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New Families

We are delighted to have your student joining us at Lausanne! Following are some helpful links and explanations of what to expect in the coming year. Please feel free to contact the admission office if you have further questions. We will be happy to help provide you with more information as well as to connect you with the division or department representative that may be able to provide you greater insight. Let us know if we should add something to this list, too!

After School (AfterCare, Library, and Activities)

Lausanne provides supervision of Lower School students from 7:30 a.m.until 3:15 p.m. and Middle School and Upper School students from 7:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Additionally, a sibling room is available for Lower School students with an older student on campus until the Middle and Upper School dismissal time at 3:30 p.m.

AfterCare programming (at an additional cost) provides after school supervision and activities for students in PK-Grade 6 until 6:00 p.m. There is a wide range of additional activities to choose from during AfterCare from performing arts, including dance classes and instrumental lessons, to athletics to chess, robotics and other academic endeavors.

Students in Grades 7-12 who are still on campus after 3:45 p.m., but not involved in a Lausanne activity such as an athletic or art program, report to the library. The library, including the Blue Heron Café, is open until 5:30 p.m. on school days.

Pick-up for AfterCare is in the library at the circulation desk or you may call 901-591-1177 upon your arrival on campus and your child will be brought to the front entrance by Shockey Hall and the Admission Office for carpool.

Register here for Lausanne 360. 

Contact 901-474-1013 for more information.

Allergies & Medical Forms

All parents are asked to fill out a medical form and an emergency contact form for their children when they enroll. Students with specific allergies are also asked to fill out an allergy alert section of the form. The Lausanne Dining staff will be made aware of the allergy, and specific meetings to discuss a student’s allergy or dietary needs can also be arranged.

Lausanne is a peanut-free campus. All parents and students are asked to follow this policy when providing any foods from home or celebratory snacks for classrooms.

A student’s contact information and medical information can be updated at any time in the parent portal, and a reminder to update the profile will be given with each re-enrollment contract.

Reminders about updating immunization records will be made in PK, JK, SK and 7th grade.

Athletics Team Registration

Online registration for Middle and Upper School sports participation in the new school year will open this spring. Families with questions about specific sports participation including summer schedules are encouraged to contact the athletics office for clarification at 901-474-1050 or email Cayce Densford at

Lower School sports team registration will begin in the spring with other AfterCare and Conservatory options and remain open. Registration for Lower School sports will remain open through mid-August. Emails will be sent directing you to the online registration process in the parent portal.

Although you can register for the entire year's participation at one time, there will be additional opportunities to register for winter and spring sports as well as second semester options for AfterCare and Conservatory.

Links to the practice and game schedules are available via Veracross in your parent portal. 


Parents have the ability to make payments towards tuition and their accounts online, via Veracross in your parent portal. You are also welcome to send payments directly to the business office. For questions regarding payments, please reach out to Barbara Frederick at 901-474-1007 or Gina Christian at 901-474-1023.

Blue Heron Cafe & Lynx Store

The Blue Heron Café is located in the library and is open to students and parents from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. on school days. From "chillers" and fruit to chicken biscuits, parfaits, salads and grab-and-go sandwiches, the Blue Heron Café is a great place to grab a snack and spend time with classmates. Purchases can be made using cash, credit card or student accounts (grades 5-12 only).

The Lynx Store is located in Main Gym and has a wide range of items to meet your blue and gold spirit needs! The store also carries snacks and drinks for students to purchase after school. The store is open on school days from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and during select sporting events. Purchases can be made using cash, credit card or student accounts (grades 5-12 only).

Books & School Supplies

All text books and other reading materials are provided by the school. Early Childhood students in PK, JK and SK will be provided with a sleeping sack (mats in classroom). They might want to bring a small pillow or stuffed animal to rest with in the afternoon.

Students in Grades 1-4 will need a backpack or school tote.

Middle & Upper School students will want a bag that can accommodate their laptop and other materials. A school supply list will be provided by the Middle School office for Grades 5-8.

There is not a required supply list for the Upper School although some art classes may have some additional needs.

Campus Safety

During school hours, entrance to the campus can be accessed through the Welcome Center. All vehicles that do not have parking decals are required to check in at the Welcome Center so we have an account of who is on campus at any given time. To obtain a parking decal, click here. Submit one form electronically for each Parent/Guardian decal requested. The decals will be mailed to the home address.  Vehicle Registration Forms are also available at the Welcome Center.

The north gate at Lenden Wood Road and the Welcome Center gates are open during carpool hours. The Welcome Center gate remains open during evening and weekend activities.

For more information contact Bill Walsh, Director of Campus Safety at or 901-591-1166.


Click here for a detailed map of campus to locate your appropriate carpool location. Carpool hours for PK through 4th grade are 7:30–8:00 a.m. and 3:00–3:15 p.m. Carpool hours for grades 5–12 are 7:30–8:30 a.m. (to accommodate Zero Hour arrival) and 3:30–3:45 p.m. Lower School students with Middle or Upper School siblings will be at the youngest siblings’ carpool for pick-up.

Please be courteous to our neighbors by following posted signs to avoid blocking driveways and access to their homes. This is a school zone, so slow down and watch for pedestrians.

Parents are always welcome to park and walk their children in to school. Lower School parents particularly enjoy this activity, especially on the first day of school. This is a nice way to meet other parents and get to know the teachers when helping settle in your child for the day.

Class Schedules

Lower School students receive an email in July announcing their new class teachers. Our teachers and school administrators thoughtfully consider all students' learning needs, personalities and friendships when creating classrooms and match them accordingly with one of our fantastic teachers; therefore, teacher requests are not accepted.

Middle School student schedules will be compiled and distributed in July. Students will be asked to fill out a survey in April regarding their requested art/engineering activities and language studies.

Upper School students new to Lausanne will be invited to take math and language placements beginning in April or after their enrollment. All Upper School students will also schedule a meeting for a later time with our assistant head of Upper School, Stephen Campbell,, to discuss schedules.

Class Trips

Although most students do participate, class trips for grades 5-12 are optional and do have an additional cost associated with them. Class trips are designed to build friendships as well as enhance lessons learned in the classroom.

5th and 6th Grade trips are in mid-April.

The 7th Grade trip is the first week of October.

The 8th grade trip is the last week of August.

Grades 9 and 11 will go on their trips during the third week of August.

Grades 10 & 12 do internships the third week of August, also. 

Optional spring break and summer trips will be announced during the school year via Upper School email updates and the website.

Conservatory (Dance, Music, Performing Arts)

Instrumental classes for any age and stage may be registered for through the Lausanne 360 program. Additionally, dance and performing arts classes for Lower School students are also available through the AfterCare program.


Beginning in August, you will receive weekly emails from individual teachers, announcements regarding special events and a message from each divisional head and the headmaster. Assignments and classwork will also be posted online in the parent and student portals each week.

Additionally, the weekly Lausanne eNews is sent out every Wednesday during the school year and includes announcements about upcoming events and recent Lausanne news articles.

All calendars can be found in your parent portal on Veracross. 

We recommend that you sign up for the weather alerts so that you will have that additional option of receiving school closings via text. Weather related closings are e-mailed, posted on the website, on our social media outlets and via local media outlets. 

Throughout the year, we post stories, pictures and videos of some of the amazing things happening at Lausanne through our social media channels: Facebook (LausanneCollegiateSchool), Twitter (@lausanneschool), Instagram (LausanneSchool) and YouTube(LausanneSchool). Feel free to share them on your own feeds.

The Lausanne Parent Connections (LPC) Facebook page is also a great place to ask other parents questions and begin getting to know your Lausanne family. The page announces upcoming deadlines and events on campus, along with groups for each class year.


An online directory of students and parents names, addresses, home telephone numbers and e-mail addresses can be accessed by logging on the parent and student portals.

Parent and student contact information is to be used solely for the communication of school-related or school community purposes. Its use for any other purpose is not authorized. A list of board members and Lausanne Parent Connection members and contact information is also available in the parent and student portals.

Frequently used numbers are also listed on our website.

Dress Code

Lausanne students do not wear uniforms but do follow a dress code. Please review the dress code when planning wardrobe purchases. The first day of school is a Monday, so all Upper School students need to remember to wear assembly dress.

Email Addresses For Students and Staff

Student email addresses are assigned for all students in grades 5-12. These will be made available prior to the new student orientation, at which time students will also be given training on how to login.

To email any administrator, faculty member or staff personnel, use the following format: first initial of the first name last name spelled For example, Laura Trott is

Extended Care

Please note that on several student holidays, extended care is available for an additional daily fee for students in PK through Grade 6.

Holiday Schedule 2019-20

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Field Trips

Our students all enjoy participating in field trips that enhance the various projects they are exploring in their classrooms. In section 10 of the school contract, you registered your child to participate in all Lausanne field trips, excursions and activities inclusive of team and individual sport participation in athletic organized trips during the school year. You will be advised by email or teacher web pages in advance of each trip in which your student is involved. Separate permission forms for these trips will not be sent home.

Optional trips with additional parent permission needed include any overnight class trips, spring break or summer trips. These optional trips have an additional cost.

Laptops / Technology

Lower School students’ tablets, laptops and Promethean boards are provided in the classroom. There is no need to make an additional purchase at this time.

All students in Grades 5-12 need to purchase a laptop prior to the first day of school. 

Our program is unique in that we encourage hardware diversity while at the same time offering the best support possible to ensure successful and seamless integration of technology into the curriculum. We recommend you order the Lausanne-selected Lenovo laptops because of the historical durability and ease of having them repaired at our on-site certified Lenovo repair center (at no additional cost). You may purchase these recommended laptops through These laptops come with a three-warranty and accidental damage protection.

Other PC models and Mac products are also acceptable. If you do decide to purchase a laptop outside of the recommended models, please be aware that you are responsible for ensuring that your child’s laptop is in working condition. Additionally, all outside laptop purchases are required to pay an annual $150 tech fee to cover the cost of licensing, connectivity, and access to a loaner laptop for up to two weeks if repairs are needed. Computers will need to be brought to the Tech Center prior to the start of school for connecting to the network and verifying minimum requirements.

Beginning in mid-May, you may see options for laptops through this link: Laptop purchase options through Lausanne.

Learn more about Lausanne’s Technology Policy.

Lausanne Parent Connections

All parents are invited to participate in the Lausanne Parent Connections’ efforts to support our students and school programs. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the year including serving as room parents/class representatives and helping to plan school events such as the Fall Carnival and Lausanne Auction. The LPC meets every first Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. Read more and get connected!

Learning Plans

If your child has a diagnosis that recommends a learning plan, we encourage you to schedule a meeting with one of the learning specialists prior to the start of school or within the first few weeks of school. Students in PK-4th grade can visit directly with their child’s teacher or contact Kara Barbour or Erica McBride in the Lower School Office at 901-474-1000. Students in Grades 5-8 may contact Kim Thorpe in the Middle School at 901-474-1034. Students in Grades 9-12 may contact Samantha Douglas in the Upper School, at 901-474-1068.


The required lunch plan enables students to have a wide range of options to meet their varied tastes each day. The three hot stations, two salad bars, two soups, fresh fruit bar and grab-and-go refrigerators give students a wide range of nutritious and delicious foods to choose from each day.

PK students eat in their classrooms and have the option to opt into the lunch program for the year during enrollment.

All JK through 12th grade students eat lunch in the Tully Dining Hall and are on the lunch plan.

Lower School students eat in 30-minute increments between 11:00 a.m. and noon. They have the options of milk and water with their meals, and teachers are on hand to help them make choices. Grades 3-4 do have the options of tea or juice as well. There are no sodas available.

Middle School students eat from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Upper School students eat from 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Parents are encouraged to enjoy a lunch with their students! This is especially fun for our Lower School students. Lunch tickets may be purchased for $5 from the Lower School office.


View our holiday dates to find out when the campus will be closed for various holidays and breaks or professional development days. Please note that on several student holidays, extended care is available for students in PK through Grade 6.

Holiday Schedule
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Parking for Students & Family Vehicles

Lausanne Collegiate School parking decals may be authorized for vehicles owned by student drivers; parents/guardians; anyone with parental authorization such as grandparents, nannies and babysitters; Lausanne employees/spouses and Lausanne contract employees. When applying for a decal for a non-parent/guardian please be sure the parent/guardian is listed as the registrant’s sponsor on the form.

Parent/Guardians may fill out the online form to make a request for parking stickers through this link. Families can chose to have the stickers mailed to them or they may pick them up from the Welcome Center and the entrance gate. Requests for printed forms may also be made at the Welcome Center at the front of the campus.

Student parking is available on campus (campus map). Students' cars must be registered through Campus Safety. The link for Student Driver’s can be found at (in the Upper School section).

For more information contact Bill Walsh, Director of Campus Safety at or 901-591-1166.

Parent Information Night

Shortly after the new school year begins and students have settled into their schedules, parents will be invited to an evening presentation by division (Lower, Middle, Upper) to visit their students' classrooms, meet the teachers and get an overview of the divisional experience for their student(s).

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Open communication between teachers, students and parents at Lausanne is encouraged. In addition to other forms of communication including weekly email and website updates, two parent/teacher conferences are scheduled throughout the year. Between these conferences, please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher/advisory with any questions or clarification needs.

P.E. Uniforms for Middle School

Students in Grades 5-8 benefit from daily P.E. (Physical Education). The students do wear P.E. uniforms during this time. The uniforms are available for purchase through the Lynx Store.

Lynx Store School Day Hours: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday 

School Hours

Administrative offices are open from 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m during the active school year and 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m during the summer. All students can arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. with no additional charge to tuition.

Lower School (PK–4th grade) students spend 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. in one of their grade classrooms supervised by a teacher and are at work at centers or on homework. Lower School classes take place from 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to park and walk their children into class or to use the carpool lines.

Most Middle and Upper School students also arrive on campus by 7:30 or 7:45 a.m. to take advantage of Zero Hour from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. when all of their teachers are in the classrooms. The students can spend this time getting extra help from their teachers, working out in the gym, practicing their instruments or spending time with friends in the Blue Heron Café. Zero Hour is offered at no additional cost to tuition.

The Middle and Upper School classes take place from 8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Special Events

The first day of school certainly is a special day at Lausanne and is followed throughout the year with a wide-variety of special events including spirit weeks and athletic and arts events. Next up will be the all-school Night of Broadway. Auditions for individual and group Broadway scenes and songs will take place shortly after school begins in August. All ages are encouraged to participate, and the summer is a good time to start brainstorming about what you might like to perform!

During the school year pay attention to the weekly email announcements about upcoming events. You can also look for updates on News & Events and follow us on Facebook (LausanneCollegiateSchool), Instagram (LausanneSchool) and Twitter (@lausanneschool) to stay up-to-date.

Student & Parent Portal Access

Each student in grades 5-12 will be assigned a username and password and will have access to the student portal, which connects them to grades, homework, attendence and more. Students gain access to the portals and will be trained on this system at during the new student orientation. Further support is available through advisors, teachers and the tech support center in the library.

Beginning mid-June, each parent will be provided a username and password to access the portals on the website. The portals provide links to various parent and student resources. Once classes are scheduled, you will have access to your student’s schedule and class announcements from teachers such as upcoming assignments and assessments. The portal also gives you direct access to My Backpack, which connects to your online account and payment options, the school directory and student grades and attendance.

You can access the portals from any page on the website using the Login link at the top of each page or clicking this link

Student Handbook

A copy of the student handbook can be found by clicking here. It can also be accessed in the parent and student portals.

Student Orientation & Meet the Teacher: August 9

Save the dates for our student orientation and meet the teacher opportunities:

Ice Cream Social & Information Fair for ALL New Families: Thursday, May 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. 
Outdoor Discover Center & Elder Performing Arts Center

Middle School & Upper School Meet & Greet: Orientation Overview
for parents and students
Thursday, August 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tully Dining Hall

Meet the Teacher & Student Orientation Day
Information Fair & Lausanne Parent Connections Q & A
Friday, August 9

  • Lower School Meet the Teacher from 9 to 11 a.m. – Lower School Classrooms & Outdoor Discovery Center
  • Middle School Student Orientation from 9 to 11 a.m. – Elder Performing Arts Center
  • Upper School Student Orientation from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Library
  • Lausanne Parent Connections Q & A Sessions at 9 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. – Blackmon Gallery
  • Information Fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Main Gym & Library

First Day of School
Monday, August 12, 2019

Upper School – Assembly Dress
Middle & Lower School – Regular Dress Code

Summers @ Lausanne

A great way to get to know new friends and the campus is to attend Summers @ Lausanne. There are entertaining themes each week to raise the bar on fun, and every week there is a different range of interest camps for all ages (rising JK – Grade 12) as well special Camp Programs. Check out the full schedule and sign up today for a summer of fun!

Lausanne’s partnership with Soccer Ole enables a convenient practice location for Lausanne students wishing to participate in the program. Soccer Ole offers several summer camps in addition to the Summers @ Lausanne program. Soccer Ole also gives students an additional playing option to the Lausanne soccer team opportunities provided during the school year.

Summer Reading

Reading is an important way to stay academically active during the summer. From PK-Grade 12 summer reading assignments are made available online. Lower School assignments vary according to age and usually involve a variety of selected authors and titles from which to choose. The Middle and Upper School assignments have required reading selections. The Middle and Upper School books will be provided for pick up by the school, so please be on the lookout for the summer reading assignments and book selection option announcements from those divisions.