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Best schools in Basel Switzerland

A snapshot: schools in Basel considered (but not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expats. 

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

 (pending) means that the school is on our list to review.

By full GSGI review, we mean school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final reviews 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 and descend on the school for an exhaustive visit. We are aware of the other schools on this page and we continually add or remove schools, as deemed appropriate.

International schools

ELA Basel - The Swiss British School of Basel 

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

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 - The Swiss British School of Basel

International School of Basel (ISB) 

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,370 students

Founded in 1979 by entrepreneurial American, Janet Galli. The three International Baccalaureate 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 Diploma results recently, with 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

SIS Swiss International School Basel 

Adapted canton Basel/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ Swiss Matura; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 600 students

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 for choosing either the International Baccalaureate or Swiss Matura routes.

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

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

Academia International Bilingual School

German/ adapted/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-19; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 180 students

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.

Black Forest Academy

Adapted American curriculum/ IGCSE/ American High School Diploma/ AP; ages 6-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 300 students

A Christian school, founded in 1956. Located in the German village of Kandern, close to the Swiss border and the city of Basel. Teaching in grades 1-4 is bilingual but from grade 5 onwards, the instruction language is English. Approximately 50 per cent of 9th to 12th grade students are boarders. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA).


Montessori; ages 3-7; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

A member of the International Montessori Association. Opened in 1979.

For more information on the schools above, please go to  each school’s individual entry on The Good Schools Guide International search.


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