Gstaad International School
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|Gstaad International School|
|Gstaad, Canton of Berne, Switzerland|
|Type||Private, International Boarding School|
|Motto||"For Life. For Excellence"|
Situated in the stunning village of Gstaad overlooking the Swiss Alps, Gstaad International School specialises in the provision of an exclusive high quality boarding school education set within a unique, intimate and nurturing environment.
The school educates students for life through combining academic excellence with an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom. A rigorous academic programme based on a broad curriculum challenges the mind, and the world-class local sporting facilities, ranging from ski slopes to cross country tracks, stretch the body. The combination of focused academic work with fresh Alpine air and exercise achieves a sense of balance and well-being which invigorates and inspires our students to achieve their full potential.
High emphasis is placed on the holistic personal development of its students, with the stated mission of producing "young men and women who will go on to be leaders in their chosen professions and be of good influence in the world".
Gstaad International School was founded in 1962 and was acquired by British education group, Bellevue Education, in 2012. The school has since then initiated a number of developments aimed at enhancing the overall learning experience, pastoral care and personal development of its students, and has also become accredited as an official Cambridge school as well as a member of the Boarding School Association. Greater subject diversity and integration, in addition to a greater range of extra-curricular activities and cultural excursions are just some of the initiatives the new management team have introduced. The school has historically maintained low student numbers and small class sizes for a personalised learning environment for its students, a philosophy which Bellevue Education and Executive Headmaster Christopher Sanderson continues to believe firmly in. In March 2013 the school acquired the luxury hotel Alpine Lodge located between the villages of Gstaad and Saanen and as such continues its commitment to providing a first class education and experience to its students. Through the acquisition, the students of Gstaad International School will be able to benefit from the exclusive facilities the hotel has to offer, such as conference rooms, outdoor and indoor pools as well as the spa and fitness centre.
Gstaad International School offers an international curriculum consisting of the official Cambridge programmes IGCSE and A Levels'], in addition to the American High School Diploma, Foundation Year and a Alpine Study Programme. While English is the primary language of instruction, there is also a comprehensive English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) programme in place throughout the curriculum. Each course aims to develop an inquiring mind and instill a true love of learning. The school also offers a Summer Camp that is designed for students who are eager to learn, have fun and meet peers from all over the world. The programme provides an opportunity for students to enjoy the summer season to its fullest extent whilst developing their own personal strengths and interests within the stunning alpine setting of Gstaad.
Boarding School Life
The education at Gstaad International School is complemented by the diverse set of extra-curricular activities which aim to nurture the moral, intellectual and physical growth of the students. The unique surroundings offer the space, beauty and scope for recreation; the boarding accommodation complements this with warmth, care and a place that feels like home. The students themselves come from a variety of backgrounds. This diversity is itself another important component of boarding, giving the students of Gstaad International School an invaluable opportunity to learn about, and appreciate, other cultures and backgrounds.
Gstaad International School ensures that all students are able to take part in activities that they enjoy, enabling every individual to develop their own personal strengths and interests. As part of their extensive extra-curricular programme, they offer a range of activities including: paragliding, go-karting, sailing, hiking, white-water rafting, horse riding, art, music, tennis, skiing and snowboarding.
Gstaad International School is recognized as being one of the most expensive schools in the world, and as of 2013/14, their annual tuition and boarding fees are CHF 99,495. It is the third most expensive school in the world, after Institut Le Rosey and Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil.