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Aiglon Turns 70! “The significant ‘retour à la source’ we witnessed during the 70th Anniversary weekend is a testament to the enduring influence of an education at Aiglon.” Tony Jashanmal, ACA Director, ACSSA Chair •

In a stunning display of Aiglon’s global community, over 700 alumni, parents, students, staff and guests gathered on campus to celebrate Aiglon’s 70th Birthday last June.

The Admissions team managed a record number of enrolments, with 125 new students joining the Aiglon community. Our student body totalled 375 at the start of the academic year.

64% of all new applicants came through word of mouth. Thank you to all Aiglon recommenders!

The Class of 2019 achieved an average IB score of 35.8, significantly above the global average of 29.63, allowing us to compete strongly with leading selective schools around the world.

Aiglon’s Summer School welcomed a record number of 250 students over the 5-week programme.

The Class of 2019 raised over CHF 180,000 to support the John Corlette Scholarship Fund and projects in the boarding houses.

The FOAC US raised over CHF 50,000 through an auction in honour of the 70th Anniversary; proceeds benefit Aiglon’s scholarship initiatives.

3rd Alumni Summer School Scholarship recipient joined the Eagle programme for students aged 14-17 on the 20th of July. This place is funded by the Aiglon Alumni Committee, Friends of Aiglon College US (FOAC US) together with Alessandro Corsini, President of the Alumni Association.

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Average IB Score (World Average 29.6 out of 45)


returned to campus for the 70th Anniversary celebrations


nationalities represented in our student body

Mind “Our students achieve outstanding academic success, and simultaneously embrace the challenges unique to the Aiglon lifestyle.” Nicola Sparrow, Head of School •

Not only did the Class of 2019 achieve the highest IB average score in Aiglon’s history, but 2 students earned the maximum 45 points, an achievement accomplished by only 0.12% of students worldwide.

98.5% of the Class of 2019 undertook the full IB Diploma, 100% passed.

92% of all IGCSE scores were awarded an A*- C; 46% of grades were at A or A*.

Aiglon provides a 1:6 Teacher/Student ratio.

Anchored in our founder John Corlette’s vision that education should extend well beyond the classroom, Aiglon launched a new Discovery Programme in the Junior School. This unique programme focuses on travel, a unified curriculum and real world experience to prepare students for both the IGCSE, and the real world. Visit www.aiglon.ch/discovery for more details.

You may know that our Guiding Principles, focused on the balanced development of Mind, Body and Spirit, shape the Aiglon experience outside of the classroom, but did you know they shape the academic learning experience as well? Visit aiglon.ch/GPL for more information.

The new 5-day academic week allowed us to expand our Trips & Visits programme. This enhances our students’ natural curiosity while introducing them to unfamiliar experiences. Aiglon offers cultural, adventure and service trips to ensure a balanced and holistic programme.


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100% pass rate




students achieving 40 points or more out of a possible 45


92% at A*- C, 46% A - A*

Body “Our activities allow us to develop mind, body and spirit. Whether climbing, writing or serving, students learn that each aspect is essential to a healthy mindset and lifestyle.” Louise Thomas, Head of Expeditions •

16 students became qualified ski instructors by passing the BASI Level 1 Alpine Instructor course.

Aiglon’s ski racing team is 50 strong, with 9 students qualified to compete in International Ski Federation races (FIS).

2 students have been selected to join their National Olympic Team and another is on the shortlist for the 2020 Junior Winter Olympics in Lausanne, with events in Villars and Les Diablerets in January 2020.

2 students represented their country at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships in Villars, March 2019.

Winter expeditions included volunteering with Handiconcept to ski with the physically challenged, a glacial descent of the world famous Vallée Blanche in Chamonix, overnighting in a mountain hut for the budding astronomers to get closer to the stars and ski instructor training as well as traditional ski mountaineering expeditions.

A group of teachers organised the 5th Annual Mountain Marathon as a Round Square fundraising event. The 42km course departs from Aiglon and climbs to the top of Les Chaux and Chaux Ronde before descending to the Lac des Chavonnes and returning to school. 10 students completed the full marathon and 4 completed the half marathon.

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Bouquetin expedition awards presented


medals won by Aiglon ski racers


Sports Day records broken

Spirit “We understand service as a state of mind, a habit. We urge students to view service not as something you do to and for someone else, but as something you do with them.” Chris Chalcraft, Deputy Head (Student Life) •

Aiglon students embarked on 41 International Culture, Service & Adventure trips including service projects to Cambodia, Costa Rica, Poland, Kenya, Thailand and Chile.

Students raised money to support the local refugee centre. This included a trip to the swimming pool (a first for some) and a farewell meal at a local restaurant to celebrate the relocation of their families to alternative housing in Switzerland.

Each of the 7 senior boarding houses raised funds to support 6 boys and 6 girls at Starehe Schools in Kenya.

A group of students, teachers, and alumni cycled 180 km around Lac Léman in a day to raise over CHF 4,800 for the Seba CZ Scholarship Fund.

Aiglon’s Green Council celebrated its 10th birthday. Beginning in the Junior School, this project now spans the entire school and is a recognised service activity. Each house has a student representative to focus on reducing waste and recycling.

Wellbeing Coordinator Ruth Fitzgerald works with a group of 20 student ambassadors and the student leadership team to build a sense of inclusion within the student body. The team advise on ways to balance the challenges faced in academics and sports while prioritising time for self-care: proper sleep patterns, eating healthily and regularly, developing emotional resilience, positive relationships and

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students took part in 6 international service projects


International Cultural & Adventure trips



raised by students to support Medair’s earthquake relief in Indonesia

Class of 2019 “With application numbers and selectivity rates similar to the Ivy League, we are proud of enrolments such as Tufts and Middlebury. Ten years ago, Tufts’ admissions rate was 26%, today it is 14%; Middlebury accepted 23%, and today 16%.“ Patience Fanella-Koch, Director of College and Career Counselling •

The Class of 2019 average SAT score reached record highs: Critical Reading 649; Maths 662.

46% of graduates will head to universities in North America, 26% in the United Kingdom, 13% in other global destinations and 15% have chosen to take a gap year.

The Class of 2019 secured places in many highly competitive institutions, including: McGill, UBC, Kenyon College, Lehigh University, Middlebury, Stanford, Parsons School of Design, Tufts, Tulane, USC, King’s College London, LSE, UCL, University of the Arts London, AA School of Architecture, Edinburgh, Manchester, Warwick, Duke Kunshan University,





NYU Abu Dhabi, Yale-NUS College. •

All 7 graduating scholars earned scholarships securing full funding. They received a total of 15 competitive packages, including The Global Citizenship Scholarship from Babson, the Alfond Scholars






Williamson Merit Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill (given to 4 students from over 1,000 global applicants). Other students were offered 10 meritbased awards. •

1 student was awarded the World Bachelor in Business, a highly selective programme combining studies at University of Southern California, Bocconi University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Tech, granted to only 50 students globally.

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SAT average

1,311 out of possible 1,600

94% of UK applications met their firm or insurance offer

17% were admitted and enrolled in their top choice US university by Early Decision

News “Aiglon must evolve. Through imaginative and active stewardship of our reputation, relationships and resources we can ensure a strong response to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.” Richard McDonald, Executive Director •

As of August 2019, Richard McDonald assumed the role of Executive Director, focusing on major projects, relationships and external priorities.






(Curriculum), takes on the role of Head of School, managing Aiglon’s day-to-day operation. •

Reid Alan Ching joins as Director of Development & Alumni Relations, bringing a depth of experience in international school advancement, most recently as Director of Global Development at Imperial College London.

The major renovation of Le Cerf and improvements to Clairmont mean that the school offers an everimproving quality of residential accommodation, firmly positioning it in a highly competitive boarding school market. The Campus Masterplan includes a new boys boarding house allowing for the redeployment of Belvedere.

The new Aiglon Life platform offers a unique opportunity for alumni and parents to connect. View photos, connect with alumni, organise events as well as discover professional mentoring opportunities: aiglonlife.ch .

Update your mailing address on Aiglon Life, or send an email to alumni@aiglon.ch to receive a commemorative 70th Anniversary booklet with our December magazine.

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platform to connect a global network of


alumni and parents


of users willing to help

Support Aiglon “There are many ways to support Aiglon, from mentoring students or fellow alumni to contributing to our scholarship fund. I hope you will consider donating your time, expertise or treasure to support Aiglon today.” Reid Alan Ching, Director of Development & Alumni Relations •

Expertise: Mentor a young professional, be a local contact for Aiglonians, prep students for interviews.

Time: Host or organise an event, supervise admissions tests for prospective students, meet prospective





university visits. •

Referrals: Introduce Aiglon’s admissions team to families who would like to learm more about Aiglon.

Gifts: Aiglon is a not-for-profit school. We rely on donations from our community to help fulfil our ambitious goals for our Campus Masterplan and our scholarship programme.

Aiglon offers a modest number of fully funded need-based awards each year to outstanding students entering the IB programme. We currently have 17 scholarship recipients, representing 11 nationalities. To support this programme, make a gift to the John Corlette Scholarship fund and invest in a gift with a life-long impact.

Last year in honour of Aiglon’s 70th anniversary we launched a community fundraising project, the Fund-a-Room campaign. 49 donors contributed, collectively raising over CHF 170.000. Visit our donor wall at: aiglon.ch/fundaroom.

Aiglon offers options for giving worldwide, including US and UK tax efficient options. Donations can be made by visiting: aiglon.ch/donate, or contact alumni@aiglon.ch.

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Summer Programme (5%) Donations (2%) Tuition (86%) Other Activities (7%)


Summer Programme (2%) Bursaries and Scholarships (8%) Teaching and Student Welfare (57%) Buildings, Vehicles and Maintenance (17%) Administration (16%)

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