Collège du Léman

STUDENTS AGE4 - 18 y/o
STUDENT BODYcirca 2000 students
DIPLOMAHigh School, IB, Maturité Suisse and French Baccalaureate

Collège du Léman is an international college preparatory school located in Geneva, Switzerland and offers individual growth, academic excellence and life-long learning to students from Pre-K through Grade 12.

Our curriculum, our methods of teaching, and the diversity of programs and our staff are all carefully assembled to help educate and form the future “movers and shakers” of the world. We shape our students to be globally dedicated citizens, eager to make a deep and long-lasting contribution to society. CdL students are problem solvers, who pause for thought, appreciate different perspectives and seek common ground with those they encounter.

In the late 1950s, a number of multilateral and non-governmental organisations and multinational corporationsstarted setting up headquarters in the international city Geneva. Their arrival added to the growing demand for international educational opportunities in the city, and the State of Geneva called upon Francis and Inge Clivaz to create a new international school, on the right bank of Lake Geneva.

Collège du Léman opened its doors in May 1960, on the site of a former school. Its philosophy and objectives were “Educating and teaching in a spirit of openness and tolerance so that students may become the citizens and leaders of a world respectful of differences.” The school’s location in the beautiful Swiss countryside, yet close to the city, offered a quiet, serious and serene atmosphere particularly suited to learning.

Collège du Léman received its first bilingual accreditation from the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1978.

Since 1998, Collège du Léman has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well. These accreditations were renewed in 2007, attesting to the quality of teaching offered at the school, which now boasts almost 2,000 students including 300 boarders and over 120 different nationalities.

Collège du Léman's founding principles remain at the core of the school’s values 48 years later, and today they are carried by some 20,000 alumni across the globe.

Francis Clivaz, together with the heads of several other European schools, founded the ECIS in 1965, at Collège du Léman. The association developed an accreditation process based on stringent and independently monitored standards, offering parents and students a guarantee of excellence and rigor.