At Lausanne School, everywhere you turn they are pushing diversity and saying we're a big family. Be warned, because this is not at all true. While there are many races and many religions and many opinions, they don't all go together. A principal once gave a speech about microagressions, claiming he knew how it felt (though he was a wealthy, white, straight man). They tell us to accept everyone has now shut down the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) idea TWO times. Do not waste your money here. All they do is say "hey! look! we have a lot of not white people! DIVERSITY" and ask for your money.
The rating that our family would like to give this school is based on 5 years of experience that our child has had in the elementary classes. We do give many of the teachers five stars. But we, like many other parents, felt the need to supplement with extra tutoring despite paying nearly 20k per child in tuition every year. Considering this kind of tuition is not affordable by many, you only have kids from a certain strata of society attending this school - not really a 'global experience'. Our children have moved to good public schools (although limited in number, there some good options) and their school life is already enriched. The grading system in Lausanne did not make sense. Now, we know for sure where our children stand among their peers. This ensures a healthy competitive spirit in our kids now. At Lausanne we never knew for sure what they are good at, where they stand among peers and whether it was the child's performance or the parents' monetary capability that produced encouragement and praise for the kids. After 5 years in this school, we now know that the school is not exceptionally different from other schools.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.