Lausanne Collegiate School is a private / independent, coed, preschool-12th grade, International Baccalaureate World School in Memphis, Tennessee, providing an innovative college preparatory curriculum in a student-centered, globally diverse and joyful community since 1926.

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

2014-2015 Enrollment:

  • 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

Global Diversity:

  • 30% of Lausanne’s students and/or parents come from countries outside the USA
  • The student body currently represents the following 57 different countries:
  • Algeria
    Angola
    Argentina
    Bangladesh
    Belgium
    Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Brazil
    Cambodia
    Canada
    Chile
    China
    Colombia
    Croatia
    Cuba
    Dominican Republic
    Egypt
    Finland
    France
    Georgia
    Germany
    Ghana
    Greece
    Guatemala
    Haiti
    Hungary
    India
    Iran
    Israel

    Italy
    Jamaica
    Japan
    Kenya
    Kuwait
    Lebanon
    Mexico
    Nicaragua
    Nigeria
    Pakistan
    Philippines
    Poland
    Romania
    South Africa
    South Korea
    Spain
    Sri Lanka
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Syria
    Taiwan
    Turkey
    Uganda
    Ukraine
    United Kingdom
    United States
    Uruguay
    Vietnam
    Zambia
    • 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

Founded: 1926

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

Academics: 

  • 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.

Arts:

  • 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

Athletics:

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:

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:

For more information or for media inquiries, please contact admission@lausanneschool.com or 901.474.1003.

Lausanne Collegiate School
1381 West Massey Road Memphis, Tennessee 38120
901 474 1000

Lausanne Collegiate School is a private / independent, coed, preschool-12th grade, International Baccalaureate World School in Memphis, Tennessee, providing an innovative college preparatory curriculum in a student-centered, globally diverse and joyful community since 1926.

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