Lausanne Collegiate School

1381 W Massey Rd, Memphis, TN 38120

One of the oldest continuously operating schools in the region, Lausanne was founded by Emma DeSaussure Jett and Bessie Satler as a girls-only institution on a rustic, 28-acre campus that is bordered by woodlands and Blue Heron Lake. After operating for more than 50 years as a single-gender program, the school became coeducational in 1977. In the early years, three- to five-year-olds engage in a play-based curriculum that introduces them to pre-reading, music, art, math, social studies, science and Spanish. The lower school (junior kindergarten through grade 4) emphasizes mastery of the fundamental academic skills in a developmentally appropriate setting that incorporates cocurricular offerings in the fine arts, computer technology, Spanish and physical education. The transitional middle school (grades 5-8) demands increasing levels of student responsibility and provides opportunities for advancement in math, literature composition, foreign language, history and science. Art, music and drama classes are also available during these years, and each grade level embarks on an annual class trip. College preparation is the primary focus of the rigorous upper school program (grades 9-12). The curriculum progresses from skill building in foundation subjects and exposure to various disciplines in grades 9 and 10 to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and a choice of Advanced Placement courses in grades 11 and 12. The arts are integral to the upper school course of studies, and a strong athletic program includes both individual and team sports.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory, IB Diploma
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1381 W Massey Rd, Memphis, TN 38120
Year Established1926
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorStuart McCathie
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment852
Day Students852
International Baccalaureate ProgramsDiploma
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