Ideally located in Central Europe, Aiglon College is an English-speaking, independent, co-educational, international boarding school in south-western Switzerland. We offer a well-rounded education to students ages 9-18 in a secure and friendly international community, with over 50 nationalities represented. As a British-based boarding school in Switzerland, Aiglon College meets the demanding standards required for UK, Swiss and International schools.
International Education Programs:
Junior School Curriculum:
In both Junior and Senior Schools, courses are taught in English, with a high-quality ESL (English as a Second Language) programme for all non-English speakers.
The curriculum for the four junior school years is balanced between a focus on core subjects - English, Maths and Science - to ensure a firm base for later study, and exposure to a wide range of other subjects to allow pupils to develop their own interests and aptitudes. Most importantly of all, the teaching and the curriculum aim to ensure that pupils develop a love of learning for its own sake that will carry them through the rest of their school days and beyond.
The K2 differentiated learning programme runs throughout the junior school, ensuring that pupils of high ability are challenged in all lessons, and this, combined with a staff to pupil ratio of better than 1 to 6, allows pupils of any background to work at the right pace for them.
Middle School Curriculum:
Covering a wide range of subjects, our carefully designed junior school curriculum leads on to a middle school curriculum where pupils start to specialise. Students follow the British National Curriculum in preparation for IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams. The IGCSE is an internationally recognised qualification for school students, typically in the 14–16 age group, and is an international alternative to many popular national curricula. In the third form, students have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects in preparation for the IGCSE examination courses to come.
At the end of the third form, pupils have a number of choices to make as they start on the two year IGCSE programme which runs through the fourth and fifth years. For IGCSE, pupils study a number of core subjects, including Maths and English, but they also have the opportunity to take some elective courses. There are a wide range of subjects on offer, to allow students to find subjects in which they have a real interest and enthusiasm. Most IGCSE courses include a mixture of end of course examinations and internally assessed coursework, and some, such as GCSE Drama, include significant assessed practical activity.
Sixth Form Curriculum - IB Diploma Programme:
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme is one of the longest-established and most widely-trusted international curricula with rigorous academic standards. The IB Diploma is recognised by all major universities and graduates of the programme regularly gain admission to the most selective higher education institutions in the world.
For the final two years of school, Sixth Form students study the IB Diploma Programme. Students select six subjects to study: three at the higher level and three at the standard level as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The specialism prepares them extremely well for the rigours of university education after Aiglon.
Subjects include: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Drama and Theatre, Economics and Business Studies, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, ICT/Computing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Space Science, Spanish
- Snowsports and Languages Programme: This programme offered at Easter consists of skiing half-day for a week and four hours of language instruction a day for a week (English, French, German, Spanish)
- Summer School: The Languages & Sports summer program is offered in July for three weeks. It is focused on morning language instruction (English, French, German, Spanish) and sports activities in the afternoon.
- College Preparation / U.S. American College Board Exams preparation: Aiglon takes great care to support students in gaining entry to the best possible universities and colleges in the U.S and around the world.
- IELTS exam preparation
- High-quality provision for pupils whose first language is not English
- Support for students with mild dyslexia and other learning difficulties