Lausanne at a Glance
School's Mission: “to prepare each of its students for college and for life in a global environment”
Identity Statement: Building on the mastery of traditional college preparatory skills and high academic and ethical standards, Lausanne Collegiate School develops the individual talents, intellects, creativity and character of boys and girls through innovative teaching strategies and passionate and engaged learning within our diverse Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade setting.
Core Values: Seven statements incorporated in "The Lausanne Way" that highlight our unique approach to education.
- We create a joyful and challenging learning process.
- We encourage continual self-reflection.
- We provide opportunities to succeed.
- We embrace global mindedness.
- We forge meaningful relationships.
- We build character through service to others.
- We empower individuals to seek their own journeys.
Grade Levels: Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) through 12th grade
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
- Total student body: 859
- Lower School: 241
- Middle School: 280
- Upper School: 338
- 97% retention rate of 2013-2014 students
- 157 new students (2014 graduating class: 93 students)
- 50% of Lausanne's new students came from other Memphis area private schools
- 20% transferred from outside of Memphis including: Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Connecticut, Florida, India, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia
- 30% came from Memphis area public schools
- Co-ed, 55% boys and 45% girls
- 53% of all Lausanne students have a sibling also attending Lausanne
- 30% of Lausanne’s students and/or parents come from countries outside the USA
- The student body currently represents the following 57 different countries:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
- The countries represented by the most students at Lausanne include: 58 students from India, 51 China, 16 Pakistan, 10 Lebanon, 8 Mexico, 7 Iran, 7 Korea, 7 Philippines, 7 United Kingdom, 5 Columbia, 5 Germany, 4 Belgium, 4 Brazil and 4 Chile.
- 43% are students of color
- 57% Caucasian, 17% African American/Black, 12% Middle Eastern Asian, 9% Asian, 4% Latino and 1% Native American
Pronunciation of Lausanne: "Law" as in a school of law and "Zann" as in the girl's name "Anne" with a "Z" in front
Campus: 30 acres in East Memphis including four academic buildings, a science center, 60,000 square foot state-of-the art library and indoor sports complex, two gymnasiums, performing arts center and arts wing, two multi-purpose athletic fields, six tennis courts, a sprint track and waterfront access to Blue Heron Lake
- The only PK-3 through 12th grade International Baccalaureate World School in Tennessee
- A Lausanne-developed pre-IB curriculum for grades PK-3 through 10th grade
- 100% graduate acceptance rate to colleges and universities
- Daily Mandarin Chinese & Spanish instruction the Lower School in addition to Spanish, French and Mandarin studies offered in the Middle & Upper Schools
- International travel studies for Middle & Upper School students during spring & summer
- Project-based field trips during Lower School
- Advanced Middle School students may take Upper School level coursework
- First 1:1 program in the Mid-South (tablets and laptops)
- 5th–12th grade students own laptops and use them across the curriculum
- Wireless campus and centralized technology and support center.
- The Michelangelo Project – first in the nation, classical atelier program for middle/high school students
- Theater – Wide-ranging opportunities for onstage performance from Lower School assemblies to Middle & Upper School professional theatrical performances
- Music Conservatory – individual and group music lessons during the school day for students starting at junior kindergarten
- Over 55 different arts choices in both visual and performing arts
Teams from age 3 to varsity level including: basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, gymnastics, karate, lacrosse, soccer, softbal, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball.
Accreditation, which is sought on a voluntary basis, ensures that the institution has met the standards established by the association and simplifies the transfer of credits from one school to another. No school can be accredited, regardless of its resources, unless it engages in a continuing program of school improvement. Lausanne is accredited and holds memberships in the following groups increasing Lausanne's connection with thousands of schools worldwide:
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