The American School in Switzerland Middle and high school Interactive viewbook

Our Mission

TASIS is a family of international schools that welcomes young people from all nationalities to an educational community that fosters a passion for excellence along with mutual respect and understanding. Consistent with the vision of its Founder, M. Crist Fleming, TASIS is committed to transmitting the heritage of Western civilization and world cultures: the creations, achievements, traditions, and ideals from the past that offer purpose in the present and hope for the future. Seeking to balance the pursuit of knowledge with the love of wisdom, and promoting the skills of lifelong learning, an appreciation for beauty, and the development of character, each school combines a challenging academic program with opportunities for artistic endeavor, physical activity, and service to others. Believing in the worth of each individual and the importance of enduring relationships, TASIS seeks to embody and instill the values of personal responsibility, civility, compassion, justice, and truth.

Dare to Dream Big

Founder of TASIS, M. Crist Fleming

Much of what makes TASIS distinctive results from the entrepreneurial style of our founder, M. Crist Fleming, whose ability to see and seize opportunities and to respond to needs with alacrity is legendary. Thanks to her, TASIS enjoys a culture that encourages and rewards initiative and creativity. In addition to individual initiative and creativity, this culture demands flexibility, patience, a positive attitude, and perseverance.

TASIS gave me the wings to fly high and reach my goals.

-2014 Graduate

From its founding in 1956 to her passing in 2009, Mrs. Fleming cited TASIS as the fulfillment of her dreams and encouraged students to follow their own—to dream big enough and bold enough to lead a life of consequence and make the world “a better place in small and large ways for all the humans who inhabit it.” Her spirit is very much alive at TASIS today.

Discover the Beauty of Switzerland

Perched on a hillside in sunny southern Switzerland with commanding views of snow-capped mountains, palm trees, and Lake Lugano, our global village comprises 25 buildings dating from the 17th-century Villa De Nobili to the Campo Science Center, completed in 2014.

“We are blessed indeed, each and every one of us, to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world,” remarked Mrs. Fleming, who believed strongly that beauty matters. Her influence has informed all aspects of life at TASIS—from graceful settings and inspired architecture to paintings on walls, candles and flowers on tables, fine dress and a comely appearance, a well-crafted essay, a curving corner kick in soccer, a canvas on display at the Arts Festival, or a solo at the Christmas concert.

Excel in the Classroom

With an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) and more than 15 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, our academic program is designed to challenge all students.

TASIS students have consistently outperformed their peers in their pursuit of the IB Diploma, which opens doors to outstanding colleges and universities around the world. Diploma candidates have achieved pass rates of 97 percent or higher each of the past three years, scored 40 points or higher more than 10 percent of the time over the same period, and earned IB Bilingual Diplomas at a rate of more than 60 percent in six of the past seven years.

The IB and AP programs prepare students very well for college. The combination of both makes me feel secure about my preparation and knowledge, which will help me in my future years. Being at TASIS has also given me a wide range of universities from which to choose that I would have never considered had I gone somewhere else.

-2015 graduate

Our dedicated University and College Counseling Office helps all students develop a detailed academic plan that aligns with their post-secondary goals. Over the past five years, our counselors have helped students gain acceptance to nearly 400 universities in 18 nations, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Pennsylvania, Cornell, Duke, California–Berkeley, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Bowdoin, and Middlebury.

On a recent visit to TASIS, I was reminded once again how fortunate, blessed, and privileged I was to be there–both as a student and as an alumna. One doesn’t really “get” how amazing an education at TASIS is until years later. And it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

-Jeanie Cunningham ’75, acclaimed musician

Create your Masterpiece

Because becoming an artist is about discovering and nurturing talent, we provide a rich and varied Fine Arts curriculum that encourages students to find their own voice no matter what the discipline. Students can choose from more than 20 classes in Visual Arts, Music, and Drama, ranging from introductory courses in Photography to IB and AP offerings in Theatre, Architecture, and Drawing & Painting.

We also provide ample opportunities for extracurricular artistic exhibitions, musical performances, and dramatic productions, and our Spring Arts Festival is an annual celebration of student artwork along with displays and performances by well-known artists and musicians outside the TASIS community. Bi-annual Academic Travel trips allow aspiring artists to hone their crafts in Europe’s most beautiful and culturally rich cities.

For me, a love of literature, the arts, and the performing arts is the heart and soul of education, for it grows throughout our entire lifetime, keeping alive the excitement of learning, creating constant enrichment in our leisure hours and throughout our long golden years.

- M. Crist Fleming

Learn from the best

TASIS is known for attracting educators who are adventurous, driven, and enthusiastic, and more than 70 percent of our faculty hold advanced degrees. We are proud to employ gifted, passionate educators who encourage intellectual curiosity and demand the most from their students.

Faculty excellence is the core of the TASIS experience, and the teaching does not stop when the school day ends. Our teachers are also dorm parents, coaches, advisors, and trip leaders, and they come to know their students in meaningful ways both in and out of the classroom. What stands out most to students is the way their teachers care about them. As one recent graduate explained, “The relationships between students and faculty are unlike those at any other school, and this really made TASIS feel like a home with adults I knew I could trust and talk to about anything.”

The teachers I had were truly committed to their jobs and put a great amount of effort into engaging all students in class and making sure every single one of us knew the material.

2015 graduate

TASIS is an incredible place to learn, live, and enjoy. Your understanding of other countries and their culture will change for the better and you will meet so many incredible people with incredible life stories who will be your friends even after leaving TASIS. You will find you truly have friends all over the world.

- 2015 graduate

Become a World Citizen

M. Crist Fleming’s strongest belief was that our best hope of defeating chaos is through education, and 60 years ago she dreamed of a place in which young people from all over the globe could gather, develop an appreciation for one another’s cultures, and work together to make the world a safer and better place. From this vision emerged TASIS, the school she described as “a microcosm of what the world should and could be.”

Today TASIS is a vibrant global community of students who represent more than 60 nations and speak more than 30 languages. The TASIS experience unlocks the unique potential of every student and produces what M. Crist Fleming called “international human beings—men and women who are capable of moving easily in any society and any civilization on the face of the earth.”

Belong to a Family

When you come to TASIS, you’re not just enrolling in a school—you’re joining a tight-knit community. Nine on-campus dormitories house approximately 260 boarding students, and our caring and dedicated residential-life staff promotes a culture of accountability and self-reliance, providing students room to develop into independent young adults.

TASIS is like your second family. You will always have a person who makes you laugh, cry, smile, and enjoy every moment. You will never feel alone, and the most important part is that the teachers make you feel like you’re at home.

- 2014 graduate

Recent graduates have described TASIS as “a very full and heartwarming community in which each member tries to become a better peer to each other,” a school “built on the concept of family,” and a place where “we all live together and help each other grow as students, athletes, and friends.”

Explore the Wonders of Europe

TASIS pioneered the concept of Academic Travel in 1956. Our students have been exploring Europe ever since.

Committed to academic excellence, we have made our natural and cultural setting in Europe our classroom. Twice a year, all Middle School and High School students take Academic Travel trips that are related to courses of study or particular student interests. Examples include a Physics trip to Cern (pictured above), an Economics trip to Geneva, an Ancient History trip to Greece, Modern History trips to Poland and Florence, an English Literature trip to Dublin, Art History trips to Rome and Vienna, an Art and Photography trip to Venice, a Music trip to Munich, a Theater trip to Turin, and language homestays in Spain, France, and Italy.

My years at TASIS were the best years of my life because it’s not just a place where you go to learn and work hard. It’s a community full of action, fun events, and amazing people from all over the world. There is always something to do and TASIS has so much to offer. 2014 graduate

- 2014 graduate

Build a Better World

Our Global Service Program transforms lives by providing every student a unique opportunity to connect across borders through comprehensive experiences that build empathy and encourage personal responsibility. This pioneering program awakens students to humanitarian needs; inspires them to build enduring, mutually beneficial relationships; and leads them toward a life of active citizenship and committed service.

Global Service groups meet once a week to build their knowledge and skills as they prepare for life-changing service trips to destinations across the world, including Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Romania, and Zambia. Education, poverty, gender equality, the environment, and marginalized populations are among the global issues explored and addressed by Service Learning groups, which also do important work within the local community.

I can honestly say that my Global Service trip changed my life. It broadened my views and helped me realize the greater needs of the world. Words cannot explain how life-changing the trip was.

- 2015 graduate

Rise to the Challenge

TASIS gives every single student the same capability to do as much as possible. It is full of opportunities and can be life-changing if you are willing to get involved and take risks.

- 2015 graduate

At TASIS, we recognize that an education is not about classes alone and place a great deal of emphasis on teaching physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.

Varsity teams are fielded for badminton, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, lacrosse, rugby, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, and we offer more than 20 additional sports at the recreational level. Each year also brings many opportunities to ski and explore the breathtaking Alps, including a Swiss Adventure trip to Zermatt for all ninth graders each fall, a 10th-grade Outward Bound trip to Germany each winter, skiing trips to St. Moritz for the Middle School and Crans-Montana for the High School, and a host of optional trips organized by faculty members throughout the year.

Students inevitably leave TASIS with a heightened appreciation for the outdoors and an understanding of what it takes to succeed in challenging environments.

Join the TASIS family

Founded in 1956, TASIS has decades of experience in the education of young people aged 4 to 19 in Switzerland, England, and Puerto Rico. In addition to The American School in Switzerland, which is the oldest American college-preparatory boarding school in Europe and offers academic programs for boarding and day students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to Postgraduate (13th year), TASIS England is an excellent college-preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12, and TASIS Dorado is a thriving Pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 day school in Puerto Rico.

Our Summer Programs

All three TASIS schools offer robust summer programs, with an additional option provided in the south of France.

TASIS Summer Program

TASIS Summer Program (Switzerland, ages 14–18) offers intensive language courses in English as an Additional Language, Academic Writing, French, and Italian, alongside an International Baccalaureate Preparation Course. Specialty courses include Digital Photography, Architecture & Design, Fashion & Textile Design, and La Cucina Italiana (Italian Cooking). Students also enjoy sports, outdoor adventures, and cultural excursions around Europe.

The Middle School Program

The Middle School Program (Switzerland, ages 11–13) offers English as an Additional Language, French, Italian, and Musical Theater courses alongside sports, activities, and travel opportunities focused especially on the interests of this age group.

Le Château des Enfants

Le Château des Enfants (Switzerland, ages 4 ½–10) provides younger students the chance to study English, Italian, or French through games, activities, and sports.

TASIS England Summer Enrichment Programs (England, ages 10-17) offer College Preparatory, Arts, and Multimedia courses, including SAT Review & College Admissions; Debate & Public Speaking; Drawing, Sketching, and 3D Design; London Through a Lens; and 3D Movie Animation. Students choose from a variety of sports and activities and spend their weekends exploring England.

Summer Programs in England

TASIS England Summer English Language Courses (England, ages 10-17) offer an intensive English Language program accredited by the British Council.

TASIS England Summer Day Camp (England, ages 5-9) provides theme-based studies in Language Arts, Math, Art, and Music and offers weekly excursions to museums, zoos, and historical sites.

Summer Programs in Puerto Rico

TASIS Dorado Summer Program (Puerto Rico, ages 12-18) offers tracks in Spanish Language study or Marine Life and Environmental Studies. Along with creative arts, sports, and activities, the program offers an oceanography and ecology course in association with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Center.

Summer Programs in France

Les Tapies Arts, Architecture, and Photography Program (France, ages 13-18) offers an intensive three-week art workshop in Architecture, Painting & Drawing, and Photography that draws on the cultural riches of Southern France, which have inspired master artists for generations. The idyllic location in a 17th-century stone hamlet with spectacular views creates an intimate artistic community for talented students.

Les Tapies Art Teacher Workshop (France, adults) offers intensive 10-day and 4-day (for IB Visual Arts) sessions in July for art teachers who want to strengthen and expand their teaching skills and reconnect with their creative passion as artists.

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