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Philosophy and History



La Garenne International School educates children from around the world, in a warm, family atmosphere. We promote the traditional Swiss values of openness, responsibility, precision, honesty, politeness and the benefits of being well organised. The ambience of our bilingual community emphasises the importance of human contact. Our ambitious extra-curricular programme, exciting school trips and challenging expeditions, combine with the taught curriculum to offer the children a truly holistic learning experience. We strive to provide our students with a solid foundation to face the ever-changing world, enabling them to move along the path towards true global citizenship.


Our core aim is to assure the personal development of each child. Our objectives are to:


  • give each child individual attention: striving to keep them happy, motivated, healthy, cherished and resilient.
  • provide a warm family atmosphere in a bilingual international community: teaching children how to live in an international community, showing tolerance and respect for others and thereby developing as internationally-aware global citizens,
  • guarantee a high-quality, holistic learning environment: combining inspirational, inquiry-based teaching and a broad extra-curricular programme to promote the development of the whole child. Small class sizes ensure that our passionate, qualified teachers are able to provide each individual student with the opportunity to flourish.
  • instill a life-long passion for learning: stimulating the children to be curious, creative, independent, critical and prepared for personal effort.


We offer a safe, healthy environment conducive to each child’s emotional and physical development. The attractive campus and its alpine setting provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor learning. Students are able to choose from a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Exposure to music, theatre and the arts allows the children to develop and showcase their talents to family and the school community.


In line with our international outlook, La Garenne also offers language courses that enable students to progress rapidly in a wide variety of languages during their time here.


As one would expect in a close-knit family school, the relationship between the school and parents is recognised as a valuable partnership benefitting the child.


The School has adopted the phrase “Never, never, never give up” as a school motto to encourage effort in all aspects of life. (Attributed to Winston Churchill in a speech to school children in 1941).




Founded in 1947, La Garenne International School is owned and managed by the Méan family. Since 1980 two generations have ensured that year after year educational expertise alongside traditional and cultural values is upheld and passed on.

Here is a short history of La Garenne School, giving an insight to school life including expeditions, winter sports and Villars in the 70’s.


Construction of a new school building ‘Beau Site’ begins, providing bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms for our junior students, common and relaxation areas as well as a multi-function room for theatre, exams, celebrations and so on. 

The school campus and buildings are continuously improved and meticulously maintained to ensure the children live in comfort and security.

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The bedrooms, dining room and administrative offices within La Garenne main building are sensitively modernised, retaining the charming chalet style and upgrading functionality. The cosy bedrooms, modern bathrooms, attractive dining room with mountain views, and offices, serve the school community well whilst retaining a ‘home from home’ feel. 

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Académia opens, with its charming chalet-style facade and modern comforts combined with the latest technology within.



Two plots of land are purchased and work on the new academic building ‘Académia’ begins. With nine state-of-the-art fully equipped classrooms, a laboratory, a student lounge and library, separate locker rooms, offices and facilities for the disabled, ‘Academia’ was designed to exceed today’s high academic standards.

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Grégory Méan with his wife and former student Céline, succeed his brother and his wife. Their main goal is to perpetuate the traditional values and educational philosophy of the family.





Monsieur & Madame de Lattre take over the direction of the school.  The very dynamic couple decides therefore to enlarge the existing building and to create an English section, which will lead to a great success.  The naps (siestas) are no longer part of the daily programme enabling the children to enjoy and benefit from various sports’ activities.


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