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Excellence Since 1910

Our Heritage

Founded in 1910, Collège Alpin Beau Soleil is one of Switzerland’s oldest private boarding schools with a history traversing three generations of its founders, the De Meyer family.  From origins in Gstaad, the collège transferred to Villars in the early 20th century to take advantage of the abundant sunshine in the village and the temperatures regulated by the currents of Lake Leman.

Madame Bluette Ferrier, first director of the school, installed an educational philosophy that is still a part of the Beau Soleil DNA to this day, a holistic education that touches both the mind and body.  Building on this heritage, both Mr Pierre de Meyer and his son Jerome, left their mark on the school during their leadership, building new facilities and establishing its reputation as one of the world’s leading schools.  

In 2011, Beau Soleil joined the Nord Anglia Education group of premium schools, continuing to offer an education based on its original values of respect, responsibility, ambition and determination.