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PK-12
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Memphis, TN
Students enrolled: 830
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1381 W Massey Rd
Memphis, TN 38120

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(901) 474-1000
(901) 474-1010
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September 25, 2014
Lausanne is the best private school in Memphis. The academics are rigorous and prepare students for a high level of academic success with subject matters that require critical thinking and relate to life learning experiences. The teachers are excellent in helping students and go the extra mile to make sure the students succeed. More than half of the students graduate and are accepted to Ivies, such as, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and so on. Other great small and large private colleges and universities visit Lausanne year around to seek high academic level students because of the reputation they've earned for years on a national level. The school offers great academics and diversity to prepare students for global success. The alumni and graduates are located worldwide and have phenomenal careers worldwide. There is no other school that offers great academics and diversity to prepare students for success globally. nal level. The administration is friendly and professional from all over the world.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
Administratively, the school does not perform very well. Months go by before your child's reading and math levels are assessed. Even then it doesn't appear that the proper tools and resources for the assessment are used. My child went to a public school for a half day where they were able to provide me with creditable documentation on were my child stood on both subjects. We later chose private because the public schools' class size was too large. Lausanne doesn't appear to have any thought out curriculums for the lower school. Children are given various worksheets that do not build upon each other which is essential for strong math skills. The positive aspects of the school include the class sizes, foreign language, and diversity. Most of the parents I have spoken with agree that the lower school academics are very poor compared to other schools, but believe the diversity is worth it because several of us have multi-racial children or religious beliefs that would prohibit us from attending many of the other private schools in the area. As such, in addition to paying the $20k in tuition, the parents supplement academics with enrichment programs such as kumon.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2014
The IB program advertised by school is run by very young & inexperienced teachers . They advertise heavily .This school main focus is all around Tuition & NOT the student welfare . They are least bothered about a child well being. God forbid if you sign up there contract & decide the school is not the right fit - They will refuse to meet you and hound you through collection agencies & threaten to sue you.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2014
Interesting to read some of the comments below, most I wholeheartedly agree with. There is no other school like Lausanne in the Memphis area. Lausanne is a student centered school that supports, challenges, and encourages students to grow and be themselves. I encourage you to compare college acceptances and scholarships with any other school, you will find no one else comes close, Early acceptances in 2014 already include Harvard, MIT, Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Rice, University of Chicago and many more. It is a privilege to work at such a wonderful and diverse school, I encourage you to visit and find out for yourself!

- submitted by a teacher
August 26, 2013
We've been Lausanne parents for over 10 years. The school's best strengths are its sincere care and respect of each individual student and the diversity of the student body. It's not the most rigorous academic program in town (we wouldn't mind if it were), but if you are looking for a school that is nourishing to your student and passionate about making them good and healthy citizens, Lausanne is the place to go. It is also constantly trying to better itself by continuously trying new things and making positive changes. Lausanne was a front runner to introduce Mandarin to its foreign language program, and now is an IB school as well. We feel fortunate to have our kids there.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
Lausanne is a great school with a wonderfully student-centered approach. This means that activities and class lessons are designed with students in mind. Teachers ponder the following questions when designing lessons: Who are the students in this class? What can each child contribute? What backgrounds, cultures, religions, and experiences do these students have? Where do these students want to go or grow (socially, academically)? Because Lausanne is a private, independent school, teachers have a lot of flexibility in designing the curriculum, making it adaptable to each group of students. I love teaching here, and I love the camaraderie I share with the other teachers in my grade and subject area. At a young age, students are given independence (although sometimes parents do interfere with "cutting the cord") and opportunities to explore their lives and the world around them. This type of education cannot be found in any other provate school in Memphis, for sure!

- submitted by a teacher
June 05, 2013
Lausanne is a good school in that it provides many opportunities and experiences that other schools can't. Lausanne does a great job of making its students feel comfortable around older students, staff, and teachers. In many other schools freshman may feel intimidated by juniors and seniors, but at Lausanne, students are close friends with peers from all grades. This is something I appreciate. I highly recommend Lower School because teachers are nurturing and kind. Kids have fun while learning loads. I don't recommend Upper school. I feel as if Lausanne has the same lowerschool approach. Many opportunities, but they are more lax than they should be. This time is critical for students and they should not have alot of free time. While some students can succeed in this environment some may slack off. While Lausanne can afford supplies for science experiments, other schools can still offer a better education If your upper school child needs an environment that will stimulate them with a rigorous curriculum and prepare them for the workload of college, this school is not it. However they provide lifelong friendships and build confidence. It depends on the needs of your child.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2013
Hats off to everyone in the Lausanne Collegiate School community of talented professionals and dedicated families for making it what it is today. We, as Lausanne parents, enjoyed our partnership with the school and our child is thriving in college life today.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2013
Beware of any institution that removes honest postings from this website that do not serve them in a favorable manner... or may "strike a nerve."

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
My daughter has attended Lausanne for 12 years. I can't believe she is a senior. I truly think each morning when she goes to school, how blessed we are for her to have this amazing opportunity. She has been challenged to her full potential. Now being in the International Baccaulareate program we are hearing from the top colleges in the country that these are the students they are seeking. The high level of academics here is second to none in Memphis. She has also had so many opportunities through the arts and athletics. If you asked me what my favorite thing about her being a Lausanne student is I'd have to say the relationships she has developed. First of all her friends are just amazing. She has friends from all over the world. What she has learned from them has shaped her into being a citizen of the world. She has such a deep respect for others and their differences. She has learned that value comes not in having freinds who are just like you but in respecting each person for who they are. Secondly I'd have to say the relationships she has developed with her teachers. They are the most dedicated and professional faculty anywhere. They want to make sure each student succeeds.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
Our daughter and son are both students in the Lower School at Lausanne. We ve been there for 3 years. We are thankful everyday that our children are benefiting from the school s unique approach to student-centered learning. It s quite evident how much the school loves its students from the nurturing faculty and creative programs and continued efforts at improving the campus. I delight in seeing how the process encourages inquiry in our children. I love the types of questions they ask us to expand their knowledge and the fun conversations we have each day after school. I also love that individuals are celebrated at Lausanne and that respect of differences is the norm. With the kinds of success we re seeing from the students in grades above, not to mention the many kindnesses we see them bestow to our younger children, we know that our children are getting a great foundation and have fantastic futures ahead of them. Just look at the school s college stats and see for yourself. I highly recommend that you visit Lausanne as soon as possible and don t wait. Every grade level has something special about it starting from PK that you won t want your child to miss!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
My husband and I send our granddaughter to Lausanne. We have been very pleased with the education she has received. Her teachers are so close to her and they have "fun" while learning. The classes are small so the individual attention is greater. I think our favorite aspect is the diversity that she experiences. Her view of the world is very real...she goes to school with such a wide variety of kids. They accept each other whether they came from money or not, whether they are of the same nationality or not, whether or not they are of the same religion or not, whether their interests are athletics, academics, fine arts or all. I know all schools are not for all kids. It is impossible to make everyone happy. I am head of a school myself and realize this daily. I can only say how we feel about the program there and what future it is outlining for our granddaughter. Come take a look...spend a day asking the kids that go there what they think of THEIR school and they will be honest with you.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
The one thing the school does extremely well is advertise. Their web site/promotional materials are excellent; IF what those sources said were true, it would be a great school. Unfortunately, the school is not child centered (it sounds great) and is not really innovative or cutting edge. The most important element is any school is the teachers. Some of the teachers are very good, but some should not be there. I do not think the teachers are valued by the Administration, and if they want to keep their jobs, they need to keep their mouths shut and go along with what the Administration wants to do. Beautiful buildings are fine, but the real value in education comes not from the buildings, but rather from the teachers interacting with the students. All the emphasis seems to be on building the athletic program; not on the academics. The arts are touted, but not supported. The IB program is advertised heavily, but are the teachers excellent? There is a culture of 'support the school' i.e., the Administration/Headmaster....or else. Many fine teachers have left or been fired, not because of their lack of 'child centeredness, but because they disagreed with the Administration.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2012
I give the school 1star b/c it's necessar in order to rate the school. I wish more parents with whom I speak on a regular basis would rate. I agree w/ the previous parent in that the attraction is in the attraction. The school's least concern is w/ the children; they love labeling these children. I think their problem is the same as they've had for the past 30 decades that I've known them ( my mistake for believing): they still do not know WHO they are. Good, bad or indifferent, at least the other local privates know who & what they are & represent. Lausanne has NEVER been able to decide. They cowtow to whoever is donating which year and change faculty and administration equally as often; you never know. I have had numerous people who work there try to tell me (being nice & off the record). If you are considering for your child, do your child the biggest favor of his/her life and look into and send him/her to another school. They have turned my gifted child into a mess ( I've had experiences w/ other schools but thought that for him, this school would be best-big mistake). There sre several good schools in MEM-pub included ( opt). Good Luck!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
In my opinion everything about this school is simply designed to look good to attract families. It is intended to look like a fancy school, and to appear top notch - yet not actually effectively taking into consideration the real quality of the education. Somewhat of an educational bait-and-switch. They do *not* allow individualism or independent thinking (despite what their marketing might tell you). For examples: look into the dress code... They are incredibly strict and even in middle school they nanny the kids so much that kids are not allowed to learn on their own - children are not given any independence. Everything is locked down like a penitentiary. Is it a *bad* school? No. However after one year here I would advise prospective parents to ask the school really tough questions. Because we were sold on a product which does not exist. All in all kids will probably do fine here. My opinion is It is basically just an expensive yet normal school. There is nothing that makes it stand out. I would also bet that some parents may review it more positively because they spend a lot of money there and need to feel justified in their expense.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2011
Our child has been attending this school for three years (elementary) and has grown to become a confident, smart, curious and happy kid. This school has enhanced our child's love for learning which is very important to us at this young age. Specifically the teachers do a great job keeping students interested and busy and the curriculum is perfect Our child is happy to go in there everyday bouncing with enthusiasm!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2011
An excellent school that focuses on developing independent thinkers. We have three children there, and all are substantially ahead of their peers in the quality and level of education that they are getting. To the previous poster who suggested Lausanne could do better if they had parents building theatre sets: That's exactly the point of "standing on their own two feet". Sets are built for the students, by the students, often as a part of their upper school theatre class. Lausanne isn't about putting on the *best* show, they're about the students being independent and doing the best while learning from the experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
I currently am a freshmen at Lausanne. I enjoy every minute of it. Worth every penny!

- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2010
Lausanne is truly student centered and offers top-notch, advanced academics and incredible diversity.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2010
Diversity, could be a synonym for Lausanne. One thing we were looking for was a liberal campus where students know their ideology, and don t just spout I'm right'. Lausanne stresses leadership, community service, world community, arts, and sports where students learn to take charge and stand on their own two feet. 'Well to do' without the 'I'm all that' attitude. Lausanne is world renowned, bringing in students from all over the globe, also sending our students abroad. We know the world is not just our back yard and want our children to know it as well as experience it. In my opinion Lausanne could do better with their plays. Spending more on sets, maybe utilizing parents to design and or build them. Putting on top shows can be profitable when done right. Lausanne may sell their students short when directing them to colleges. Seemingly to focusing on smaller schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
I am a student their and you learn a lot and they have a wide range of sports and they are now adding on to the school with a new bilding and feilds

- submitted by a student
no rating October 17, 2009
Lausanne is a great school. My brothers and I enjoy every day of it. The teachers are nice. It is worth every penny.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 17, 2009
Lausanne is a great school. My brothers and I enjoy every day of it. The teachers are nice. It is worth every penny.

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The education is incredible and the student body diverse. The teachers are invested, highly skilled, and enthusiastic. We couldn't ask for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It has the best education in Memphis. It knows how to keep good education along with keeping current.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2009
What a wonderful environment! My daughter went to all an girls school in memphis. Now she is in love with lausanne!! i just wish we had discoverd it sooner!!

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April 23, 2009
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August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
Lausanne is not only the most diverse independent school in Memphis, but one that is academically challenging as well. I have 2 daughters in grade 1 and 3 marking our 6th year at Lausanne. We could not be more pleased with this incredible school that is no longer the best kept secret in town. The teachers are incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic, plus the administration has a clear vision for the school not content to compare it to other area schools, but rather other nationally ranked independent schools. It is cutting edge in terms of curriculum. The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere welcoming, friendly and fun. I would not be anywhere else and remain thankful they go all the way through to 12th grade. Kids go to colleges all around the country, not just limiting themselves to this geographic area. The world is truly theirs as a result of Lausanne.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
An incredible school with a 97% student retention rate from 05/06 to 06/07. Teachers care and love. Nothing is watered down. Even 5kers participate in the lower school science fair. Incredible art. Writing important. Teachers teach so much and use innovative techniques to make learning fun. Not a 'sit at your desk' type of school. Big focus on each grades' classes working together as a team. Many projects, most of which are done at school. Great library. Good cafeteria, mostly homecooked food. Very international flavor. Many students are from other countries whose parents move to memphis. This is an awesome school. Something for everyone...Athletics, arts, languages, etc.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
Mediocre private school; definitely not worth the 10,000+/yr. tuition. My daughter was not challenged at Lausanne at all so we pulled her out to go to (gasp) a public school. At our current school, she is behind the other students because of Lausanne's watered down curriculum, which looks good in writing, but not in application.If you have this much money to spend on school I would definitely go somewhere else.

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February 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
The very best esperience for students at all levels. Lausanne provides a nuturing environment with emphasis on academic excellence based on the individual students ability. It was the perfect choice for my student and prepared him on the highest level for the SATs and college acceptance to the finest schools in the country.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2004
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2004
Both of my children are having very positive experiences at Lausanne in the lower and middle school divisions. The diversity of race as well as economics is very important to us. The school provides a balanced experience with emphasis on academic quality, integrity and character development. A truly unique learning opportunity - especially in the Memphis area. We have attended private schools in other states and believe Lausanne measures up with the best in the country. I have no doubt my children will be prepared for the world stage. Worth all the sacrifices. Don't be afraid to invest in your children - after all what else is more important?

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2003
Lausanne has been a wonderful 12 year experience for my son. His SAT and ACT scores prove LCS was a perfect choice.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2003
Possibly one of the finest private schools in the country. You really need to look into this one. Just terrific, our kids love it.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
This is the perfect school for students and parents who want an integrative approach to education. The teacher, student, parent and community are all involved in the educational opportunities at Lausanne. They encourage individuality, integrative technology, and encourage creativity for students and teachers. We have been very pleased with the quality of teachers in the lower school. Our kids have had a great experience here.

- submitted by a parent
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Lausanne Collegiate School
1381 W Massey Rd, Memphis, TN  38120
(901) 474-1000
Last modified Lausanne Collegiate School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Lausanne Collegiate School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top