Founded in 1966 by Mathilde and Jean Wegmüller, Chantemerle is a private school located in Switzerland, in Blonay, Canton Vaud. Chantemerle welcomes students from the age of 6, in boarding and day school. Over the years, our school has been recognized for the quality of its teaching and its personalized family atmosphere.
Based on tradition and common sense, our goals and educational approach have remained true to our founders’ values since 1966:
- Maintain a healthy, caring and rigorous environment where children are happy to come and learn every day
- Build solid academic foundations and teach students effective methods and learning strategies
- Build self confidence and transmit the taste for effort and the pleasure of learning
In this increasingly complex and fast changing world, we want to transmit the new generation key values for a happy, well balanced life:
Always try your best, stay positive
Learn to adapt and challenge yourself
Always be respectful, attentive to others
Stay in touch with nature
Our primary objective is to bring each student to his or her full potential through personal and academic success.
From primary school to the end of middle school, Chantemerle proposes a comprehensive and internationally recognized program, giving each student the opportunity to continue his studies according to his choice of orientation.
Chantemerle successfully prepares for the Epreuves Cantonales de Reference (ECR), the French National Brevet as well as for admission exams into cantonal high schools (Vaud, Valais, Geneva).
High school students prepare for either the French-speaking Swiss matura, the French Baccalaureate or the English-speaking IB diploma. For more information..
Boarding or day school ?
Chantemerle offers boarding school (5 or 7 days) and day school. The choice of boarding is motivated by geographical or family reasons, as well as to benefit from continuous and personalized supervision. 7-day boarders, often too far away to go home, often stay at Chantemerle on weekends, and during October and February school breaks.
About 20% of our students are day school students and benefit from Chantemerle full service to families: flexible arrival/departure times (from 07h50 to 19h00), supervised studies, meals and all sports, artistic and cultural activities. A shuttle bus is available between Blonay train station and the school.
Beautifully located in nature
The school is beautifully located on a vast domain of landscaped nature overlooking lake Léman and the Swiss alps less than 30 minutes from Lausanne and one hour from Geneva. Since 1990, Chantemerle has considerably developed and extended its facilities:
- 10 light and spacious classrooms with multimedia facilities
- 20 charming south facing bedrooms with lake view (2 to 4 students). About half or our rooms are “en suite”with private bathroom
- Sports facilities include a tennis and soccer field, two basketball courts, an archery range as well as football and volleyball courts. A dance room and a dojo complement our sport facilities.
Promoting healthy living and autonomy
In today’s fast paced world, Chantemerle offers a peaceful and well-balanced learning environment where students receive an exceptional education.
The process of helping our students take responsibility and becoming autonomous is one of our key task. We teach them the importance of simple daily routines such as arriving on time, making their beds and tidying up their room.
During the school year, we educate children about a reasonable use of personal electronic devices (smartphones and tablets). Access to electronic devices is monitored and their use is controlled and permitted at certain time during the week and the weekend. However, maintaining a strong family link with parents is essential and children can be contacted at anytime by phone/skype (WIFI available).
At Chantemerle, students go on weekly nature walks and promenades and spend most of their free time outdoors on the school campus. We feel that walking allows students to assimilate their thoughts, to decelerate and be around nature and silence. We teach our pupils to be attentive to nature and its wonders. Healthy eating and learning to eat healthy is important at Chantemerle.
Our school follows the Fourchette Verte quality label which promotes well balanced meals with particular emphasis on serving fresh fruits and vegetables bought from local farmers. Special dietary requirements can be arranged on demand.
At Chantemerle we believe that every student is gifted and talented. Every single one. It is our duty to make all these talents visible and celebrated.
Personal development is achieved through a variety of enriching sport, art and cultural activities ranging from archery and drama to circus skills and piano, from 3D printing and canvas painting to cooking classes, from yoga and ballroom dancing to boxing. For more information on the personal enrichment program at Chantemerle…
Very active since its creation ten years ago, our school of performing arts allows our students to discover and exploit their talents. Every December and June, In particular, our students practice their circus skills, as well as ballroom dancing (salsa, tango, waltz) and hip-hop, as well as singing, musical instruments (piano, guitar, cello) and drama.
Our Study & Art programs enable young talents to combine a normal school education at Chantemerle with high-level artistic practice (classic and modern dance, piano, violin, etc..). For more information…
Arts & crafts
In an era where digital screens have invaded our lives and capture a large part of our children’s leisure time, we tend to abandon know-how and manual work. At Chantemerle, we encourage all our students to discover the pleasure of cooking, manual work, arts & crafts, wood and stone cutting as well as gardening.
Chantemerle proposes a rich program of selected sports. It was developed based on the idea that sport is an important ingredient of personal development. At Chantemerle, during the school year, all students are invited to participate to the following sports:
- Team sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball) to teach team work
- Martial arts (jiu -jitsu/ and boxing) to build self confidence
- Target sports (archery) to develop concentration
- Swimming and running to build individual fitness and endurance
- Winter sports (ski, snowboard) for the fun and joy of nature
Our Study & Sport program allows emerging, aspiring or elite student-athletes to complete their education while maintaining a rigorous sport training programme. For more information…
Cultural outings and excursions
Chantemerle has a 52-seat coach and 2 minibuses with 16 seats, which give us the necessary autonomy and flexibility to help our students discover Switzerland and its wonders.
One museum visit per term is planned in the school setting. These visits are targeted and prepared in class with the art and history teacher: Musée de l’Alimentarium, Musée Gianada in Martigny, Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Musée de l’art brut in Lausanne. Themed excursions are also available on Wednesday afternoons and weekends: the Bex salt mines, the Nestlé chocolate factory, educational and scientific workshops at the University of Lausanne, guided tours of Basel, Geneva or Bern, mountain walks.
Chantemerle regularly attends the Théâtre du Reflet in Vevey and the Théâtre de l’Octogone in Pully.
During our school breaks, excursions and visits are planned abroad or in Switzerland
October 2019 (planned): visit of Budapest, February 2020: winter sports, visit of Basel, the Beyeler Museum and the zoo.
Anne White, school nurse and Administrative Director
Jean Wegmüller, Founder and Director
Yann Wegmüller, Director of Programs
Katia Stanek, admissions
E Enzelin, Mathematics
M Kussmaul, French, History/G
C Bochaton, French, History/G
MT Arnaldi, Literature & society
D Sharpe, English
C Veicht, English
M Sigrist, German
J Wegmüller, Philosophy
Y Wegmüller, Sciences
B Birolini, Sciences
P Pembele, robotics, 3D
L Ménécé, primary school
D Chablais, primary school
N Manser, music
V. Khachaturova, arts
A White (school nurse)
I Choukane, boarding school headmaster
A Belhenini, educator
M Soares, sports
B Pulfer, mountain & nature
Boarding house maintenance
Tim (cooking chef)
Margarita Paz Vaca
Marie Sol Gonzales
Roberto Gomes, driver