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Best schools in Zurich, Switzerland

A snapshot overview of schools in Zurich 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. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.

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.

 


 

Inter-Community School Zurich  (pending)

PYP/MYP/IB Diploma: ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 850 pupils

Established in 1960, this international school offers the IB programme in English at all levels as well as a bilingual (German/English) diploma option. Roughly 50 per cent English but offering a comprehensive EAL programme. Accredited by the International Council of Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Zurich International School (ZIS)  (pending)

School adapted curriculum/IB Diploma/AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,300 pupils

Large school, based on three campuses around Zurich, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and approved by the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich. Consistently solid IB and AP scores from 500 students, from over 50 countries, in the Upper School.


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


 

Hull's School Zurich

IGCSEs/A-Level; ages 15-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 300 pupils

In the centre of Zurich and recently expanded to two locations, the school offers a four year programme, aiming at British university entrance but the exams are also accepted by Swiss universities. Founded by the father of the present owner in 1945, the students are composed of over 80 per cent German speaking and ten per cent non-Swiss nationals.

International School Zurich North

PYP/school adapted curriculum/IGCSEs/A-Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 220 pupils

Opened in 1999 but bought in 2019 by the educational group Cognita. which operates around 70 schools on three continents, 40 of them in Europe. An all-through non-selective school, including a sixth form, teaching students from over 30 different nationalities a part IB and part Cambridge curriculum.

Lakeside School Kusnacht

School adapted curriculum; ages 3-12; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 160 pupils

A bilingual (German/English) nursery and primary school, specialising in immersion teaching, located (unsurprisingly) in a town on Lake Zurich outside the city. One of two schools in the same ownership, which has also joined with theFreies Gymnasium Zurich (FGZ) to create the first bilingual middle school (grades 7 and 8) in the canton.

Swiss International School - Mannedorf

School adapted curriculum; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

A member of the eight strong Kalaidos Swiss Education Group (owned by the German Klett Group), which provides a bilingual (German/English) education for mainly German-speaking pupils. Students can move on to either the three year bilingual secondary programme or the six year college where they can aim for either the Swiss bilingual Matura or the IB Diploma.

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