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For more than a century, IIL has offered students an international education of excellence, combining academic rigour and personal development.

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About IIL

Institut International de Lancy (IIL) is a leading international school in Geneva balancing academic excellence with citizenship. We have a child-focused approach to learning that combines creativity with critical thinking and encourages collaboration alongside autonomy. Our school welcomes students from nursery school through secondary education, aged 3 to 19, preparing them for major certifications, including the International Baccalaureate (IB), IGCSE, Preparation to the Examen de Maturité Suisse, Brevet des Collèges and French Baccalaureate.

Our unique language policy brings natural learning of English into the French section and that of French into the English section, building linguistic and cultural bridges throughout the school. Founded in 1903 as College Marie-Thérèse, a Catholic boarding school for girls, today the school is a non-profit association. Located on the original site, our leafy campus combines the beauty of heritage buildings with contemporary architecture and modern facilities.

With a strong emphasis on academic achievement and personal development, we give children the opportunity to develop their unique potential, building a foundation that will support them for life.

Language approach

We are committed to promoting a plurilingual and international learning environment. Joining IIL is a chance for students to connect with a diverse, global community and to encounter a rich array of cultures and languages. From Early years to the end of Secondary school, students follow an innovative linguistic pedagogy based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, allowing them to achieve a high level of proficiency in several languages.

Digital learning

At IIL, we strive to be at the forefront of innovative and appropriate digital learning technologies. Using the latest digital learning tools and software, we encourage both teachers and students to participate in the development and improvement of education as a whole. Learner-centric, creative and engaging collaborative activities are the key to our digital learning approach. Our students use the latest tools to absorb, produce and share new content, while inventing new forms of academic and creative expression.

Teachers use digital tools to enhance the learning experienceand provide new forms of support for the children. More broadly, teachers guide students on the path towards digital literacy and becoming responsible digital citizens.

From digital art classes to coding lessons, technology shines at IIL. With this recognition, IIL was awarded the “Apple Distinguished School” certification.

Given our integrated digital learning approach, IIL was prepared to face the COVID-19 pandemic and effectively extend learning into the homes of our students. Using a variety of digital resources and intensive staff training by our IT and ICT teams, each IIL section was able to provide distance learning to students of all ages.

Special needs

The IIL teaching team identifies difficulties that appear during the course of schooling: the child encounters difficulties in one or more subjects, grades are falling, the child does not integrate into the class or becomes isolated. Parents may also notice changes in their child’s attitude: anxiety, tiredness, sleeping problems. The signs are numerous and should not to be taken lightly. Depending on the section, the support may be different, such as private lessons or the setting up of a particular protocol. 

There are two possible scenarios:

  • Parents report previously detected difficulties at the time of the child’s enrolment at IIL. A dialogue between the teaching team and the parents will allow the team to determine the child’s needs and to study ways of meeting them.
  • The IIL teaching team identifies difficulties that appear during the course of schooling: the child encounters difficulties in one or more subjects, grades are falling, the child does not integrate into the class or becomes isolated… Parents may also notice changes in their child’s attitude: anxiety, tiredness, sleeping problems… The signs are numerous and should not to be taken lightly.

Depending on the situation, IIL may ask parents to call on health professionals to establish a diagnosis or propose the necessary adaptations.

The inclusion of a child with special needs is based on a joint decision between the parents, IIL directors and potentially a health professional, all of whom share the responsibility for carrying out the child’s inclusion. To best serve the interests of the child, it is critical to build a true partnership between IIL, parents and health professionals, establishing mutual trust and recognizing each other’s expertise.


Anti-bullying programme

Bullying, at some level, is an issue in every school around the world. Although the various education systems have now realised the scale of the problem, schools are still struggling to put in place concrete actions to limit its effects according to this article by la Tribune de Genève about our programme.

In order to best support our students in their schooling – and in line with our values of respect and tolerance – we have decided to pave the way in the active fight against bullying by integrating the KiVa programme at IIL. KiVa is a leading programme dedicated to anti-bullying in schools. Based on extensive research, the programme was launched in Finland in 2009 and has proven its effectiveness through numerous studies. Over 95% of Finnish schools have now adopted the programme. The Kiva programme can also be found globally across 19 countries in Europe, Latin America and the United States.

The KiVa programme goes beyond simple conflict resolution. It is based on three pillars: prevention, intervention and monitoring as it is shown from this report by Swissinfo. All IIL Primary and Secondary school students benefit from preventive courses based on the values of empathy, tolerance, and respect for differences. This programme extends beyond the classroom as every staff member at IIL has been trained and empowered to recognize and intervene.

Institut International de Lancy is the first KiVa school in Switzerland. As part of the accreditation, in February 2020, a team from IIL travelled to Finland for specific training in order to become the IIL KiVa training team and to date, every staff member and all students have been introduced or trained on the programme.

The KiVa programme represents our true and solid commitment to education that values both life skills and knowledge.

Contact: kivateam@iil.ch

Eco School

As part of its long-term commitment to protecting the environment, IIL is proud to join Eco-Schools, the leading global sustainable school programme. Beginning in the classroom and expanding outwards to the community, Eco-Schools aims to engage the next generation of eco-citizens through action-based projects and learning. Our aim is to have sustainability-minded and environmentally conscious students and to engage the entire school community by working together on environmental and sustainability projects.

Students of all ages and adults working in all areas of the school learn to incorporate sustainable practices into everyday school life. The projects we currently have in place show the importance of this commitment. These projects include surveys, crafts and recycling activities. Our Eco-school Council, made up of students from all levels within the school, ensures the school community is involved in all aspects of what it means to be an Eco-school.

Diplomas & Accreditations

IIL is an IB World School authorised to teach both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programmes (IBDP) and the Cambridge International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE). Furthermore, the school is a Cambridge University examination centre.

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