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Global Citizenship
Global Citizenship & Service

Global citizenship is further encouraged by school trips led by our experienced staff from around the world. These trips are planned to complement and reinforce the academic programme. They typically involve outstanding learning opportunities to take part in service projects.

Global citizenship is further encouraged by school trips led by our experienced staff from around the world. These trips are planned to complement and reinforce the academic programme. They typically involve outstanding learning opportunities to take part in service projects.

All Senior School students are required to take part in expeditions and overseas trips to broaden their outlook on life and contribute to their own personal growth as young adults. These trips complement and reinforce the academic programme and typically involve taking part in voluntary service projects.

Exporing Glaciers
Exporing Glaciers
Sailing in the Greek Islands
Sailing in the Greek Islands

Our School


75th Anniversary of La Garenne

In 2017, our school celebrated its 70th anniversary.
Now, we are celebrating our 75th anniversary. We are looking forward to welcoming alumni, friends and partners for a grand festival in June 2023.





Council of International Schools (CIS)

Council of International Schools (CIS)

The award of CIS accreditation shows that the school has achieved high standards of professional performance in international education and has a commitment to continuous improvement. CIS Schools must focus on the quality of teaching, student learning, as well as student safeguarding and well-being.



New England Association of Schools and Colleges


New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Our newest accreditation is a testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone at La Garenne. NEASC partners with over 1500 public, independent and international schools worldwide to assess, support, and promote high quality education for all students through professional assistance and pursuit of best practice.



International Baccalaureate Organisation


International Baccalaureate World School

Accreditation is true evidence of quality for an academic institution and highly valued recognition of the overall standards of teaching and learning within that organisation. The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) is one of the world’s most prominent international accreditation organisations.



Swiss Learning


Swiss Learning

Swiss Learning represents the most prestigious boarding schools in Switzerland. Students are immersed in a multi-cultural and diverse environment. A key requirement is the ability to demonstrate a tradition of educational excellence with years of experience in providing education and boarding facilities.



Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS)


Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS)

The Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) is a non-profit, membership-based organisation which aims actively to encourage and support collaboration between schools through the exchange of information and good practice. SGIS schools work together to connect young people particularly through an extensive sports programme. The programme includes snow sports, tennis, football and even ultimate frisbee.



Boarding Schools Association (BSA)


Boarding Schools Association (BSA)

The Boarding Schools’ Association represents member boarding schools, provides training for boarding staff and promotes boarding education in 37 countries. BSA schools commit to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the children in their care.



Swiss Private Schools Federation (FSEP)


Swiss Private Schools Federation (FSEP)

Being a member of the Swiss Boarding Schools Federation is a guarantee of quality. Member schools commit to providing an all-round education, to give students optimal opportunities for learning and personal development. Members of the FSEP provide a stable, happy atmosphere where all students are supported by skilled and committed staff.



La Garenne welcomes young people aged 4 to 18 from more than 30 nations to our exceptional school in the Swiss Alps. 
We pride ourselves on our bilingual approach, giving students mastery of French and English. Our students follow globally accredited programmes of study, creating informed, globally competent, and future-ready learners. La Garenne’s core values are academic excellence, a close-knit family atmosphere, security and cultural diversity. 


Welcome to La Garenne

The Méan family is delighted to welcome you to the International Boarding School La Garenne. Our outstanding alpine location in Villars Switzerland has been welcoming boarding students, day students and their parents for over 76 years.


The school’s priority is that each student from 4 to 18 years old should be happy, safe, healthy, valued and cherished.
Our motto ‘Be happy, Never, never, never Give up’ reflects our approach, along with Swiss values of open mindedness, responsibility, innovation, empathy and respect.



By offering different academic programmes like the IB Programme and High School Programme, together with life experiences to build resilience, we prepare our students for successful and balanced lives. Our global school trips and sports programmes provide each child with challenges to develop personal confidence. With over 40 countries represented at school, our students are immersed in the richness of cultural diversity and internationalism. 


Academic excellence is highly valued and our internationally experienced and passionate teachers focus on inquiry-based learning, using state-of-the-art technology. English and French are learned side by side. Our small class sizes allow students to blossom in an optimal, flexible, creative and stimulating environment.


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