Aiglon College is a renowned, non-profit independent boarding school located high in the Swiss Alps, in the village of Chesières-Villars.
Welcome to Aiglon
Everything we do has been thought out with reference to our basic aim and developed from our guiding purpose.
Our founder, John Corlette, had a unique vision of what education should be when he enrolled the first six students in 1949. Aiglon continues to be a visionary place today, one where we are proud to nurture the next generation of global citizens and leaders.At Aiglon, you will join a diverse community of enlightened, engaged young people who are ambitious to make a positive difference.
Our students enjoy outstanding educational opportunities in a beautiful, safe and secure location. And, by the time you leave us, you will be fully prepared for the next stage of your life.
Our school community includes students from all over the world – we are in fact a global hub in our own right! Currently approximately 60 nationalities are represented within the Aiglon student body, from diverse religions, languages and cultures.
Many of our students are seasoned international travellers with links to more than one country.Students follow the challenging International GCSE (IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) programmes. We also offer optional courses for the American SAT exams.
We provide expert support for students who speak English as an additional language, who go on to take Cambridge and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.All students take part in our programme of outdoor expeditions and adventures, which is a unique and distinctive feature of life at the school.
You will also enjoy many opportunities in sport, drama, art, music, and community service.The Aiglon student body includes close to 70 juniors (age 9-13), nearly 300 Senior School students (age 13-18), including just under 140 in the IB Diploma years (age 16-18). While new students most commonly join us at 9, 11, 13 or 16, we offer rolling admission and welcome applications at any age from 9 to 16.
9 – 18
- Avenue Centrale 61
- 1885 Chesières-Villars
Our entrance tests are designed to be suitable for a wide range of nationalities, skills and backgrounds. We ask all prospective students to take tests in English and Mathematics, along with an IQ test, so we can be sure that each applicant meets Aiglon’s standards, and determine where they might best fit into our academic programme. These tests are always conducted in English and can be taken throughout the school year.
For prospective students whose first language is not English, we will also ask you to take an EAL (English as an Additional Language entrance test. Where needed we can provide an EAL programme for students in the Junior School and the first year of Middle School, up to the end of Third Form – Grade 8 in the US and Year 9 in the UK. There is an extra charge for this provision.
All entrance exams and interviews must be conducted at Aiglon, so we will arrange for your child to complete the tests and have an interview when you come to look around the school. It is not usually possible to sit the entrance exams or have an interview at any other location. We will let you know when you can expect an admissions decision, and keep you informed throughout the process.
The Aiglon Day
There are six periods in a typical day, which normally consists of two periods, morning break, two periods, lunch, and two further periods. On Wednesdays, we only hold classes in the morning. Some classes also take place on Saturday mornings. The timetable changes during the Winter Term (January to March) to accommodate the skiing programme.
Each day begins with the morning meditation, a concept introduced by our founder, John Corlette. This short, whole-school gathering is an important feature of our school life. Each meditation is a short talk with complete silence before and afterwards, with the aim of encouraging personal reflection and discussion.
Expeditions are a really important aspect of life at Aiglon. There will be days when our adventure programme takes you into the mountains on skis, on foot, by bike, or by boat. Every student is required to take part – it is a fundamental part of being an Aiglonian.
Finally, learning to lead and serve is an integral aspect of the Aiglon experience, so your day will probably include activities that contribute to the life of the school, the local community, or the wider world in some way.