Languages at Mont-Olivet
The modern world requires extensive linguistic skills, during both school and professional life. To adapt to the demands of a country like Switzerland, we teach German by immersion to students as young as two and a half years old. When they reach Year 8P (age 11 or 12), our students can choose whether they want to study a bilingual maturité (French and German) or a traditional maturité. The students also have English lessons, which start in Year 3P (age 6). Spanish is offered by the school, as well as Latin, which we offer for cultural and linguistic reasons.
For many children, this is one of the first places of discovery after the family setting. Our specialised teachers are dedicated to satisfying the children's curiosity, their need to learn and their enthusiasm. They offer learning methods inspired by educators such as Maria Montessori, which are alternated with games, socialising or rest. We aim to integrate our youngest students gently into school life.
This sector runs from Years 1P to 8P and includes students aged 4 to 12. The classes have teachers with university degrees, a reasonable number of students, as well as up-to-date programmes. All of these aspects foster anin-depth acquisition of knowledge and skills that goes beyond that required by the public school system.
This sector includes Years 9S to 11S (ages 13 to 15). These are important years for a student's future and they are also the years when students and parents choose options. In our view, a high academic level is only possible when accompanied by a strong working ethic and a capability to work efficiently. This is the why our teachers provide the students with personalised coaching.
Gymnase and Maturité
Amongst all modern school systems, the Swiss maturité is known to be one of the most thorough educational programmes. At Mont-Olivet, our aim is to steer our students to pass the maturité successfully and confidently, enabling them to access not only the best universities in Switzerland, but also in Europe and North America.
Every day, transportation is organised to pick up students from their home and return them after school. Our drivers are professionally licensed and have been members of our establishment for many years.
Before and after-school care
To simplify your family life and organisation, we welcome your children from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays).
The younger students are cared for by specialised teachers who keep the children busy with a choice of games and activities in a place we call the accueil, a form of daycare.
The older students have a wide range of choices: they can do their homework under the supervision of a teacher in études dirigées (directed studies) where they learn autonomy and working methods; they can join science or art workshops; or they can play sports in our gym hall and tennis court.