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  • Helping students find their place in the world

    We create a safe space for children to express and nurture their individuality.

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  • Our international and multi-cultural student family

    Our diverse community includes students from over 110 nationalities

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  • Our people

    Our learning community includes talented and experienced faculty and staff

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  • Personalised learning journeys

    We value each student’s individuality as well as their integration into society. Our programme of studies prepares our students for the demands of a global 21st century.

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  • Summer, autumn and winter camps for children 4 to 18 years old

    A range of activities for your child to discover, from summer to winter, ski trips to performing arts camps.

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  • A safe place to grow

    Our safe and welcoming campus is a home where your child can learn to be confident and independent

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  • Discover Collège du Léman

    Get in touch or visit us to discover what makes Collège du Léman an inspiring place to learn

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  • A place to call home

    Whether your child is joining us in Early Years or midway through their learning journey, we offer a nurturing environment that will make a huge difference to their future

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  • Contact us

    We would love to hear from you, so that we can discuss what your child needs to thrive.

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Our history

Over the last 60 years, Collège du Léman has helped more than 20,000 alumni learn the value of openness, internationalism and co-operation.

Collège Du Léman was created to meet the needs of a new world, in which ambition and a global perspective can take you to amazing places.

60th Timeline
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College du Leman was founded in 1960 by Francis and Inge Clivaz, Swiss educators.

In the late 1950s, Francis and Inge Clivaz saw a city that was becoming home to many international businesses and organisations. A number of multilateral organisations, non-governmental organisations and multinational corporations had started setting up their headquarters in Geneva.

Geneva needed a school that could provide a truly international education for students from many different countries and a welcoming, safe atmosphere for students and parents alike.

Read their 60th anniversary message here.

"To educate and teach in a spirit of openness and tolerance so that its students become citizens and leaders of a world respectful of differences" CDL Founding motto, Francis Clivaz
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The school opened in May 1960, on the site of a former school.

Its peaceful location on the right bank of Lake Geneva placed it between the thriving city and the beautiful countryside.

Today the school enjoys a green, village-like campus that promotes the health and wellbeing that Switzerland is famous for.

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In 1978 CDL secured its first of a number of accreditations.

Its commitment to global-mindedness enabled it to secure its first bilingual accreditation from the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1978. Another accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges followed in 1998.  CDL is also now an IB World School.

College du Leman is also a part of AGEP, GESBF and Swiss Learning. (Learn more about our accreditations and associations).

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In 2015, Collège du Léman joined the Nord Anglia Education family of schools.

Nord Anglia Education is a family of 68 premium international schools, based in 29 countries around the world. NAE offers personalised, inspiring learning to more than 67,000 students between 2 and 18 years old.

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In 2019, Pauline Nord became our first female Director General.

Mrs. Nord has been with CDL since 1987 and has been instrumental in helping to drive the school’s success. During her time at the school, Mrs. Nord has held a number of senior positions, including the Middle School Math Coordinator, the Director of Primary & Preschool as well as more recently Academic Director.

As Director General, Mrs. Nord's goal is to continue to build the excellent school community and help the students continue to achieve outstanding academic results.

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This year, in 2020, we are celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Collège du Léman.

For 60 years, we have made it our mission to help students to embrace the values that will help them succeed anywhere they wish to go. We give them the confidence to discover and hone their talents, and the openness to explore and respect new languages and cultures.

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60 years of learning and friendships. Students join our CDL family for life and we keep in touch with our alumni around the world.

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Today we have 1800 students from more than 100 nationalities.  We celebrate our diversity and our community is brought together by our RISE Values.

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