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Opportunity through diversity In today’s globalised business environment, careers take parents to all corners of the world. With this comes the search for a school that offers their children internationally recognised diploma programmes, state-of-the-art technology and the best possible support in their personal development. TEXT: SONJA IRANI | PHOTOS: GEMS WORLD ACADEMY SWITZERLAND
A private international school that does just that is GEMS World Academy, located on the shores of Switzerland’s Lac Leman facing the French Alps. The school was founded in January 2013 and is proud to call itself part of the award-winning GEMS Education network that includes 142,000 students in 16 countries and 55 years of educational heritage. In addition, the school is an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School that has been officially authorised by the IB Organisation. As such,
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students here are taught the IB Primary Years Programme, the IB MiddleYears Programme and the IB Diploma Programme by qualified IB professionals. “The IB programmes encourage independent learning and empower our students to embrace responsibility,” explains Ilse Chaigneau, parent relations executive at GEMS World Academy, Switzerland.“They also learn to celebrate diversity with a spirit of understanding and tolerance that helps
them become true global citizens.”In addition to teaching students aged three to 18 the IB programmes, the school also welcomes learners as young as two years of age to Little GEMS - an EarlyYears programme designed to prepare for the IB PrimaryYears Programme and a smooth transition into Pre-Kindergarten. All programmes are taught in English, with French as a second language and German or Spanish as a third language from age 11. Enriching experiences The IB Diploma ensures that the graduates of GEMS World Academy, Switzerland have access to universities all over the world. In fact, GEMS has enjoyed some of the best university acceptance rates of any international school with students having
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