”It is known as the school of kings, counting among its alumni the Shah of Iran, Prince Rainier of Monaco and King Farouk of Egypt,” Britain’s Telegraph is quoted as saying.
Inside the multi-billion school where Jimmy Wanjigi's children study (Photos)
Its the most expensive school in the world with school fees of about Sh11.7 million a year.
Forget elite schools such as International School of Kenya or Banda School, which are ranked as Kenya’s most expensive schools with yearly fees going for about Sh2.7 million.
The Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland is not your average type of school. The learning institution is popularly known as “School of Kings” for its royal and distinguished alumni and is said to be the World’s most expensive private school where annual tuition fees (including boarding) goes for $113,000 (Sh11.7 million).
The school, commonly referred to as Le Rosey or simply Rosey, is believed to be the learning institution where wealthy businessman Jimmy Wanjigi’s children take their studies, as reported by a local daily.
The Swiss boarding school, founded in 1880, boasts a reputation for rearing worldly and cultured students on a campus described as a "global village."
Its alumni include King Fuad II of Egypt, Julian Casablancas, Prince Albert II of Belgium, and José Ferrer.
The school, which has about 420 boarders, has world-class facilities that are simply comparable to none.
It is well-equipped, with a shooting range, 1,000-seat concert hall and an equestrian centre boasting 30 horses.
Additionally, Rosey has its own 38-foot yacht on Lake Geneva, let alone a spa for stressed-out pupils to unwind in at the end of the long school day.
Classes are in French and English, in a system called “à la carte bilingualism”. The teacher-pupil ratio is an enviable 1:5.
The school offers a wide range of sports including sailing, rowing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, water skiing among others.
Students take weekend art and theatre trips across Europe to Spain, Britain, Italy, Germany and other destinations.
Le Rosey is the only boarding school in the world that changes campuses seasonally; in spring and autumn, classes are held at the magnificent estate in Rolle whereas in winter the students move to a group of chalets in the charming ski resort of Gstaad.
“Seeing a helicopter land on the football pitches with a Russian pupil stepping out with his parents, I was somewhat shocked at the in-your-face parades of wealth,” a former house master at the school stated.
“It is run like a business. One pupil had 'I AM RICH’ planted across his jumper. I felt the boys definitely wanted to prove their wealth in a more crass way than the girl pupils,” she added.
There’s an Anciens Roséens alumni programme and a strictly private directory that lets you network with other super-rich old boys and girls.
One would for sure argue that it is quite the school of choice for the exceptionally wealthy kids who have everything set up for life.
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