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Philosophy and History


“In front of a child, we can but feel affection for who they are and who they may become one day.”
- G. Méan, School Director.


To inspire our community to be responsible global citizens in an ever changing world.



The Mission of La Garenne International School is to educate children from around the world, in a warm family atmosphere in which we promote traditional Swiss values of openness, responsibility, organisation, honesty, politeness and respect. The school strives to nurture the talents of each child, meeting their individual needs and aspirations and preparing them to be responsible global citizens.

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Our Core Aims:


  • Give each child individual attention: striving to make them feel appreciated, and to keep them happy, motivated and healthy.

  • Teach children how to live in an international community: developing tolerance and respect for others, thereby developing compassion and inter-cultural understanding.
  • Guarantee a high-quality, holistic learning environment: combining inspirational, enquiry-based learning and an enriching extra-curricular programme to promote the development of the whole child and to provide each individual student the opportunity to flourish in exceptional surroundings.
  • Instil a life-long passion for learning: stimulating the children to be curious, creative, and independent critical thinkers.


At La Garenne we have adopted the phrase “Be Happy and Never, Never, Never Give Up” as our motto, to encourage wellbeing, effort and resilience in all aspects of life and for all members of the school community.





Founded in 1947, La Garenne International School is owned and managed by the Méan family. Since 1980 two generations have ensured that year after year educational expertise alongside traditional and cultural values is upheld and passed on.

Here is a short history of La Garenne School, giving an insight to school life including expeditions, winter sports and Villars in the 70’s.


Construction of a new school building ‘Beau Site’ begins, providing bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms for our junior students, common and relaxation areas as well as a multi-function room for theatre, exams, celebrations and so on. 

The school campus and buildings are continuously improved and meticulously maintained to ensure the children live in comfort and security.

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The bedrooms, dining room and administrative offices within La Garenne main building are sensitively modernised, retaining the charming chalet style and upgrading functionality. The cosy bedrooms, modern bathrooms, attractive dining room with mountain views, and offices, serve the school community well whilst retaining a ‘home from home’ feel. 

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Académia opens, with its charming chalet-style facade and modern comforts combined with the latest technology within.



Two plots of land are purchased and work on the new academic building ‘Académia’ begins. With nine state-of-the-art fully equipped classrooms, a laboratory, a student lounge and library, separate locker rooms, offices and facilities for the disabled, ‘Academia’ was designed to exceed today’s high academic standards.

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Grégory Méan with his wife and former student Céline, succeed his brother and his wife. Their main goal is to perpetuate the traditional values and educational philosophy of the family.





Monsieur & Madame de Lattre take over the direction of the school.  The very dynamic couple decides therefore to enlarge the existing building and to create an English section, which will lead to a great success.  The naps (siestas) are no longer part of the daily programme enabling the children to enjoy and benefit from various sports’ activities.


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