The International School of Lausanne is a not-for-profit association registered under the Swiss law.
The ISL Association is :
The ISL Association is the legal entity, registered as an Association under Swiss law, responsible for the affairs of the school. The Association is composed of the members of the Board and four members of the parent community. It is governed by the Board and registered with the Registre du Commerce du Canton de Vaud.
A General Assembly is held once a year during which the finances and budget are approved and new members to the Board are elected.
The ISL Board is composed of eight to twelve members who are elected for three years at a time by a majority vote of Association Members at the Annual General Meeting of the Association.
Meetings of the Board take place periodically during the school year, and at least every two months. The School Director attends Board meetings without voting rights as do the Primary School Principal, the Secondary School Principal, the Head of Finance, the Director's Personal Assistant, two staff representatives (one representing the Primary School and one representing the Secondary School), and the PTA president. Other individuals can be invited to attend meetings in whole or in part as required.
The Board is composed of members who are representative of the community, who have shown commitment to the school and/or who possess skills that are critical to the Board. For more details on the nomination process and election of Board Members, please consult Article 7 of the statutes.
The Board Structure
A large portion of the Board's work is executed in, through, or with the support of various committees. The purpose of each committee is to oversee relevant issues on behalf of the Board, and/or to prepare recommendations for Board consideration and approval. In addition, the committees provide support and guidance to the Director and his staff, as and when relevant. The Director naturally plays a significant role in most of the committees. Furthermore, each committee may call upon additional assistance from members of staff and/or the school community.
Some of the committees are standing i.e. permanently active in one form or another, while others are more project, or specific-needs oriented and may be discontinued when their purpose is served. Once a year, the Board meets specifically to establish a suitable committee structure for the coming period in order to best address the tasks and objectives laid down in the current version of the Strategic Plan.
The present ISL Board is organised into five committees as follows:
- Executive Committee - executive function and issues, communications, including community relations and information channels.
- Finance Committee - financial governance, advice and control.
- Governance Committee - governance issues, legal affairs and policy matters.
- Nominating Committee - new Board member candidate search, interviews and proposals.
- Quality and Standards Committee - to ensure that processes are in place to safeguard ISL’s progression to Excellence in Education.
The Board Responsibility
The ISL Board is the guardian of the school and constantly monitors its success in fulfilling its mission. The Board and School Director therefore work in partnership to ensure that all the necessary conditions are provided to fulfil the aims defined by the school, anticipate what the needs might be in future and redefine the school's policies in accordance with those needs.
The ISL Board's responsibilities are defined as follows:
- Setting long-term vision
- Defining the mission
- Approving policies
- Ensuring adequate resources
- Recruiting, monitoring, assessing and retaining the Director
- Complying with legal standing and statutes
- Ensuring appropriate transparency and communication
- Assuring quality.
Who to contact
The Board employs the Director to lead the school. The Director and his staff are therefore responsible for all matters related to the day-to-day running of the school.
Issues relating to the overall functioning of the school should be addressed to the Operational Leadership Team which comprises the Director, the Secondary School Principal, the Primary School Principal, the Head of Marketing, the Head of Finance, the Head of Information Technology, the Head of Human Resources and the Head of Operations.
Issues relating to students in the secondary school should be addressed to the Secondary School Educational Leadership Team which comprises the Secondary School Principal, the Middle School Principal, the High School Principal, the Assistant Principal – IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, and the Assistant Principal - IB MYP Coordinator.
Issues relating to students in the primary school should be addressed to the Primary School Educational Leadership Team which comprises the Primary School Principal, the Assistant Primary School Principal and the Assistant Principal - IB PYP Coordinator.
Issues relating to student’s performance in an individual class or subject should first be discussed with the relevant teacher.