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.
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 happy to learn and encouraged in their progress.
In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, we also want to pass on authentic values and life skills to the new generation:
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)
Bilingual French/English immersion
Boarding school at Chantemerle
A healthy and structured family environment
With a maximum capacity of 65 boarding students, Chantemerle offers a stimulating and safe environment where one learns to live in community, developing its sense of responsibilities while studying and having fun.
Chantemerle offers 5 or 7 days boarding 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 personal study time, rest 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 healthy living
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. Photos and videos of Chantemerle and its facilities here..
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.
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.
55 years experience in Education. Jean Wegmüller, Yann Wegmüller, Anne White-Wegmüller