Aiglon College

Avenue Centrale,
Chesieres-Villars, Switzerland
Tel: 41 24 496 6161
Gr: (Boarding) 4-12 | 350 students
Aiglon College is an International Boarding School with 350 students from 52 nationalities located in the Swiss Alps.
There are eight boarding houses.
Courses are taught in English and the school offers an ESL programme for all non-English speakers.
The curriculum caters for the international diversity of students but is based on the British National Curriculum in preparation for GCSE and the IB.
Sports and expeditions form an essential component of a well-rounded approach to the development of the students' personality and character.
Aiglon offers a summer school for 3 weeks in July and 2 weeks in August.
An SAT preparation course is offered in both early January and around Easter in April.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Aiglon College
School Focus College Preparatory
Grades (Boarding) Grades 4-12
School Type Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes
Religious Affiliation Anglican
Year Founded 1949
Campus Size 14 acres acres

Student Body

Enrollment 350 students
% Students of Color 30%%
% International Students 95%%
% Students Boarding 90%%

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Uniform worn through until end of 10th grade)
Average Class Size 8 students
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5
Number of IB Courses Offered 30
ESL Courses Offered Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 60%%
Summer Program Offered Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $1 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$89,750
(4/5 gr $63000 6/7 gr $69800 8-10 gr 89750 IB 97280)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$31,150
(4/5 gr $ 31150 6/7 gr $44850 8-10 gr $62950)
% Students on Financial Aid 5%%
Merit Scholarships Offered No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling
SSAT Score No
Director of Admissions Stephanie Heathfield

School Notes:

  • Why Study at Aiglon College?

    Aiglon has established a global reputation for educational excellence and it endeavours to meet the highest standards of parents from all over the world. Aiglon occupies a spectacular position on a sheltered plateau high in the Swiss Alps, in the French-speaking village of Chesieres-Villars. Aiglon’s campus combines the traditional charm of chalet-style buildings with modern classrooms, well-equipped laboratories and a campus-wide computer network.

    A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
    Aiglon brings together young people, ages 9 to 18, from all around the world. Over fifty nationalities are represented within the student body, which encompasses the world’s major religions, languages and cultures. Learning to live and work together in such a diverse community is a powerful experience for young people and one that helps to promote multi-culturalism and understanding.

    HOME ATMOSPHERE
    We work hard at Aiglon to maintain an atmosphere that encourages the practice of honesty, openness, and integrity. These qualities are central to our approach to discipline, discussion, relationships and pastoral care.

    THE WHOLE CURRICULUM & INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
    Aiglon has developed an international curriculum combining the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, thus offering a curriculum which has both breadth and rigour. Classes are taught in English. The school day begins with meditation to promote a habit of reflection. There is strong pastoral care with eight single- sex houses of approximately 45 students in each house. There is a staff:pupil ratio of 1:6 and the average of 8 students in each class permits the school to care for each student and provide learning support when necessary. Students study for IGCSEs and the IB Diploma as well as IELTS and U.S. American College Board Exams. Aiglon takes great care to support students in gaining entry to the best possible universities and colleges around the world. Aiglon alumni are currently enrolled in the best universities.

    EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
    Music, drama and art occupy a prominent place in the school’s curriculum and there are informal performances throughout the year but also during Parents’ Weekend. Sports and games are keenly supported with a new Sports Centre currently being built with a fitness room, and local access to a swimming pool, a skating rink, and extensive ski slopes.

    The school operates a unique outdoor expeditions programme featuring ski mountaineering, rock climbing, via ferrata, kayaking, and camping. Cultural excursions are arranged annually to major European cities and there is a commitment to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The whole school is committed to community service within the school, the local community and around the world.

    To know more about enrolling at Aiglon, please visit this web link:
    http://www.aiglon.ch/home/information/admissions


    JUNIOR SCHOOL

    All classes are taught in English and students learn French. This strong emphasis on a second language is especially beneficial at a time when children are most receptive and uninhibited. In the same spirit, the Junior School also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) programme for all non-English speakers aged 10-12. From age 11, the Junior School curriculum includes English, Maths, French, Science, Art, Music, Drama, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Physical Education and Computing.

    Strong pastoral care emphasises such essential skills as learning to live and grow up with one's peers; listening to and learning from each other; acquiring a thirst for discovery and independence within a supportive environment. The Junior School curriculum is specifically designed to lead seamlessly into the Senior School programme.

    The Junior School expeditions programme activities are offered to the 9 to 11 year olds five times a term. The tasks become increasingly challenging in the following two years, making sure that our students will be more than ready for the Senior School outdoor challenges.

    La Casa and La Baita, the two Junior School houses, provide a warm and friendly atmosphere. Both houseparents and their deputies ensure that everyone feels they are being supported.

    BOARDING LIFE

    Each student belongs to a house, and it is here that they live, relax, sleep, work and make friends. Houseparents are in charge of the running of each house.

    The life of the school is centred on the boarding houses which play a vital role in the pastoral care of each child. Students develop a strong identity to their house which provides a supportive atmosphere as well as a basis for positive competition.

    Houseparents are responsible for the welfare of all the students in their care and are supported by a Deputy Houseparent and a team of visiting Tutors. There are eight houses. In the Junior School, the boys are in La Baita and the girls are based in La Casa. In the Senior School, from the 3rd Form upwards, there are three girl houses, Clairmont, Exeter and le Cerf, and three boys houses, Alpina, Belvedere, and Delaware. The houses are all within a few minutes walk of each other and the classrooms.

    To learn more about enrolling at Aiglon, please visit this web link:
    http://www.aiglon.ch/home/information/admissions
      
    SUMMER SCHOOL & SAT PREP
    Aiglon offers a choice of two or three week summer schools in July and August consisting of English or French language courses, extra curricular activities including mountain expeditions, and excursions around Switzerland. Students enrol from the age of 9 through 16.

    SAT prep courses are also available in early January and early April to prepare for SATs. These are fully residential one-week long prep courses.

    To learn more about enrolling at Aiglon for Summer or SAT Courses, please visit this web link: http://www.vacationcourses.ch
  • LD types supported: Learning Support
  • School accreditations: CIS, IBO
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Roger C. Field - Inventor and Musician
    • Abishek Bachchan - Indian Actor
    • Shaygan Kheradpir - CEO, Juniper Networks
    • Laura Harring - American Actress
    • Eric Gibson - Wall Street Journal Culture & Arts Editor
    • Shashi Batra - CEO, Victoria Secret

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The nearest boarding school is Leysin American School in Switzerland (LAS) (3.6 miles away)
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