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Revered TASIS Architecture & Design and Art History Teacher Mark Aeschliman held a small reunion at his home in Vernate to celebrate the successes of several members of the extraordinary Class of 2012.

TASIS Alumni Share Memories of Mrs. Fleming 

Among other highlights, current TASIS students read poignant speeches written by their alumni parents at special Founder’s Day celebrations held in the Palestra and the MCF Piazza on the afternoon of October 1.

This Month at TASIS: September 2021

From the return of students and faculty and a successful start of school to breathtaking hut hikes and inspired athletic competitions, we take a photo-driven look at the past month at TASIS.

Stellar Artist To Study Architecture at Cal Poly

2021 Excellence in Art Award recipient Gabriela Herrero ’21 (Brazil) will seek a degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University after also considering offers from UC Davis, University of Michigan, University of Oregon, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Accomplished Leader and Athlete Lands at NYU

2021 Michael Ulku-Steiner Leadership Award recipient and Athlete of the Year Zhan Sarsenov ’21 (Kazakhstan) will study Civil Engineering at New York University after also considering offers from Boston University, Fordham University, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, King’s College London, SOAS University of London, Queen Mary University of London, and Royal Holloway.

Top Math Student To Seek Mechanical Engineering Degree

Leonid Serbinov ’21 (Russia) will pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of California San Diego, choosing the large public research university over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of Manchester.

Alumni Notes: Fall 2021

In this edition of Alumni Notes, we learn about a new documentary film by one of our own, catch up with a geopolitical affairs expert, and celebrate the Class of 2020—finally! Keep an eye on your mailboxes as the 2021 TASIS Today drops in mid-October! If we don’t have an updated postal address for you, please contact to ensure you get your copy. Happy autumn!

This Summer at TASIS: 2021

From windsurfing on Lake Lugano and exploring Switzerland’s beauty to developing new skills and making lasting friendships, we take a photo-driven look at this past summer at TASIS. 

TASIS Students Raise the Bar on 2021 AP Exams

TASIS The American School in Switzerland students scored a 4 or higher on 64 percent of the 196 Advanced Placement exams they took this spring, and 37 students earned AP Scholar Awards. Learn more about this year’s impressive results.

TASIS IB Scores on the Rise Once Again

Eight TASIS students scored 40 or more points on the May 2021 IB exams, and the average score posted by the 44 students who earned an IB Diploma was 35—2 points above the world average. Learn more about this year’s results.

TASIS Summer Program Students Shine at Talent Show

As the first session of the 2021 TASIS Summer Programs neared its conclusion, students in the Middle School Program (MSP) and TASIS Summer Program (TSP) showcased their impressive talents in the Palestra on the evening of July 20.

TASIS Summer Olympics: A Closer Look

The competition at this year's TASIS Summer Olympics was fierce! See a brilliant video created by Alex Secilmis '19 with an original track composed and performed by TASIS Music Teacher Alessio Di Tonno.

This Month at TASIS: May 2021

From Beat the Bells, Book Week, and Field Day to the Spring Arts Festival, Moving-Up Ceremonies, and Graduation, we take a photo-driven look at the past month at TASIS.

Class of 2021

TASIS The American School in Switzerland held its 65th Commencement Ceremony in the Palestra on the morning of May 29. Watch the full ceremony, learn about the graduates, see a full list of university acceptances, and discover how to download or order photos from Graduation Week.

Graduation Awards 2021

Thirteen members of TASIS The American School in Switzerland's 65th graduating class earned special recognition at the 2021 Commencement Ceremony. Learn about this year's recipients.

Moving Up

The Elementary School and Middle School held their annual Moving-Up Ceremonies on the morning and afternoon of May 28. Watch the ceremonies to see student speeches, musical performances, the presentation of awards and diplomas, and more.

A Chance to Reflect Before Moving On

Highlights from the 2021 Senior Banquet included poignant remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, inspiring speeches from six members of the Class of 2021, and a lovely musical performance by Ella Abisi '21.

Arts Festival 2021 recap

The 47th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival included two major theatrical productions, four vocal and instrumental recitals, a conducting workshop, a finale concert, a visual art exhibition, and more. 

Athletes of the Year 2021

Athletic Director Masa Yo and Associate Athletic Director Alex Zanecchia hosted a virtual Spring Athletic Awards assembly for all High School students and faculty members on the afternoon of May 14. Learn about all the award recipients, including the Male and Female Athlete of the Year.


This year's festival will include theater performances, concerts, recitals, a visual art exhibition, a film screening, and a conducting workshop.

This Month at TASIS: April 2021

From local excursions and theater rehearsals to exam preparation and Earth Day celebrations, we offer a photo-driven look at the past month at TASIS.

Sahenk Fine Arts Center

This month we provide a snapshot of what one day is like in the beautiful Şahenk Fine Arts Center, offering an inside look at the first-rate TASIS Visual Arts Program.

View from Lanterna

Mr. Nikoloff provides a detailed overview of the work our administrators and faculty members have been doing in pursuit of the goals outlined in the TASIS Strategic Plan.

Beat the Bells 2021

The 8th annual Beat the Bells Run will take place on Saturday, May 1, and will include a virtual component for members of the TASIS community who would like to take part in this treasured tradition from anywhere in the world.

Alumni Notes: Spring 2021

This month we celebrate our alumni making waves in film, television, and song. We also mourn the passing of a TASIS Hellenic legend. 

This Month at TASIS: March 2021

From alpine adventures and after-school activities to lab experiments and theater performances, we take a photo-driven look at the past month at TASIS.

HS Spring Performance 2021

High School Theater students and faculty members shined in performances of the classic Shakespearean comedy on the evenings of March 26–27 in the Palmer Cultural Center. See their excellent work.

TASIS Headmaster Leads Seminar on Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff is excited to be back in the classroom once again. Following his annual lessons on virtue ethics to IB students earlier this month, he is now delivering a four-part seminar centered on the philosophical structures behind the ideas of truth, goodness, and beauty to all TASIS sophomores.

My Favorite Places to Play Outdoor Hoops in Lugano

Leonid Serbinov '21, a second-year IB student and standout basketball player, has been exploring Lugano since he moved here in 2019 and has discovered some of the best outdoor basketball courts in the area. He is pleased to share his findings with the TASIS community.

TASIS Featured on NBC Nightly News

The latest installment of NBC Nightly News's "Around the Globe" series calls upon TASIS to contribute to a report on Switzerland. Director of Institutional Advancement Bill Eichner and several Middle School students are featured.

TASIS Students Create Literary Magazine

Nearly 30 students submitted poetry, short stories, themed collections, or illustrations to the Spring 2021 issue of the TASIS Literary Magazine. See their excellent work and hear from Alexia Dochnal '22, who founded, edited, and designed the publication.

A Day With Kindergarten

Take an inside look at a typical Friday for a Kindergarten student in the TASIS Elementary School. 

1973 TASI Ski Term

More than 100 TASIS High School students and faculty chaperones were treated to beautiful weather, excellent snow conditions, and the return of a beloved TASIS tradition in Splügen over the long weekend of February 25–28.

This Month at TASIS: February 2021

From International Week to Carnevale celebrations and plenty of time in the mountains, we take a photo-driven look at the past month at TASIS.

A Day With Grade 6

We offer an inside look at a typical Monday for a sixth-grade student in the TASIS Middle School.

Alumni Notes: February 2021

We're delighted to share news of book prizes and bookstores, new music, and inspiring workshops created by our alumni. And if you've ever wanted to escape to the French countryside, a piece of TASIS history is for sale! Enjoy the latest edition of Alumni Notes.

TASIS Performs Heal the World

More than 80 students across all three TASIS divisions contributed to the production of this uplifting music video in celebration of International Week 2021.

Parade of Flags 2021

Students from 47 of the 59 nations represented in the 2020–2021 TASIS student body were able to march in this year's parade, which was held outdoors with a limited audience due to the current restrictions on large gatherings.

This Month at TASIS: January 2021

From the return of students and faculty to skiing outings and preparations for upcoming performing arts events, we take a photo-driven look at the past month at TASIS.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Johanna Fishbein

Susanna Campbell '23 sat down with new Director of University and College Counseling Ms. Johanna Fishbein, who brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to TASIS and strives to empower all students to take control of their own college planning process.

A Day With Grade 3

We offer an inside look at a typical Monday for a third-grade student in the TASIS Elementary School.

TASIS Re-Accredited by CIS and NEASC

Learn about the exhaustive process that led to this important achievement and review the commendations listed in the Team Evaluation Report compiled by representatives from CIS and NEASC following their virtual visit in November.

Presenting the 2020 TASIS Elementary School Christmas Concert

In this delightful pre-recorded concert, the Elementary School Choir and each individual class perform a holiday number, the ES Modern Dance group shares an originally choreographed piece, and the Tip Tap dancers show what they've been working on all fall.

Presenting the 2020 TASIS Christmas Service

In this impressive pre-recorded service, members of the High School, Middle School, and Elementary School choirs collaborate with guest performers on a series of holiday classics—including "Silent Night," "Joy to the World," and "Gloria"—Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff addresses the community, Chairman of the Board Lynn Fleming Aeschliman delivers a reading, and more.   

2020 TASIS Christmas Performances

In place of our traditional live holiday events, we will be pleased to present two virtual holiday performances this year. Learn about this year's Christmas Service and Elementary School Christmas Concert.

Enrique and Mara Sanz on Entrepreneurship and Changing Lugano

Successful local entrepreneurs Enrique Sanz and Mara Bertelli Sanz, who have spent the past decade working tirelessly to change Lugano's culture and ethos, delivered an inspiring address to TASIS seniors and visited several classes over the course of a two-day virtual visit on November 16–17, marking the second installment of the 2020–2021 TASIS Speaker Series.

From Russia with Love

Todd Drummond '87, who was recently appointed Director of Assessment and Education Services at the American Councils for International Education, discusses how a 1985 TASIS trip to the Soviet Union altered the course of his life, examines the importance of educational experiences that promote cross-cultural understanding, and reflects upon why political discussions in the United States have become so acrimonious.

60 Moments in 60 Seconds

We asked our talented team of student videographers to capture one-second clips of life on the TASIS campus and beyond throughout October.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Carolyn Rosenberger

Alexia Dochnal '22 interviewed High School English Teacher Ms. Carolyn Rosenberger, who has taught both IB and AP Literature since arriving at TASIS in 2018.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Daniel Schwartz

Joy Mack '21 interviewed High School Math Teacher Mr. Daniel Schwartz, who has taught all levels of IB Mathematics over the course of his 11 years at TASIS.

Influential Report Endorses the TASIS Approach

A new longitudinal study published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute concludes that increased instructional time in social studies and history is associated with improved reading ability, underscoring the ideas put forth by Professor E.D. Hirsch—the inspiration behind the TASIS Elementary School's Core Knowledge Curriculum Series—more than three decades ago. 

Faculty Feature: Ms. Perri Sartorelli

Jane Wilson '22 sat down with Middle School EAL Teacher Ms. Perri Sartorelli, who helped launch the TASIS Elementary School in 2005 and has taught EAL in the Middle School since 2011.

Faculty Feature: Eric White

Susanna Campbell '23 interviewed High School Economics and History Teacher Mr. Eric White, who taught at TASIS from 2017–2021 after working in the United States public school system for more than a decade.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Sarah Hertig

Nika Grigorian '23 sat down with Elementary School Teacher Ms. Sarah Hertig, who is teaching second grade this year after spending her first four years at TASIS in the first-grade classroom.

A Better Way of Being

An eternal optimist, TASIS Hellenic alumna Mary Valiakas has founded organizations aimed at fostering community innovation and helping businesses become a force for good.

A Brief History of the TASIS Family of Schools

As we celebrate Founder's Day this September, we review the impressive list of schools that have been part of the TASIS portfolio through the years and offer a fresh look at M. Crist Fleming's incredible legacy.     

AP Scholar Bound for Top Art and Design School

Anna Savinova (Russia) '20 will seek a dual degree in Design and Art History at Parsons School of Design in New York City after also considering offers from Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The School of Visual Arts New York City, and Pratt Institute.

ECIS Award Recipient Heading to Rotterdam After 13 Years at TASIS

Moritz-Jacob Mohr (Germany) '20 will pursue a degree in International Business with a specialization in Asia at Rotterdam University of Applied Science after also receiving offers from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Accomplished Artist Lands at Parsons Paris

Alara Secilmis (USA/Turkey) '20 will seek a degree in Fashion Design at Parsons Paris, selecting the distinguished art and design college over University of the Arts London, University for the Creative Arts, and Bournemouth University.

Outstanding IB Student To Study Mechanical Engineering at ETH

A stellar 42 points on his IB Diploma Programme® assessment helped Giorgio Cardani (Italy) '20 secure offers from ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, University College London (UCL), Polytechnic University of Milan, University of Bath, and University of Edinburgh.

Remarkable Leader To Study Economics at Duke Kunshan

Michael Ulku-Steiner Leadership Award recipient Giulia de Cristofaro (Brazil/Italy) '20 will study Economics at Duke Kunshan University, a Chinese-American partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University.

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Article taken from the 2020 issue ofTASIS Today

AP Standout Moves on to USC

Filippo de Cristofaro (Brazil/Italy) '20, an AP Scholar with Distinction, plans to study Finance at University of Southern California, selecting the outstanding private research university over University of Miami, University of South Florida, University of San Diego, Boston University, and Fordham University.

Aspiring Entrepreneur Chooses Parsons School of Design

Amela Buzi (Albania) '20 will seek a degree in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons, selecting the esteemed art and design school over University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion), City University London, Coventry University London, Pace University in New York, and Fordham University. 

TASIS Lifer Ready for Boston University

After 13 years at TASIS, Hanna Osgood (France/USA) '20applied early to Boston University and was happy to accept an offer from the private research university, where she will seek a degree in Political Science.

AP Scholar Sets His Target on Top Business School

After two excellent years at TASIS, Enzo Tondo (Brazil) '20 has decided to return to his home country for his post-secondary studies and is setting his sights on Insper, one of the most prestigious schools of business, economics, and engineering in all of Latin America. 

TASIS Students Excel on 2020 AP Exams

TASIS students scored a 4 or higher on more than half of the 178 Advanced Placement exams they took this spring, and 24 students earned AP Scholar Awards. Learn more about this year's results. 

Talented Artist, Runner, and IB Student Headed to London

IB Visual Arts standout Zoe Wang (China)'20 will seek a degree in Culture, Media & Creative Industries at King's College London after also considering offers from three other excellent schools in London: University College London (UCL), Goldsmiths University, and Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London.

A Look at the 2020 IB Assessments

The average score posted by the 48 TASIS students who obtained an IB Diploma in 2020 was 32.6, exceeding the worldwide average by 2.7 points. Learn about this year's results and the unique circumstances surrounding the 2020 IB grades.

A Successful Reopening for TASIS

After more than two months of relying exclusively upon distance learning, we were thrilled to welcome Elementary and Middle School students back to campus on May 25. Learn how we got to this point and where we are going.

TASIS Students Accepted to 164 Universities

The 109 students in the Class of 2020 gained admission to 164 universities and colleges in 14 nations, with 66 offers coming from schools ranked in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education 2019–2020 World University Rankings. 

TASIS Elementary School Musical Goes Virtual

In lieu of a live performance of this year's Elementary School Spring Musical, Out of the Woods, the ES musical students collaborated on a virtual performance of some of their favorite songs from the show!  

A Letter from the TPA President

Jennifer Zanarini recaps a busy year, shares a highlight video, and encourages parents to get involved with the 2020–2021 TASIS Parent Association. 

TASIS Presents the Indomitable Class of 2020

We honored 109 hardworking, courageous, and resilient students with a virtual Commencement Ceremony on the morning of May 30. Please join us in celebrating our 64th graduating class!

Alumni Notes: June 2020

In this special edition of alumni notes, we discuss the new TASIS Alumni Forum we've just launched and talk extensively with two courageous alumni, Jake Figi '14 and Shila Tursini '05, who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 fight. 

TASIS 2019–2020 Athletes of the Year Announced

Athletic Director Masa Yo '04 and Associate Athletic Director Alex Zanecchia '02 hosted a virtual Winter Sports and Academic Year Sports Awards assembly for all High School athletes and coaches on the afternoon of May 15. See highlights from the winter season and learn about all the award recipients.

TASIS IB Students Pursuing Passion Projects in Place of Exams

In response to the International Baccalaureate's decision to cancel the 2020 exams, TASIS IB Coordinator Howard Stickley has devised a plan to ensure that all second-year IB students continue to have an enriching educational experience this spring.

From China to Ticino

TASIS families in China and Noble Wings Switzerland have joined forces to donate 10,000 EU-certified surgical masks to the Ticino Medical Association.  

Alumni Notes: Spring 2020

We hope this edition of Alumni Notes brings a bit of brightness in dark times. Learn how our community is reaching out and coming together to support others. 

TASIS Faculty Rises to the Challenge

Our teachers are working incredibly hard to make the best of a difficult situation and ensure that our students stay on track with their studies as we await further developments on the coronavirus pandemic. Learn about some of the successes of our first week of distance learning.

International Week Turns 25

Although there are earlier references to "International Day" or "International Night" scattered throughout our archives, the first reference to "International Week" we could find was in the 1995 yearbook. See how the yearbook team covered the week.

International Week Through the Years

Alexia Dochnal '22 and Jane Wilson '22 examine how their time at TASIS has made them more international, reflect upon why International Week is such an important tradition, and discuss some of their favorite memories through the years.

International Food Fair: A Closer Look

Daisy Bachofen '20 did an outstanding job capturing the excitement of this year's International Food Fair, a signature International Week event. Enjoy her video.

Sara Rosso Cipolini on Business and Happiness

Planhotel Hospitality Group President Sara Rosso Cipolini addressed the senior class in the Palmer Center on the evening of February 17, marking the third installment of the 2019–2020 TASIS Speaker Series.

62 Nations Represented at TASIS Parade of Flags

TASIS kicked off International Week 2020 on the morning of February 10 with a lively Opening Ceremony that included the Parade of Flags, the presentation of Torch Awards, an IB Theatre presentation, and several outstanding music and dance performances. Watch the ceremony and read about some of the highlights.

Introducing the New TASIS Crest

We are pleased to announce that the TASIS family of schools will soon be using a new set of crests. Learn what drove this change and see the results. 

Coming Soon to TASIS: An Ice Rink with a View

We will soon enhance our campus with a beautiful synthetic ice rink designed to build community spirit and engage students in a variety of wholesome activities, including hockey, figure skating, broomball, and curling. Learn more about this exciting addition.

Thomas Sparrow on Journalism in Times of Fake News

Deutsche Welle correspondent Thomas Sparrow delivered an engaging talk to TASIS seniors in the Palmer Center and connected with students in a number of classes over the course of a three-day visit in late January that represented the second installment of the 2019–2020 TASIS Speaker Series. Learn more and watch his full address.

Alumni Notes: Winter 2020

This edition of alumni notes focuses on impressive recent achievements in acting, writing, fashion design, visual arts, and more. 

Movement Outreach and the Red Cross: Local Service at TASIS

Movement Outreach student leader Alexia Dochnal '22 reports on an exciting addition to the TASIS Service Learning Program and discusses the program's new structure, which requires all 10th-grade students to serve the local community for a full year.

What is the Purpose of a Student Council?

Student representative Joy Mack '21 examines the unheralded but valuable role the High School Student Council plays at TASIS, discusses some of the events the group has organized in recent years, and outlines its goals for the future.

Verum. Bonum. Pulchrum.

Christopher Hyland '66 is the true embodiment of what Mrs. Fleming wanted to do with her schools. Truth, goodness, and beauty continue to guide his remarkable life.

A Look Back at 2019

What happened at TASIS in 2019? Below we highlight a story or two from the TASIS Blog from each month this year.

Presenting the 2019 Elementary School Christmas Concert

Students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through five put forth a delightful performance at the annual Elementary School Christmas Concert in the Palestra on the morning of December 18. Watch the full performance, see photos, and learn who participated in this year's concert.

All-Class Reunion | Washington, DC

One hundred TASIS alumni gathered at the elegant and historic Cosmos Club on Embassy Row to catch up with classmates and friends spanning graduation years from 1959 to 2019.

Presenting the 2019 TASIS Christmas Service

This year's extraordinary Christmas Service was celebrated at the beautiful church of San Nicolao della Flüe on the afternoon of Sunday, December 8. Watch the full service, see a collection of photographs, and learn who contributed to this annual community-building event.

Regional All-Class Reunion | Tokyo

A small group of TASIS alumni from the 1990s and 2000s greatly enjoyed a reunion dinner with Director of Institutional Advancement Bill Eichner in Tokyo on November 16.   

What I Learned in Mongolia

Skye Rourke '20 looks back at the Global Service Program trip she made to Ulgii, Mongolia, last June and discusses how its impact has only grown stronger with the passage of time.

Introducing TASIS Portugal

TASIS Portugal Headmaster Keith Chicquen lays out his vision for the newest member of the TASIS family of schools. 

Virtue, Knowledge, and Poetry

Alexia Dochnal '22 reflects upon the Honors World Literature Academic Travel trip to Florence, in which she and her classmates explored the homeland of the incomparable Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

All-Class Reunion | London

More than 100 alumni congregated at the Swiss Embassy in London for the first All-TASIS reunion in London since TASIS Switzerland and TASIS England co-celebrated their 50-year and 30-year anniversaries back in 2005.   

Academic Travel Through the Years

Jane Wilson '22 shares some of her favorite memories from the many school trips she has been on since starting at TASIS in 2013.

TASIS Theater Presents A Christmas Carol

Guided by Director Valerie Bijur Carlson and Assistant Director Matthew Frazier-Smith, the TASIS High School Theater Company delivered three excellent performances of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol in the Palmer Center over the weekend of November 15–17. Watch two of the shows, see photographs, and learn about the cast and crew, which relied upon contributions from students in all three TASIS divisions.

Fall Sports Awards: 2019

Learn who won the awards for each High School and Middle School team for the fall athletics season, read recaps of tournaments and individual matches, see photo galleries, and enjoy the impressive presentation put together for the High School Athletics Assembly. 

Inside the Particles

Joy Mack '21 discusses the IB/AP Physics Academic Travel trip to Bern and Geneva, where students had the unique opportunity to visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and tour a number of prominent energy plants.

Alumni Notes: Fall 2019

This edition of alumni notes focuses on recent creative achievements, from pottery to podcasting, Netflix to memoir writing. 

Dr. Janne Sirén '88 Opens 2019–2020 TASIS Speaker Series

Dr. Sirén—a 1988 graduate of TASIS who now serves as the Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director of the renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery—addressed the entire senior class, led a question-and-answer session with students and faculty members, and spent time with IB and AP visual arts classes over the course of a three-day visit in late October.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Irene Avaldi-Bianchini

Director of Communications Mark Chevalier sat down with Middle School Italian Teacher Ms. Irene Avaldi-Bianchini, who has been at TASIS since 2003 and feels more strongly than ever that this generation of students has a very bright future.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Sarah Maas Bearden

Jane Wilson '22 sat down with Elementary School teacher Ms. Sarah Maas Bearden, who started at TASIS in 2013 and currently teaches fourth grade while also serving as Core Knowledge Coordinator. She emphasizes openness and honesty in the classroom and encourages her students to aim high.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Natasha Koltypin

Joy Mack '21 interviewed Elementary School Teacher Ms. Natasha Koltypin, who has taught both Kindergarten and first grade since starting at TASIS in 2015 and believes it is essential to forge a personal connection with each student.

Your Story is Valuable

Ollie Rasini '99 reflects upon the time she spent with the TASIS Middle School community last fall and offers valuable advice to both current students and her fellow alumni.

Running for Terry Fox

More than 400 TASIS High School students and faculty members participated in the School's third annual Terry Fox Run—completing as many 500-meter laps as possible in 45 minutes—on the afternoon of October 16 to raise money for cancer research and honor the legacy of inspiring athlete, humanitarian, and activist Terry Fox. 

Dr. Janne Sirén To Open 2019–2020 TASIS Speaker Series on October 21

Dr. Sirén—a 1988 graduate of TASIS who now serves as the Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director of the renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery—will visit seven IB and AP visual arts classes, address the entire senior class, and lead a question-and-answer session with students and faculty members.

A Look at the 2019 TASIS Family Weekend

TASIS was honored to welcome the families of Middle and High School students to campus October 11–12. Watch the Family Weekend Assembly and learn a bit about this annual tradition.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Ritta El-Manadily

Alexia Dochnal '22 interviewed Middle School English Teacher Ms. Ritta El-Manadily, who taught at TASIS from 2005–2020 and believes that the student should always be at the center of one's teaching universe.

Well-Rounded AP Scholar to Study Law at Cape Town

Refilwe Lauren Riba '19 (South Africa) will pursue a Bachelor of Law at University of Cape Town after turning down offers from University of Kent, Newcastle University, City University of London, University of Leeds, and King's College London.

Gifted Scholar Chooses Yale

Aurelia Dochnal '19 (Poland) will pursue a joint Bachelor's and Master's Degree in East Asian Studies at Yale University after a remarkable five years at TASIS that also led to offers from University of Oxford, Stanford University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, and Williams College.

Visionary Artist Thrilled to Land at UAL

Lana Kozak '19 (Ukraine) could not pass up a rare unconditional offer from University of the Arts London, one of the world's top schools for art and design, despite receiving offers from two more prestigious art schools: University for the Creative Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London.

TASIS Lifer Reflects on 13 Amazing Years

Filippo Cipolini '19 (Switzerland/Italy) will continue his studies at Boston University after an outstanding 13 years at TASIS that culminated with a Bilingual IB Diploma and an inspiring speech at the 2019 Senior Banquet.

Future Architect To Continue Studies at Manchester

Virginia Italia '19 (Italy/Switzerland) will seek a degree in Architecture at University of Manchester after also considering offers from University of Bath, University of Sheffield, and University of Westminster. 

Service and Science Standout Picks Imperial College London

Yeonkyung Irene Lee '19 (South Korea) will study Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London after also receiving offers from University College London, King's College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, and University of British Columbia.

TASIS Holds Global Day of Climate Action

TASIS held a special assembly featuring a keynote presentation from Dr. William Sawyer, a senior computational scientist at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, and lessons in Elementary, Middle, and High School classes throughout the day were directly connected to environmental issues. The day of action will be followed by a week of awareness and activism with several anchor events designed to foster collaboration among teachers, administrators, and students.

A New Life for Dr. Michael Aeschliman's The Restoration of Man

TASIS Foundation Board member Dr. Michael D. Aeschliman's first book has been re-released with a substantial new introduction by the award-winning English science writer Dr. James LeFanu. Learn about the book and Dr. Aeschliman's distinguished 50-year career in education.

It All Began with Mrs. Fleming

TASIS held a special Founder's Day Assembly on the afternoon of September 12 to commemorate the incredible life of M. Crist Fleming, who overcame many obstacles to found the School in 1956 and nurture it to greatness.   

TASIS to Open New School in Portugal

We are thrilled to announce that the TASIS family will be extending to the Iberian peninsula in the fall of 2020! Learn about this exciting development.

Bonds that Transcend Time

We love to share stories of alumni connections when they are brought to our attention. This month we take a look at an emerging friendship between Caroline Rothstein '01 and 2018 Valedictorian Shu Ye, both of whom matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania following their graduations from TASIS.

The CDE Boarding Program: A Closer Look

Beginning at the age of seven, children in the Le Château des Enfants (CDE) program have the opportunity to be boarding students at the TASIS Summer Programs. In this inspiring new video created by Graham Pearsall and Alex Secilmis '19, several of these students discuss what they love most about the program.

TASIS Hellenic All-Class Reunion | Athens

More than 150 alumni and friends representing five decades met in Athens to celebrate the passing of 40 years since the start of the TASIS adventure in Greece.

Highlights of the 2019 TASIS Summer Programs

The 2019 TASIS Summer Programs began with hundreds of students arriving on campus on the morning of June 21 and concluded with a series of wonderful Final Night Celebrations on the evening of August 9. The days in between were packed with intensive academic courses, brilliant displays of visual and performing arts, thrilling outdoor adventures, advanced sports training, exciting travel experiences, and much more. Our highlight videos chronicle the action—one week at a time.

Athletics at TASIS: A Closer Look

Assistant Athletic Director Alex Zanecchia and several coaches and student athletes discuss the TASIS Athletics Program, which encompasses competitive varsity programs, recreational activities, and community-building events.

Food at TASIS: A Closer Look

Executive Chef Fabio Marrone and the TASIS Dining Services team are proud that the School has earned the Swiss Fourchette Verte label, which signifies that each meal served is healthy and well-balanced.

A Weekend with the TASIS Summer Program

Students in the TASIS Summer Program's Academic Writing course penned short essays about their weekend trips to Venice, Verona, Munich, and more. Enjoy their impressive work while learning more about TSP's academic and travel offerings. 

The Arts at TASIS: A Closer Look

Student artists and members of the High School's visual and performing arts departments discuss what makes the TASIS Fine Arts Program so special.

TASIS Summer Programs Off and Running

The 2019 TASIS Summer Programs in Lugano, Switzerland, officially opened on June 22. Read about the early days, see photos and video highlights, and learn how you can keep an eye on the action this summer.

Class of 2009: 10th Anniversary Reunion | Lugano

More than 35 members of the Class of 2009 gathered in Lugano over the weekend of June 13–16 to enjoy an evening at the Principe Leopoldo, a boat ride on the lake, and a nostalgic dinner in Casa Fleming.  

I Don't Want Reality, I Want Magic

In her final article as a TASIS student writer, Esma Karuv '19 comes to terms with the end of a High School career that was a "magical integration of service, integrity, humility, compassion, responsibility, and vision."

TASIS Middle School Bids Farewell to Eighth-Grade Class

The Middle School held its annual Moving-Up Ceremony in the Palmer Center on the afternoon on June 4. See photos and video footage of student speeches, musical performances, the presentation of awards and diplomas, and more.

TASIS Presents the Exceptional Class of 2019

The American School in Switzerland held its 63rd Commencement Ceremony in the Palestra on the morning of June 1. Watch the full ceremony, learn about the 102 graduates, see a comprehensive list of university acceptances, and discover how to download or order photos from a packed Graduation Week.

Seniors Reflect on Their Time at TASIS

Highlights from the 2019 Senior Banquet included two moving musical performances, poignant remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, and inspiring speeches from six members of the Class of 2019. See how the evening unfolded.

Spring Sports Awards: 2019

See the list of award recipients for each High School and Middle School spring team, learn who was named male and female athlete of the year, and enjoy an entertaining highlight video from the season.

A Decade of Creativity

With the 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival just around the corner, we take a look at the emerging careers of eight remarkable artists from the Class of 2008.

Performing Artists Stay Busy in April

Experienced and budding thespians and musicians in all three TASIS divisions have made the most of the weeks leading up to the 2019 Spring Arts Festival, attending an IB Theatre workshop in Geneva, creating an original piece of musical theater/operetta, performing a modified version of Romeo and Juliet, celebrating International Jazz Day, and preparing for the upcoming Elementary School and Middle School Spring Musicals.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Anna Kavalauskas

Nicole Abrate Echezarreta '20 interviewed Ms. Anna Kavalauskas, who joined the High School English Department in 2011 after serving as a counselor in the TASIS Summer Programs nearly a decade earlier, and crafted a thoughtful profile.

7th Annual Walk for Water Is One to Remember

More than 40 members of the TASIS community ignored cold and rainy conditions in their quest to complete the 7th annual Walk for Water on the afternoon of May 8, helping raise CHF 200 for clean water initiatives.

45th Annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival Kicks Off on May 10

All members of the TASIS community and the general public are cordially invited to campus from May 10–19 to enjoy concerts, theatrical performances, dance performances, film screenings, visual arts exhibitions, guest lectures, art workshops, and more. See the full schedule of events.

6th Annual Beat the Bells Run Draws 48 Runners

Thirty-eight students, faculty and staff members, parents, and guests made it down to Lake Lugano and back before the Sant'Abbondio bells chimed at 7:00. They helped raise more than CHF 400 for the Nepal Global Service Program group.    

Ric Tac Two: A Masterful Film from Director Alex Secilmis '19

Prolific student filmmaker Alex Secilmis '19 capped off his TASIS career in style with the release of the feature-length comedy Ric Tac Two, which premiered in front of a large crowd in the Palmer Center on the evening of April 11. Enjoy the hilarious film, which features a deep and talented cast of 40 TASIS students and teachers, and learn more about Alex's remarkable achievements.

The Life of a Student Artist at TASIS

In the latest episode of TASIS Stories, Director of Communications Mark Chevalier sits down with three of the School's exceptional young artists—Francis Accilien '19, Lana Kozak '19, and Sofya Rappoport '22—to learn about their backgrounds, the opportunities they've had to grow as artists at TASIS, their thoughts on the upcoming Spring Arts Festival, and their future ambitions. 

What Will You Miss?

With Graduation Weekend just a month away, student filmmaker Cristina Estevez '19 set out to discover what the amazing Class of 2019 will miss most about TASIS. 

What Happens on the Moldova Global Service Program Trip?

Seven TASIS students and two faculty leaders spent the first half of their spring holiday in Rîșcova, Moldova, where they worked closely with EcoVisio Moldova to implement a number of community initiatives. Read a recap of this year's trip and watch an excellent video created by Iris Kaymak '20.

All-Class Reunion | Houston

Alumni representing a broad cross-section of the TASIS community attended an elegant reception in the Lone Star State on April 6.   

Love, People

TASIS Elementary School Teacher Matthew James Friday discusses his first Global Service Program trip to Ethiopia, a journey defined by smiles, love, and important life lessons. We also hear from two fifth-grade students who have previously worked with Nuovo Fiore Ethiopia.

TASIS Celebrates National Poetry Month

TASIS commemorated National Poetry Month with a special assembly in the Palestra on the morning of April 4, and, in a new initiative spearheaded by English Department Chair Dr. Chris Love, English teachers and their students interviewed one another to learn about their favorite poems.

A Published Poet and Storyteller In Our Ranks

TASIS Elementary School Teacher Matthew James Friday has had more than 60 poems published in dozens of print and online journals around the world and recently had a short story about the etymology of his unique surname published in The New Normal, a compendium of stories written by international school teachers around the globe.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Daniel Kirsch

Joy Mack '21 interviewed Modern European History and AP European History Teacher Mr. Daniel Kirsch, who began teaching at TASIS in 2007 and was appointed High School History Department Chair in the fall of 2018.

Sparks from Vulcan's Forge

The Percussion Ensemble of the G. Verdi Conservatory of Como performed in the Palmer Center on the evening of April 4 as part of the TASIS Cultural Events Program. Art History and Architecture & Design Teacher Mark Aeschliman attended the performance and was inspired to write an excellent poem. 

The Pirates of Penzance Take Over TASIS

Congratulations to High School Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson and her talented and hardworking cast and crew for delighting audiences with three outstanding performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance over the weekend of March 29–31. Learn about the musical and watch the full shows from Friday and Saturday night.

Thank You, TASIS

Bryan Soh '18, who just returned to his native Singapore to begin two years of compulsory National Service, says farewell to the country and community that have had such a profound impact on his life over the past four and a half years.

Dhanyavad (Thank You)

Airi Barnes '20 and Zawadiyah Tolliver '20 express their gratitude for all that they learned on this year's Global Service Program trip to Odisha, India.

A Closer Look at Ski Adventure

Joy Mack '21 penned a journal-style account of the seven days she and her classmates spent skiing and snowboarding in beautiful Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Winter Sports Awards: 2018–2019

See who won the awards for each High School and Middle School team and watch an entertaining highlight video from the 2018–2019 winter athletics season.

Dr. Mark Trodden on Embracing the Dark Side

Distinguished theoretical physicist Dr. Mark Trodden closed out the 2018–2019 TASIS Speaker Series by delivering a stimulating talk about modern cosmology in the Palmer Center on the evening of March 20.

IB Mock Exams in Siena: The Lighter Side

Fifty-three TASIS IB II students spent their Spring Academic Travel session in Siena, Italy, where they prepared for their upcoming exams at a historic Carthusian monastery. Student filmmakers Alex Secilimis '19 and Lana Kozak '19 documented the lighter side of the trip.

A Weekend with Google

We sat down with TASIS Computer Science standout Kamron Kelley '21 to learn about his experience at an innovative workshop—Cybersecurity Weekend with Google Switzerland—that was held in Zurich over the weekend of March 9–10.

Regional Reunion | Taipei, Taiwan

Director of Institutional Advancement Bill Eichner and TASIS alumni from three decades gathered in Taipei for a fun-filled evening on March 6. 

Lisbon Left Me Wanting More

Nicole Abrate Echezarreta '20 discusses the ways in which her Spring Academic Travel trip to Lisbon, Portugal, vastly exceeded her expectations.

A Conversation With Three TASIS Legends

In this episode of TASIS Stories, we tap into the collective wisdom of Mark Aeschliman, Howard Stickley, and Bill Eichner—who have combined for more than 110 years of experience at TASIS—to learn how the School has evolved over the past four decades.

Alumni Notes: Winter 2019

Our latest edition of alumni notes offers a look at recent achievements in politics, acting, sustainability, and medicine. We also promote an upcoming TASIS Cyprus reunion and a creative retreat opportunity in France, celebrate the engagement of yet another TASIS couple, and commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Mrs. Fleming's passing.

Sharing Our Cultures Through Food

Joy Mack '21 highlights the important role food plays throughout International Week and discusses some of her favorite dishes from this year.

We Want to Make a Change

Fifteen TASIS students represented the nation of Algeria at The Hague International Model United Nations conference, marking the 40th anniversary of the School's Model UN program. Anna Alyakina '19 explains how this transformative conference helps shape the future leaders the world so desperately needs.

TASIS Teachers Share Their Expertise at MITA Conference

Seven members of the TASIS Faculty attended the fourth Milan International Teachers Association Conference on February 2 and returned to Lugano with knowledge, techniques, and inspiration to share with their colleagues.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Patrick Alava

Joy Mack '21 sat down with Middle School Math and History Teacher Mr. Patrick Alava, who began teaching at TASIS in 2011 and was honored to receive the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2018.

Four Years in Lugano: The TASIS Experience

Esma Karuv '19, who came to TASIS in ninth grade after spending her entire childhood in New York, discusses the "unforgettable adventure" she's been on ever since.

TASIS Students Excel at FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament

Twenty-one Middle School and Elementary School students used the LEGO MINDSTORMS® platform to design, build, and program robots at a regional tournament in Bellinzona on January 12. They competed for nine grueling hours and came away with two team awards.

Billion Dollar Business

We caught up with Billion Dollar Boy co-founder Permele Doyle '05 to learn how she became an expert in the fascinating field of influencer marketing.

Our Favorite YouTube Videos of 2018

The hundreds of videos on the TASIS YouTube channel have now amassed 1.5 million views—with nearly 500,00 views coming in the past year alone! We've compiled a list of ten of our favorites from 2018, many of which were produced by TASIS student filmmakers. 

TASIS Celebrates the Holiday Season

Read a recap and see photos and videos from many of the holiday events that took place at TASIS this month, including the TPA Holiday Market, the All-School Christmas Service, the Middle School Christmas Celebration, the Elementary School Christmas Concert, and a visit from Santa Claus.

TASIS Filmmakers Chronicle Academic Travel

Daisy Bachofen '20, Lana Kozak '19, and Cristina Estevez '19 created engaging short films about their Fall Academic Travel trips to the Azores, Venice, and Vienna. See their excellent work.

Alumni Notes: Fall 2018 (Part Two)

This month we cover politics, fashion, music, theater, a trip to Mrs. Fleming's hometown, a big reunion in New York, and a gathering of current TASIS students and young alumni in London as we share stories that span from Europe to California.

A Journey to Dante's Homeland

Joy Mack '21 discusses the five rainy but magical days she and her Honors World Literature classmates spent in Florence furthering their studies of the illustrious Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

High School Fall Sports Awards: 2018

Learn who won awards for each team, see who was honored with the School's first PRIDE awards, and watch a great highlight video from the 2018 fall season.

High School Theater Program Presents antigone/CAESAR

Congratulations to Director Valerie Bijur Carlson, Assistant Director Matthew Frazier-Smith, and the entire antigone/CAESAR cast and crew for three outstanding performances of the double tragedy over the weekend of November 16–18. Watch the play and learn about the cast and crew.

Nazlı Çelik '96 Shares Her Journey With TASIS Seniors

The highly decorated newscaster discussed her compelling journey, the significance of her time at TASIS, and her pioneering career as a female journalist in Turkey as part of the TASIS Speaker Series on the evening of November 18. Watch her full address.

The High School Fall Play: An Ancient Crossover Reimagined

Bryan Soh '18 spoke with High School Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson about the uniqueness of this year's fall play, the double tragedy antigone/CAESAR, which will premiere in the Palmer Center on the evening of Friday, November 16.

Berlin Never Failed to Amaze me

Nicole Abrate Echezarreta '20 poignantly reflects upon the eye-opening trip to Berlin she and 17 other European History students embarked upon in early November.

Meet & Mentor in London

TASIS juniors had the opportunity to learn from young alumni studying at universities in the United Kingdom during their Fall Academic Travel trip to London. 

My Favorite Spot on the TASIS Campus

Esma Karuv '19 reveals her favorite spot on campus—a gift from the Class of 2010!—and discusses how it has allowed her to get to know TASIS teachers in a different way.

TASIS Celebrates Halloween in Style

Thanks to tremendous support from the TASIS Parent Association (TPA) and the remarkable efforts of student and parent volunteers, TASIS was able to provide students in all three divisions a delightful Halloween experience this year. 

Faculty Feature: Mr. Gil Grimm

Nicole Abrate Echezarreta '20 interviewed High School Chemistry and Physics Teacher Mr. Gil Grimm, who taught at TASIS from 1997–2000 and from 2011–2021.

Languages Shape the Way We Think

TASIS Hellenic alumnus Rumen Stefanov '93 reflects upon his journey from a monolingual teenager who started at TASIS when he was just 13 to a polyglot who now works for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

TASIS Announces Dynamic Lineup for 2018–2019 Speaker Series

This year TASIS students will learn from and interact with an emerging filmmaker and photographer, an award-winning journalist, an accomplished writer and producer, and a distinguished theoretical cosmologist and particle physicist. Filmmaker and TASIS graduate Milo Zanecchia '08 kicked things off on the evening of October 22.

TASIS Theater and Dance Students See Donka

The High School Theater and Dance programs ended Family Weekend on a high note with a trip to see a Chekov-inspired dance-theater production at Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) on the afternoon of October 14.

The Universal Language of Poetry

TASIS was honored to welcome acclaimed poet A. Van Jordan to campus in early October as the School's second Linda Buchanan Poet in Residence. After meeting with students extensively over the course of his four-day visit, Professor Jordan remarked, "It's clear that TASIS creates an environment that engenders empathy across cultures, and I wish we had more of that in the world."

2018 Valedictorian Ready for the Ivy League

Shu Ye '18 (China) will major in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, selecting the renowned institution over Vanderbilt University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of Southern California (USC); and New York University (NYU). 

Alumni Notes: Fall 2018

The long list of notable accomplishments by TASIS alumni never stops growing. This edition of alumni notes focuses on recent achievements in politics, business, journalism, and scholarship.

Distinguished Scholar to Study International Management at King's College

Well-rounded scholar Serena Rand Bardi '18 (Italy/United States) has decided to seek a degree in International Management at King's College London after also considering offers from London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh, University of Bath, and Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University.

Superb IB Student to Continue Studies at UCLA

IB Diploma recipient Bryan Jed Soh '18 (Singapore) intends to pursue a major in the social sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), upon completing his two years of compulsory National Service for the Singaporean military.

Gifted Artist Heading to Edinburgh to Study Illustration

Yu Ying Chan '18 (China) was accepted to all five schools she applied to—University of Edinburgh, Kingston University London, University for the Creative Arts, University of Brighton, and University of the Arts London—and the promising young artist has decided to study Illustration at the University of Edinburgh.

What Did You Do This Summer?

We take our annual look at the many impressive things TASIS faculty and staff members did over the summer, including Dean of Students KC McKee traveling to Israel to lead the Italian National Lacrosse Team at the 2018 Men's World Lacrosse Championship.

Decorated AP Scholar to Pursue Pharmacy Degree at George Washington

Bokyung Kim '18 (South Korea), who excelled on 10 Advanced Placement exams while at TASIS, will begin her path to becoming a pharmacist at The George Washington University after turning down offers of admission from eight other schools in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Aspiring Architect Lands at Dream University

Diana Dulina '18 (Russia) is headed to London to pursue a degree in Architecture at the renowned Architectural Association School of Architecture after turning down offers from University for the Creative Arts, Arts University Bournemouth, and University of the Arts London.

A Story for Founder's Day

We take an entertaining look at the incredible life of international education pioneer M. Crist Fleming, who was born in Boston on September 10, 1910, and founded TASIS in 1956. The School will hold a special Founder's Day Assembly on the afternoon of September 13.

Watch All Performances from the Incredible TASIS Summer Arts Festivals

Students concluded the 2018 TASIS Summer Programs by showcasing their considerable talents at the Summer Arts Festivals on July 16–18 (session one) and August 8–10 (session two). See their excellent work and learn more about the unmatched performing and visual arts programs offered at TASIS.

Summer Arts Festival Opens August 8

Students from the 2018 Summer Programs celebrate student accomplishments in music, drama, musical theater, dance, photography, architecture, and visual arts from August 8–10.

An Interview With TSP Director Dr. Jim Haley

When he's not spending his summers in Lugano, Dr. Jim Haley is the Science Department Chair and teaches chemistry at a private school in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Amelia Panella '18 sat down with him to learn more about his background and the excellent program he runs at TASIS.

An Interview With MSP Director Marc-Pierre Jansen

Marc-Pierre Jansen runs the Middle School Program (MSP) during the summer and spends the rest of the year working for TASIS in the United States. Amelia Panella '18 interviewed Mr. Jansen to learn more about his background and the outstanding program he directs each summer.

An Interview With CDE Director Meagan Vincent

A Pre-Kindergarten teacher in California for most of the year, Meagan Vincent loves coming to Lugano each summer and having the opportunity to work with a larger range of ages. Amelia Panella '18 sat down with Ms. Vincent to learn more about her background and the important work she does at TASIS.

A Sunday with CDE

Writer Amelia Panella '18 and photographer Lily Engelmaier teamed up to chronicle the trip boarding students from Le Château des Enfants (CDE) took to Parco San Grato and Lido di Carona on Sunday, July 1.              

TASIS Extends 10-Year Partnership with AC Milan

Students from both TASIS The American School in Switzerland and the TASIS Switzerland Summer Programs will continue to have the exceptional opportunity to train with coaches from the renowned Milan Academy Scuola Calcio.       

Meet Michael Rosenbaum, New Director of the Dedicated Performing Arts Team

Amelia Panella '18 sat down with Rosenbaum, a professional actor and composer from New York who has worked at the TASIS Summer Programs since 2014. He discusses how his predecessor, Matthew Frazier-Smith, prepared him for his demanding new role and shares his vision for the future of DPAT.           

Welcome to Another Magical Summer in Lugano

The 2018 TASIS Summer Programs in Lugano, Switzerland, opened on Saturday, June 23. Read about the start, see photographs and video highlights, and learn about the various ways you can keep up with the action this summer.

The Next Stage of the Opsahl Global Service Program

The TASIS community bids a fond farewell to Zach Mulert, who arrived at TASIS in 2011 and has directed the School's Global Service Program since its inception in 2013. Veteran teacher and service leader Danny Schiff looks forward to the challenge of stepping into his new role.

Friendships Without Borders

Maria Veronica Ramos '19 reflects upon the Understanding Ulgii Global Service Program group's 10-day journey to Ulgii, Mongolia.

A Time to Say Goodbye

The Middle School and Elementary School held their annual Moving-Up Ceremonies on June 5 and June 7. See photos and video footage of student speeches, musical performances, the presentation of awards and diplomas, and more.

TASIS Elementary School Theater Presents Cry Wolf

The Elementary School Theater Program performed the original musical Cry Wolf in front of sold-out crowds in the Palmer Center on the evenings of May 31 and June 1. Watch the premiere in its entirety.

TASIS Presents the Impressive Class of 2018

Watch the Commencement Ceremony, learn a bit about the 103 members of the Class of 2018, see a full list of college and university acceptances, and enjoy photo galleries from a busy Graduation Week.

Enjoy the Inspiring Senior Banquet Speeches

This year's Senior Banquet featured excellent musical performances and poignant remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff and several members of the Class of 2018. See how the evening unfolded.

Tremendous Talent on Display at TASIS Spring Arts Festival

The 44th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival began with an Opening Celebration in the Palestra on the morning of May 15 and concluded with a magnificent concert on the evening of May 20. Read about the week and watch many of the events.

Spring Athletics Recap: 2018

Watch a great highlight video, see who won the team awards this spring, and learn who was named 2018 Male and Female Athlete of the Year.

Watch TASIS Students Give Inspired Performance at Palazzo dei Congressi

TASIS vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with renowned conductor Andrea Cupia, the Lyric Choir of Lugano, and the Opera ViVa Orchestra in celebration of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth. Watch the full "Music Without Borders: From Bach to Bernstein" concert.

Gram Vikas Ignited a Spark Within Me

Standout alumnus Tennessee Hildebrand '17 was so inspired by his service learning trip to India his senior year that he chose to return to Odisha for two months this winter. He produced a remarkable documentary to document the experience.

Record Turnout for 5th Annual Beat the Bells Run

A record 55 runners departed from TASIS at 6:15 on the morning of May 1, and 36 made it down to Lake Lugano and back before the Sant'Abbondio bells chimed at 7:00. Learn about the history of this annual community-building event.

TASIS Students Take on the Mini-Saga

All High School students had an opportunity to participate in a creative writing contest that allowed them to submit up to three mini-sagas, stories that must be told in exactly 50 words. See the results.

Annie Get Your Gun Brings Down the House

High School Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson, a brilliant student cast, and a dedicated production crew deserve a great deal of commendation for delighting audiences with three outstanding performances of Annie Get Your Gun over the weekend of April 13–15. Learn about the musical and see highlights from Opening Night.

A Closer Look at the Nepal Global Service Program Trip

Three faculty leaders and 13 TASIS students spent their entire Spring Holiday in Nepal, where they trekked through the Himalayas for 80 kilometers to reach the Tserok Tibetan refugee camp. Alex Secilmis '19, Virginia Italia '19, and Lilian Angelone '19 created a stunning video to chronicle the journey.

All-Class Reunion | Los Angeles

A total of 90 alumni and friends of TASIS gathered in LA on March 24 for the All-Class Reunion, which was held in the Garden Court at the Huntington Library, Art Galleries, and Botanical Gardens.

New Global Service Program Trip Takes Students to Moldova

Two faculty leaders and 13 TASIS students spent a week at EcoVisio in Riscova, Moldova, where they learned about sustainable development and organic agriculture, designed and constructed equipment for a new community park, and forged lasting connections with members of the local community. Mark Chevalier and Diana Khassanova '19 worked together to create a video recap of the initial trip.

The True Nature of Service

On the heels of his third journey to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the Nuove Fiore Global Service Program group, Ethan Fredericksen '18 has crafted a powerful essay in which he examines why this service learning trip has meant so much to him.

Finding Love at TASIS

We take a look back at a popular article from the 2017 TASIS Today. Learn about three happily married couples whose relationships started at TASIS.

Susan Middleton on Photography, Conservation, and the Natural World

TASIS was honored to host Susan Middleton—an esteemed artist, photographer, author, and educator specializing in the portraiture of rare and endangered animals, plants, sites, and cultures—as the fourth and final visitor for this year's Senior Humanities Program. Watch her address to the senior class and learn about what else she did while on campus.

IB Visual Arts Exhibition: More Than What You See

IB Visual Arts student Shu Ye '18 discusses the incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes as talented student artists and dedicated teachers come together to create a stunning arts exhibition.

A Spark Starts a Flame

Lilian Angelone '19 reflects upon the importance of International Women's Day and discusses how TASIS chose to commemorate this annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

IB Students Prep For Exams in Historic Tuscan Monastery

Amelia Panella '18 shares her impressions of the IB Seminar Academic Travel trip, in which all seniors in the second year of the IB Diploma Program spend a week preparing for their impending exams at a 14th-century Carthusian monastery in Siena, Italy.

A Rejuvenating Week in the Mountains

Esma Karuv '19 writes about the restorative powers of High School Ski Adventure, which was once again held in breathtaking Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

TASIS Middle School Students Honored by European Space Agency

Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 examines how students in Ms. Amy Bloodworth's Computer Science course successfully took part in the European Astro Pi Challenge, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. TASIS students contributed to the daily routine of the International Space Station by writing a short piece of code that ran on the station.

Forging Connections with the Local Community

Jessica Landa '18 sat down with faculty leaders Zuleika Tipismana and Helen Roowalla to learn about two of the local Service Learning groups at TASIS: Intergenerations and OTAF. Each group connects TASIS students with members of the local community who need comfort and support.

The World's Cuisine Comes to TASIS

Student writer Esma Karuv '19 posed as a food critic for this year's International Food Fair, a signature event during International Week in which students from dozens of countries set up tables in the Villa de Nobili Dining Hall and share their nation's food with the whole TASIS community.

The Creation of International Human Beings

Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 explores the ways in which TASIS has lived up to Founder M. Crist Fleming's desire to "create not international schools but international human beings."

Model UN Changes Lives: A Student Perspective

Sixteen ambitious students represented TASIS at The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) conference in the Netherlands from January 28–February 2. Diana Khassanova '19 explains why the trip was transformative.

TASIS Participates in Third Annual MITA Conference

Eight members of the TASIS Faculty attended the Milan International Teachers Association Conference, which aims to provide a space to share expertise among the many schools in the region of Northern Italy. Four TASIS teachers were Workshop Leaders.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Tim Venchus

Lilian Angelone '19 sat down with Pre-K to 8 Learning Technologies Coordinator and Elementary School Math Coordinator Mr. Tim Venchus, who has done much to advance the use of technology in the classroom since he started at TASIS in 2010.

Winter Photography Exhibitions at TASIS

Several photography exhibitions will be on display in the Palmer Center, the Şahenk Fine Arts Center, and Villa de Nobili beginning the weekend of January 26–28.

Alumni Notes: Winter 2018

TASIS alumni continue to do amazing things all over the globe. This month we hear from entrepreneurs, animal rights activists, distinguished epicures, and a journalist on the front line. We also welcome two former students back to Lugano.

Hungry to Do More, TASIS Student Makes Return Trip to Zambia

Inspired by her Global Service Program trip with the Serving Southern Africa group in April 2017, Camilla Redmond Costa '18 chose to return to Zambia on her own for 10 days this December. Student writer Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 shares her story.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Matthew Frazier-Smith

Emma Dressler '18 interviewed Elementary and Middle School Theater Director Mr. Matthew Frazier-Smith, who also teaches dance and music during the Academic Year and served as the Director of the Dedicated Performing Arts Team in the TASIS Summer Programs from 2014–2017.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Cecilia Origoni

Shu Ye '18 interviewed Elementary School Italian Section Teacher Ms. Cecilia Origoni, who currently teaches students in grade three and helped found the School's Italian Section when she started at TASIS in 2006.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Tommy Manning

After being inspired by a speech he gave about gratitude earlier this year, Esma Karuv '19 chose to interview High School Math Teacher Mr. Tommy Manning, who started at TASIS in the fall of 2017. 

Top YouTube Videos of 2017

Our YouTube page just topped one million views—with more than 350,000 coming in the past year alone! We've compiled a list of the ten videos that received the most views out of all those released in 2017.

Top SmugMug Photo Galleries of 2017

The thousands of photographs on our SmugMug page have received more than 10 million total views in the past year alone! Have a look at the 10 galleries that have been viewed the most times since January 1.

Top Instagram Photos of 2017

Based simply on the number of likes from our followers, we have compiled a list of our 10 most-popular Instagram posts from the past year.

A Joyous Holiday Season at TASIS

Read a quick recap of the holiday season at TASIS and see photos and video footage from the TPA Holiday Market, the All-School Christmas Service, the Elementary School Christmas Concert, and more.

Is it really "All Goya's Fault"

AP Art History student Gregory Alexander '18 examines the role 18th century Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes played in "trashing art."

WISER Co-Founder Challenges TASIS Students to Build a Better World

After visiting TASIS seven years ago to establish a partnership with the WISER Girls Secondary School—a pioneering boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya—Mr. Andrew Cunningham returned to campus on November 30 to discuss WISER's astonishing success and the important role TASIS has played.

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff reflects upon the history of Thanksgiving and notes that we have plenty to be grateful for here at TASIS.

A Time to Be Grateful

Giorgio Gambazzi '18 discusses the spirit of gratitude that permeated the TASIS campus during Thanksgiving week and shares some of the many things students and staff are grateful for.

Fall Athletics Report: 2017

Watch a great video, learn who won the team awards, and read about some of the highlights from the fall season.

All-Class Reunion | Washington, DC

More than 120 alumni and former faculty members attended an All-Class Reunion at the magnificent Smithsonian Castle in Washington, DC, on November 17.

High School Theater Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

Congratulations to Director Valerie Bijur Carlson and the TASIS Theater Company for three outstanding performances of the classic Shakespeare comedy over the weekend of November 17–19. Watch the play and learn about the cast and crew.

Behind the Magic of Portugal

Lilian Angelone '19 captures the sights, sounds, and flavors of historic Lisbon in this excellent recap of her group's Academic Travel trip to Portugal.

A Week of Music

Esma Karuv '19 discusses how the Academic Travel trip to Prague helped her and her classmates develop a heightened appreciation for music.

The Echoes of TASIS are Always There

We take a look at the remarkable young career of video journalist Will Vassilopoulos TH'93, who has already won a distinguished Rory Peck Award for News.

Faculty Feature: Ms. Pegeen Crockett

Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 interviewed High School Science Teacher Ms. Pegeen Crockett, who taught for nearly 40 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and China before coming to TASIS in 2016.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Martyn Dukes

Amelia Panella '18 interviewed High School Fine Arts Department Chair and professional artist Mr. Martyn Dukes, who has taught both AP and IB classes over the course of his 10 years at TASIS.

A Tournament to Remember

The Varsity Girls Soccer team traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, over the weekend of October 19–21 to compete in the European School Conference (ESC) Championship Tournament. Emma Dressler '18 recaps the action.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Mario d'Azzo

Aurelia Dochnal '19 interviewed High School Italian Teacher Mr. Mario D'Azzo, who began teaching at TASIS in 2000 and was the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2015.

Alumni Notes: Fall 2017

We checked in with a number of former TASIS students and teachers to learn more about their impressive recent accomplishments.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Frank Long

Diana Kuznetsova '18 interviewed High School Photography Teacher Mr. Frank Long, who had some very interesting professional experiences before landing at TASIS in 2013.

Why We Need Family Weekend

Esma Karuv '19 discusses why Family Weekend is an important annual TASIS tradition and asks boarding students how they feel about it. Hear their thoughts and watch the Family Weekend Assembly.

Constants and Variables: Two Important Appointments

TASIS Foundation Board member Dr. Michael Aeschliman reflects upon the distinguished careers of Bill Eichner and David Jepson, long-serving "TASIS people" who have been promoted to important new positions this year.

Faculty Feature: Mr. Peter Locke

Shu Ye '18 interviewed High School English Teacher and Associate Dean Mr. Peter Locke, who began teaching at TASIS in 2010 and now also coordinates the School's Senior Humanities and Advanced Placement programs.

Faculty Feature: Mr. KC McKee

Jessica Landa '18 interviewed High School Dean of Students Mr. KC McKee, who also teaches AP United States Government and Politics and coaches Middle School lacrosse.

An Analysis of the 2017 IB and AP Results

We review the data and glean the highlights from last spring's International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement exams, the results of which were released over the summer.

Rooted in the Noble Past

Professor Eric Wen '70, distinguished teacher of music theory and music analysis, is one of a select few musicologists leading the charge to keep music theory and analysis at the forefront of university-level music education, ensuring the legacy of the great classical tradition of high-cultural Western music.

Accomplished Linguist To Pursue Degree in International Hotel Management

Laura Vecoli '17 (Italy) will study at the world's top-ranked hotel management school—École Hôtelière de Lausanne—after also receiving offers from each of the other four schools she applied to: London School of Economics, University College London, University of Manchester, and University of Durham.

Top IB Scorer Lands at University College London

Niccolò McConnell '17 (United Kingdom), who scored a remarkable 42 points on his IB Diploma assessment, will study Economics and Statistics at University College London, where the acceptance rate for his program is just 11 percent.

Exceptional Musician Carving His Own Path

Chapman Tennessee Hildebrand '17 (United States) will pursue a degree in Music Industry Studies while also studying composition for media and film at Loyola University New Orleans beginning in the fall of 2018. He has some big plans in the meantime.

Bilingual IB Diploma Recipient Makes Most of One Year in Switzerland

Lisa Caberlotto '17 (Italy) will pursue a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Finance at Bocconi University, choosing the renowned business and management school over Durham University, the University of Exeter, the University of Bath, and the University of Nottingham.

Well-rounded Postgraduate Bound for Boston College

Caimin Long '17 (United States), who came to TASIS as a senior and stayed for a postgraduate year, will study General Management at Boston College's Carroll School of Management, which he selected over College of the Holy Cross and Santa Clara University.

Turning the Clock Back 40 Years

The Class of 1977 and additional alumni from the 70s gathered in Los Angeles over the weekend of August 25–27 to celebrate and marvel at the passing of 40 years since their graduation from TASIS.