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IB and American
Ages 3 to 18

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CurriculumsIB and American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Boarding available
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 13 students / class
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: CHF 27,300
to: CHF 51,000
Address: Via Collina d'Oro 15 6926 Montagnola Switzerland

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Swiss, Italian, American, Brazilian, Turkish

Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an Additional Language Program

Additional language classes offered by the school

Italian, German, French, Spanish

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Laptops, tablets, smartphones, the internet, and other technologies have become staples of modern life. At TASIS, we believe that these tools have the power to support knowledge acquisition, enable creative expression, and foster lifelong learning. We also recognize the need to teach students to be responsible, informationally literate digital citizens.

All divisions enjoy wireless Internet access across the campus, protected by a robust filtering system. Each classroom is equipped with a document camera, Apple TV, and projector with audio system. Student assignments, School calendars, and family directories can be accessed through our student information system, Veracross. Students in grades 3-PG, along with all faculty and staff, utilize the Google Apps for Education suite to communicate and collaborate.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

TASIS has offered students both remote instruction and hybrid instructions, as needed, since March 2020.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma
Advanced Placement

Results in these examinations

The average IB score hovers around 34, and TASIS students typically score a 4 or higher on around 50 percent of their AP exams.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

This depends on the student's age, as TASIS is a Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 school.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100 percent

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, TASIS has a Learning Resource Center.

Learning support offered

The Learning Resource Center provides services designed to support and enhance the educational experience of students, parents, and faculty in our learning community. The LRC offers a variety of programs and services, some of which can be accessed by all members of the community and others that are available only to students who are enrolled in the LRC.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Honors-level courses on top of an already rigorous curriculum

Student access to education psychologist

TASIS employs two full-time school counselors.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

All applications are thoroughly reviewed by our Admissions Team and academic leaders.

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Rolling admissions

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time


Supervised care before/after school

There are a lot of after-school programs.

School bus service available


School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Sports, music, theater, dance, visual arts, journalism

Sports activities included

There is a robust Physical Education program in all three TASIS divisions.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Sports facilities at the school

The Palestra is the main gymnasium and is located in the center of campus. The building houses a full basketball court, locker rooms, a fitness center, and a café. It hosts the boys and girls volleyball teams in the fall and all basketball teams in the winter.

The Palestrina is located in the lower level of the Şahenk Fine Arts center and offers a small court for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. It is often used for Physical Education classes and after-school sports.

There are also two basketball courts and an all-purpose field outdoors.

Grades/ages available for boarding

Grade 6–12

Boarding facilities at the school

We have nine dormitories on campus.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Founded by M. Crist Fleming in 1956, TASIS The American School in Switzerland is a day and boarding international school committed to creating global citizens through education, travel, and service.

The oldest American boarding school in Europe, TASIS now welcomes approximately 700 students from 60 nations in grades Pre-Kindergarten (beginning at age three) through Postgraduate each year. Around 250 students between ages 12–19 reside on campus.

High School students can choose from individual Advanced Placement courses or pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, helping them receive offers from more than 400 universities in more than 20 nations over the past five years. The School offers an extensive Fine Arts program that includes courses in Drama, Music, and the Visual Arts, enabling aspiring artists of any ilk to find their creative voice and nurture their talent.

Accredited by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), TASIS is proud to employ gifted, passionate educators who encourage intellectual curiosity. Nearly 80 percent of the High School faculty hold advanced degrees.

The campus includes more than 25 buildings dating from the 17th-century Villa De Nobili to the state-of-the-art Campo Science Center. Perched on a hillside in sunny southern Switzerland with commanding views of snow-capped mountains, palm trees, and Lake Lugano, the School's enviable location makes possible an impressive Academic Travel program that brings students face-to-face with the rich cultural heritage of Europe and the spectacular natural beauty of the Alps and beyond.

The School’s pioneering Global Service Program transforms lives by providing every High School student with a unique opportunity to connect across borders—whether geographic, economic, or social—through comprehensive experiences that build empathy and encourage personal responsibility. The Program awakens students to humanitarian needs, inspires them to build enduring relationships, and leads them toward a life of active service and committed service.

TASIS encourages physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. Varsity sports teams compete throughout Switzerland and Europe, and a variety of other fitness activities are offered to cater to all interests. Each year also brings many opportunities to ski and explore the breathtaking Alps. Students leave TASIS with a heightened appreciation for the outdoors and an understanding of what it takes to succeed in challenging environments.

Each summer, hundreds of students aged 4½–18 journey to Lugano for the TASIS Summer Programs, which feature intensive academic courses, an unparalleled performing arts program, thrilling outdoor adventures, advanced sports training, and exciting cultural excursions around Europe.

Teaching approach of the school

TASIS offers a rich and varied curriculum that encourages students to find their own voice no matter what the discipline.

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