International School of Geneva
|Director-General||Dr David Hawley|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and White|
The International School of Geneva (in French: Ecole Internationale de Genève), also known as "Ecolint" or "The International School", is a private international school based in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1924 in the service of the League of Nations, it is the oldest and largest operating international school in the world. In the mid-1960s, a group of teachers from Ecolint (Campus La Grande Boissière) created the International Schools Examinations Syndicate (ISES), which later became the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and then the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Ecolint is composed of three campuses in and around Geneva, each with its own principal working under the Director General of the Foundation of the International School of Geneva (currently Dr David Hawley) and a Governing Board elected by parents and staff with co-opted members from the UN and Swiss Government. Ecolint is a bilingual school, with instruction primarily in French and English. In addition to the IB, it is a testing centre for the US college boards (SAT and ACT) and the British IGCSE (CIE). The Swiss Federal Maturité programme is also offered at the school.
Ecolint is a member of the G20 Schools Group. In 2006, the British Guardian newspaper listed Ecolint as one of the best international schools in the world for those seeking a UK-style curriculum (primarily a reference to Campus La Châtaigneraie). According to the Good Schools Guide International, "the International School of Geneva (Ecolint) turns out well-educated, happy students who are comfortable with themselves and ready to move on to tertiary education around the world."
Ecolint'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).
Ecolint's programmes are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and by the Middle States Association (MSA). The last full accreditation was conducted in 2011, with an interim assessment in 2016. In addition the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) requires all schools which offer its programmes to complete an authorization process.
From 1920 to 1921 the League of Nations and the International Labor Office established their headquarters in Geneva. In 1924 the International School of Geneva was founded by senior members of two international organizations, in conjunction with Adolphe Ferrière and Elisabeth Rotten. Ever since its inception, the school has pursued a mission to educate for peace and to inculcate strong humanitarian values of inclusiveness, respect and inter-cultural understanding. As their website states, "Resolutely not-for-profit, mankind is the only beneficiary of our work, not corporate shareholders or private equity firms."
Ferrière housed the first class in his family's chalet. He was also technical adviser to the school from 1924 to 1926. Other prominent individuals involved in the creation of the School were Arthur Sweetser and Dr. Ludwik Rajchman. They were supported by William Rappard, Rector of the University of Geneva and Sir Arthur Salter, a senior official of the League of Nations.
The foundation continued to evolve as it acquired new campuses in the Vaud countryside at La Châtaigneraie (also called "La Chât") near Founex and at Pregny (near the European Headquarters of the United Nations). A sports hall was built in 1977 and a new primary building was built in 2011 on the La Châtaigneraie campus. In 1993 a sciences building was built and in 2002 the old "La Ferme" building, which used to house the girls' boarding lodgings, became the music building. The new multimedia library (known as Multi Media Center or MMC) was finished in September 2001, adding a third floor to what is known as the "New Building" (NB). In September 2008, the new sports hall was opened, replacing the long-defunct swimming pool, the aging "Bubble", which was inflated in 2000 to protect from harsh climates, and the old PTA offices. This was achieved with the financial help of the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation.
The third campus, Campus des Nations has had two beginnings. The first was in the 1940s with Rigot which became Pregny-Rigot, the second in 2005 with the closure of Rigot and the opening of Saconnex. The Pregny-Rigot campus was a pre-K through year 6 school that adopted the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program in 2002. This campus had two buildings, Rigot which was an old Swiss farmhouse just off Place des Nations housing the early childhood classes, the other a unique architectural structure up the hill from the United Nations and Red Cross which hosted the primary school and learning center. In 2005, Pregny-Rigot shifted with the opening of a new building, Saconnex, near the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization. The early childhood classes at Rigot were moved to a renovated Pregny and Rigot was returned to the city of Geneva. Years 3-6 were moved from Pregny to the new building, Saconnex, which also opened a secondary school. The Secondary school offers the IB's Middle Years Program, the IB Diploma and the IB Career Related Program (IBCP).
La Grande Boissière (also called "LGB") is the oldest and largest of the three. The primary school (beginning from age three) has 650 students, and runs through grade 4. The middle school has 450 students, and runs from grade 5 to grade 8. The secondary school has 650 students, beginning with 9th grade and going to grade 12 or 13. All three stages offer bilingual programmes. The Campus Principal is Dr Conrad Hughes. ()
La Châtaigneraie (also called "La Chât") became part of Ecolint in 1971 and is located in the Vaud countryside, near Founex, overlooking the Alps and Lake Léman. It has a primary and a secondary school, and has approximately 1420 students. The oldest building on campus is the main secondary building which was completed in 1908, when La Châtaigneraie first opened. It is the only campus to offer the Swiss Maturité Fédérale, the Swiss certificate of the end of Secondary Education. The Campus Principal is Mr David Woods. ( )
Campus des Nations, (also simply called "Nations") opened in 2005 and operates on two locations in and in the vicinity of Grand Saconnex. The Secondary School Principal is Mr Jamie Williams:
- Saconnex is located near the International Labour Organization and World Health Organization headquarters. Saconnex offers classes to 800 students from years 3 through 13. All classes taught at Nations follow the IB curriculum, consisting of PYP, MYP and DP or CP.( )
- Pregny (in Pregny-Chambésy) is located near the United Nations and Red Cross HQ and is a school of 220 students from pre-school and kindergarten to year 2.( )
- Harry Albright - Journalist and former Editor of The Friend, shared in the Michener Award in 1991.
- Anjum Anand - British Indian food writer and TV chef of Indian cuisine.
- Shadi Bartsch - Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago.
- Roger Boylan - American novelist and critic.
- Gail Carpenter - Professor, Boston University, Director of the Cognitive and Neural Systems Technology Laboratory.
- David Chardavoyne - American attorney, professor, and author.
- Chehab Family Members - Prominent Lebanese aristocracy, descendants of the last Emirs of Lebanon, closely related to Lebanese President Fuad Chehab.
- Richard Corbett - Member of the European Parliament.
- Joe Dassin - French-speaking American musician, famous for singing Les Champs-Élysées.
- Maya Deren (born Eleonora Derenkowska) - Cinema director, avant-garde filmmaker and actress in the 1940s and 1950s.
- Hernando de Soto Polar - Peruvian economist and his brother Álvaro de Soto, Peruvian and UN diplomat
- Michael Douglas - Oscar-winning and Emmy Award-nominated American actor and producer.
- Elizabeth Frank - Pulitzer Prize winning author.
- Harold Furth - Austrian-American physicist and former director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
- Indira Gandhi- Former Prime Minister of India.
- Ronald M. George - Chief Justice, California Supreme Court.
- Douglas Hofstadter - Pulitzer Prize winning author, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science, Indiana University in Bloomington, Director of the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition.
- Mieko Kamiya - Japanese psychiatrist and writer.
- Yasmin Aga Khan - Daughter of Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth.
- Rami G. Khouri - Journalist, internationally syndicated columnist, director of the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star and co-laureate of the 2006 Pax Christi International Peace Award.
- Riad al Khouri - Economist; former Dean of the Business School, Lebanese French University, Erbil; currently Director, Middle East, GeoEconomica GmbH, Amman & Geneva 
- Christopher Lambert - French actor famous from films such as Highlander and Greystoke.
- Lori Lieberman - singer-songwriter and first to record the song Killing Me Softly with His Song, which is based on a poem she wrote. Attended the school from 1961 to 1969.
- Eric Margolis - prominent journalist.
- Olivier Perez - Swiss actor
- Bob Rae - 21st Premier of Ontario, and the first leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) to serve in that capacity.
- Edouard van Remoortel - former conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
- Baron Edmond Adolphe de Rothschild - financier and philanthropist.
- Tatiana Santo Domingo - Colombian socialite heiress to a beer and airline empire.
- H. Norman Schwarzkopf - Retired U.S. Army General and Commander of U.S. and coalition forces for Operation Desert Storm. Attended high school for one year, in which he mastered the French language, a language that later got him a key advisor job in the South Vietnam Airborne in 1965-66.
- David Shaffer - child psychologist, attended International School of Geneva from 1953 to 1955.
- Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand (Srikit Kitiyakara).
- Albert Sjoerdsma, Jr. - Playwright; some of his plays have been produced on Broadway.
- Kellogg Stelle - Professor of Physics, Theoretical Physics Group, Imperial College, London.
- Maya Stojan - actress who plays the role of Tory Ellis in Castle (TV series).
- Simone, stage name of Lisa Celeste Stroud - American singer and actress, daughter of Nina Simone, attended La Châtaigneraie campus in mid 1970s.
- Mark Trueblood - American engineer and astronomer. He is noted for early pioneering work in the development of robotic telescopes.
- Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Princess of Thailand and the elder sister of King Ananda Mahidol and King Bhumibol Adulyadej
While the school itself offers its curriculum in English, French or bilingual programs, it offers many other foreign languages such as Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin as part of the curriculum. Swedish, Japanese, Swahili, Finnish and other foreign languages are available via private tuition but can be counted towards credits; this route is often chosen by students who have little other opportunity to formally study their mother tongue.
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