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  • Welcome to Collège Champittet

    Collège Champittet in Pully has been providing outstanding education to both local and international students for over 110 years

    Our School

  • High quality education

    We welcome students from 3 to 18 years providing preschool, primary and secondary education

    Student Life

  • A home away from home

    We welcome boarding students from the age of 12, providing a safe and welcoming environment in our small family-size boarding house

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  • Summer of Excellence

    Our summer camp enhances a students' learning and development in a fun and inspiring way.

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  • Admissions at Collège Champittet

    Our admissions are open throughout the year, do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

    Admissions

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    The Champittet spirit is an indissoluble link that connects us all !

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Frequently Asked Questions: Admissions

We welcome you to contact us with questions at any time. However, we have answered a few commonly asked questions related to the admissions process here.

Which curriculum is best for my child?

How soon after submitting our application form will we hear from you?

Is it necessary to come for a visit? Does my child need to attend the visit?

What happens during a visit?

My child is not fluent in French/English - will this be a problem?

When do we need to pay fees by?

Are school meals included in the school fees?

Are extracurricular activities, visits and trips included in the school fees?

Why can’t there just be one single fee for everything?

 

For any further questions, please contact our admissions team: 

Email: admissions@champittet.ch

Tel: +41 21 721 05 05

 

Which curriculum is best for my child?

We offer three separate outstanding curricula to our students. This exceptional choice is one of our strengths, and parents and students will take care in choosing which programme to follow.

All three programmes are highly regarded internationally. Therefore parents and students typically will consider the following factors in making their choice, all of which our teaching staff will help and support you with to ensure you make the right choice:

  • University and career aspirations of your child;
  • Whether your child performs well across a wide range of subjects or whether they are better suited to specialising and focusing on a more narrow range of subjects;
  • The method of learning for each curricula and how this is best suited to your child;
  • Language strengths and barriers for your child.

Read more about the programmes in our Diplomas and Programmes section.

 

How soon after submitting our application form will we hear from you?

You can generally expect to hear from us within 2 weeks after submitting your application.

 

Is it necessary to come for a visit? Does my child need to attend the visit?

It is always good to meet with the families but it is not necessary. The admission process of a student can be done at distance in particular when families are based overseas.

Your child not need to attend the visit. However sometimes if we are unsure of the grade the child should integrate, we may require the child to attend classes for a day to help us assess their level and appropriate grade.

 

What happens during a visit?

We start our visits with a discussion which helps us understand what your expectations are of the school, what support your child(ren) may require (such as French as a foreign language lessons for non-native French speakers). During this discussion we shall also explain the curriculum to you and discuss what grade your child would enter the school at. We conclude visits by a tour of the campus which is an opportunity to see a classroom and the campus facilities.

 

My child is not fluent in French/English - will this be a problem?

 

We are a bilingual French-English private school, however the primary language of our  school is French.

Children who arrive at our private school without particular strengths in either of the languages of the school will quickly find that their language skills improve. A French Language Learning (FLE) programme is offered to international students to rapidly improve their language skills to ensure that they can benefit from all lessons.

Fluency in French is particularly important for those students choosing to follow the Swiss Maturité or the French Baccalaureate. Those without fluency in French may instead choose to follow the International Baccalaureate which is taught in English. Students with difficulties in English can benefit from the EAL (English Additional Language) programme.

 

When do we need to pay fees by?

Tuition fees are billed in advance of each trimester. You may pay annually (receiving a 3% discount), quarterly (31st July, 31st December, 31st March), or monthly (incurring a 3% surcharge). See further information in our Fees section.

 

Are school meals included in the school fees?

No, meals are charged as a supplement. Older children may also bring their own home-prepared lunch into school to eat in the school cafeteria.

 

Are extracurricular activities, visits and trips included in the school fees?

Mandatory extra activities (such as trips for all students) are charged in a single fee in addition to the tuition fee. This varies depending on the child’s year of study. This is set out in the Fees information provided in the Fees section. Some extracurricular activities and other additional activities such as private tuition incur additional fees.

 

Why can’t there just be one single fee for everything?

Your child is unique, and so your child’s needs are different to every other child in our school. Different talents require nurturing in different ways. As a prestigious private school, we pride ourselves on treating every child as an individual and offering an experience that is tailored to them, their talents, needs and aspirations. This may be related to the curriculum they follow, the extra-curricular activities and sports they excel at, or the language needs that they have. And so this means that every experience is costed individually - a bespoke educational package designed for your child, without the extras that they don’t require.