Grade 9 and 10 students begin their high school education with course grades counting toward their final diploma.

Developing Responsibility

The weekly timetable reflects the demanding preparatory years curriculum. Optional excursions and activities are organized for the weekend, as with all LAS students. Winter term includes ski or snowboard lessons on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Preparatory students take 6 core subjects. In addition, Grade 9 includes the study of Health & PE, while Grade 10 adds Academic Literacy as the 7th subject. Grade 10 students are also given the option to participate in the Model United Nations activity.

Grade 9 and 10 students are given age-appropriate independence and will be expected to act responsibly. For example, they will have study hall in their rooms, under the supervision of dorm heads. In Grade 10, students will begin meeting with the university counselors in preparation for life after LAS.


Grade 9 and 10 boys live in either the Eden or Savoy dormitory. Grade 9 and 10 girls live in Vermont or in Beau Site. Living in an international boarding school environment helps students to build strong relationships with their peers in their dorm, faculty family, and their dorm heads.

Overall Educational Experience

Other academic events take place throughout the year to enhance the student’s educational experience. LETS Day in the fall helps students to study the local environment to enhance their science courses. In the spring, students travel to France to practice what they have learned in their French classes.

Once a student finishes grade 10 at LAS, they are well-prepared for the IB Programme or any other academically challenging program. Students learn to problem solve and find creative solutions to various topics.



Students entering grades 9-10 at LAS have two options:

  • ESL program
  • Mainstream courses

Both programs are meant to prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme. Students will have seven classes which match the number of courses they would have in the LAS IB Programme in grades 11-12.

possible schedules.

Grade 9 Mainstream

  • English 9
  • French 1
  • Social Studies 9
  • ESL Integrated Science 9
  • Math 9 Studies/Math 9/Math 9 Honors
  • Arts Elective or 2nd MFL
  • Physical Education

Grade 9 ESL

  • ESL Literature & Reading 9
  • ESL Skills 9
  • ESL Social Studies 9
  • ESL Integrated Science 9
  • Math 9 Studies/Math 9/Math 9 Honors
  • Arts Elective or 2nd MFL
  • Physical Education

Grade 10 Mainstream

  • English 10
  • French 2
  • World History 10
  • Integrated Science/Chemistry
  • Math Studies 10/Math 10/Math 10 Honors
  • Arts Elective or 2nd MFL
  • Academic Literacy

Grade 10 ESL

  • ESL Literature & Reading 10
  • ESL Skills 10
  • ESL World History 10
  • ESL Integrated Science 10
  • Math 10 Studies/Math 10/Math 10 Honors
  • Arts Elective or 2nd MFL
  • Academic Literacy

Student schedules are made to match each student's particular educational needs.

Project Time

In addition to these course options, during the ski season, we have a project time. This allows students to choose a topic of interest and work intensely over ten weeks to better prepare the student for the IB Program. In grade 9 the project are related to science, mathematics and physical geography. These are presented at our annual GLOBE Day. In Grade 10, the students choose a topic and are guided through an extensive essay writing process. The culminating event for this is our Grade Ten Essay Expo held during the last week of school before Spring Break.


Admissions Procedure

Application Form - Completed in BLOCK CAPITAL LETTERS and signed by one of the student’s parents or legal guardians. The application can also be filled out online.

Application Fee - There is a 500 CHF non-refundable application fee, payable when the Application Form is submitted.

School Transcripts - Transcripts or school reports should be submitted for the last 3 academic years. (Note: All non-English transcripts must be officially translated and submitted in English.)

Passport & Passport-style Photo - Scan the pages indicating the passport number, expiration date, and place of issue. We also need a digital passport-style photo.

Essay - The student essay portion must be handwritten independently by the applicant in English. The question can be found on page 7.

Recommendations - Completed by Math and English teachers and a school counselor/ administrator or another teacher.

Placement Tests - A Math test must be taken before any decision can be made as well as an English-as-a-Second Language test for non-native speakers. An English Proficiency Test such as the IELTS or TOEFL will also be accepted.

Interview - An interview with a member of the Admissions Team is required. It can be performed on or off campus, via Skype or telephone.

Visit (optional) - Applicants are invited to spend a day on campus to familiarize themselves with the school, meet the Admissions Team, be interviewed and sit assessment tests.

Candidate Evaluation and Acceptance - Applications are assessed by the Admissions Committee before a final acceptance decision is made. Decisions will be conveyed to applicants within ten working days of receipt of a fully completed file, including test results and interview comments. Accepted students will receive the acceptance package, electronically and/or by courier/postal services.

Enrollment - In order to guarantee a student’s place at LAS the payment of a security deposit is required within 10 business days following the acceptance date. The enrollment process is complete when the Admissions Office receives all required documents.

Financial Info

Application Fee Security Deposit Tuition Capital Improvement Fund Personal Account
Price 500 CHF 8,000 CHF 91,000 CHF 3,000 CHF 8,000 CHF
Payable by Upon submitting the application form Within 10 days of acceptance May 1st or within 10 days of acceptance May 1st or within 10 days of acceptance Before student arrival
Info One time fee Refundable approximately within 3 months after student permanently leaves LAS. Yearly Fee New students only. Used for development and beautification of LAS campuses. This account covers students’ personal expenses and is managed by the Accounting Office (see pg 3).

*LAS payment details and bank information will be provided together with the invoice.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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