Ecole d'Humanité

Dorfstrasse
6085 Hasliberg Goldern, 6085, Switzerland
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
 | 2021 School Data
Ecole d'Humanité
School FocusCollege Preparatory
Grades (Boarding)Grades 8-12, PG
School TypeCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)Yes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominational
Year Founded1934
Campus Size16 acres

Student Body

Enrollment120 students
% Students of Color
25%
% International Students
75%
% Students Boarding
95%

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYes
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
Average Class Size6 students
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
Number of AP Courses Offered10
ESL Courses OfferedYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
50%
Summer Program OfferedNo

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$56,000
(90% of students are boarding)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
% Students on Financial Aid
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$10,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / Rolling
Acceptance Rate
75%
Director of AdmissionsJune Vinhateiro

AP / Advanced Courses

Total Advanced Courses Offered10
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Geography, AP German, AP Physics and Mechanics, AP US Government and Politics, AP World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered19 Interscholastic Sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Dance, Freestyle Skiing, Indoor Soccer, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations7 Extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsArts and Music Programs:
Dance, Instrumental Music, Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Hiking, Spinning, Wen-do, Yoga

School Notes

  • ACADEMICS: Ecole d'Humanit offers both the Swiss Matura and an American curriculum university-prep academic program. The American Program leads to a High School Diploma and includes a range of AP courses and the option for the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) and entrance to universities around the world. The school is an official testing site for the SAT and AP exams.
  • UNIVERSITY PREPARATION: Recent university acceptances include: Berklee College of Music, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia, Bryn Mawr, Bard, Sarah Lawrence, Mount Holyoke, University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, Royal Holloway University, Exeter University
  • 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, providing a culturally diverse setting in which open minds and tolerant spirits can develop and flourish.
  • AFTERNOON ENRICHMENT 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.
  • ACCREDITED OUTDOOR PROGRAM: We are the only school in Switzerland with an accredited outdoor program. The outdoor program includes the ski and snowboard program, moutaineering, climbing, multi-day hikes in the Swiss and Italian Alps, kayaking, and mountain biking - all led by qualified outdoor educators.
  • "ECOLE FAMILY SYSTEM: Our students live in "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.
  • SUSTAINABILITY: The Ecole d'Humanit is commited to maintaining an evnrionmentally resposible lifestyle. In addition to participating in our farm and gardening program, students can choose to work with our flock of goats and learn cheese-making.
  • ADMISSIONS: Inquiries for the American curriculum program should be directed to June Vinhateiro, our Director of Admissions. The U.S. phone number is +1.401.996.8682 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.
  • Ecole d'Humanité accreditations: Our school program is accredited by AdvancED and our our outdoor program is certified by Safety in Adventures.

Profile last updated: 06/28/2021

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