St-Legier-la Chiesaz Switzerland
Haut-Lac International Bilingual School - Roches Grises

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At Haut-Lac, children from 18 months to 18 years are “living, learning and achieving” in a multicultural environment with a family atmosphere. Bilingualism, new technologies, sport and art, are indeed at the heart of Haut-Lac’s personalised education system, which encourages students to speak both French and English on a daily basis.

Haut-Lac constantly encourages its IB students to think critically, challenge themselves, do extensive research and develop internationally-minded perspectives on a broad range of issues to become confident and driven global citizens ready to join the most reputed universities and colleges of their choice.

Haut–Lac creates inspiring learning environments in and outside the classroom, as it strives to redefine the ideal every day.

Infant and Primary students may follow a truly bilingual French-English pathway taught by native French and English speakers on a one day-one day schedule, or a predominantly English pathway. In both cases, the programme is the same as teachers plan together by year group.

Subjects are also taught in both English and French in the Secondary section, but according to different academic programmes. Lower Secondary students may choose to follow the IB Middle Years Programme with or without specific Swiss Bilingual Cycle subjects depending on whether they wish to obtain an IB Diploma or a Swiss Cantonal Maturité. Upper Secondary students follow the IB Diploma programme, and may obtain not only the IB Diploma but also the US High School Diploma if thinking of studying in the US or Canada.

Furthermore, as the first Athlete-Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) accredited by the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) in Switzerland, Haut-Lac is able to offer student-athletes aged 11-18 a more flexible schedule to help them pursue both their academic studies and intense training programmes.

  • Day school tuition $26670 - $34635 USD
  • Grades for day school Pre-K/Reception -
    Post Graduate
  • Scholarships Available No
  • Year founded 1993
  • Boarding school tuition No Information
  • Grades for boarding school Pre-K/Reception -
    Post Graduate
  • Curricula IB Diploma, IB Middle Years, IB Career-related, International Early Years, International Pre-School, International Primary, Bilingual Program
  • Type Co-ed


Council of International Schools (CIS)
World Academy of Sport (WAoS) to run the extended IBDP programme for elite athletes
AVDEP, SGIS, FSEP and EcoSeek memberships



  • 3 campuses Breakfast Club from 07h15
  • Teddy Club – After-hours supervision until 18h00
  • Triple multi-sport hall
  • Fully-equipped science labs
  • Libraries Technology labs
  • Dedicated art rooms
  • Music rooms IT rooms
  • Robotic rooms
  • Teaching kitchen
  • Vegetable garden
  • Three-course lunch menu
  • 8 different bus routes


Infant and primary: theme-based, immersive Learning Means the World programme
Lower Secondary: IB MYP and Swiss Bilingual Cycle for entry into Swiss Cantonal Maturité exam (aged 11-14)
Upper Secondary: IBDP, IB Sport and Study, IBCP (career-related), US High School Diploma

Admissions Information


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English, French
  • ELL support Yes
  • Teacher/Student ratio 1:6
  • Learning support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught English, French
  • Examinations available


Learning Means the World Primary and Infant programme
Lower Secondary: IBMYP (International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme), Swiss Bilingual Cycle, for entry to Swiss Cantonal Maturité Exam (aged 11-14)
Upper Secondary:  IBDP (International Baccalaureate DIploma Programme), IB Sport and Study extended DP for elite athletes, IBCP (International Baccalaureate career-related programme), IBDP (International Baccalaureate DIploma Programme), US High School Diploma

Use of technology in the classroom

Computer Science, New Technologies for Learning and Teaching, and Digital Citizenship are the three pillars on which we base our IT programme to ensure our students develop a complete understanding of this rapidly-evolving domain.

Infant, Primary and Secondary students all have one period of computer science a week with a specialised teacher during which they learn about:
  • Algorithms and programming
  • Data
  • Networks & communication
Since the launch of our pilot project “1 iPad-1 student”with the help of the Haute Ecole Pédagogique in Lausanne in September 2014, our teachers and students have discovered many new and interesting ways to learn.

From using educational apps on the iPad, the interactive whiteboard for group activities, or the eLearning platform to compiling each child’s work into an ePortfolio to send home or sitting eAssessment examinations, IT is now an integral part of most lessons at Haut-Lac.

Over the last few years, we have found that these tools not only help teachers differentiate the learning experience based on individual students’ needs, but also provide ways to teach students the communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills needed to succeed later in life.

  • Equipment
Students who want to develop their knowledge of IT further may do so by joining our programming or robotics clubs, or taking Computer Science as an IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) option.

Learning Support

Our teachers have been trained and given the resources to help all pupils settle into their classroom environment, whatever their background or mother-tongue. They do everything to ensure that your child feels welcome, learns effectively and gets to contribute.

In addition, we have a specialist team of English as an Additional Language (EAL) and French as an Additional Language (FLA) teachers, classroom assistants and volunteers who work together to ensure that the experience of learning an additional language is a relaxed and welcome one.

In the event out-of-class support is required, our Language support team works with the classroom teacher to develop Individual Language Support Plans that ensure the child has access to his or her year group’s curriculum. The responsibility for assisting with a child’s language development is then shared by the classroom teacher, the child’s designated support teacher and the child’s family.

Examinations Available

IBDP examinations
US High School diploma examinations
IBMYP examinations
Primary Learning Means the World examinations at the end of the year

School Life

  • Bus service Yes
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Pastoral Care Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school No
  • School start time From 8:15
  • School end time Until 15:30 ( or 16:20 some days in secondary)
  • Max class size 18
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Supervised care before or after school Yes
  • Uniform required Yes
  • Access to an educational psychologist Yes
  • Average class size 15

Living Accommodations

Boarding option

Schools Facilities

  • 3 campuses Breakfast Club from 07h15
  • Teddy Club – After-hours supervision until 18h00
  • Triple multi-sport hall
  • Fully-equipped science labs
  • Libraries Technology labs
  • Dedicated art rooms
  • Music rooms IT rooms
  • Robotic rooms
  • Teaching kitchen
  • Vegetable garden
  • Three-course lunch menu
  • 7 different bus routes

Bus Service

7 different bus routes going up to 30 km away from the school campus

School Lunch

Hot, healthy lunches avilable daily

Supervised Care

From 7:15 - 6:30, with breakfast and snacks provided

Sports Teams

Skiing, football, basketball, hore riding, golf, sailing, badminton, athletics, swiming, gymnastics and uni-hockey teams

Pastoral Care

Pastoral leader, form tutors and tutor groups meeting every morning from 8:20-8:30

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes
  • Percent that pursue university 95% +

University Destinations

The 380+ students who have completed their schooling with us have achieved commendable results with regard to university acceptance and entry, and have been equally successful in pursuing a wide range of professions and postgraduate degrees.

As a non-selective IB World School, all our students are given the opportunity to complete the IB Diploma Programme if they wish to do so and most take it on. Over the last four years, our graduates have obtained an average of 33.26 points (versus a world average of 29.6 points) out of a total 45 points in the IB DP, and have gone on to study at the universities of their choice.

With our students attending over 100 universities, the list is long but it includes such prestigious institutions as: Yale, MIT, UPen, Harvard, Cambridge, the University of Warwick, the University of Durham, EPFL, ETHZ, UNIL, ESJ Paris, Maastricht University, Academia Europia di Firenze and many, many more. Visit our website to see the full list.

University Counseling

We have a dedicated higher guidance counsellor for our older students who will help guide them towards making the best university applications and decisions for them.