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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 IB setting.


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


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

Grade Levels

Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) through 12th grade

Student/Teacher Ratio


2018-2019 Enrollment
  • Total student body: 858
    • Lower School: 260
    • Middle School: 227
    • Upper School: 371
  • 98% retention rate of 2017-2018 students
  • 153 new students (2018 graduating class: 83 students)
    • 55% of Lausanne's new students came from other Memphis area private schools
    • 14% of new students moved to Memphis from another country or state
      • Students from:
        • China, Germany, Indonesia, Poland, United Arab Emirates
        • Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington
        • 15 students participating in the English as an Additional Language program
    • 39% came from Memphis area public schools
  • 50% of all Lausanne students have a sibling also attending Lausanne
  • Ethnicity: 46% Students of Color – 54% Caucasian, 23% African American/Black, 9% Middle Eastern Asian, 11% Asian, 3% Hispanic
  • Countries (5 or more student representation): 67 India, 30 China, 21 United Kingdom, 16 Pakistan, 11 Lebanon, 9 Canada, 9 Mexico, 9 Philippines, 8 Brazil, 8 Germany, 8 France, 7 South Africa, 6 Hungary, 6 Japan, 6 Palestine, 5 Belgium, 5 Cuba, 5 Taiwan, 5 China
  • The only PK-3 through 12th grade International Baccalaureate World School in Tennessee
  • 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
  • Two innovation labs supporting all three divisions
  • Piloting an innovative approach to mathmatics in classrooms using technology
  • Wireless campus and centralized technology and support center
  • 5 different art studios on campus
  • The Michelangelo Project – first in the nation, classical atelier program for middle/high school students
  • Rare in the high school setting, Lausanne offers several technology/digital-based arts courses. These include: Graphic Design/Yearbook, Media Arts, Digital Photography, Music Technology.
  • 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: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball and yoga.

Lynx Girls Basketball


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:

Global Diversity

33% of Lausanne’s students and/or parents come from countries outside the USA.

The student body currently represents over 55 different countries:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia