Leysin American School

STUDENTS AGE12 - 18 y/o
STUDENT BODYcirca 350 students
DIPLOMAIB, High School

Welcome to Leysin American School, a school with “family” values.

Located in the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps, Leysin American School has a history of nurturing talent and motivating students to succeed in education, sports and arts. We bring together students from around the world to create a campus community with a global perspective and a family atmosphere. Our ethos of maintaining strong links with students and parents underpins the education we provide from grades 8 through 12, culminating in the International Baccalaureate or the U.S. High School Diploma.

We believe in the traditional Swiss values of quality and excellence, and our academic program reflects those attributes. Extracurricular activities—including ski term, team and adventure sports, and excursions to cities that many only dream of visiting—round out the outstanding lifestyle experience.

A visit is the best way to understand why so many students and their families have made Leysin American School such an important part of their lives. Contact us to schedule a visit and receive your warm welcome to Leysin and Switzerland.


Established by Fred and Sigrid Ott in 1960
Now managed by the third generation of the Ott family
Not-for-profit foundation since 2005


Teaching in English
Grades 8-12 ( 12-18 years old)
Postgraduate Year - Year 13
IB, International Baccalaureate
U.S. High School Diploma
English as a Second Language
English Bridge Program (April-August)
Faculty-to-student ratio - 1:8
Average class size - 12
Full-time faculty - 72; 95% live on campus
Special optional academic tutorial program
SAT preparation and testing


350 students - 60 nationalities - Full boarding school - Located in the Swiss Alps, Vaud Canton
French-speaking part of Switzerland
Mountain location, ski resort of Leysin
Two hours from Geneva
Sports teams
European travel
Arts and cultural performances
Ski-Term, January to March
Caring community
Partnership with parents
Afternoon activities
Model United Nations
Weekend excursions
Faculty Family


Belle Époque Campus for International Baccalaureate studies
Savoy Campus for Middle school, ESL and U.S. High School Diploma studies
Twelve buildings
Shared accommodation with bathroom
Media centre
Black box theatre
Performance hall
Art centre
Two libraries
Apple Technology at LAS (ATLAS)
Gym for indoor sports
Squash court
Two fitness rooms


99% of graduates attend colleges and universities worldwide
Over 80% continue to U.S. universities
Annual visits by over 70 universities from U.S., Canada and Europe


Swiss excursions: Geneva, Berne, Lugano
Italian trips: Florence, Rome, Venice
European trips: London, Paris, Barcelona
Spring Break trips: Tanzania, China, Egypt
Weekend excursions


3-7 week program, June-August
8-18 years old; 3 age groups, 8-12, 13-15, 16-18
Culture week
European adventure (Madrid, Rome, London, etc.)
French language immersion
English, science and art classes
Adventure, exploration, challenge


Ski lessons
Theory of Knowledge, Language
One-week tour of Italy