Sainte Croix des Neiges, founded in 1948, is a State-funded private Catholic school offering primary (École), secondary (Collège) and upper-secondary (Lycée) education to 250 pupils, both boys and girls. It welcomes boarders (full-time or weekly) and day pupils.

The school is located in Abondance, a village in Haute Savoie (Alps), 1 hour 20 minutes from Geneva and Annecy and 30 minutes from Lake Geneva.

In this exceptional setting and thanks to small class sizes, the school implements a specific teaching initiative whereby the pupils of Sainte Croix des Neiges, both French and international, receive the support of a teaching staff committed to the school’s values and success of each child.

The school motto “Confidence and Charity” resonates with more meaning today than ever. The Sainte Croix initiative is modelled on this motto, inspiring us to encourage pupils to give the very best of themselves.

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Our aim is to give our students the means to develop and succeed in their academic and future life. In small classes, we offer a disciplined method of teaching and educate pupils on respecting values while listening to the needs of others.


The mountains are an ideal setting for Sainte Croix des Neiges. We take full advantage of these outstanding surroundings, offering a variety of activities that enable each pupil to develop and gain confidence in their abilities.


Our school has a very international outlook. A large number of students come from abroad to pursue a quality education at our school. We cultivate exchanges between children from all backgrounds and encourage openness to others.


Community life offers common values and stimulates individual enrichment. We ensure that each boarder enjoys a reassuring environment, conducive to study and personal accomplishment.


France-Cote-d-Ivoire-drapeauWhen I arrived from the Lycée Français in Copenhagen, Denmark, I was warmly welcomed by the management team, staff and pupils of Sainte Croix des Neiges… as if I had been there forever!

I have a long and special relationship with SCN! I spent a number of very special years at Abondance, it’s like a family… We come from very different backgrounds but all have a strong feeling of cohesion.  It runs very deep.

The teachers at Sainte Croix des Neiges taught me discipline and the desire to succeed and excel. They guided me in my business venture and their advice continues to serve me today !

Felicien-Laurent Konan-Banny

espagne-franceWhen I arrived at Sainte Croix des Neiges from Spain, I benefited from a very strong academic structure and dedicated teachers who helped me pass my Economics BAC and prepared for business school.

I will never forget the superb environment, the feeling of camaraderie, the skiing, the football matches and pupils from around the world (Ivory Coast, Guinea, Lebanon, etc.). I just have one regret: to have stayed for only a year !

Pascal Belda

Sainte Croix des Neiges is an alchemy of buildings with a past, a setting, a rhythm and well-prepared courses with excellent and approachable teachers.

Learning Latin was a real help, allowing me to take a different approach to the French language.

Sainte Croix des Neiges taught me to respect my peers and their opinions, fully appreciate the environment around us, as well as our teachers and supervisors who were great !

Yves Zagatti

1009512-Drapeau_de_la_République_dIrlande I have just finished my transition year and can now honestly say that my time at Sainte Croix des Neiges was my best experience of the year and perhaps even my life! I have to say a big thank you again for everything you did for me and the Irish students.

It was an experience I will never forget. Thanks to you and the others, my French is much better now and I have more confidence in taking my BAC in the future. I have also improved on the slopes and now ski faster than my family !!!

Michael Dalton

eleve-france-australieThe rapport between the pupils was strong and warm.

It was a community from all backgrounds, from all religions, a real melting pot rich of different cultures.

Well done to my parents for sending me to Sainte Croix des Neiges, I believe today that I have succeeded in life !!!

Frederic Flipo

Contact us

Chef-Lieu – 74360 Abondance
Haute-Savoie – France

Phone number : +33 (0)4 50 73 01 20

Website : www.sainte-croix-des-neiges.fr