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:
Friendship and respect
The sense of effort
The pleasure of a job well done
Simplicity and nature
Autonomy and adaptability
Boarding at Chantemerle
5-day boarding or permanent boarding
The choice of boarding can be motivated by various geographical or family reasons, as well as to benefit from Chantemerle’s warm and personalized family atmosphere. Our boarding school is a structured and supportive environment where students learn to live together in a spirit of tolerance and respect. When they leave Chantemerle, our students keep in their adult life this spirit of solidarity and strong sense of friendship which characterize our school.
In a rapidly changing world, Chantemerle offers a space of deceleration that allows children to develop at their own pace, to become autonomous and to take responsibility. The use of electronic devices (smartphones and games) is limited and controlled in a school context and according to the age of the student. Students are taught the importance of punctuality, politeness and simple gestures that are essential and useful for life: saying good morning, making their bed, tidying their room and taking care of their belongings, handing in their homework on time. Handicrafts and nature-based learning activities remind our students of the importance of simplicity and nature in their lives.
The students are supported by the staff and educators who are present 24/7 to ensure that life at Chantemerle runs smoothly. A school nurse is permanently present at the school and can follow the children in relation to their health. The intelligent and rigorous application of simple community rules contributes to the smooth running of the establishment and its harmony.
Most of our rooms have a beautiful view of the lake and private “en-suite” bathrooms. After classes, students can enjoy the many recreational areas, the terrace and the natural outdoor spaces.
Special attention is given to food. Carrying the “Fourchette Verte” quality label, varied and balanced home-made menus cooked from local ingredients are offered.
Day school at Chantemerle
A program that meets the needs of families
Approximately 20% of our students live in the area and study at Chantemerle as day students. Our day program is completely complementary to the boarding program and students are integrated into the rhythm of the school in the same way as the boarders:
- Full on-site care at the school with flexible hours from 7:30am to 6:30pm
- Balanced and varied home-cooked meals and snacks
- Accompanied studies under teacher supervision on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
- A varied and balanced program of activities (Sport, Art and Nature program)
- A shuttle bus (Blonay-Montreux-Vevey)
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 outdoor activities 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):
- Sport academies : soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, horse riding, ski, ice hockey
- 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