The Spear’s list of the world’s most expensive schools now features six institutions charging six figure fees, and they’re all in Switzerland.
Catering for the sons and daughters of the world’s richest families, these schools are highly exclusive, supremely well equipped, and eye-wateringly expensive.
All fees are denominated in US dollars and only apply to boarders, though some offer a lower rate for day-students.
What are the world’s most expensive schools?
Institut auf dem Rosenberg ($145,500)
High above the Swiss city of St Gallen, sits the most expensive boarding school in the world, Institut auf dem Rosenberg. Only 230 students attend the school, which keeps class sized to around eight.
In these classes, children are taught to develop forward thinking concepts. In the school’s ‘climate garden’, for example, students examine how plants behave at higher temperatures. In the engineering school, students learn directly from firms such as Boston Dynamics, who take them through the development and potential application of their robots.
After school students can explore the 25-acre grounds, learn to shoot, golf, or dance, before retiring to one of the thirteen beautifully restored art nouveau villas that comprise the boarding houses.
Institut Le Rosey ($98250 – $137,250)
The ‘school of kings’, Le Rosey’s blue-blooded boarders have included King Juan Carlos of Spain, King Fuad II of Egypt and King Albert II of Belgium, and countless other aspirational royals.
It is also the only school in the world to boast of two campuses. One, on the edge of Lake Geneva, boasts swimming pools, tennis courts, a school yacht, shooting range, an equestrian centre, and a recently completed £40 million concert hall, which resembles a spacecraft and has hosted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. But each year, for the winter term, the entire school decamps to Gstaad where students spend their afternoons flying down the slopes
When Spear’s editor Edwin Smith visited earlier this year, the school was under a cloud, facing allegations from the parents of one student that the school was ‘fast becoming a playground for rich students to do as they please’.
Aiglon College ($135,250)
Modelled on a British boarding school (the founder taught at Gordonstoun), Aiglon has long been popular with families wanting a British education with the benefits of an international outlook and Alpine activities.
Alumni demonstrate international roots and go on to a remarkable range of careers. An Aiglon pupil will ‘try new things, they ask probing questions, they dare’.
Beau Soleil ($120500 – $130000)
Offering parallel French and international systems, Collège Alpin Beau Soleil attracts pupils of more than 50 nationalities and counts royalty among its alumni, plus well-known names from the worlds of film and fashion.
Beau Soleil has a global reach, with close ties to MIT and Juilliard School. A ski chalet and plenty of outdoor challenges support an academically strong curriculum.
La Garenne School ($104,000)
Although the curriculum is taught in English, La Garenne takes a bilingual approach educating its international community of pupils, and all speak a high level of French.
Pupils develop a lifelong passion for learning and thrive in the warm family atmosphere, within the shadow of Mont Blanc. The new senior school has opened its doors in a beautiful building right next door to the ski-lifts!
Le Regent International School ($101,000)
A recent addition to the Swiss education landscape and now run by the Le Rosey team, the school is already recognised for high standards, with top IB results. Pupils from nearly 40 nationalities enjoy an interdisciplinary programme with an emphasis on languages, creative thinking and being future-ready. Opportunities for outdoor education include skiing and golf.
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