Why choose GEMS Switzerland?
Whether you’re moving to Switzerland from abroad or considering a different type of school from those in the traditional Swiss system, we know choosing a new school isn’t a decision any parent takes lightly.
GEMS World Academy Switzerland (GWAS) is an international day school for children ages 3 to 18. From our foundation in 2013, we have always set out to offer parents and children something different. Here are some of the main features that make our school so special.
Whenever we ask parents and children what they like and rate most highly about GEMS World Academy Switzerland, one answer is always the same: the quality, energy and dedication of our teachers.
Our teachers and support staff come from different backgrounds and have experience teaching all over the world. This means there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ GWAS teacher – but all our educators share a similar approach. They are all experts in our International Baccalaureate curriculum, with many of them active IB examiners. What’s more, their style of teaching is highly collaborative. Lessons are designed to be a dialogue between the teacher and their class, with students encouraged to ask questions, explore ideas and think for themselves.
Our educational programme is centered on the child, with a unique focus on each student’s emotional and social wellbeing, as well as their individual academic needs.
We have a strong parental engagement programme and a very active GEMS Parent Group (GPG). Families are at the heart of the community. In keeping with this, many of our facilities are open for parents to use, such as the Sports Centre and Language Centre - and you can even join your children for lunch in our restaurant.
At GWAS, students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology. Our Sports Centre includes two indoor swimming pools, a multi-court sports hall, dance and fitness studios and a climbing wall. Our science and design labs are equipped with leading technology such as a 3D printer and laser cutter - and our campus houses a Discovery World Library, a World Language Learning Centre, a Music Academy and TV and Radio Studios.
We are one of only 324 schools worldwide, and the only international school between Geneva and Lausanne, that teaches all three International Baccalaureate Programmes - the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). This means GWAS children enjoy a consistent approach to education right from the beginning and throughout their school years.
The IB offers a unique approach to learning, helping students become more open-minded, analytical and independent. It’s an education that is highly prized by the world’s leading Universities.
We currently have more than 35 nationalities represented in our student body and nearly 50 nationalities including our staff. The top four nationalities are Swiss, British, French and American, but our students come from all continents and bring a diverse variety of cultures and languages to the school. While the main language of instruction at GWAS is English, we celebrate our diversity and believe that understanding and respecting it leads our students to becoming true global citizens.
GWAS is part of a global network of award-winning GEMS schools with a 59-year heritage of academic excellence. The GEMS family comprises thousands of students from over 150 nations, studying in 14 countries and more than 250 schools around the world.
Thanks to our place within the GEMS Global School Network, we benefit from sharing the skills and techniques that are working successfully at other schools around the world.
Located in the heart of the La Côte region between Geneva and Lausanne, our school offers all the benefits of living in Switzerland.
The country’s ubiquitous mountains and lakes provide plenty of opportunities for sporting and outdoor activities in some of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes.
Switzerland is famous for its exceptional quality of life. It ranked second in the World’s Happiness Report 2016, which classifies 156 countries by their happiness levels, and is the fifth best country worldwide for expats, according to the 2016 Expat Explorer Survey. Life expectancy is the second highest in the world and crime rates are among the lowest in industrialised countries.
We are one of only 5 schools in the GEMS international network to have the premium World Academy designation.