How to become a Rosey student

For candidates for classes 9 to 3

US: 3rd to 9th grade / UK: year 4 to year 10

Rolling Admissions system:

Once online application forms and required documents have been received (details below), candidates are invited to spend a day on the campus as soon as possible after the start of September to get to know the school and to take entrance tests (in Mathematics, English or French and their mother tongue). They are interviewed by academic heads and they have the chance to ask questions.

The Admissions Committee meets every week to discuss completed dossiers and corrected entrance tests. One of four decisions is possible:

  • Acceptance
  • Deferral: this is where there is considerable competition – for certain linguistic quotas or where there are still the latest transcripts or reports to be received, for example. In such cases, the Committee reviews all dossiers concerned at a later date before making a final decision. In such cases, parents are informed of the time that they may need to wait and of the date when the dossier will be re-examined.
  • Waiting List: when all places for next year have been awarded, candidates with the level to be admitted are placed on a Waiting List and may be admitted as and when places become available, often in spring but sometimes as late as during the summer.
  • Denial

Children develop in the course of a year and a candidate who has been refused a place can always re-apply for the following year.

To increase their chances of admission, candidates are urged to apply as early as possible after the beginning of September.

For candidates for classes 2 and 1

US: 10th and 11th grade / UK: years 11 and 12

Admission is by “rounds”; the application procedure is the same as for other students (required documents, visit, admission tests, interview) but decisions are taken at two sessions:

  • 1st session for dossiers completed by November 15: the Committee announces one of three decisions at the beginning of December. These are: accepted, denied or deferred to the 2nd session
  • 2nd session for dossiers completed by January 31: the Committee announces one of three decisions in mid-February. These are: accepted, denied or wait listed.

Dossiers completed after 31 January are still considered by the Admissions Committee which will decide either to place candidates on the Waiting List or to refuse admission.

Application procedure

What is the profile of a future Rosey student?

Intellectual ability

All candidates must be capable of keeping up with the requirements of the programmes needed to sit the French or International Baccalaureates.

Linguistic ability in English or French

To be admitted to the Juniors (aged 8-12), knowledge of Rosey’s working languages is not vital; from the Cadets (aged 12) upwards, it is important to understand one of the two languages; from 15 years on, students must master one of the two languages.

Character and values

At Le Rosey, it is very important that the values identified in the Codes are shared by the candidate and their family. Le Rosey favours active, curious and ambitious candidates.

Some candidates, however, may not be admitted to Le Rosey for the following reasons:

 

  • While teachers, tutors and specialists help students overcome minor or temporary learning differences, Le Rosey is not suited to children with a severe learning disability.
  • Violent, antisocial or racist attitudes. Life at Le Rosey is based on a commitment to discipline founded on respect for others and their differences.
  • Spoiled children used to always getting their way. Life and discipline at Le Rosey are demanding and the change would be difficult!
  • Any evidence of drug or alcohol use.

Frequently Asked Questions

IS IT POSSIBLE TO APPLY FOR ENTRY TO LE ROSEY FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS OF SECONDARY (US GRADES 11 AND 12; UK YEARS 12 AND 13) TO PREPARE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE?

Yes, but we do not recommend it.  Demand for one of the few places on our IB course is highly competitive and every year we find ourselves refusing excellent applicants.

 

Yet it is not only a matter of competition for places. We are also very hesitant about the value of spending only the last two hectic and academically demanding years at Le Rosey.  And we are not the only ones to think like this: younger siblings of those accepted in Class 1 always apply to join us earlier.

WHICH YEAR GROUP OR GRADE IS IT BEST TO APPLY FOR?

It depends on the profile of the student.  Some students are ready for boarding school at the age of 8; others prefer to wait.  Parents, for their part, should be also ready! They will have to accord their children increased autonomy and allow them to leave home for a part of the year without trying to exercise permanent control over them.

 

Many students arrive at Le Rosey aged between 12 and 14 and remain with us until they graduate.  Some begin earlier and the Junior Section is particularly well suited to 8- to 12-year-olds, providing a very supportive environment within the school as a whole.

 

It is worth noting that competition for places from class 3 onwards (US grade 9/UK year 10) is becoming increasingly intense.

HOW LONG IS IT BEST TO STAY AT LE ROSEY – UNTIL GRADUATION?

The vast majority of Roséens graduate from Rosey in their “senior” year and then leave for university, usually because they really don’t want to leave! Nevertheless, there are some students (usually younger ones) who stay for only two or three years before moving on, usually to an equally prestigious school in the UK or US.  It is extremely rare for students over the age of 15 to leave Rosey before graduating.

IS THERE AN ADVANTAGE IN APPLYING A YEAR OR TWO BEFORE I WANT TO COME TO LE ROSEY?

Given that young people are always developing and changing, we don’t admit students before September for the following academic year.  That being said, if we receive an outstanding application two years before entry date, we may offer a conditional place, based on the applicant maintaining the same level and satisfactory reports at their current school.

 

Some students apply very early indeed, and we obviously keep notes and records, and these can be useful in making decisions when the application becomes official.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROLLING ADMISSIONS OR ADMISSION BY SESSIONS (ROUNDS) ?
In light of the competition for places for older students, (classes 2 and 1 –  i.e. US 10th and 11th grade, UK years 11 and 12), where applications are received continuously, decisions are taken at two sessions, one at the beginning of December (for applications completed by 15 November at the latest) and mid-February (for applications completed by 31 January). After the second session, although places in these classes are filled, those applying later may still be placed on the waiting list. Decisions (refusal or waiting list) will be taken on a rolling basis, usually within two weeks of the dossier being completed.
For younger candidates, applications can be made throughout the year (even if early application is strongly encouraged – see below). Decisions are taken as soon as possible and usually within two weeks of the dossier being completed.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO APPLY?

From September onwards, the sooner, the better. Each age level and each nationality has a quota and will reach their limits in the course of the year, meaning that even excellent applicants can only be placed on the Waiting List.  In addition, admission to class 2 (10th grade, year 11) and class 1 (11th grade, year 12) works first and foremost through two sessions, one in autumn and the other in the winter (see above).

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A DECISION?
For students in classes 2 and 1 (10th and 11th grade, years 11 and 12) a decision comes through in December or February. After the second of these dates, decisions (usually refusal or waiting list) are taken on a rolling basis as described above.
For younger students, once the dossier is complete, the admissions exams corrected (by Rosey teachers) and the application fee paid, our admissions committee will consider an application.   It is read in detail and discussed in our weekly admissions meeting by a committee comprising the Director General, the Head Master, and Director of Admissions.   The turn-around time from a completed application to decision is usually two weeks.
WHAT DECISIONS ARE POSSIBLE AND WHAT IS THE WAITING LIST?

Four decisions are possible:

  1. Acceptance:  in a few cases this may be linked to academic results throughout the year at the candidate’s current school
  2. Refusal, which means that a candidate cannot come to Le Rosey in the following September; the application can, however, be carried over into the next academic year
  3. Waiting List, meaning that candidates have the qualities to be admitted but that there are currently no places left for technical reasons (the class is full, or the national quota has been reached, for example). If the situation changes (something which does not depend on the school and which can, unfortunately, be as late as during the summer), parents are informed and decide whether to accept the place.
  4. In a number of cases, the admissions decision may be deferred because of competition for the class applied for. This means that the commission considers all such dossiers together at a later date (usually the end of January).
SURELY, THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE AT LE ROSEY SO WON’T A FAMILY WITH “CONNECTIONS” OR READY TO MAKE A GENEROUS DONATION ALWAYS GET A PLACE?

This is never the case.  The quality of the application and the degree to which we feel the candidate will flourish at Le Rosey is the basis of every decision. What is more, the family’s values and respect for fairness and transparency should correspond to our own. There is a limited number of beds at Le Rosey and even the most brilliant and well-qualified student with the “best” connections may not be admitted if there is no room.

 

Le Rosey never accepts donations.  While most schools in the English-speaking world depend on their parents’ and alumni’s generosity, Le Rosey has no “Endowment Fund”: school fees are the sole source of finance for the school’s running and development, allowing us to remain entirely independent.

HOW IMPORTANT ARE NATIONALITY QUOTAS?

Very. Le Rosey is an exceptionally diverse community and we are very strict about overall nationality or language group numbers at all levels.

ARE SPORTS AND ARTS IMPORTANT?

Discovering and developing a student’s talents is one of the hallmarks of Le Rosey. Talent in sport or the arts or involvement in school life is a crucial component of an application even if academic level, language ability and suitability for boarding school life are the key factors in our decision. We strongly encourage applicants to include relevant details and diplomas (such as ABRSM grades or information about participation in sporting activities).

IS IT POSSIBLE TO START IN THE MIDDLE OF YEAR?

Rarely, but a place may open up in the course of the year following an early departure.  This is usually at the start of the second or third term (the beginning of January and April).

IS IT IMPORTANT TO VISIT LE ROSEY DURING THE ADMISSION PROCESS?

Yes!  Not only does it allow us to interview applicants and their families properly, it also gives students the chance to spend time with Roséens and decide whether this is the school for them.

IS LE ROSEY A GOOD CHOICE FOR ALL STUDENTS?

Le Rosey provides a particularly active and united international community, so it is best suited to children, themselves active and curious, and who want to share their lives with others from different cultural backgrounds. They will respond well to academic demands and will aim to play a dynamic role in society – beginning with that of their school. Roséens need to possess a real desire to improve and develop their talents and they will be ready to take on the workload and sacrifice that may be required.

 

It is worth noting that the worst reason for wanting to come to Le Rosey is to show off parents’ wealth and prestige.

 

And, of course, it may be that a child is ready to become a Roséen but that parents are hesitant. This has to be a family decision.

 

These are things that our experienced admissions committee always takes into account, and for this reason it is extremely unusual for a student to be unhappy at Rosey for any length of time or to leave the school in the course of the year

Scholarships

The Admissions Committee has received a particularly high number of applications for scholarship bursaries this year; the most promising of these have been forwarded to the Rosey Foundation for further consideration. 
In consequence, no more scholarship applications for 2019-20 can be accepted. 

Each year, Le Rosey and the Rosey Foundation grant between three and five scholarships to deserving students who wish to play a leading role in contributing to society but whose parents cannot finance a place at Le Rosey. Scholarship students are selected from September to December each year.

What is the procedure?

Register online, mentioning your request for a scholarship.

What are the conditions for awarding scholarships?

The scholarship candidate’s family will be required to provide information regarding its financial status: the precise amount of financial aid will be based on this documentation. Successful applicants’ families should note, however, that they will be required to make a contribution to tuition fees and that they must cover any non-obligatory extra expenses.   Scholarship applications must be made between September 1 and December31. Applications received from January onwards will be carried over to the following September and considered an application for the following academic year.   Scholarships are granted to applicants(s) with an exceptional profile; scholarship students are then treated in the same way as other Rosey students and their status is not revealed publicly.   In order to remain at Le Rosey for one or more additional years, scholars must meet certain requirements which are regularly reviewed with them. Scholarship students may be admitted from class 6 to class 1.

Which students are awarded scholarships?

Academic excellence is naturally an important criterion, but it is not pivotal; character, talents and motivation are also taken into consideration. Without wishing to establish an identikit portrait of a candidate, we look for the following qualities:

  • very good academic results which put the student in the top 5% of their age group
  • good mastery of French and/or English and an ability to follow a demanding curriculum in one or both languages; a clear interest in learning several foreign languages
  • the potential to make a significant contribution to sports, the arts or humanitarian activities at Le Rosey
  • a desire to take on responsibilities and the maturity to handle these responsibilities

The admissions team

Christophe Gudin

Director General and Rosey ancien who, day by day and with your help, creates a beautiful school where students can thrive.

Michael R. Gray

Headmaster, preparing for your future.

Henri-François Vellut

Academic Director guiding you when choosing academic programmes.

Jacques Bounin

Admissions Director, getting to know you and helping you love his former school as much as he does.

Christopher Bouladon

Associate Admissions Director, advising you and guiding you throughout the admissions procedure.

Nathalie Eynard

Associate Admissions Director, advising you and guiding you.

Arthur Bekenkamp

Associate Director of Admissions sharing his 38 years at Le Rosey and answering all your questions in no fewer than six languages.

Felipe Laurent

Associate Admissions Director and Ancien Roséen (a Rosey alumnus) sharing his passion for the school and its Summer Camps.

Francès Mika

Admissions Assistant, following the daily progress of candidates’ dossiers