TASIS, The American School in Switzerland

6926 Montagnola-Lugano, Switzerland

The first American boarding school on the continent, founded by Mary Crist Fleming to provide preparation for US colleges in a European setting, TASIS now offers both an American-style curriculum and an International Baccalaureate option. The varied student body represents approximately 50 nations. The core college preparatory program consists of course work in English, math, science, social studies, drama and languages; French, Spanish, Italian and German are the available languages. Various electives broaden the curriculum, and qualified pupils may take Advanced Placement classes or may pursue the IB course of studies. Those requiring assistance with English may receive English as a Second Language instruction. After operating as a secondary school for five decades, TASIS opened an elementary school for children in grades K-6 in September 2005. Housed in a building overlooking the TASIS campus, it is the only English-language elementary school in Ticino Canton. Course-related travel is an important element of the program at all grade levels. TASIS' travel program includes 10 days of educational travel throughout Europe, as well as a weeklong ski term when the school relocates to Crans-Montana. The city of Lugano is a medical, financial and trading center, situated in southern Switzerland, in the lake region and close to the Italian border. The school is situated on a nine-acre campus five minutes from the city and a short walk below the village of Montagnola, located on a hill overlooking Lake Lugano.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Prep, IB Diploma
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Grades 7-PG; Day — Coed PS-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address6926 Montagnola-Lugano, Switzerland
Year Established1956
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorMichael Ulku-Steiner
Total Enrollment518
International Baccalaureate ProgramsDiploma
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