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CurriculumsIB and International
Languages of instructionEnglish and French
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Boarding available
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and French
Native English and French teachers
Extra languages (other than English and French)
Class sizes Average 10 students / class
Maximum 16 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: CHF 21,000
to: CHF 48,000
Address: Rue du Zier 4, CH-3963 Crans-Montana, Switzerland

The fees shown here are for day students. For boarding fees, please contact the admissions office.
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Number of students

181

Number of nationalities represented in the school

39

Most common nationality

Swiss
British
Italian
French
American

Ratio of local students to international students

62% of Le Régent student body are day students - many from non-Swiss families who have relocated to Crans-Montana for various reasons, including its quality of life with access to international education. Most secondary students are boarders, usually from outside Switzerland, and we currently welcome students from 38 countries around the world.

Max. number of students per class

16

Average number of students per class

9 to 10

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and French speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and French

As English is not the “mother tongue” of many Régents, the school has a sensitive support structure to ensure they can integrate the mainstream classes as quickly as possible. Entrance tests and ongoing assessment allow us to identify language ability and the type of support required by each student. Our approach is flexible and tailored to the individual’s needs.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Mandarin, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese

Use of technology in the classroom

All students receive a MacBook Air or iPad depending on their age, enabling RIS to provide the right type of learning, at the right time, in the right place. It also permits internet filtering and management to ensure appropriate internet use at home and in school.

Technology is also a key part of Challenge-based learning weeks, which focus on teamwork, real-world engagement, creativity and critical thinking: this method of learning is at the heart of learning experiences and curriculum design.

It is significant that after only four years, RIS became one of only three Apple Distinguished schools in Switzerland – recognised by Apple for its innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment, and with documented results of academic accomplishment.

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)

Yes, we did that in March 2020 and it was a successful experience. Being an ADS school with Google educators made virtual teaching easily rolled out and implemented for all.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Our students are aged 3 to 18 so it depends on the age group.

Uniform required

Yes, but it is very contemporary and elegant-casual.

Waiting list

No, but soon for the Bilingual Infant School.

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment

Brief description of entry evaluation required

A rolling admissions policy operates and as in most international schools, students can be admitted at any age - although the most popular are UK years 9, 10 and 12 (for the IB). The student’s level of English is increasingly important for older age groups although this can be compensated by excellence in other areas. Overall academic ability is a key element in the decision since all students will follow at least IB certificate courses and the vast majority the full IB diploma. The procedure is thorough but typical -- school reports, recommendations, tests, interviews and ideally a visit to the school.

Under 10% of the student body receives fee assistance. A small number of IB scholarships are awarded: these are generous amounting to about 75% of normal fees. They are usually means-tested so as to favour students who might not otherwise be able to attend a school of this standard.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We operate a rolling admissions procedure, so there is no cut-off date – although the sooner the better of course.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, they are welcome to join during the school year. Some students come every year from Italy for the winter term to enjoy our ski programme. In the winter term skiing takes centre stage; all students have ski lessons with qualified ski, snowboarding and freestyle instructors (3 times a week) so they have a different timetable. (See above.)

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Excellent IB results for our first batch of IB students in 2020​:​ a 100% pass rate, an average score of 35, nearly a third of students with 40 points or more, and all with a university destination! Two students had 43 points. Both were admitted to Oxford. A number of students are in the Netherlands or Switzerland, and one went to NYU Abu Dhabi. For the others, however, the UK and the US remain the destinations of choice - and for the top performing students, Oxford, Cambridge, the Ivy League and UCL, Imperial and the LSE in London are still at the top of their lists.

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSEs are optional and many students who arrive during the two-year course do not sit them so statistics are not meaningful.
IBDP: 100% pass rate; average score: 36.7: highest score 43 (3 students)
Régent Graduation Diploma: to be launched in September 2021: The Graduation Diploma is designed for those who want to graduate from a “High School” with an appropriate academic background (and therefore be eligible for a university or college education if they wish). They may also do so with the option of combining studies with sports at a much higher level. The two sports that can be included in the diploma have the advantage of exceptional
facilities. They are golf and skiing, and classes will take place with specialist coaches and teachers.

Results in these examinations

Pass rate: 100% (world: 80%)
Average score out of 45: 36.6 (world: 29.8)
Average subject grade: 5.7 (world: 4.8)
percentage of grades 6 and 7: 57% (world: 28%)
Percentage of students obtaining 40 points or more: 50% (world: 10%)
Top score (3 students): 43

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We encourage all our students to develop their personal spirituality through our reflection times. Those who practise a religion are given as many chances to worship as possible.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

We encourage all our students to develop their personal spirituality through our reflection times. Those who practise a religion are given as many chances to worship as possible.

School bus service available

Yes, we own many minibusses and drive our students to and fro.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Pupils are supported by a system of Learning Enrichment that is available to all pupils in both the Junior and Secondary schools. Working with parents, teachers, tutors and most importantly the pupils themselves, the school aims to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses as early as possible. Ultimately, the school seeks to help its pupils access the curriculum so that they can be judged on their capability, and not their limitations.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Le Régent offers a flexible and bespoke academic programme.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

Days start with tutor meetings or reflection sessions at 8:15 and lessons at 8:30. After-school activities start at about 5:00 … but Le Régent lives to the rhythm of the seasons and although structures stay pretty much the same with eight 45-minute periods per day, skiing means that three (or for the IB students two) full afternoons per week in the winter are on the nearby slopes (without counting weekend skiing options). So, timetables change from season to season allowing golf, horse-riding and much more in the autumn, spring and summer. And, of course, Long Expeditions punctuate the terms too meaning that the year feels remarkably varied.

School finish time

Days start with tutor meetings or reflection sessions at 8:15 and lessons at 8:30. After-school activities start at about 5:00 … but Le Régent lives to the rhythm of the seasons and although structures stay pretty much the same with eight 45-minute periods per day, skiing means that three (or for the IB students two) full afternoons per week in the winter are on the nearby slopes (without counting weekend skiing options). So, timetables change from season to season allowing golf, horse-riding and much more in the autumn, spring and summer. And, of course, Long Expeditions punctuate the terms too meaning that the year feels remarkably varied.

Supervised care before/after school

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

All Régents are encouraged to express themselves creatively. A tremendous range of instruments is taught, and students have the opportunity to join music ensembles, orchestra, choirs, and to perform in informal and formal concerts. A variety of art disciplines include oil-painting, print-making, ceramics, textiles, photography, mixed-media work and sculpture.

A programme of productions involves all age groups throughout the year. The students participate in the House public speaking and reading competitions, which at an early age develop the key skill of clear, confident communication to a large audience.
Societies and clubs introduce students to new ideas and to interests and skills beyond the curriculum. Given our exceptional location, special attention is given to outdoor after school clubs such as: orienteering, trail running, skateboarding, big bash cricket, self defence, outdoor yoga, outdoor tennis, football, basketball. Students are particularly attached to their Wednesday afternoon clubs as they are free to live their passion in or off campus and join local clubs. They include Le Régent Golf Academy, downhill MTB, Forest Survival Club, Adventure Sports Club, horse riding and a plethora of winter sports.
Outside speakers inspire students; in addition, many students make short presentations in an area of particular interest like the Model United Nations or the school’s own TED event. Many societies are run by students, helping them to develop their leadership skills as they organise meetings for their peers.
Adventure activities include: Rock climbing, Via Ferrata, Zip Lines, Canyoning, E-Biking, VTT downhill climbing, Paddle boarding, Whitewater rafting, Canoeing/Kayaking, Mine exploration, Snow tubing, Freestyle skiing, Heliskiing, Climbing summits in Valais from 2000m+ to 4000m+, Bisse hiking.

School provided lunches

Yes. Meals are varied and “continental” in style; given our proximity to France and Italy, a continental style dominates but there are also Asian and typical Swiss dishes.
Fish is served one to twice a week at lunch.

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

Yes

Sports activities included

Many schools quote the maxim “a healthy mind in a healthy body”, but there are few places where it is as true as at Le Régent. Our classrooms are outdoors as well as indoors and with an alpine setting like ours, that is no wonder.
Sport is for everyone and it is an integral part of life at Le Régent. Expert tuition and excellent facilities ensure our students find their passion and achieve their potential, developing individual skills, whilst learning the value of teamwork and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

In autumn and summer, Régents practise football, basketball, volleyball, rugby, indoor hockey, fitness, squash and badminton. In the winter term skiing obviously takes center stage; all students have ski lessons with qualified ski, snowboarding and freestyle instructors. All Régents can take private tennis, ballet, yoga/pilates and horse riding lessons.
In our remarkable environment, the Outdoor Education programme inspires and empowers young people, while building the resilience required for both the professional and personal sphere. The Crans-Montana area is a perfect setting for a superb range of activities, led by qualified and experienced professionals, creating moments of self-discovery and increased environmental awareness.

Sports facilities at the school

Sports hall, 2 tennis courts, 3 squash courts, a basketball court, a beach-volleyball court, a synthetic football pitch. And of course, at our doorstep are Crans-sur-Sierre Golf course and the skiing area with 140 km of pistes topped by the Pointe de la Plaine Morte at 2,927m.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, we take part in SGIC sports competitions.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Le Régent, an IB World School and Apple Distinguished School, is the youngest and the most progressive international boarding and day school in Switzerland. Academic excellence, technology, and sport flourish at 1,500m in the unique environment of Crans-Montana, surrounded by 4000m peaks in the sunniest and most mountainous of Swiss cantons.

Purpose-built for children aged 3 to 18, Le Régent offers a flexible and bespoke academic programme leading to IGCSEs, the IB and the Régent Graduation Diploma - which combines IB certificates with specialist sports tracks in golf and skiing.

Le Régent takes full advantage of Crans-Montana’s magnificent skiing, hiking paradise, privileged microclimate, and Switzerland’s finest golf course. Synonymous with challenges, adventure, expeditions and activities, creativity and wellbeing, the unique experience offered at Le Régent is designed to stretch students both physically and mentally, deepen their cultural understanding while giving breadth and depth to academic learning.

Le Régent Outdoor education programme and its expeditions. In our remarkable environment, the Outdoor Education programme inspires and empowers young people, while building the resilience required for both the professional and personal sphere. The Crans-Montana area is a perfect setting for a superb range of activities, led by qualified and experienced professionals, creating moments of self-discovery and increased environmental awareness.
Adventure activities include: Rock climbing, Via Ferrata, Zip Lines, Canyoning, E-Biking, VTT downhill climbing, Paddle boarding, Whitewater rafting, Canoeing/Kayaking, Mine exploration, Snow tubing, Freestyle skiing, Heliskiing, Climbing summits in Valais from 2000m+ to 4000m+, Bisse hiking.

Le Régent is unique amongst Swiss international schools in having LAMDA as part of its curriculum.
Through a bespoke programme, LAMDA acts as a doorway for students to reach their own personal potential in public speaking, as well as helping students to express themselves, especially when English might not be their first language. Results are excellent with 89% of all students achieving Distinctions .

Teaching approach of the school

Le Régent’s mission is to develop:

academic, sporting and artistic talents through rigorous international programmes
a love and understanding of nature and the environment through outdoor education
courtesy, compassion, creativity and courage through study, activities and community life
“future-ready” global citizens – knowledgeable, creative and innovative

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