Presentation of Ecole Chantemerle

A school where children are happy to come, learn and grow every day.

Founded in 1966 by Mathilde and Jean Wegmüller, Chantemerle is a private school located in Switzerland, in the charming village of Blonay (canton Vaud). Chantemerle welcomes boarding and day students from Switzerland and from all over the world.

Beautifully located in nature, overlooking lake Geneva and the Alps, Chantemerle offers a safe, healthy and structured learning environment for students ages 6 to 18. 

Over the years, our school has been recognized for the quality of its teaching and its personalized family atmosphere.

 

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Our purpose, our approach and our values

Our main purpose is to help every student to reach their potential through personal and academic success.

Our approach takes a positive look at each student, a look of success for all. It is based on the idea that everyone can succeed providing they evolve in a caring and rigorous learning environment, where they are active in their learning and encouraged in their progress. 

In this increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, we strive to pass on authentic skills and values to the new generation : 

  • Positivity
  • Adaptation 
  • Respect
  • Simplicity
  • Nature

Our programs

Chantemerle offers 3 types of programs for children and teenagers from 5 to 18 years of age:

Academic school year

From Primary to High school
Baccalaureate & Swiss Matura
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Sports-Arts-Study (elite programs)

Camps

Summer camps
Winter camps

Language education

French immersion
Bilingual French/English immersion

Boarding school at Chantemerle

 

A healthy and structured family environment

Chantemerle offers boarding (5 or 7 days) and day school options. The choice of boarding can be motivated by various reasons (geographical or family reasons), as well as to benefit from a caring and personalized attention.

In a rapidly changing world, Chantemerle offers a space for deceleration that allows children to develop their potential and natural skills at their own pace, to become autonomous and to take responsibility for their studies and their lives. 

Students are supervised 24/7 by the school directors and their dedicated team who live and work at Chantemerle. 

Daily schedules are organized around regular class hours, coached study hours, and after class activities. Walks in the great outdoors contribute to creating moments of silence and observation while making our students aware of their natural environment.

At Chantemerle, we take the time to reinforce the learning of essential, simple and daily routines, e.g. punctuality and politeness, saying ‘good morning‘, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, making your bed and tidying your room.

The intelligent and rigorous application of community rules contributes to the smooth running of our school life and its harmony. We use challenges and problems as opportunities for dialogue and growth. 

We are privileged to have an in-house school nurse permanently present at the school that promotes healthy living and safety. 

We promote the reasonable use of personal electronic devices and video games, and limit their utilisation. A minimum of 30 minutes per day of reading time is encouraged for everyone.

The spirit of friendship and solidarity

Chantemerle’s boarding school is a friendly and pleasant place to live, learn and grow. Every child acquires naturally strong social values and friends for life. 

The boarding students sleep on site in bright and pleasant 2-3 bedded rooms. Most of our rooms have their own private en-suite bathrooms.

In an international setting, our students learn to live together with understanding and respect for each other. In their adult life, they will cherish this spirit of solidarity and friendship that characterizes our school.

Special attention is paid to food and healthy living. Accredited by the “Fourchette Verte” quality label, we offer varied and well-balanced menus that are home-cooked with local ingredients by our experienced Spanish chef Ari.

Day school at Chantemerle

A program that meets the needs of families

Approximately 20% of our students come from the region. They are welcomed into our all-in-one program that is available from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm with flexible departure and arrival times. 

They follow the same daily schedule as boarders, including healthy meals and snacks. They take part in all supervised studies and extra-curricular activities at Chantemerle.

Chantemerle welcomes day students as from 5 years old. The school program proposed is complementary to the Swiss public program. Our students prepare for the exam admission to the public high schools (gymnases) and the Swiss Federal Maturity. 

Our shuttle bus service is available for families of Vevey, Montreux, and Blonay.

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Personal development 

Afterclass Sports, Arts & Nature activities

During extra-curricular time, Chantemerle offers its students a varied program of activities. Sport of course, for the important role it plays in a young person’s life, but also contact with nature and artistic creativity in all its forms.

At the request of the parents, sport-study or art-study programs can be set up. In partnership with local elite clubs and art schools, these programmes bring together young talents who wish to combine formal academic training with high-level artistic or sports training (between 8 and 12 hours of training per week):

  • Main sport academies : soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, horse riding, ski, ice hockey
  • Main art schools : ballet dancing, piano, cello and violin

Personalized coaching programmes can also be set up on request.

A passionate and experienced team of teachers and educators

Chantemerle school has about fifteen teachers and educators, each of them specialists in his or her field. We work as a team, involving the parents so that everyone gives the best of themselves for the well-being and success of our students.

Our teachers, educators and house staff are chosen for their experience, caring, passion for education and the knowledge they pass on to the students. All of our staff members undergo continuous training both inside and outside the school.

Famille Wegmüller

Famille Wegmüller

Directors

55 years of experience in education. Yann, Jean and Anne Wegmüller

Katia

Katia

Administrative Assistant

Teaching as an adventure, never a duty.

Jean

Jean

Teacher of "savoir être"

Céline

Céline

French, History and Geography teacher

To teach is to transmit by building confidence.

Elena

Elena

Mathematic teacher

My quest is to show students that math is accessible to all.

Valeryia

Valeryia

History of art and visual arts

I share my love for the arts in all its forms.

Abdel

Abdel

Sport teacher

Footballeur de haut niveau, ma passion c’est l’éducation par le sport.

Martin

Martin

German teacher

Philosophe et germaniste. Mon défi: Faire aimer la langue allemande

Patrick

Patrick

Technology & robotics

L’important dans la vie c’est d’avancer, sans se décourager.

Ari, Mari-Sol, Margarita

Ari, Mari-Sol, Margarita

L'équipe en cuisine

Pour une cuisine sans beurre et sans reproche..

Marcos

Marcos

Professeur de boxe et de danse

Quand la salsa rencontre la boxe
Ilham

Ilham

Responsable Internat et relations parents

La motivation au coeur des projets d’accompagnement des adolescents

Arina

Enseignante de piano

Envie d’apprendre le piano?
Nelida

Nelida

Restauration et bien être

Je m’assure que tous les enfants mangent sainement et avec plaisir.

Yotso

Yotso

Maître d'oeuvre

L’important dans la vie c’est d’avancer, sans se décourager.

Marie-Hélène

Institutrice

Nathalie

Professeure de musique et de violoncelle

Dominique

Institutrice

Muriel

Professeur d'histoire/Géographie et Civisme

Bruno

Professeur de français

Yann

Professeur de science

Mark

Professeur d'anglais

Charmaine

Professeur d'anglais primaire

Paul

Educateur, logistique

Ines

stagiaire éducatrice