General Privacy Policy


The Montessori School Geneva Sàrl (MSG), Chemin du Curé-Desclouds 2, 1226 Thônex, Switzerland is the Data Controller of the personal data you provide to MSG. MSG determines the purposes for which, and the manner in which, any personal data (e.g., relating to students and their families, employees, suppliers, business contacts and other third parties) is to be collected and processed.

Personal data shall mean any information that relates to an identified or identifiable living natural person.

MSG’s Director of Operations, Alexandre Thommen, acts as a representative for MSG and as its Data Protection Officer. Responsibilities include: overseeing and monitoring MSG’s data protection procedures and ensuring they are compliant with Swiss data protection regulations (such as the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection of 1 September 2023), and EU data protection regulations (General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 or GDPR), each as amended or replaced from time to time. He may be contacted at

The categories of personal data that we collect and process include:
In general

  • personal identifiers (such as name, business affiliation, contact details and address)
  • payment details
  • content of MSG’s communication with you
  • engagement with MSG, including, events attended, donations received, volunteer service
  • cookies and other website usage data

Regarding students and their families:

  • personal identifiers (such as name, family relationships, contact details and address)
  • characteristics (such as gender, age, language and nationality)
  • attendance information (such as classes attended, number of absences and any previous schools attended)
  • assessment information (student reports)
  • relevant medical information (such as insurance information, health conditions, physical and mental health care, immunizations and allergies, dietary requirements, and medication)
  • special educational needs information (such as care or support plans)
  • safeguarding information
  • photographs and videos (see below)

Personal data is generally used for the purposes of managing our relationship with you, communicating with you and/or to provide you with information you may request from us. More specifically, in line with applicable law, personal data may be used for the following purposes and for other purposes compatible with the purposes described below:

  • to support student learning
  • to monitor and report on student progress
  • to provide appropriate first-aid and pastoral care
  •  to assess the quality of our services
  • to meet the statutory requirements placed upon us by the cantonal and federal authorities
  • to support our admissions process
  • to inform parents about events, activities, and other things happening in the school
  • to help investigate any concerns or complaints you may have
  • to establish, defend or exercise claims
  • to terminate our contractual relationship
  • build and maintain the MSG community
  • make you aware and inform you about our services, news, events, and activities

Personal data may further be used for any other purpose you give your explicit consent to, or for purposes that may be of a legitimate interest to MSG.

Most of the personal data mentioned is provided by you during the admission process and in the course of our contractual relationship or collected through the use of MSG online services. Insofar as permitted, we may also hold personal data about our business partners, students and their families that we have received from publicly accessible sources (e.g., social media channels), authorities or other third parties, such as other schools.

When submitting personal data please make sure that the data is correct. When providing personal data about a person other than yourself, please make sure that you are permitted to provide the data and that this other person is aware of this Privacy Notice.

Personal data is essential for MSG’s operational use. While the majority of personal data you provide to us is mandatory for the conclusion and performance of our contractual relationship, some of it may be provided on a voluntary basis. We will inform you when providing personal data is voluntary, or necessary to fulfill our contractual obligations.

Photographs and videos of students, parents and employees may be taken to record and share daily school life in the course of the school year. Students, parents, and employees may be identifiable in these photographs or videos. Such photographs and videos may be used for educational and internal informational purposes (e.g. keeping records of lessons, school trips, events, employee training, parent evening, internal newsletter via SIGNAL), for the identification of students, parents or employees for health related purposes (e.g. allergies), or for marketing and publication purposes, if and to the extent you gave us your consent where required under applicable data protection laws.

Personal data is stored in line with the Swiss data protection regulations and EU GDPR on servers located in Switzerland, EU-EFTA countries, USA and UK. MSG maintains appropriate technical and organizational measures to preserve the confidentiality and integrity of your personal data (protection against unauthorized or unlawful access or processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage, cyber-security).

MSG does not store personal data indefinitely; data is only stored for as long as is necessary to serve the purposes described above. It may be processed beyond the end of our contractual relationship to establish, defend or exercise claims (during the applicable limitation period), meet legal or post-contractual obligations, including legal documentation requirements, and to safeguard other legitimate interests of MSG.

MSG restricts the use of and access to personal data to those who have an absolute need to know in order to provide the services and serve the purposes described above (authorized personnel or agents). MSG will not share your personal data with any external parties other than set out in this Privacy Notice, or except with your explicit prior consent, or as required under applicable laws or regulations.

External recipients who MSG routinely shares personal data with are the following:

  • any company or provider where sharing the information is necessary to make payments or book benefits to you
  • schools that the students attend after leaving us
  • our local, cantonal and federal authorities to meet our legal obligations
  • the Swiss education authorities
  • the student’s family and representatives
  • educators
  • service providers to enable them to provide the service we have contracted them for (e.g., providers of IT services; academic service providers; providers of extra-curricular activities, school trips; tertiary education institutions)
  • our auditors
  • health authorities and child protection authorities
  • police forces, courts, tribunals

Where necessary, MSG will oblige external recipients to comply with this Privacy Notice and to process personal data securely and exclusively for the purposes allowed by MSG.

Transfer of personal data is usually limited to recipients located in Switzerland. However, transfer of personal data may occur to recipients located in the following countries: EU-EFTA, UK, USA. If external recipients or external service providers are located in countries whose legislation does not guarantee an adequate level of data protection, MSG will implement suitable safeguards in the form of appropriate contractual clauses, namely standard contractual clauses and model contracts for data transfers recognized by the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, in order to ensure compliance with this Privacy Notice and applicable laws.

Under data protection legislation, you have some rights regarding your personal data processed by us in order to verify the lawfulness of processing. In particular, you have the right to:

  • request information about your personal data processed by MSG
  • request a copy of the personal data MSG holds on you; this includes the right to data portability, i.e., the right to receive your personal data in a structured, commonly used format
  • restrict processing and/or object to the processing of personal data, in which case we may, however, no longer be in a position to provide any related services or perform our contractual obligations
  • request that your personal data is erased where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing
  • request that your personal data is amended if it is inaccurate or incomplete

Where the processing of your personal data is based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw this consent at any time. Such withdrawal of consent will not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before the withdrawal.

Please note that your rights pursuant to this section may be limited in order to preserve any preponderant interest of MSG or any third parties.

In addition, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection authority. The competent data protection authority of Switzerland is the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (


We use website statistic packages such as Google Analytics to analyse trends in how our website is accessed and utilised. Information monitored includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, kind of device used, geographic location of visitors, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, time spent on pages, and keywords used to find our site via search engines. This information is anonymous and cannot be directly linked to individual users. We may use it to identify high-use or low-use areas of the site, pinpoint problem areas of the site, analyse broad demographic trends in our visitors and make decisions about how to make it easier for people to find and navigate our website.

If you do not want analytics to be used in your browser, you can install the Google Analytics browser add-on. More information about the ways in which Google Analytics collects and processes personal data may be found here.

This website may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that MSG is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.

The MSG website may use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the MSG website.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

MSG has different accounts and profiles on social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing, Instagram, etc.). These sites and services are offered and managed by third parties. Each of them has its own privacy policy.

In addition, third-party services, such as Google Ads, Instagram, are integrated into the website of MSG. These suppliers also use cookies. When they use the website of MSG, users automatically transmit data to these suppliers. These situations are explicitly subject to the data protection rules of the suppliers concerned. Users must then be aware that data can be collected and transmitted to third parties. If a user is simultaneously connected to an account of another service, the information transmitted can be linked directly to this account.

MSG has no influence on the collection and use of this data. It does not know the size of the recorded data, where it is saved, how long it is, if any deletion rules are respected, what evaluations and associations are carried out with this data or to whom they are transmitted.

Instagram: Instagram, Inc. belongs to Facebook. You will find information on data processing in the following document: Policy on the use of Instagram data.

Google reCaptcha – under the name of reCaptcha, Google LLC operates services that allow the recognition and prevention of automated actions on websites. Privacy rules and terms of use for Google.


If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, we request that you raise your concern with MSG’s Data Protection Officer, Alexandre Thommen, via email at


MSG reserves the right to make changes to this Privacy Notice from time to time, for example in the event of new developments or new legislation. We recommend that you revisit this Privacy Notice from time to time. The applicable version is available on

This version was last updated September 2023.