Middle school program, private boarding and day school

Preparing for international High Schools and Swiss gymnasium


11 to 15 years

Diplomas and certifications

French National Exam
Admission to Swiss maturity & I.B programs
Language certifications (DELF, Cambridge, DaF)


Boarding school (5 or 7 days)
Day school

Middle school academic goals at Chantemerle

The middle school years at Chantemerle are an exciting time as students become increasingly independent with their studies and begin to take more responsibility for their learning.

Our major goal for middle school at Chantemerle is to encourage students to become increasingly self-directing, moving from dependent pupils to motivated and autonomous lifelong learners.

In middle school, students at Chantemerle prepare for the national Diplôme National du Brevet as well as for admission into Swiss Gymnases. They are also encouraged to prepare and sit official language certifications in French (DELF), English (Cambridge) and German (Goethe).


Chantemerle follows the French national education guidelines adapted to match the Swiss requirements.

The program is organized around seven key competences:

  • Ability to think mathematically
  • Command of the French language
  • Proficiency in English and German
  • Ability to reason scientifically
  • Learn how to learn efficiently and in autonomy
  • Understand IT and algorithm-based programming
  • Develop a humanist culture and solid civic skills

Advanced programs are proposed to prepare for admission into Swiss High School programs (Gymnases) preparing for the Swiss Maturite (advanced Mathematics, French, English, German, OS Economics & Law).

Learning for all

At Chantemerle we strongly believe that all students can succeed, and also that each student has his or her own unique patterns of learning.

As teachers, we are faced with the inevitable challenge of dividing time, resources, and ourselves to maximize the learning process for everyone in the class. To favor this kind of attention, our classes have an appropriate number of students (12 max). During class, time is allowed during class for engaging in discovery, observation and questioning. We use real-world practice activities in pairs, making extensive use of repetition, verbalization and memorization to consolidate knowledge and finally help everyone to reach his/her potential.

Weekly time table middle school 2017/2018


13h30-14h20History / GeographySciences & technologySciences & technologyHistory / GeographyArts
14h25-15h15ArtsHistory / GeographyCitizenshipSciences & technologyMusic / choir
15h35-16H30TutoringTutoringSports, arts, cultural visitsTutoringMusic / choir
15h50-16H30Sports, arts, private tuitionsSports, arts, private tuitionsSports, arts, cultural visitsSports, arts, private tuitionsAfter class activities
16h30-19H30Sports, arts, private tuitionsSports, arts, private tuitionsSports, arts, private tuitionsSports, arts, private tuitionsWeek-end