The story began 60 years ago, when M. Crist Fleming fulfilled her dream of establishing an American boarding school in the heart of Europe, designed to prepare students for American colleges and universities and to introduce them to European culture and languages.
Today we welcome 735 day and boarding students from Pre-Kindergarten to Postgraduate, with 265 students between ages 12-19 residing on campus. With a student body representing more than 60 nationalities and speaking more than 40 languages, cultural differences are celebrated as students challenge and inspire one another to become global citizens.
Our academic programs provide a rich and varied curriculum that encourages students to find their own voice no matter what the discipline. High School students can choose from a selection of Advanced Placement courses or pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, providing access to colleges and universities around the world. Accredited by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), we are proud to employ gifted, passionate educators who encourage intellectual curiosity.
Our campus includes 25 buildings dating from the 17th century Villa De Nobili to the Campo Science Center, which opened in 2014. Ourenviable location—perched on a hillside in sunny southern Switzerland that commands views of snow-capped mountains to the north, and palm trees, lakes, and the Italian border to the south—makes possible an impressive travel program.
Academic travel experiences throughout the year bring students face-to-face with the rich cultural heritage of Europe and the spectacular natural beauty of the Alps and beyond. Our pioneering Global Service Program awakens students to humanitarian needs, inspires them to build enduring relationships, and leads them toward a life of active citizenship and committed service.
We encourage physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. Sports teams compete throughout Switzerland and Europe, and a wide variety of other recreational sports are offered to cater to all interests. Once a year, the campus (grades 6-Postgraduate) relocates to a Swiss ski resort for snow sports and fellowship with students and faculty.
Summer Programs in Switzerland
TASIS Summer Program (TSP)
TSP offers courses in International Baccalaureate (IB) prep and Academic Writing as well as language courses in English as an Additional Language (EAL), Intensive French, and Intensive Italian, all with special language-based activities built into the program. Our language courses emphasize spoken fluency and provide opportunities for students to practice the language they are learning in a variety of situations. Ages 14-18.
Middle School Program (MSP)
The Middle School Program offers challenging courses in English as an Additional Language (EAL), EAL Academic Writing, French, German, and Italian. Three hours per day students study the basic concepts needed for mastery of the target language and concepts, and teachers prepare lessons tailored to the skill level of the class and individuals. Students are challenged each day to practice the skills they have learned in class as they meet new friends, develop their independence, and explore Switzerland. Ages 11-13.
Château des Enfants (CDE)
The learning environment at CDE focuses on nurturing curiosity about the world in a safe, family-like atmosphere. Small classes allow our professional educators to engage the children using songs, games, and hands-on activities that help make learning fun! Our international environment encourages children’s curiosity and appreciation for other languages and cultures. All CDE activities are designed to help children understand and use familiar words and phrases in their target language, which helps them become more comfortable in their new surroundings. Ages 4½-10.