Ecole d'Humanité

Dorfstrasse
6085 Hasliberg Goldern 6085, Switzerland
Tel: 1-401-782-8682
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  • Surrounded by the awe-inspiring peaks of the Bernese Oberland, our international village for living, learning, and growing is home to students and teachers from some 25 different countries.
  • The stunning natural setting provides both a wholesome learning environment and exceptional opportunities for hiking, skiing, climbing, and other outdoor activities.

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Ecole d'Humanité
School Focus College Preparatory
Grades (Boarding) Grades 9-12, PG
School Type Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational
Year Founded 1934
Campus Size 16 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 120 students
% Students of Color
35%
% International Students
75%
% Students Boarding
95%

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes
Classroom Dress Code Casual
Average Class Size 8 students
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:4
Number of AP Courses Offered 10
ESL Courses Offered Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
40%
Summer Program Offered No

Finances

Endowment Size n/a
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$50,000
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
% Students on Financial Aid
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $10,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling
Acceptance Rate
75%
Director of Admissions June Vinhateiro

AP / Advanced Courses

Total Advanced Courses Offered 10
Courses AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP German, AP Physics and Mechanics, AP US Government and Politics, AP World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 18 Interscholastic Sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Dance, Freestyle Skiing, Indoor Soccer, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 6 Extracurriculars
Extracurriculars Dance, Hiking, Spinning, Theater, Wen-do, Yoga

School Notes

  • ACADEMICS: Ecole d'Humanit offers both Swiss and American academic programs. The American Program leads to a High School Diploma and includes preparation for the College Board SAT exams, for which the Ecole is an official testing center. Students can also prepare for exams leading to the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) and entrance to universities around the world. Colleges attended by recent Ecole graduates include: Bard, Bennington, Boston Conservatory, Brown, Colorado College, Dartmouth, New York University, Oberlin, Oxford, Reed, Sarah Lawrence, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and the universities of Southampton, RIchmond, and Bristol in England.
  • HOLISTIC APPROACH: We strive to educate the whole person, emphasizing academic excellence, practical skills and social awareness. We encourage both individual creativity and a sense of responsibility for the community, and provide a culturally diverse setting in which open minds and tolerant spirits can develop and flourish.
  • EVALUATION: Students are not "marked" with grades, but instead receive feedback from their teachers based on their papers, tests, quizzes, and oral presentations. They assess their own work in regular written reflections that help them come to see their education as primarily their own responsibility.
  • AFTERNOON PROGRAM: To balance the intensive academic program in the morning, students devote their afternoons to the arts, sports, and practical work, selecting from some eighty possible courses. Blacksmithing, skiing or snowboarding, graphic design studio courses, woodworking, painting, pottery, rock-climbing, the annual Shakespeare production, French theater, classical, jazz, folk, and pop music ensembles, instrumental and voice lessons, gardening, and animal husbandry are just a few of the fields students can choose to explore and then concentrate on in their afternoons.
  • ECOLE FAMILY SYSTEM: Our students are at home in fifteen "Ecole families" with 6-10 students. Each family is headed by two or three teachers and lives in one of the school`s houses or chalets. Families eat together in the common dining hall. One evening a week they spend time together playing games, cooking, or working on projects. Living in a mixed group including students of both sexes and various ages and cultures helps everyone to see beyond stereotypes and to appreciate individual differences. The comfortable atmosphere in the families helps new students feel at home within a short period of time. Teachers take particular interest in the students in their family, and are concerned with their total development on a day-to-day basis.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT: Ecole d'Humanit is committed to realizing a simple, environmentally responsible lifestyle. By strictly limiting both material and electronic consumerism we attempt to create a space where students can engage directly and honestly with other people, with our common cultural heritage, and with the natural world, and where they are free to discover and explore their own unique strengths and passions. The Ecoliteracy program allows students to explore and demonstrate ways to live and learn sustainably in the Ecole d`Humanit. Our goal is to become a model sustainable school. Our three-pronged approach includes both theory and practice: hands-on projects, environmental education, and connecting with the local community.  
  • ADMISSIONS: Inquiries for the American program should be directed to the North American Admissions Office which is located in Kingston, RI. The phone number is 401.782.8682 and the email address is admissions@ecole.ch. The school's phone number in Switzerland is 41.33.972.9292.
  • LD types supported: Students with a range of learning differences often do well with our small classes and focus on individual learning style.
  • School accreditations: Our school program is accredited by AdvancED and our our outdoor program is certified by Safety in Adventures.
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