Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil

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Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil
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Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Route du Village 1, 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon, Suisse
Villars-sur-Ollon, Canton of Vaud
Type Private, international boarding school
Established 1910[1]
Authorizer NEASC, IBO, CIS, & ECIS
Principal Kevin Foyle
Staff 120[2]
Faculty 90[2]
Gender Co-educational
Enrollment ~300[3]
Color(s) Dark Navy, Gold, Bright Blue
Nickname CABS
Tuition CHF 98'500 in tuition and boarding (2016-2017)
Affiliations Secular
Information (+41) 24 496 26 26

Founded in 1910 Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil is one of the oldest private boarding schools in Switzerland. It is located 1,350 metres (4,430 ft) above sea level on the Swiss Alps of Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. The college provides a full boarding education for students from over 60 different nationalities aged 11–18 years old. Owned by the de Meyer family until 2010, the school then passed into the Nord Anglia Education family of schools. Nord Anglia Education is responsible for 43 international schools located across 15 countries, with a total of 37,000 students.

Beau Soleil was, in 2016, listed by The Daily Telegraph as "One of the Most Exclusive Schools in the World".[4]


Collège Alpin Beau Soleil Entrance
Beau Soleil was Founded in 1910

The student body numbers about 240 students from more than 40 nationalities.[5] The campus is set around one main building dating from the school's founding in 1910, but has been expanded and modified, with now 6 external dorms around the town of Villars.


  • September 1910: founding of the school in a châlet in Gstaad under the direction of Mme Bluette Ferrier.
  • 1920: move of the school to Villars-sur-Ollon.
  • 1958: Pierre de Meyer became the second director. He adopts the name of his wife as his was that of a commoner. Following a hunting accident in the eighties (he shot himself in the foot) the school is run by Ian Lawson who was a former headmaster in Gordonstoun (Scotland) and was also the tutor of Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward of England.[citation needed]
  • 1991: Jérôme de Meyer became the third director.
  • 15 December 2005: ninety students, alumni and teachers unfurled the flag of Beau Soleil on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.[citation needed]
  • June 2010: Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the school. New building inauguration.
  • September 2013: Frances King became principal of the school.
  • August 2016: New principal Kevin Foyle takes over.


Beau Soleil offers two distinct, parallel systems: a French Section[6] and an International Section.[7] The programme of studies offers academic subjects up to university level, coupled with art, music, drama, sports and expeditions.

The classes in the French Section extend from 6ème to Terminale and prepare students for the official French government examinations - the Diplôme National du Brevet at the end of the 3ème and the French Baccalauréat (series L, ES and S) at the end of Terminale. The subjects taught in the French Section conform to the requirements of the French Ministry of Education. The classes in the International Section extend from 6th Grade to 12th Grade, and prepare students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at the end of 10th Grade and the International Baccalaureate (IB) at the end of the 12th Grade.


Every year, some students climb Kilimanjaro in Africa. There are trips ranging from New Zealand, Morocco, Ghana, India, Tanzania, Uruguay, Japan, Chile, United States Of America, Madagascar, China. On November 27, 2009, 252 people, the students and staff, embarked on a 12-day cruise on the Mediterranean Sea to celebrate 100 years of Beau Soleil.[citation needed] In February, 2013, the whole school went on a trip to Tanzania, where students and staff climbed Kilimanjaro, travelled to Zanzibar on a cultural trip, visited the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and helped in a local orphanage owned by the school.


Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil owns orphanages including some in Madagascar, Tanzania, India and Uruguay. The school visits these orphanages as part of humanitarian expeditions.[8]


Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Beau Soleil". 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Essential Character". 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Financial Times". Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  4. ^ "The world's most exclusive boarding schools - Education". 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Welcome | Collège Alpin Beau Soleil". Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  6. ^ "French Section | Collège Alpin Beau Soleil". Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  7. ^ "International Section | Collège Alpin Beau Soleil". Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  8. ^ "Big Trips | Collège Alpin Beau Soleil". Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  9. ^ The new Villeneuve: the life of Jacques Villeneuve, Bloomsbury Publishing, 1998 By Timothy Collings, page 79

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Coordinates: 46°17′58″N 7°03′10″E / 46.29944°N 7.05278°E / 46.29944; 7.05278