(UK Years 3 to 9 / US Grades 2 to 8)
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:
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.
(UK Years 10, 11 and 12 / US Grades 9, 10 and 11)
Admissions 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:
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.
All candidates must be capable of keeping up with the requirements of the programmes needed to sit the French or International Baccalaureates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In light of the competition for places for older students (classes 3, 2 and 1 – i.e. US 9th, 10th and 11th grade, UK years 10, 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 children, 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.
After September, 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. Furthermore, admission to class 3 (9th grade, year 10), class 2 (10th grade, year 11) and class 1 (11th grade, year 12) is normally decided at two sessions, one in the autumn and the other in the winter (details above).
For students in classes 3, 2 and 1 (9th, 10th and 11th grade, years 10, 11 and 12) decisions are taken at special sessions in December or February (see above). After 31 January, a decision, either waiting list or refusal, will be taken on a rolling basis (details above).
Four decisions are possible:
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.
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).
Yes! The vast majority of applicants spend a day on campus. 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. After all, this is an important decision for all of us.
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
Le Rosey’s sister school in Crans-Montana is growing quickly but its language and nationality quotas are under less pressure than Le Rosey’s: excellent candidates wait-listed, deferred or even refused at Le Rosey can extend their application to Le Régent where they may be offered a place. If there is room, this is automatic for those on Le Rosey’s Wait List (WL) – with the advantage that even if they decide to enrol at Le Régent, candidates can remain on Rosey’s WL and even transfer back to Le Rosey if a place opens up before the end of September. This all happens with no extra cost or form-filling. Although academic, sporting, social and alumni links with Le Rosey are developing fast, Le Régent has a strong and distinctive character of its own, and even if some students who enrol there may hope for a transfer to Le Rosey, nearly all become attached to this vibrant and forward-looking school.
Registration for the 2023/2024 school year takes place from September 1 to December 15, 2022.
Each year, Le Rosey and the Rosey Foundation grant between three and five partial scholarships to deserving students who wish to play a leading role in contributing to society but whose parents cannot fully finance a place at Le Rosey. Scholarship students are selected from September to December each year. Please note that Le Rosey does not award any full scholarships.
Register online, mentioning your request for a partial scholarship. You will be asked to pay a CHF 500 application fee.
Successful applicants’ families will be required to make a significant contribution to tuition fees, as well as covering any non-obligatory expenses. 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. Scholarship applications must be made between September 1 and December 31. 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.
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:
Le Rosey’s younger sister school, Le Régent International School in Crans-Montana, has a generous IB scholarship programme for a limited number of students. Le Régent, although a relative newcomer to the Swiss boarding school family, is set for a glowing future and has already achieved excellent IB results. Outstanding candidates not accepted at Le Rosey may decide to transfer their applications to Le Régent. There is further information in the “Frequently Asked Questions” and the Rosey admissions team will be happy to provide details.
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