Offering the liberal arts in an environment of excellence.
Lemania-Verbier International School was established in response to a growing demand for an international, bilingual education in Verbier among the expatriate population. Over the past 10 years the region has seen a significant influx of international families, no doubt attracted by its unique location that juxtaposes a safe and healthy natural environment with a near-by international airport. In the arms of an advantageous fiscal policy, Verbier is a stamping ground for jetsetters. The region has become an attractive location for small businesses, family offices, affluent individuals and investment brokers looking to set up a base of operations. In this environment, Lemania-Verbier International School has experienced exponential growth since its founding.
Founded in 2010 as St. George’s School, the new LVIS assumed ownership and management of the school in 2013.
LVIS offers a high label international education with two admission periods, one in September and a second between January and April. Children aged 4 to 16 come from families living in Verbier and the extended Val de Bagnes valley that has a strong and growing expatriate community. The number of new primary residence constructions by international families has increased over the past 10 years, and it is estimated that around 40% of the population living in Val de Bagnes today are expatriate families.
Lemania-Verbier International School offers a bilingual program in English and French. The faculty believe in providing students with a well-rounded education, and offers a range of extracurricular sports, with a focus on skiing. Since Verbier is situated at the heart of one of the biggest ski resorts in Europe, LVIS students practice the sport twice a week throughout the winter.
The newly opened middle school ensures that families can continue sending their children to middle school in Verbier after completing their primary years, as opposed to enrolling them in the public Swiss school system in the valley.
A preparatory year is due as of September 2014. The programme is designed to respond to the needs of a highly diverse range of students, and is the bridge between the middle school and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP). The school will also be offering the opportunity for full-time and weekly accommodation, giving students a chance to benefit from a boarding experience in a family-like, fun and safe environment. The boarding school is open to all children 12 years and up. A balanced approach between academic achievement, the arts and sports will be reflected in the boarding experience.
Lemania-Verbier International School aims to provide its students with a liberal arts education while being immersed in a beautiful and safe mountain environment.
Learning is inspired by critical thinking, creativity and an open-minded approach to the cultures and beliefs of others. With a strong emphasis on sports and the arts, the faculty believe in developing the personality of each student and helping them to become both a principled global citizen and a life-long learner.
Thibaut Descoeudres, Headmaster of LVIS, has been living in Valais for the past 20 years. He teaches math, German and sports, which he spent eight years instructing at private school in La Fouly and Maya Joie, where he was also in charge of summer camp.
Mr Descoeudres is very athletic, and since his early age has spent long hours practicing sports such as tennis, skiing (Patente Swiss), VTT, hockey (coach for the Junior movement of Red Ice) and paragliding (World Cup pilot). In addition, the headmaster is a part of a vocal ensemble called the ‘Ensemble Vocal Renaissance de Martigny’.
For more information:
visit www.lvis.ch or call 027 565 26 56
Lemania Verbier International School
Rte de Verbier Station 88
Article by Francesca Parker