TASIS: The American school in Switzerland


The donation and transfer of the TASIS Schools and campuses to the TASIS Foundation, a non-profit Swiss foundation, was completed in 2004. In 2005 the TASIS Foundation Board changed the form of governance at the two TASIS Schools. The new governance structure created a Board of Directors at each School responsible for all aspects of the Schools’ operations with significant autonomy to direct the Schools’ activities, consistent with the broad but specific objectives of the TASIS Foundation.

The change in ownership of the TASIS Schools, now 100% owned by the TASIS Foundation, did not change the corporate structure of the operating Schools. The governance changes implemented in 2005 were put in place to further ensure the perpetuation of both Schools, which was the objective of the Founder, Mrs. M. Crist Fleming, and her family in donating the Schools and campuses to the TASIS Foundation. In reaching the decision on such non-profit status, the Board of the TASIS Foundation gave careful consideration to the TASIS history of entrepreneurial and managerial flexibility and independence provided by the existing corporate structure, a critical element in the sixty-year TASIS history of growth and success.

In addition, Board members recognized their duty to preserve and promote the Founder’s values and objectives in establishing the Schools and creating the Foundation. They were thus unwilling to subject either School to regulatory bodies and to regulations that could be governed by political considerations which could impose State directives in matters that have historically been the purview of the traditional independent school.

The TASIS Foundation Board established at the outset that, as a strategic objective, it would not allow any TASIS School to become dependent on fund-raising to support operating budgets. While common in most American independent schools, using an “Annual Fund” to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and operating expenses can create pressures that TASIS chooses to avoid.

It is confirmation of the strength of TASIS that throughout its history it has produced positive operating results. These operating surpluses together with prudent mortgage financing have funded the development of the TASIS Schools for the past sixty years. It is the Board’s judgment that these forms of funding will continue to be the primary sources for funding high-quality programs and campus improvements, together with fundraising where and as possible. We are very grateful to our alumni and TASIS families for their generous support in funding our beautiful M. Crist Fleming Library, the John E. Palmer Cultural Center, the Ferit Şahenk Fine Arts Center, and the Campo Science Center. We are optimistic that similar generosity will provide the funds necessary to continue to build the TASIS Global Village.


  • Climate control
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Minibar
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Satellite TV service
  • Electronic/magnetic keys

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