We are a non-profit, independent, International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Since 1962, we have grown to almost 1000 students, aged 3 to 18 years, who come from more than 60 nations. We believe in strong values, the courage to think independently, and cooperation across cultural boundaries–ideas that form the heart of a progressive approach to learning.
Our vision and mission
ISL will be a world leader in international education. We will be acknowledged for our genuine care for the well-being of all members of our community, and for providing a challenging, innovative, holistic, values-based education that develops in young people the knowledge, skills and disposition to bring about positive change.
The International School of Lausanne is committed to excellence in education. We strive to recognise the unique potential of each student, and to equip them to play an active and responsible role in a complex, multicultural world.
IB World School
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Council of International Schools (CIS)
Faculty and Staff
One campus, four buildings
Frazer Cairns joined ISL as its Director in 2017. With a background in management consultancy and journalism, he has worked as a science teacher and as a school leader in the UK, Indonesia, Switzerland, and Singapore. Frazer holds masters and doctorate degrees in education, his research focusing on the place of bilingualism in international education, and an MBA from Warwick Business School. Frazer is also the Chair of the Board of the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS).
The English School of Lausanne opened with seven students in the rehearsal rooms of the Municipal Theatre in 1962. The following year the school was renamed The Commonwealth-American School. It grew within five years to over 100 students from nine different countries. The school was finally renamed the International School of Lausanne (ISL) in 1997. We now welcome close to 1000 students.
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Sustainability at ISL
The ISL students and staff believe we should respond collectively, as a school, and individually, to the many environmental crises happening worldwide.
Find out about ISL goal to become plastic-free, the eco society committee and the implementation of sustainability into the school’s curriculum. More information on our approach to sustainability can be found here.
Discover our annual report
Click on the link below to read our 2022-2023 annual report.
Explore our approach to learning