The American School In Switzerland
|The American School In Switzerland (TASIS)|
|Montagnola, Collina d'Oro, Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland|
|Type||Boarding and Day|
|Religious affiliation(s)||no religious affiliation|
|Founder||Mary Crist Fleming (September 10, 1910 -- January 27, 2009)|
|Average class size||15|
|Student to teacher ratio||6:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and Red|
|Athletics||Basketball; Soccer, Swimming, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Golf, Tennis, Bubble Blowing, Ping Pong, and 20+ recreational sports|
|Average SAT scores||581 verbal
584 math (for 2005)
The American School In Switzerland (TASIS) is a private school that receives elementary, middle, and high school students from many different nations and provides them with a Western-based education. Located in Montagnola, a small town in the Collina d'Oro municipality, above Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland, it has a current student body of about 600 pupils, many of whom are boarders.
TASIS was founded 1956 by M. Crist Fleming; she is also responsible for the founding of The American School In England, a sister school to TASIS. Since the founding of the school, there have been several adjunct campuses, including sites in Greece, Cyprus, France, Spain, Puerto Rico, as well as a post-graduate school in Lugano-Montagnola.
In September 2005, TASIS opened an elementary school with approximately 40 students. The elementary school now accommodates nearly 200 students from kindergarten through 5th Grade.
The most notable campus building is Villa De Nobili, a 17th-century mansion that still contains the suits of armor placed there when the building was owned by the Marchese De Nobili, Italian Ambassador to Switzerland. It houses dormitories, classrooms, administrative offices, and the school's dining room.
Recent additions to campus include a new gymnasium and sports facility, the new M. Crist Fleming Library, and the Aurora classroom building. The Palmer Cultural Center (theater complex) was completed in October 2009, followed by Fiammetta (classroom building) in January 2010 and Lanterna (classrooms, faculty apartments, dormitory rooms and a new Health Center) in August 2010. The Ferit Şahenk Arts Center was open to students on September 2012, with the official opening celebration scheduled for May 2013.
TASIS includes an Academic Travel program as part of its curriculum. Students travel across Europe and the world in a series of diverse cultural, educational, and service trips, which have included Paris, Rome, Madrid, Istanbul, Dublin, New York, Jordan, Kenya, Cambodia, Prague, Berlin, Morocco, Barcelona, and Lisbon. During the first week of the Spring semester, students attend a "ski week" in places such as St. Moritz, Verbier or Crans-Montana, ski resorts in the Alps.
Accredited by both the European Council of International Schools (ECIS)and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), TASIS currently accommodates about 600 students between day students (grades K-13) and boarding students (grades 7-13).
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- Jeanie Cunningham
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- Billy Zane
Until June 2012, High School students were required to wear a strictly enforced dress code.
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- "STUDENT HANDBOOK 2006 - 2007." The American School In Switzerland. p. 29. Retrieved on April 29, 2013. A uniform was introduced for High School students on September 2012. High School Uniforms." The American School In Switzerland. Retrieved on April 29, 2013.