Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil
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|Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil|
Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Route du Village 1, 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon, Suisse
|Type||Private, international boarding school|
|Authorizer||NEASC, IBO, CIS, & ECIS|
|Color(s)||Dark Navy, Gold, Bright Blue|
|Tuition||CHF 108000 in tuition and boarding (2019-2020)|
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 61 international schools located across 28 countries, with a total of more than 61,000 students.
Beau Soleil offers two distinct, parallel systems: a French Section and an International Section. The programme of studies offers academic subjects On the weekends the students can go out to town. Or they can sign up to go somewhere but some weekends on Saturday there is Acemedics and challenges. During the year they have 7 challenge for example 10 km run in the mountain, ski races generally things along those lines. The school is quite sporty but are also academic. They have two uniforms one for Monday that is fancy attire and from Tuesday to Friday it's more causal but it's still uniform. After when class is finished you may wear your own clothes also on the weekends.
CAIBS's (upper) secondary education (Middle and High School) is not approved as a Mittelschule/Collège/Liceo by the Swiss Federal State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).
- The school is accredited by three international bodies:
The student body numbers about 240 students from more than 40 nationalities. 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 the United Kingdom.
- 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.
- 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.
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. 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.
- Charlotte Gainsbourg – Anglo-French actress and singer
- Jacques Villeneuve – racing driver
- Jean-Daniel Dätwyler – Swiss Olympic and World Cup skier
- Princess Marie of Denmark
- Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
- Prince Louis of Luxembourg
- Prince Felix of Luxembourg
- Claire Lademacher, wife of Prince Félix of Luxembourg
- Hermès Family
- Sir Peter O'Sullevan - British racing journalist
- Tina Cooper - British paediatrician
- Prince Juan de Bagration-Mukhrani, Georgian prince
- Bartette Family
- List of international schools
- Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz
- Institut Le Rosey
- Aiglon College
- American School in Switzerland
- Institut Auf Dem Rosenberg
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