Would you send your children to Institut Le Rosey if you had sufficient funds and connections?

It was founded by Paul-Émile Carnal in 1880 on the site of the 14th-century Château du Rosey in the town of Rolle in the canton of Vaud. ... It is among the oldest boarding schools in Switzerland and one of the most expensive schools in the world, and is known as the "School of Kings".

A roll call of Le Rosey's illustrious alumni reads like a guest list for the most exclusive ambassadorial reception ever held. The kind where anyone whose name isn't on the list is not merely turned away, but escorted from the premises by close protection officers who accessorise their bespoke suits with an earpiece and semi-automatic weapon.

They're all there: leading lights from the entertainment industry, finance, shipping, fashion, society, politics – and royalty galore. So many blue-bloods, in fact, that Institut Le Rosey, to give the Swiss boarding school its full name, is known as the 'school of kings'.

The cost of educating one's son or daughter at Le Rosey is around $130,000 per year. That makes its fees the most expensive in the world; two and a half times those of Eton, which has provided Britain with 20 of its prime ministers.

It was founded by Paul-Émile Carnal in 1880 on the site of the 14th-century Château du Rosey in the town of Rolle in the canton of Vaud. ... It is among the oldest boarding schools in Switzerland and one of the most expensive schools in the world, and is known as the "School of Kings".

Upon graduation every Le Rosey student receives the annuaire from the alumni association, which includes contact information for all living Roséens; according to one recent pupil it guarantees that you "will never run out of options."

Alumni

  • Rothschild dynasty
  • Rockefeller dynasty
  • The Du Pont dynasty
  • Niarchos dynasty
  • Metternich dynasty
  • Shah of Iran
    - Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
  • Albert II of Belgium
  • Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
  • Arki Busson
    - David Verney, 21st Baron Willoughby de Broke
  • King Fouad II of Egypt
  • King Juan Carlos of Spain
  • King Albert II of Belgium
  • Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece

Would you ?

Comments (60)

Oct 29, 2021 - 2:32pm

No. There is more to life than prestige and who you know. I will probably send my kids to private school although I myself did not - if the public school is very good, my kids will go there. I would want to see my kids every day and be an active part of their lives - not ship them halfway across the world

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Oct 29, 2021 - 2:41pm

I'll bet they wouldn't last a second in a Friday night under the lights in Texas with the PERMIAN PANTHERS as they take on DALLAS CARTER, IN THE ASTRODOME

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Oct 29, 2021 - 3:09pm

no, because Swiss boarding schools don't feed students to the top UG programs like institutions in the US and UK. I don't want to pay 120k a year for my kid to smoke weed and party all day at Le Rosey

Oct 29, 2021 - 3:18pm

There were some at the Ivy League school I went to for undergrad. They were a mix of Americans and foreigners. If a graduate wants those US/UK options they are there. Most do not want to do the (historically low) amount of work required at a reputable university.

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Oct 31, 2021 - 7:02am

Seems like it.

"The parents allege that "It has become clear, that the standards of the school have dropped in recent years, and it is now fast becoming just a playground for rich students to do as they please.""

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Oct 29, 2021 - 3:19pm

At this point, if I have kids, I plan to have them in a home school co-op and private tutors. The home school movement is exploding right now because people are waking up to the fact that there isn't a private school on Earth we would trust with building the character of our kids. Institutions that have built their reputations over centuries have been hollowed out by parasitical, destructive ideologies. The adherents to these destructive ideologies are wielding as a weapon the prestige of these institutions earned over centuries. Harvard is already a shell of its former self. If I have kids, around 2040 Harvard will be nothing more than a hollow shell with some old buildings.  

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Oct 30, 2021 - 4:00pm

Almost positive he's referring to modern liberalism aka socialism. Absolute bullshit theories like critical race theory that's taught by losers who are too weak to personally achieve anything of substance are taught in schools and poisoning the minds of children.

Any counter-argument from the left about right wing ideologies is null and void as there aren't conservative teachers preaching their equivalent "theories" in public school. Closest thing I can think of is how sex ed was taught in my public school system and how we received abstinence cards. But still would rather have that taught than libtards teaching middle schoolers about anal sex

Oct 29, 2021 - 3:33pm

I know a lot of people like it, but if I ever have children I don't think I'll ever consider boarding schools. Maybe it's just me, but I prefer having my children close to me to actually educate them myself. Don't think it makes sense to outsource that to a school in Swiss no matter how prestigious it is.

  • Associate 1 in PE - Other
Oct 29, 2021 - 9:15pm

Frankly no. Knew three kids from le rosey in undergrad, none of them seemed impressively sharp.

Oct 30, 2021 - 9:15pm

Frankly no. Knew three kids from le rosey in undergrad, none of them seemed impressively sharp.

But, they probably were well connected.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Oct 30, 2021 - 9:38pm

3/4 of my parent's children went to military college. It is very meaningful. Order and discipline are developed. Very tight alumni networks. True patriots (cadets and professors/staff).

I took on leadership positions there and was very involved with bettering cadets to make them successful military officers. It was a duty I did not take lightly. 

Also, we couldn't go out much so was forced to hit the books hard. 

I was elected to the Honor court as well. Honor is very big.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Oct 30, 2021 - 4:24pm

Rosey sounds cool if you want your kids to win the snobbery contest but here's my experience from going to a rich kid's school.

Don't ask me how but I went to an international high school most pompous and famed and acclaimed in my country/land of origin.

We had:

A Forbes billionaire guy

A guy whose father's house was featured on the Huffington Post

A girl who got married to a guy with a private jet and who owned a 5* deluxe hotel with his grandfather's name on it

I'm guessing Rosey is similar.

Most people turned out to be dull or trust fund babies who just sat on the laurels of their wealthy forefathers or parents but didn't have any intrinsic how do you say caliber or mettle or the ability to crack the egg of life and make their own omelet. 

Some people want to relive their insecurities through their kids so yes I get why people go to Rosey but I'd honestly think a place that moulds someone's character and mental resolve and hones a personality into living a good life is better.

A pompous military school is probably better.  Check out Royal Military Sandhurst Academy . Another goodie but seems like it actually makes someone better.

I'm pretty sure at Rosey all they talk about is Cartier perfumes or how many Bugattis their parents have or private jets. Now while all of that is cool or whatever, how does that make someone better prepared to live a life of flawlessness or make them better people.

I've read about an Arab business magnate who sent his kids to Rosey and one turned out to be a drug addict who died early and the other was a typical perv who married someone 30 years younger despite looking like a pig.  A shame considering how amazing the patriarch of the family was.

Look at Kushner for example. He was sent to Harvard yet screwed up on the 666 Fifth Avenue deal. Even nonames and nobodies like Elon Musk who had to live in the YMCA and didn't come from elite families or nobility or prominent families is a bigger success.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Oct 31, 2021 - 4:08pm

"I've read about an Arab business magnate who sent his kids to Rosey and one turned out to be a drug addict who died early and the other was a typical perv who married someone 30 years younger despite looking like a pig.  A shame considering how amazing the patriarch of the family was."

Who are you referring to?

Oct 30, 2021 - 6:46pm

When Harvard admission officers see "Le Rosey" then the kid is going to be held at an extremely high standard since he must have had every resource possible available at his disposal. I guess at that income level, many probably make substantial donations, but if not, then the student had better have worked on curing cancer, did significant gene-editing research, etc. When Harvard admission officers see "Andover" or "St. Paul's," they know that there are actually students there on full financial aid, and there's more of a serious respect for academics at those institutions. If I had the opportunity, I would still send my kids to Le Rosey, but just bringing up this point. 

Nov 1, 2021 - 12:32am

The sheer number of poors going to Exeter for free on scholarship or smth makes me distrust its education quality.

Honestly, I've heard it's quite rigorous and places well in Ivys. I do believe it does not have that edge that established Swiss institutions have in terms of culture and the general vibe. Also Exeter's US focused and if you want an international education Swiss schools beat it.

Different strokes for different folks.

Oct 30, 2021 - 8:37pm

Didn't go to Le Rosey but went to Beau Soleil. Sure, the IB (International Baccalaureate) program is challenging as hell but it's 100% worth it.

The teachers were really nice and attentive to their students and we had plenty of freedom to do anything we wanted.We would spend a lot of our free time skiing cus it was recommended. Obviously there were some pretty bratty moments but everyone is super dope.

Overall 10/10 would do it over and over again.

  • Intern in PE - Other
Oct 30, 2021 - 10:49pm

I love how they bold the better schools amongst the trash schools. Fucking clowns lmao.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Oct 30, 2021 - 9:56pm

Imagine going there only to matriculate to some nontarget shithole like LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY or "Adelphi University"

like cmon... even mediocre people from my public high school lucked into ivies

  • Associate 2 in Consulting
Oct 31, 2021 - 8:50am

Was going to post this. Westminster probably the best academic powerhouse prob along with some place like st pauls. 

Careful to avoid sports powerhouse schools like Wellington and rugby. I assume they, like my one (still a solid top 20) were filled to the brim with various imports to make the cricket and rugby squads top notch. 

Oct 31, 2021 - 3:32am

Le Rosey seems neat, but I don't know if I would send my future kids halfway across the world. I did not grow up in the bay but will work in SF. Does anyone have perspective on bay area schools? I attended a series of unexceptional public schools near military bases and don't think my future kids need that environment. Doesn't have to be prestigious but I want them to have resources and opportunities. 

  • Intern in IB - DCM
Oct 31, 2021 - 9:39pm

Yeah I'm a Bay Area native, the Bay is a very big place so you're gonna have to get more specific

Oct 31, 2021 - 8:28am

Umm pretty sure it's not terribly easy to get your kids into. Not exceptionally difficult though. If you have attended before then its much better.

If you read it's name on some blog for the most expensive school then let me tell you there are plenty similar ones out there. Personally I like aiglon and their culture which always seems in touch with English boarding schools. Rosey was perfect say 80 years ago and I would pick it in a heartbeat.

With the flashy new money folks pouring in in the last 40 years I'm not so sure. It's sure better now than in the 80s.

  • Associate 2 in PE - Growth
Oct 31, 2021 - 11:38am

Definitely not. 

I know multiple people who went to Le Rosey and to be frank their overall calibre as human beings are nowhere near the level of schools like Eton, Westminster, Andover and Exeter. If you're just rich and nothing else, you go to the former. If you're rich and (relatively) intelligent, you go to the latter. Choosing between my child rubbing shoulders with the rich obnoxious retarded vs the rich obnoxious clever is pretty clear cut to me.

Even putting aside the Etons of the world, there are many schools I'd send my kids before I'd even consider Le Rosey. Look up the United World Colleges. 

Oct 31, 2021 - 11:24pm

No there are better schools than that (Beau-Soleil, etc.). And speaking from experience. No. I seen too many kids there get into a band of encouraging each other to try drugs and OD. It doesn't matter how prestigious the school is. If the students are encouraging each other to shit like this I don't want my kids to be a part of it. Doesn't matter if we can afford the drug for every in the family for the rest of their life. Once you took the drug it's no way back.

Nov 1, 2021 - 1:29am

The International Baccalaureate program is a strong alternative to most private schools and its free (in most schools in the US). You can see your children everyday and the curriculum is set in accordance with international standards, the program was created by former Ambassadors and U.N. officers. Therefore, it will by default be more difficult than whatever many prestigious are offering, because the directors are secretly competing with schools around the world in order to be ranked highly not just local schools.  I don't know about other programs but mine would kick students out based on behavior and academic performance 3.0 unweighted GPA was minimum requirement to stay in , (even diversity students didn't get a "pass" there was a big issue when I was in ninth grade where a family claimed the program was racist when the director wanted to kick out three black students after the first year)

Nov 1, 2021 - 4:16pm

Yeah, I was an IB student. It was harder than college classes, though I'm sure it's hit and miss depending upon the school and the quality of your peers. Our school's IB program was fairly large and it brought in students from other schools, so it kind of turned the school into a mini magnet high school. There were a huge number of people I graduated with that I didn't even know existed because they were part of the school's regular high school program. 

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Nov 1, 2021 - 2:01pm

I wouldn't want to send my kid to a boarding school. You mean I would have to miss ages 14-18, the formative teenage years and last before truly going out alone in the world?

When I was in high school my dad attended my sports games and music recitals, played golf with me on the weeekends, went surfing together, etc. I wouldn't trade that for Hogwarts.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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Nov 5, 2021 - 9:03pm

I'm Swiss so I'm all for rich parents sending their kids to an overpriced school. Objectively, that's a great school (small classes, unique ECs, possibility to network, etc...) but why would you do that when you've got unlimited money and cities such as Geneva / Zurich close by to blow daddy's money ?

Nov 6, 2021 - 10:42am

If you're curious, this is Le Rosey's US university placement:

United States of America

Adelphi University, AMDA - the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York, American Academy of Dramatic Arts-Los Angeles, American Academy of Dramatic Arts-New York, American University, Arizona State University-Tempe, Babson College, Bard College, Bates College, Bentley University, Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, Columbia College Chicago, Emerson College, , Fordham University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, Gettysburg College, Grinnell College, Harvard University, Loyola Marymount University, Lynn University, Marist College, Marymount Manhattan College, Middlebury College, New York University, Northeastern University, Occidental College, Pace University, Parsons School of Design, Pepperdine University, Providence College, Sacred Heart University, Savannah College of Art

and Design, Skidmore College, Southern Methodist University, Stanford University, Suffolk University, Syracuse University, The New School, Trinity College, Tufts University, Union College, University of California-Davis, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Hawaii At Manoa, University of Miami, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Vassar College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, Wheaton College.

(https://www.rosey.ch/files/rosey/academique/school-profile.pdf)

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