Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz
Via Agûel 185, 7524 Zuoz
+41 81 851 30 54
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BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
The Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, founded in 1904, is an international boarding school set in spectacular alpine landscape near St. Moritz, Switzerland. About three hundred students between 12 and 18 years of age from around the world follow programmes leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), the Swiss Matura and German Abitur. Tolerance, fair play and respect for community values are at the heart of a Lyceum education. The Lyceum campus occupies an extensive site with its own sports fields overlooking the alpine village of Zuoz. The school is located in a small village in the Engadine valley, near St. Moritz, in the southeastern corner of Switzerland. Around 200 boarding and 100 day students come from over 30 different nations in grades 7 to 12. The Spirit of Zuoz encompasses the school’s philosophy and objectives: fair play, self-discipline, commitment, cosmopolitanism and life-long learning.
The Educational Programme
The Swiss Matura, German Abitur and the International Baccalaureate (IB) each provide
a rigorous and challenging academic programme. In addition to the demanding courses available, our students pursue a rich variety of extracurricular activities: Student-led initiatives include the Forum Alpinum, the Student Organisation and the active role played by democratically elected captains in school and boarding house life.
Environmental and development projects have led our students to Romania (Corps of Volunteers) and Argentina (World Challenge project) recently, raising environmental, as well as social and economic awareness.
Clubs conducted in English such as the debating team «Churchillians» and Model United Nations are popular among students of both programmes.
Community Service is a crucial element of school life and the Creativity – Action –Service (CAS) programme within the IB realises many ideals of the Spirit of Zuoz.
Over 25 sports teams represent the school in 12 different sports offered at the Lyceum Alpinum. School teams compete in local, regional and international tournaments. The concepts of fair play, team spirit and commitment are fundamental to the Spirit of Zuoz and they form an integral part of sports at school team and recreational level. Most notably, the school’s icehockey team has won the national championships seven times in the last nine years.
The Arts Programme has been particularly vibrant thanks to the two school choirs, the school’s own Shakespeare Company, two school bands, student journalism & excellent visual arts programmes offered in all curricula.
International experiences abound at the Lyceum Alpinum: the sport teams regularly travel abroad for tournaments and exchanges, while the unique geographical position (one hour from both Austria and Italy) provides a constant stimulus for our students.
The Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz is a selective school. Non-native speakers of English (IB) or German (Matura/Abitur) are tested in those languages and placed appropriately.
Admission is based on academic achievement (Maths is highly relevant), interviews at the school and demonstrated commitment in extracurricular activities.
In August 2013, 285 students from 34 countries were enrolled. 151 students follow the programmes offered by the Department of International Studies (DIS), leading up to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and 134 students participate in the Matura. The language of instruction in the IB is English, while the Matura/Abitur programmes are taught in German.
International Summer Camp & Junior Golf Academy
Sports, language, lots of fun and making new friends from around the world – an exciting offer that has proven successful over the past fifteen years. During the summer vacation students between 10 and 15 years can participate in the International Summer Camp & Junior Golf Academy.
In the morning participants study intensively German or English under the guidance of experienced language teachers in small groups. In the afternoons they join a diverse sports programme such as climbing, biking, rafting, swimming etc. or participate in the personalised Golf lessons teaching skills of Swiss PGA Pros on the 18-hole course in Zuoz.