Lugano, Switzerland

Boarding School - Via Collina d'Oro, Switzerland

age icon 11-17 years old

time icon 53 weeks


Immerse yourself in a transformative academic experience at our prestigious boarding school, where students of all ages and abilities are inspired to excel.

  • Grounded in the boarding school's Mission Statement, our curriculum fosters a passion for excellence and values such as responsibility, civility, compassion, justice, and honesty.

  • Rooted in the classical liberal arts tradition, courses explore Western civilization and global cultures, enhanced by our central European location.

  • We leverage the Core Knowledge, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate programs, ensuring a comprehensive education.

  • With English as the primary language, our curriculum includes a robust English as an Additional Language (EAL) program.

  • Students consistently achieve remarkable success in the IB Diploma, opening doors to renowned universities worldwide.

  • Supported by dedicated counseling, students secure admissions to prestigious institutions like Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, and more, preparing for a future of academic excellence.

Elementary School

  • Founded in 1956 by M. Crist Fleming, the oldest American college-preparatory boarding school in Europe.

  • Elementary School serves Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5, established in 2005, with 220 students from 30+ nations.

  • Located on Collina d’Oro, Montagnola, offering a vibrant international community, science labs, dining halls, and playgrounds.

  • Early Childhood Center (Al Focolare) for Pre-K to Grade 1 with dedicated facilities.

Middle School

  • A bridge between Elementary and High School, offering English and Italian sections, EAL program, and after-school activities.

  • Dynamic global community, emphasizing engagement with diverse cultures.

  • Grades 6–8 have the option of living in on-campus dormitories.

High School

  • Prepares students for university with Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

  • Challenging academic curriculum, emphasizing engagement with diverse cultures.

  • Predominantly a boarding community, fostering understanding and friendships among students from 60+ countries.

International Baccalaureate

  • Offers IB Program since 1995, providing opportunities for full IB Diploma or individual courses and exams.

  • Rigorous two-year curriculum for students aged 16–19, promoting a balanced education and international understanding.

Advanced Placement

  • AP Program allows qualified students to take college-level courses in high school.

  • Boarding school offers AP courses based on interest, covering various subjects.

  • AP exam scores used for college credit, and over 90% of US colleges accept AP credits.

2022 University Destinations

With help from an outstanding faculty and first-rate College Counseling Office, all students who plan to attend university have successfully found a new home for next year. As of May 31, the 102 students in the Class of 2022 have received 259 offers of admission to 157 universities in 19 countries, and there will be more acceptance letters arriving in the coming weeks. 

The reputation of the students remains strong, and they have been admitted to some of the most selective and well-known universities in the world, including Boston University, Columbia University, Duke University, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Georgetown University, Humanitas University (Medicine), IE University, King’s College London, Imperial College London, New York University, Purdue University, Queen Mary University of London, University College London, University of Lausanne (Medicine), University of Southern California, UCLA, the University of Toronto, Williams College, and Yale University.

In addition, the many talented artists in the Class of 2022 drew the attention of a number of renowned art schools around the world, earning offers from University of the Arts London, Parsons University, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Ravensbourne University London. 

Tuition Fees Approximately

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