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About us

Welcome to La Garenne International School, situated in the French speaking part of
Switzerland and created as a prestigious boarding school in 1947.


5 – 18
Years old

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170 students

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IPC, MYP, IB and High School Diplomas

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La Garenne International School welcomes boarding and day students, aged from 5 – 18 from all over the world. French and English are the two languages taught in the official curriculum and spoken within the school. However, after school clubs offer Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, Italian, English, French and Russian.

The aim of the school is to enhance a student’s academic strengths, sports talent and artistic abilities within a warm family setting.

We are proud to offer a large variety of extracurricular activities to develop independence, endurance and team spirit. These activities challenge and stimulate each and every student. We hope that the following pages will give you an insight into life at La Garenne. It would be a pleasure to accompany you, whilst visiting our modern facilities and meeting our international family.

La Garenne School is a member of the following associations :

  • AVDEP (Vaud Association of Private Schools)
  • FSEP (Swiss Federation of Private Schools)
  • Swiss Private School Association
  • International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
  • Cambridge English Language
  • SGIS (Swiss Group of International Schools)
  • La Garenne has been certified by QSC (Qualify School Certification). Also, we are certified for the Cambridge Examination.


Learning at La Garenne is about developing the skills, knowledge and understanding of each individual student to be a lifelong learner through the process of enquiry, enjoyable experiences and continuous thinking.


You will find the La Garenne Academic Information 2015 – 2016 here.

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Our Fees

Please view the La Garenne Fees and Financial Conditions 2016 – 2017 here.

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You can view the term dates 2016 – 2017 in La Garenne’s Calendar here.

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Set in splendid alpine surroundings, La Garenne boasts an excellent location. Our campus is built on an old mountain pasture and designed to satisfy perfectly the needs of the children. The school is well-equipped allowing a variety of activities and a high level of performance.

Perched at an altitude of 1300m, Villars-sur-Ollons faces the sun whilst being refreshed by alpine air. In this healthy and invigorating atmosphere with virtues that have been recognised for hundreds of years, this old mountain pasture offers an extraordinary panorama. Surrounded by majestic mountain tops which include Mont Blanc, Villars-sur-Ollon overlooks the Rhone Valley and the Swiss Riviera. Therefore, the children can enjoy the pleasures of both the mountain and the lake whilst benefitting from the cultural and educational activities offered by the cities which populate the banks of the lake (Montreux, Lausanne and Geneva).

Situated at the edge of the village, the school is away from traffic and main roads. The village centre and its facilities (train and bus station, shops, playgrounds, sports grounds, swimming pool, bowling alley, cinema, ice-skating rink etc.) are accessible by foot in just a few minutes. In winter, the ski lift is two minutes from the school and the children ski straight back to the school.

Chemin des Chavasses 23
1885 Chesières / Villars-sur-Ollon

G.Patrick Gruhn

Tim Daum