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International School of Lausanne

International School of Lausanne

Chemin de la Grangette 2, 1052 Le Mont-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland

+41 21 560 02 02



International School of Lausanne
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1962
Status Private
Director Dr Frazer Cairns
Date Appointed August 2007
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 3-18
Number of pupils 880
Day fees per annum CHF25,900 - CHF35,800
Average Class Size 16-24
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Oliver Alexander
MYP Coordinator Darryl Anderson
PYP Coordinator Erin Threlfall
Associations ECIS, CIS, NEASC, IB, PTC

The International School of Lausanne (ISL) is a not-for-profit, English-language day school that emphasizes academic excellence and rigour in a supportive school and family environment. It prepares students for a global education and entrance to the best universities in the world. At present, there are approximately 900 students enrolled and many parents are employed to work in international companies in Lausanne or along the Swiss Riviera. The School is a leader in European international education with highly professional, dedicated teachers.

Our mission and aims put the learner firmly at the centre of everything that we do. ISL is committed to excellence in education; it strives to fulfil the unique potential of each student in a supportive and challenging holistic learning environment that prepares him or her for continuing education and an active and responsible role in a multicultural world.

Students and faculty

The student body at the International School of Lausanne consists of students from the ages of 3 to 18. It is comprised of a Primary School, a Middle School and a High School with approximately 75 students in each year group. There are over 72 nationalities represented within the student body, the largest groups being the USA, the UK, Switzerland and France.

ISL's high school faculty consists of approximately 72 teachers who originate from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Lebanon, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. The student/ teacher ratio in the High School is 7:1, and the average class size is approximately 16.

Curriculum: Focus on Academic Excellence

ISL is highly regarded for its academic excellence and has been for over 50 years. With teachers who are passionate about their subject areas and dedicated to the students they teach, we prepare students for entry to the very best universities in the world.

We are an International Baccalaureate World School, offering three IB programmes, the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and the Diploma Programme. Excellence is the norm throughout the school. From when a child first enters ISL at the age of three in Early Childhood, where the focus is on learning through play, until they leave at the end of Year 13, students experience a rigorous and coherent education which prepares them for the demands of an ever-changing future. Approximately 98 percent of ISL students will follow the full Diploma Programme.

Holistic Approach

We care for our students as individuals, providing a strong intellectual, physical, social and emotional foundation. With a focus on active learning, open inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and independence of thought, our small class sizes allow the personal interaction necessary for effective learning. We aim to provide opportunities for every student to be successful, while encouraging personal and collective responsibility.

Relationships come first, and through our homeroom and well-being programme, we work hard to ensure that each student feels valued as an individual and connected to the diverse and exciting social and cultural environment of our international student body.