- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Switzerland
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Private School
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: Six Weeks, Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Academic
- Selective: No
- Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Credit Awarded: No
American School summer camp in Leysin offers tailor made programs for young learners, ages 10-17, among unique courses from English or French programs to maker-space, nature of math, unsolved mysteries programs, from tennis to mountain leadership development programs in a beautiful ski village of Switzerland.
Morning Programs(Four Options)
The Language Track:
The Language Track is an intensive course which immerses students in their chosen language (English or French) in order to increase skills, confidence, and ability. Students are divided by age and ability within each group. This program will also require students to do an afternoon club focusing on building their language skills.
English Elementary English Intermediate English Advanced
French Elementary French Intermediate French Advanced
Students who select our Leadership Track can choose from: Alpine Leadership or Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship.
The Alpine Leadership Program challenges students to push beyond their comfort zone in a safe and fun environment. Through activities such as rock climbing, camping, hiking, orienteering, first aid, and survival skills, students obtain knowledge and experience of outdoor leadership practices and competencies. These skills are then put to the test while outdoor rock climbing, overnight camping, and cooking on a glacier. Students will spend time researching and reflecting on environmental issues facing our mountains today. They will even have the opportunity to raise money for a company of their choice addressing an issue(s) they have identified. This program equips students to be future leaders in the outdoors and beyond.
Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship:
In the LAS Summer Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Program, students explore what it takes to be a successful social innovator, how to define problems, devise solutions for impact, envision the future, and turn ideas into action. Through collaboration with peers and industry leaders, the students explore big questions and work together to think critically and creatively about problem-solving. Combined with this group work, the students attend various excursions geared towards team building and the discovery of innovative industries and organizations throughout Switzerland. ** Additional activity fee of CHF 500.
Students in our Athletic program will select tennis or football (soccer) and will spend their mornings taking their skills and their love of the game to the next level as they learn from our exceptional coaching staff in our state-of-the-art facilities.
LAS Summer in Switzerland works in collaboration with Peak Tennis International to offer a diverse and dynamic program for the ultimate tennis camp experience in the Swiss Alps. The multicultural coaching team (led by program director Regina Sertschnigg), consists of experienced and passionate professionals and specialists. Each session will provide 3 hours of coaching during the morning to improve tennis skills at all levels, from complete beginners to competition-level players. At the beginning of the session, each player will have a personal assessment in order to understand and set personal goals for maximum individual improvement. Our tennis campers will have the opportunity to visit a professional ATP tournament in the beautiful village of Gstaad. This is a fantastic opportunity for our campers to see top ranked professional tennis players (and maybe even meet one of their favorite players on the tour!).
FOOTBALL PROGRAM (SOCCER):
The LAS Football Program (soccer, for those of you in the United States!) provides training for all ages and abilities. Students will work on their footwork and essential skills in a fun and supportive environment!
Students who choose our Enrichment Track can select Creative Writing, Da Vinci Lab, or Nature & Math.
In this course, students will engage in a variety of projects that allow them to develop their intellectual curiosity while looking at how humankind has transformed and explored the world (and universe) around them through creative writing. Throughout the course, they will examine various writing styles and examples of the successes and strategies of other writers. In addition, they will learn to read and discuss texts as writers and practice writing in different genres. Finally, they will improve writing skills that transfer to the school year, such as touch typing, note taking, and citation, and they will have ample opportunities to hone their public speaking skills.
Da Vinci Lab:
Students who like to build things, take things apart, use their hands, and use technology will enjoy having time to pursue their interests through individual and collaborative projects in an environment dedicated to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Students will learn to do 3D modeling using Tinkercad for 3D printing and how to upcycle materials to create unique art pieces or practical items. Past projects have included a trebuchet, a world map, earrings, and a pet carrier, to name a few!
NATURE & MATH PROGRAM:
In this course, students reach beyond formulas and computations to explore the mathematics behind patterns, relationships, and real-world problems. Students develop creative and communicative skills by investigating mathematics as both an art and a tool. Most importantly, this course seeks to raise awareness of mathematics as a worthwhile human endeavor whose benefits can be used and appreciated.
This interactive math class includes activities such as solving puzzles, finding evidence of math in the natural world, building 3-dimensional shapes, and playing games that explore mathematical concepts. Class discussions involve topics such as the fourth dimension and infinity. Creative projects that express mathematical ideas through visual art, music, short stories, construction, cooking, and more will be encouraged.
From the second they step onto our alpine campus, LAS Summer students enjoy some amazing experiences:
- 09:00 -12:00: Morning Program
- 12:15 - 13:30: Lunch
- 13:45 - 15:30: Afternoon Club
- 16:00 - 17:45: Afternoon Activities
- 18:00 - 19:00: Dinner
- 19:30 - 21:30: Evening Socials