This is Le Châtelard
Located in Switzerland, Le Châtelard is an international boarding school dedicated to the integral formation of young ladies. Le Châtelard seeks to complement and perfect our students’ previous formation by drawing from the best that European culture has to offer. The Swiss Alps and the nearby Lake Geneva provide the ideal setting and backdrop for an educational experience that offers ample opportunities for personal growth.
Le Châtelard Academy strives to provide the most appropriate environment, facilities, programs and personnel, for the Integral Formation of young ladies.
Who we are
Our philosophy of education is rooted in the living Catholic tradition of academic excellence, personal integrity, high moral standards and a sense of service to others. It offers every student the key to her personal happiness and fulfilment, and enables her to be successful in whatever walk of life she chooses.
Our mission is to accompany and guide each student towards their integral formation, facilitating opportunities to grow as a person, to learn the art of living and practice the beauty of Christian life.
This mission is sought through the development of every aspect of the human person. This commits us:
• To teach the students by giving them the appropriate knowledge corresponding to their grade
• To educate the students by developing in them a love for authentic values and a sense of what is good, right, noble, just and beautiful
• To form the character of the students as the foundation stone of all virtue and integrity
What We Offer
Le Châtelard seeks to cooperate with the parents in the integral formation of their daughter. Le Châtelard offers each student the practical techniques and the academic knowledge that she will need for her personal and professional future.
Le Châtelard aims at the personal improvement through a respectful discovery and a progressive development of the skills and talents of the students.
Le Châtelard offers each student the means to forge her character the essential basic human and Christian values, according to each student’s potential and personal interests.
Le Châtelard is a place rich in history that begins in the late 1800´s, when the construction of the building started. Its walls are full of history. During almost 150 years of existence it has served different purposes, from a luxurious “Grand Hotel” to a British boarding school, an International Languages Center. In October 1992 the building hosted the first Le Châtelard generation, “The Class of 1992-93”.
Jean-Louis Dufour built the luxurious Grand Hotel between 1873 and 1874 in Les Avants, a little town above Montreux.
The luxurious Grand Hotel opened in 1877 to guests.
It was later modernized and enlarged in 1900 and in 1911.
Meanwhile, Dorothy Braginton, an English woman, opened around 1927 a boarding school for young girls in Montreux, near the Château du Châtelard. She called it Châtelard School. When the building became too small, the school moved to the Hôtel des Narcisses in Chamby.
The building was soon too small as well and in 1938 it moved to the Grand Hôtel des Avants, which had just closed. The school was organized according to the English system and welcomed girls from all around the world, mainly British. The future Queen of Greece was among them.
Châtelard School closed at Christmas 1975, after the English pound lost most of its value. The building was bought in 1977 by Dr. Robert Eckert, from Germany. He used part of it for summer camps and rented a few rooms to tourists. He sold it in 1989 to Roger Liechti, from Montreux. He wanted to transform the building into many small flats, but the idea never became reality.
Oak International bought the building in 1992 and founded Le Châtelard Academy, a boarding school teaching human values and French to girls. At the beginning, most of them were of Mexican nationality but today, the students come from all around the world.