Chantemerle

STUDENTS AGE4 - 16 y/o
STUDENT BODYcirca 60 students
TEACHING LANGUAGEEnglish and French
DIPLOMA

Preparation for French, Swiss and High School entrance exams as
well as the official language diplomas (DELF, Cambridge and DaF)

BOARDING SCHOOLYes
  

Established in 1966 by the Wegmüller family, Chantemerle is a private boarding and day school in Switzerland. During the school year, Chantemerle prepares students ages 4 to 16 in the key moments of their education, leading them to internationally recognized diplomas. Chantemerle also specialises in French Immersion programs, as well as Summer and Winter language camps. The school is beautifully located in the French part of Switzerland between Geneva and Montreux, overlooking lake Léman and the Swiss alps, in the charming and picturesque village of Blonay which is renowned for its 13th century castle and its antic steam train that passes at the foot of the property.

Chantemerle can accomodate up to 60 pupils. This relatively small capacity allows us to provide personalized attention for each child, as well as maintaining high academic standards.

The school is situated on 7 acres of landscaped garden, with a private forest and river. Chantemerle boasts of an interesting background. The main building dates from 1914 and its first visitors were French soldiers in need of medical attention during the Great war. Since 1980, Chantemerle has considerably developed and extended its facilities including light and spacious classrooms fully equipped with multimedia facilities. The south facing wings house most of the boarding pupils in a homely 2-3 or 4 bedded rooms.

Sports facilities include a tennis court, an archery range as well as football, basketball and volley indoor and outdoor courts.

Our main goal is to assist each student in reaching his / her full potential through personal and academic success. We achieve this objective through an individualized and positive teaching approach in a structured and warm atmosphere. Students from all over the world come together to study and live at Chantemerle. Once they have left Chantemerle, as adults, they continue their lives with the strong sense of solidarity and friendship that characterizes our school.


 Chantemerle offers 3 programs to choose from:

1. ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR: Internationally recognized program from kindergarten to middle school. Chantemerle prepares for the French, Swiss and International High School entrance exams as well as the official language diplomas (DELF, Cambridge and DaF). Reinforced programs in Maths, French, English and German, as well as individual support and tutoring are important parts of our teaching approach. After graduating, some of our students maintain residency at Chantemerle and prepare for the French or International Baccalaureate (IB), or the Swiss Maturity with one of our partner schools.

2. FRENCH IMMERSION: 2-week to 10-month stays designed for non French-speaking students (local expats or foreign students) willing to learn French during their academic school year. After 3 months, students can sit the official DELF exams. Students staying for the whole year attend regular classes with the objective to validate one year of study in Switzerland (Study Abroad Program). Graduating students can return home with a new language without loosing a school year, or continue their studies in Switzerland at Chantemerle or with one of our partner schools.

3. WINTER AND SUMMER CAMPS: 2-week to 6-week stays. Intensive language courses (English, French or German) with official certifications (DELF, Cambridge and DaF). Maths, Science and Robotic camps. Soccer camps. Many sports, artistic and cultural activities. Discover Switzerland, nature walks and excursions. In the winter, ski camp with the Swiss ski school.

At Chantemerle, we consider personal development as important as academic success. Many extracurricular activities, sports (winter skiing), arts, social and cultural are proposed on campus or outdoors. In particular, our Performing Art workshops (circus, song and instruments, dance and theater performance) allow our students to discover and grow their talents.