As an international business student there is a small chance that I someday could be positioned overseas with a company for my career. If a scenario ever arose where I was to be displaced from my location in the United States and had to move my future family overseas to Switzerland where would I want my children to be educated? Would I want them to go to school with the children of the country I am stationed in, or would I prefer them to be educated in an accredited world-class international school which instructs students in English of the importance of a local and global perspective.
Personally, I would like my child to attend an accredited world-class school. This is not because the school will teach in English, but more so because I would feel that my child would benefit more from partaking in a curriculum that stresses a local and global perspective, while also adding a comfort zone for my child to learn with other international students.
Say this scenario were ever to actually arise then my choice to send my child to an accredited international school would be quite feasible. World-class Gems Academy is less than a year away from opening their 162-million Swiss franc school (172 million USD) in Etoy, Switzerland. This will be the first Gems Academy in continental Europe.
The Dubai-based Academy is the largest operator of private schools in the world. They currently have over 100 academies built in the United Arab Emirates, the UK, Africa, China, India, and the US.
The expensive Gems World Academy that will open in Etoy will boast a radio station, television studio, music technology lab, a world language learning center, a high-tech library, and a multi-use sports center. Also, in maintaining Gems’ world focus students will be required to be fluent in two languages by age 12, and towards the end of their schooling with the Academy the students will be introduced to learning mandarin.
Gems will initially welcome 400 students ages 3 to 14 into their program, and soon after grow that number to 1,000 as they welcome students ages 15-18 into their International Baccalaureate program. The Academy’s primary public will be the international population, but this also includes Swiss families seeking an international education. However, this GWA in Etoy comes at a steep price. Tuition for the Academy aims to be upwards of 26,000 Swiss francs (27,531 USD). Luckily, there are a few scholarship opportunities to aid some financially.
International schools have boomed in the Geneva-Lausanne area over the past 5 years due to strong growth in international companies in the area, and according to genevalunch.com “The population in the region has exploded, as shown by the number of train passengers, which has doubled in 10 years and is expected to double again by 2030, reflecting overall population growth.” Many international schools in the area have had to increase their enrollment from 100 students to 250 students. The new GWA in Etoy plans to crush those numbers and eventually reach an enrollment of 1,500 students.
With population growth booming from a group of international employees from several multi-national corporations the need for this type of English-based, globally focused academy is quite clear. These private schools within the area have been quick to close any gap left from the local public school system in offering before and after-school care, as well as during lunchtime to help the high number of working parents in the region.
The emergence of these private-international schools in the Geneva-Lausanne area has made it an easier transition for employees of international firms to switch over to a new country. Coming from a private-school in St. Louis I find that the class and curriculum in with the children learn and develop is amazing, and all of the amenities based to cater to families that come from other countries to work will only broaden the already strong growth of businesses in the area. If ever you were in doubt of which path to choose just hear some of the parent testimonials.