About The Verbier International School (VIS)
One of the most important life decisions you will ever have to make is the choice of education for your children.
The Verbier International School delivers a world-class educational experience with the Swiss high standards, where education goes beyond the curriculum and will provide your children with a learning experience that will last a lifetime. We offer an education from aged 3 to 16 years, for both international and local students.
The Verbier International School is a unique place where children are immersed in a beautiful and safe mountain environment.
Learning at our school is inspired by critical thinking, creativity and the determination of students to do their best. With a strong emphasis on competitive sports and the arts we believe in developing the personality of each child and helping them become socially aware leaders.
Our teachers employ a mixture of traditional methods happily combined with the use of the latest technologies in order to encourage and motivate their students to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge and build a solid foundation for their future.
The academic programme at the Verbier International School is designed to foster excellence, personal development and commitment to the community.
We aim to provide our students with a first-class, well-rounded education while being immersed in a beautiful and safe mountain environment.
Critical thinking, creativity and open mindedness to the cultures and beliefs of others inspire learning at our school. With a strong emphasis on sports and the arts, we believe in developing the personality of each student and helping them to become principled global citizens.
Our school is located in the heart of the beautiful village of Verbier close to all facilities and a short walk to the main ski lifts and sports centres.
Our primary school building is Chalet Mascotte and is a refurbished chalet turned into a school . The “mascot” is known to bring good luck. The building is next to tennis courts, a climbing wall and a mini golf area. As well the children are very lucky to have a backyard that overlooks the Combins mountains and the valley floor. Our secondary school building is Chalet Orny and this is right next to a playground as well with different activities for all ages. Both buildings have several classrooms of different sizes to be able to teach in full class or in smaller groups. There is also a science lab, computer room, library, and music room.
We aim at creating the right environment for our students to thrive. We believe that their well-being is key to successful learning and that it can be achieved by avoiding too exclusive a focus on academic results. In our view, our student’s long-term success will best be attained through developing self-confidence, a capacity to cope with more demanding tasks, and self-improvement. Happy, well-balanced children and adolescents are those who feel in control: they will do grow into well-rounded global citizens.
Our academic teaching takes place in small classes, where teachers carefully follow their students’ progress and provide support for their efforts. Every student is recognized as an individual with his or her specific needs and strengths and is challenged accordingly. Our aim is to allow every student to make the best of their talents and to become strong and self-confident adults, unafraid of further challenges.
Learning occurs not only in the classroom but also outdoors, where nature is the challenge. When skiing or hiking, students learn to go outside their comfort zone and learn that they are stronger than they thought. Of course, outdoor specialists who will ensure that health carefully plans our outings and safety regulations are adhered to.
Art, music, and drama allow students to explore their ability to be creative and acquire a better understanding of themselves through reflection.
Living in Verbier
Nurturing education through a unique mix of culture and sports
Perched on a sunny plateau in the heart of the mountains, with its slate-rooted chalets, Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village.
This is the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area – with nearly 100 lifts and more than 400 km of ski runs for all levels of expertise at your feet. Mont- Fort, the highest point of the ski area (3’330 m), offers a panorama over the Matterhorn, the Combins and the Mont-Blanc ranges.
Made up of picturesque villages, the Val de Bagnes stretches for more than 25 kilometres, from Le Châble to the impressive Mauvoisin Dam. This is a veritable kaleidoscope of surroundings – from pastures to eternal glaciers – and the region is home to one of Switzerland’s greatest natural reserves.
The language of the region is French but the majority of residents speak English. German is also widely spoken. The views of the surrounding mountains, forests and valleys are spectacular and most properties in Verbier are built in a traditional style, incorporating locally-sourced wood and stone.
Verbier is unrivalled for winter and summer sports, as well as offering many non-sporting and cultural activities, all set in a healthy and safe mountain environment. Businesses and entrepreneurs will also find many advantages to a Canton de Valais location, and Verbier in particular given its international outlook. Verbier proudly hosts international sporting and cultural events every year.
Meet the headmaster
Didier Boutroux discovered his vocation when he was a Boarding Tutor in a French Lycée while studying at Nancy University (France). His passion for teaching, guiding and supporting students never left him to this day.
After a degree in History, Geography and History of Art, as well as a Masters degree in History at the University of Nancy, he started his career in England, where he spent nine years as Head of French in two different Prep Schools, Second Master for the last two years.
He was Second Master in his second prep school when appointed HouseMaster in Aiglon college with a view to open a Junior school of which he became Headmaster when it was ready to be established.
This proved to be a very successful project and he and his wife looked after generations of juniors for 25 years. During all these years he remained an active member of the college’s Senior Management team and kept a real interest in coaching volleyball.
TIn 2010, local authorities approached him, keen to open an International School in the Crans-Montana plateau, Le Régent International School. He worked with the architect to conceive and plan the new School and was very much involved in building both the Junior and the Senior Schools, which opened respectively in September 2014 and September 2015.
Mr Boutroux then defined the curriculum, appointed great Staff. and recruited pupils. Very convincing and highly satisfactory results of the first cohort (2020) are testimony of how efficient and successful the School was during these first five years.
He was called out of retirement by the Verbier International School and loves the opportunity to use his enthusiasm and experience to support the school’s development.