La Côte International School Aubonne
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|Ages Taught||2 - 18|
|Curriculum||IGSCE, International Baccalaureate, Middle Years Program, Swiss Maturité|
La Côte International School Aubonne
Founded in 2008, La Côte International School (LCIS) is a fast-growing school located in Aubonne, welcoming students aged 2-18 from 30 different countries. It is a part of the international education group Nord Anglia Education.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new enhanced curriculum in Secondary, amalgamating the best of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, renowned for its inquiry-based and student-led focus on creativity, independent learning, reflection, community and service, with the rigorous structure of the externally-validated IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examination system. The new curriculum has been designed around the child, and to help students prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.
In 2016, in cooperation with its sister school Collège Champittet, LCIS launched an innovative bilingual programme, where students have the opportunity to study different subjects in one of the two languages of instruction. In English, the children join the international students, thereby getting plenty of opportunities to practice the language actively, while developing their critical faculties and the desire to learn – the core elements of the international school’s educational methodology. In French, the students are in small, highly personalized classes that follow the French-Swiss curriculum, paving the the way up to the Maturité Fédérale Bilingue.
LCIS encourages students to develop academic, personal and social skills by means of a rigorous programme and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The individual student is at the centre of the educational philosophy practised by LCIS. Particular emphasis is laid on developing critical thinking, proactive knowledge acquisition and, namely the performing arts, thanks to a partnership with the Juilliard School in New York.
Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities
Our state-of-the-art campus in Aubonne boasts a 860sq meters gymnasium equipped with a climbing wall, basketball, unihockey and football courts. We also have an outdoor nordic running track, a playing field, an outdoor play space with table tennis tables and further access to local outdoor sports fields. Sports activities at our school include unihockey, physical education, swimming, football, skiing, badminton, basketball, netball, cross country, judo, mini tennis and table tennis.
We are pleased to support our students’ passions and interests by offering a wide range of after-school activities. Some clubs run across the full academic year, others are offered for a term or two. Our after-school activities range from girl scouts to cookery lessons, Model UN, Broadway theatre, astronomy club, street art, multimedia, Formula 1, Mandarin, European languages, drama, arts & crafts, Primary and Secondary choir, music theory, mindfulness, self-defense, Harry Potter club and magic.
Nestled between the vineyards and fruit orchards of Aubonne, La Côte International School is within easy commuting distance from Geneva and Lausanne.
Our state-of-the-art campus and peaceful location near farmland give students the opportunity to be involved in healthy, safe and nurturing outdoor play and educational activities. In this idyllic environment, students learn with the aid of first-class facilities, featuring environmentally-friendly solar panels to heat water and energy-saving automated lighting.
Our facilities include:
4 state-of-the-art science laboratories provided with scientific laboratory equipment and supplies including microscopes, water baths, fume cupboards and data logging equipment, which allows for the practice-based, hands-on learning that is the foundation of our school’s High Quality Learning approach.
A trailblazing Design centre made up of two key areas. One area is a multi-material workshop equipped to deal with a broad range of prototyping across a range of materials and manufacturing processes. Focusing on product and industrial design, students are able to work with manual and automated processes in keeping with modern and traditional production including capability across plastic forming, moulding, shaping and modelling, sheet metal fabrication through heat treatment and welding as well as hand-wasting in natural and man-made timbers. The area is also equipped for Computer Aided Manufacture and has a pair of Makerbot 3D printers and scanner, an industrial standard laser cutter and a vinyl graphics cutter. There is a separate Graphics and ICT Design Studio where students are taught the theory of design and graphical communication in support of the academic MYP and Diploma programmes. This is an area where, in addition to honing their hand-drawn graphic skills using a range of media including spirit markers and rendering, students are able to access the departments online resources via their iPads, MacBooks and Dell laptops as well as use computer-aided design software across our suite of PC design stations helping to support the marketing and deployment of their design concepts in client-commission scenarios.
A brand new Film and Media Suite supplied with professional sound and lighting kits and a professional non-glare green ChromaKey backdrop for post-production keying and visual effects. The Film and Media Suite features eight of the latest 27-inch iMacs with Retina 5K display and 3,4 GHz processor for classroom work and two 15-inch MacBook Pro for location work and homework. All iMacs in our Film & Media Suite carry Final Cut Pro video editing software. Students have access to three professional-quality cameras, a Canon Legria, a DSLR Canon 80d and a pro Sony FX-1E HDV, as well as a GoPro Hero4 camera, which is used regularly by our students to film outside sporting events and International Award activities. Our latest purchase is a professional Phantom quadcopter drone, which shoots 4k footage essential for aerial photography, and excellent for outdoor dolly and crane shots.
2 Performance Rooms for music and drama, featuring CTouch screens, digital pianos and Tama drums for parallel teaching.
4 Sound-proofed Music Practice Spaces, fully-equipped with digital pianos, electric guitars and amplifiers.
1 Recording Studio featuring a 16 channels Presonus studiolive mixer with Logic Pro software, Yamaha studio monitors, Shure and Rhode microphones as well as other omnidirectional, cardioid and panoramic microphones. Our recording studio is also equipped with iMacs for editing purposes.
Each of our 44 classrooms features Apple TV integrated with the CTouch screens. This allows students to airplay their iPad or MacBook content thereby sharing their screens with the whole class.
250-seat Theatre and Auditorium with state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, 24 spotlights, a lighting desk and DMX splitter. Our theatre also features a multimedia centre with a 12,000 lumens LCD projector, 3 HDMI receivers DM8G, 20 AKG and Sennheiser headset microphones plus two Sennheiser hands microphones, a Soundcraft expression 2 digital mixer with 66 channels, including filters, EQ, Gate, Compressor, Delay and a touch-screen with pre-programmed scenarios for different events.
2 Art Studios equipped with a kiln and potters’ wheel, easels, portfolio storage, CTouch screens and computers.
Traditional and Electronic Libraries. Our electronic library has over 40,000 fiction titles and an extensive non-fiction library.
860 square meters Gymnasium with anti-puncture membrane flooring, equipped with a climbing wall, basketball, unihockey and football courts.
Professionally Catered Dining Room. Committed to providing healthy nutritional choices to all our students, our on-site catering team offers each day a traditional and vegetarian meal option as well as a freshly-prepared salad bar buffet.
Lyliane StewartAdmissions Manager