management (both parents and child).

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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