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Champittet College is located in Puli and Nyon, on the outskirts of Lausanne.
The college was created by Dominican monks in 1903 as a Catholic school for boys. Since 1984, girls began to be accepted into the school. Now it is a private international educational institution, a cosy family school, where about 800 boys and girls from 4 to 18 years of various nationalities, cultures and religious beliefs study. There are also priests in the faculty.
The main principle of the school is fidelity to the spirit of the gospel. Here, students are always ready to help and guide in the right direction. This does not mean that students of other faiths or atheists are required to follow Catholic teachings. However, a school of this kind pays special attention to moral standards and seeks to instil them in its students, educating them in relative severity.
Given the very small number of places in the hostel, it is recommended to apply for school at least 1 year before the start of studies.
DIRECTOR (stand 2020)
Philippe DeCorody, education - graduate of Collège Champittet; Lausanne University, Faculty of Law.
Famous school graduates
- Michael Verbug, real estate partner
- Hugo Sykes, professor of engineering at Oxford University
- Cindy Groh, architect
- The school is part of the association of prestigious international schools Nord Anglia Education, which unites 42 schools around the world.
- Champittet College is trying to instil in its students the attitude to school as one big family, the desire for continuous learning and self-education, as well as to develop in children an open, clear view of the future, the ability to make far-reaching plans.
- The school has a uniform. This is a conservative school that respects the best traditions in education.
- College directors and teachers are convinced that students need to know:
cultural treasures of the past - to know their origins, their roots;
Features of the modern world, new forms of cultural expression - to be able to live in the present.
- Such an education should prepare young people to give answers to their questions at different stages of their existence, to highlight the most important, corresponding to the principles of the gospel, in modern culture and customs.
- Champittet College is a Catholic school designed to help its students regardless of their religion.
- “The constant pursuit of excellence is at the core of everything we do,” they say at school. This applies to the support of students and the proposed teaching methods, guidelines and, of course, teachers, whose professional development is given great attention.
- All students are tested for alcohol after each exit to the city, drug testing is carried out 2-3 times a month: some children are awakened in the middle of the night and subjected to a test. “This is cruel,” says the school principal, “but this is the only way we can ensure safety.”
- If you drink alcohol twice during the same academic year, the student will be expelled from school. If the drug test is positive, the student will be expelled from school immediately and sent home within 48 hours.
- Each year, this cultural spirit allows most students to show brilliant exam results.
- This school may seem a little tougher in terms of discipline than other Swiss schools.
- Mandatory drug tests.
- We visited this school and are familiar with the principal.
- Four of our children studied or are studying at this school, many went here for summer courses.
- We can provide the phones of parents whose children study or studied at this school.
The school occupies 40,000 sqm a magical forest in the immediate vicinity of Lake Geneva and the centre of Lausanne (only 45 minutes from Geneva Airport). The school residence offers excellent conditions for both the development of intelligence and the acquisition of excellent physical shape, strengthening the nervous system and developing spirituality.
The school is well equipped for academic and sports activities - classrooms, gyms, educational literature, computers. The school has a rich library equipped with computers, with a huge collection of books, magazines and newspapers in different languages. Classrooms are spacious, vibrant and well-equipped for learning. In 2012, the concept of "e-learning" was launched and now in each classroom there is an iPad for group work, as well as laptops for projects and online learning. The school has an outdoor playground, a soccer field, tennis courts, a basketball court and a jogging track.
A rich and comprehensive curriculum allows students after school to enter the most prestigious universities in Switzerland (Swiss Higher Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Graduate School of Business, University of Geneva) and other countries (School of Political Sciences in Paris, Cambridge University in the UK, University of Syracuse in New York)
The school is open to everything new, strives to keep up to date and promotes innovative approaches to learning, but at the same time honours traditions. The main goal of training is not just to give knowledge to students, but also to instil in them high moral standards, to make them purposeful and educated personalities.
Pupils choose one of three programs that are an ideal basis for entering universities in Europe and the whole world:
Swiss General Diploma
A Swiss diploma requires passing a sufficiently comprehensive exam (13 subjects). This requires good general knowledge and a high level of knowledge of literature, sciences and languages. The diploma allows entry to all universities in Switzerland and is recognized worldwide.
Students can choose bilingual education: in French and English.
French Baccalaureate gives access to all universities. The program is divided into three specialized sections, which allows students to concentrate on those areas that are most interesting to them. The exam requires proficiency in spoken and written French and a deep ability to analyse and synthesize.
The French Baccalaureate offers several programs:
Literary program (L). It is primarily intended for future lawyers, humanities, linguists.
Science Program (S). Successful passing of the exam opens the door to major scientific schools and medical departments of universities. Recommended for students intending to study business or engineering.
Economic and Social Program (ES). Recommended for students planning to enter the faculties of economics and law. It provides a balance between humanitarian, linguistic and mathematical knowledge.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The two-year program, the purpose of which is to prepare students for a future life, to educate critically thinking independent people and researchers who are always striving to learn new things. The course program is very detailed and comprehensive, aiming at the further admission of students to universities in Switzerland and around the world.
Pupils choose six subjects for study: 3 at the advanced level and 3 at the standard level. The IB program also contains 3 key components designed to expand the educational experience of students and give them a more complete understanding of the process of learning and understanding.
- A detailed essay is a discussion of a question on one of the subjects studied.
- Theory of knowledge. The course is designed to inspire students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, to critically examine the various ways of cognition (perception, emotion, language and reason) and various types of knowledge (scientific, creative, mathematical and historical).
- Creativity, activity, mutual assistance. Learning real life outside the classroom.
French / English as a Foreign Language (FLE / EAL)
FLE and EAL are special programs lasting one year for those for whom French / English is not their native language. This is a complete immersion in learning a foreign language. A great advantage of the program is the communication of students from various linguistic and cultural environments.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
The beautiful old building has comfortable bedrooms with modern furniture, where students can relax and feel at home. On each floor there is a living room where you can gather in company, watch a movie, play games, have a bite to eat or just relax on the comfortable sofas. Students also have a canteen, classes and a library at their disposal. Some rooms have amenities and some do not, but they are located very close to the floor and meet the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. The rooms are locked, they also have personal safes for storing students' valuables. Laptops are not allowed to be stored in the room; they must be hidden in safes located in the rest room until the end of the day.
School chefs are tireless in their quest to improve the quality of dishes offered to children. The school canteen deserved to be awarded a special sign - the Green Label, which means that the school menu meets the highest standards of proper and healthy nutrition developed by the World Health Organization.
SPORT AND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
A wide range of sports activities are available for children on the school grounds - football, basketball, tennis, volleyball and others, as well as cultural events that begin in the afternoon at 3:45.
Lausanne is an amazing city with many interesting places - museums, theatres, cafes, restaurants and shops that students can visit.
Training and accommodation: CHF 81,000 – 88,700 per year (depending on class)
- Registration fee - CHF 2,500
- Deposit - CHF 10,000
- Mandatory activities - CHF 850-1,600
- FLE/EAL Supplement - CHF 1,140 per 1 period (55 mins) per week
- Insurance - CHF 2,600 per year
- School uniform - CHF 210
- Individual sessions
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- Selection of 5-6 schools that best meet the individual characteristics of the child, further goals, talents, with the desired environment. Help in the correct interpretation of school ratings, an explanation of why the school occupies one place or another. Help in obtaining reliable information about schools that are not included in the ratings, with an explanation of the reasons for non-participation in it.
- Admission to 1-3 schools, selected from the proposed. Which includes the preparation of the necessary documents, school reports, characteristics, recommendations. Selection and submission of tests to prepare the student for exam testing, assistance in preparing essays. Preparation for an interview with the teacher / principal, registration for the exam. The necessary list of recommendations when attending school for passing entrance examinations. Correspondence with the school (not all schools enter into correspondence with foreign parents, treat them with caution, trust only a trusted agent).
- Assistance in paying registration fees, deposits, bills. Clarification of school rules, including disciplinary and legal aspects.
- Filling out the required medical forms.
Student supervision during the first month of training is provided as a gift: assistance in resolving issues related to resettlement, billing, informing parents about the child’s health status, assistance with understanding of academic programs, organization of ext. classes for the child in a particular subject, help in choosing the program most suitable for the child, transfer to another class, etc.
IMPRESSIONS OF A SCHOOL VISIT
Good living conditions in the residence. Outside, the school building looks just fabulously beautiful!
The school has two sections - international for teaching in English and French. French is required to study even in the English program. I talked with two girls, one of whom was from Russia, the second from Kazakhstan. Very pleasant, very well-mannered, restrained. They said that they really like to study: they are both on the English program. They said that they are very good and kind teachers, that they always strive to explain the material, so that not a single incompletely learned aspect remains.
Very little free time: the children are constantly busy, every minute is painted, which is extremely appreciated by parents. Music, sports, activism - up to 16 years old are required 3 hours a week. When the children are older than 16 years, you can leave 2 hours instead of three.
We were invited to an economics lesson. In the first year of the IB program, children covered the topic of international trade and financial rates: the guys themselves raised their hands, answered very calmly, clearly, giving the impression of complete confidence in the material. The teacher praised the guys, flashed notes of pride in them in her eyes.
The members of our international group were somewhat surprised at the relative simplicity of the interior (by Swiss standards) and asked me in surprise, were our customers really happy with the school? Here I can express my understanding - this is a school for those customers who care about the internal component, and not the external gloss.
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