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Best schools in Basel Switzerland

A snapshot overview of schools in Basel that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

These schools have been brought to our attention but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.


ELA Basel - Swiss British School of Basel 

Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 3 months-12 years; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 300 pupils

Established in 1993. Classes are primarily taught in English but German is introduced in the final year of pre-school and taught from the start of primary with an increased amount for older year groups.

Click here to read our full review of the ELA Basel - Swiss British School of Basel

International School of Basel (ISB) 

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit;

Founded in 1979 by entrepreneurial American, Janet Galli. The three IB programmes are delivered on separate, purpose-built campuses, all just south of the city. Junior school is in Aesch, Middle school is in Fiechen and Senior school is in Reinach. Successful IB results in 2018 with IB candidates scoring an average of 35 points against a global 29.8. Dually accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Click here to read our full review of the International School of Basel

Swiss International School (Basel) 

Adapted canton Basel/IGCSEs/IB Diploma/Swiss Maturité; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 pupils

Part of the SIS (Swiss International Schools) group now operating 16 schools in Switzerland and Germany with a roll of 3,600 students. Bilingual English/German flagship of the SIS group, opened in 1999 with the options of the IB or Swiss Maturité routes.

Click here to read our full review of the Swiss International School (Basel)

This school has been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing it.

Academia International Bilingual School

IGCSEs/A-Levels; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 180 pupils

Bilingual section of Academia International School (Basel), part of the Academia Group. Delivering an education, half in German and half in English with English predominating in the English-language college (the last four years leading to A-Levels). Curriculum based on the Cambridge International Curriculum and that of the Swiss Canton.

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