So what does $170,00 a year buy you?
Welcome to the world of luxury day spas, and equestrian centres, of 38ft yachts and plush quarters with separate ensuites.
Welcome to the world of 1000 seat concert halls and 28 hectares of “magnificent landscaped grounds”.
Welcome to the world of summer lake side campuses and winter chalets.
Not the enclave of a Hollywood star and her husband.
Not a secluded villa for the royals to spend their summers.
But a school.
Though, truth be told this isn’t just any school - this school is the most expensive school in the world.
A place where an education amongst the childhood elite costs you a cool $170,000 a year.
And you thought Sydney private schooling was pricey.
The school, Institut Le Rosey is situated on the shores of the picturesque Lake Geneva.
It’s so beautiful you need those $400 Armani sunglasses to shield your eyes from what lays before you.
The co-educational boarding school, the oldest school in Switzerland, boasts 28 hectares of landscaped grounds, a day spa, a shooting range, a 1,000 seat concert theatre, 79 bedrooms each sleeping one to three students, with ensuites. It has eight science laboratories, two health centres, a computer generated greenhouse, an IT centre, a travel office, two cafeterias and three dining halls.
But the school, which is on a publicity blitz around the world trying to attract students insists their calibre of kid isn’t just about the moula. Seriously. You have to be smart too, supposedly.
Of the 400 students from more than 60 countries no more than 10% come from a single nation. The website for the school states “no more than 10% of students from one country or group of countries with the same dominant language are admitted.”
So if you meet the nationality test, and you can afford the $170,000 a year fees your child still needs to meet the entrance criteria.
Students are expected to sit either the International Baccalaureate (IB) or the French baccalauréat and subjects are conducted in either English or French. The entrance criteria states that only those who are expected to get into a university are offered a place.