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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 Threlefall
Associations ECIS, CIS, NEASC, IB, PTC

The International School of Lausanne (ISL) was founded in 1962 as a not-for-profit, co-educational day school to serve the expatriate and local communities of Lausanne. Facing the French-speaking Alps, the school is highly regarded as a leading school in Switzerland.

Mission and Aims

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.

Student Body

Every year, our community warmly welcomes families of all nationalities and from all backgrounds. The student body at the International School of Lausanne consists of over 880 students from the ages of 3 to 18. It is comprised of a Primary School (including an Early Childhood Centre), a Middle School and a High School. There are over 72 nationalities represented within the student body, the largest groups being the USA, the UK, Switzerland and France.

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 our Early Childhood Centre, 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 pastoral care 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.


Extra-curricular and Co-curricular

ISL places great emphasis on activities beyond the classroom. We encourage students to engage in a diverse range of activities to enhance their academic curriculum, equipping them with the skills that will prepare them for the future. Students throughout the school willingly participate in a wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular projects, with approximately 95% of our students in Years one through 13 participating in one or more of the 100 after-school activities on offer.

Creative Activities

We offer a range of creative activities which include:Art, Film Club, Ceramic Painting, Chess Club, Model United Nations, French and English theatre productions, Student Council, Forensics and Debate, School Newspaper, Yearbook, Literary Magazine, Mathematics Teams, Visual Arts, Concert Band, Stage Band and Choir.

Physical Activities

ISL clubs and teams include: basketball, football, unihockey, volleyball, tennis, athletics, dance, gymnastics, swimming, skiing, netball and badminton. Our competitive sports teams compete in five leagues, including: the Mountain League, Lac Leman League, Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) circuit, ADSIR, and the European Sports Conference.

Students also participate in a number of activities with clubs in the local community.

Service Programme

Students in all years are required to participate in service learning. This requirement is strengthened in the final two years of the school with all students undertaking at least two separate projects, which must be based outside the school community.


Our outstanding campus has custom-designed facilities for Science, Technology, the creative arts and sport.

The school comprises a north and a south campus, where students enjoy a stimulating environment in carefully designed indoor and outdoor learning areas.

The extended north campus houses the Early Childhood Centre with its bright and airy classrooms, and safe and secure outdoor play spaces; the recently extended Primary School with its classrooms, music rooms, and collaborative spaces; new libraries for both primary and secondary students; a modern cafeteria which offers a choice of healthy ‘Fourchette Verte’ meals prepared and cooked on site; Secondary School classrooms and study areas; and impressive indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

The south campus features a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose auditorium seating 350 people; Art, Music and Drama teaching rooms; a high-tech recording studio; Science laboratories and classrooms; well-equipped design technology workshops; and a community snack bar.