Private school in Switzerland

Boarding and day school since 1966

Achieving personal and academic success

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A personalized family

environment

Located in the middle of nature in Blonay, close to Montreux and Geneva, Chantemerle offers a healthy and nurturing environ-ment where students are happy to come to study and grow.

primary school

The passion for learning

We believe that every child has the potential to be an inspired and passionate learner providing they evolve in a caring and rigorous environment, where they are active in their learning and encouraged in their progress. 

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 Becoming autonomous

Our students learn to overcome the difficulty and not only by turning to the adult, but also by going back, looking for the information in the right place, and trying to understand why the method used was not effective.

Welcome to Chantemerle

 

Founded in 1966 by Mathilde and Jean Wegmüller, Chantemerle is a private boarding school located in Blonay (Canton de Vaud). Chantemerle welcomes Swiss and International students starting at ages 6 for school year programs, study abroad programs and educational summer or winter camps. With a maximum capacity of 65 boarders and day students, our school is renowned for the quality of its teaching and its personalized family atmosphere. Beautifully located in the heart of nature, close to Geneva, Montreux and Lausanne, Chantemerle offers a healthy, safe and structured learning environment.

Our purpose is to help every student to reach their potential through personal and academic success. Based on tradition and common sense our educational approach aims at transmitting strong values, a taste for effort and the passion for learning in a rigorous, healthy and caring environment.

From primary school to high school, Chantemerle students learn the skills and methods necessary to pursue their studies in confidence according to the orientation of their choice: The Swiss federal diploma (Matura), the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB).

In a rapidly changing world, it is important to focus not only on academic knowledge but also on social, emotional and practical skills. These skills are an integral part of Chantemerle’s school curriculum and are developed through sports, outdoor activities, art and community projects.

We are aware that choosing the right school for your child is an important decision. Mr. Yann Wegmüller, Program Director (+41 79 393 8767), is available for a first discussion or a visit of Chantemerle.

The Wegmüller family with the Chantemerle team (May 2022)

Our academic programs

Chantemerle offers an official French-speaking education preparing for the Swiss Federal Matura or the French Baccalaureate. Complementary to the Swiss public system, we also prepare our students for vocational studies and admission to public high schools. The positive results obtained year after year in national and cantonal exams demonstrate the quality of our teaching.

Chantemerle also offers an international program in English and prepares students for the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Students with a sufficient level of English (B2+) can then enter the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

Primary school (ages 6-10)

Primary

Five progressive and rigorous learning levels (ages 6 to 10) to lay a solid foundation and prepare for entry into secondary education. French, English and German are taught at all levels. For more information..

middle-school

Secondary

Middle school marks is the first step into secondary education. Students ages 11 to 15 prepare for official certificates of secondary education (French DNB and Cambridge IGCSE). For more information..

high-school

High school

High school students prepare for the prestigious Swiss Federal Matura diploma, the French Baccalaureate as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB diploma). For more information..

An effective and structured approach

Our approach takes a positive view of each student, a view of success for all. It is based on the idea that students will succeed all the better if they are happy and confident. For this to happen, they must evolve within a structured framework, be active in their learning, encouraged and valued in their progress. 

We believe in the effectiveness of simple and clearly defined rituals in the classroom and during personal study time. These rituals are designed to build student autonomy and self confidence. Learning then becomes effective, the student progresses rapidly.

Clearly defined expected outcomes

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE FOR LIFE

We want all our students to become confident adults, able to understand and respect the world in which they live. Together with them, we build a solid foundation of knowledge and practical skills for life.

Language skills

At Chantemerle, a special place is given to language learning. French is our main language, English and German are taught intensively from the first years of primary school.

CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

In our classrooms and on activity, we strive to develop our students’ critical thinking skills by teaching them to ask questions, analyse the information and make the best possible decisions when faced with complex problems. 

Passion for learning

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well”. Chantemerle encourages passion and purpose in everything students do. We create an atmosphere for children to always do their best.

Autonomy and self confidence

Through individual and group activities, combined with regular and systematic formative assessments, our students learn to know themselves, to formulate their objectives and their personal needs. They become autonomous and confident.

Creativity

Creativity cannot be learned by formulas or rules. In the classroom, in nature activities or in sports, we stimulate the creativity of our students by teaching them to think differently, to dare to make mistakes and to learn from them.

Chantemerle overall study plan

Study-plan

A healthy and balanced place to study and live