Located on a stunning, village-like campus in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Ecole d’Humanité offers a remarkable learning environment with outstanding opportunities to experience the natural world.
As a leading Swiss boarding school, and the only progressive boarding school in Switzerland, the Ecole d’Humanité takes a unique approach to both education and boarding. With two educational systems – an American high school curriculum and a Swiss secondary program, students can study in English or German.The Ecole d’Humanité takes a progressive approach to teaching. With small classes of 4 to 12 students, teachers bring the curriculum to life through project-based learning.
In classes such as The Physics of Sports, How to be Good: Ethics and Moral Philosophy, or the Mathematics of Woodworking, students can be found running experiments in aerodynamics on the ski slope, wrestling with ethical dilemmas at a “philosopher’s dinner party”, or learning principles of geometry in the woodshop.
The school prioritizes deep understanding over superficial knowledge and provides students with individualized learning programs, in-depth narrative feedback, and a student-to-teacher ratio of 4:1.
At this boarding school, students can earn a US high school diploma and an Advanced Placement International Diploma© (APID) within the American education system. Within the Swiss school system, students can obtain a Swiss secondary school diploma and prepare for the Swiss Federal Matura.
Recent graduates have attended world-class universities around the globe including Oxford, Brown, NYU, Oberlin, Smith, Reed, Exeter, King's College London, the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, and the University of Basel in Switzerland.
The 120 students on campus live in quaint, Swiss-style chalets in boarding groups known as “Ecole Families”. Each Family is composed of eight to 12 students supervised by two to three educational staff members. The boarding program focuses on learning to live in community, developing responsibility, self-advocacy, and effective communication skills. The Ecole d'Humanité promotes a simple and environmentally conscious way of life.
To balance the intensive academic program, the school’s co-curricular program helps students develop their creative talents and discover new interests in the arts, sports, and handicrafts. Over 100 courses are offered per year including blacksmithing, skiing and snowboarding, woodworking, pottery, climbing, art, theater, music, dance, gardening, cooking, and much more!
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