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The american school in switzerland

The essence of TASIS – The American School in Switzerland: Founded by M. Crist Fleming in 1956, TASIS is a day and boarding school committed to creating global citizens through education, travel, and service. Perched on a hillside in sunny southern Switzerland with commanding views of snow-capped mountains, palm trees, and Lake Lugano, TASIS inspires motivated and intellectually curious students from more than 60 nations each year.

key facts

  • Founded in: 1956    
  • Students: 705 (190 elementary, 125 middle, 390 high school; 250 boarding from grades 6-12)
  • Age range: Boys and girls aged 3–19 (Pre-K to 12 & Postgraduate) 
  • Accreditation: NEASC, ECIS, IBO
  • Nationalities: Average 60
  • Annual Boarding & Tuition Fees: As of CHF 85’000++


  • Languages: English 
  • Diplomas: American High School Diploma and International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Ratio Staff / Students: 1:6
  • Foreign languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish
  • Summer Programs: Students from 4½–18 (language courses, musical theatre, visual arts, elective offerings, travel, adventure, and more)

Summers camps

  • 3-week and 4-week session each summer (ages 4½—18) 
  • Intensive courses in languages (EAL, French, Italian), visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, IB prep, and more
  • AC Milan soccer program and other advanced sports training
  • Adventure trips and cultural excursions to exciting destinations around Europe


  • Extensive community service opportunities
  • Academic travel throughout Europe
  • Theater, visual arts, music, dance
  • Wide range of competitive and recreational sports
  • Global Service Program
  • Ski week
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