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Best schools in Zurich, Switzerland

A snapshot: schools in Zurich 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

Inter-Community School Zurich  (pending)

PYP/ MYP/ IB Diploma: ages 18 mths-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 840 students

Established in 1960, this international school offers the International Baccalaureate programme in English, at all levels, as well as a bilingual (German/English) diploma option. Roughly 50 per cent of the students are English-speaking and about 90 per cent hold Swiss passports although they come from a wide range of nationalities. 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)

Adapted curriculum/ IB Diploma/ ZIS Diploma/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,300 students

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 International Baccalaureate Diploma and AP scores from a cohort which is roughly one third UK/American. There are roughly 500 students, from over 50 countries, in the upper School, who can also earn a ZIS Diploma. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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 School Zurich (AIS)

Adapted bilingual curriculum/ A Level; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned

One of two bilingual (German/English) schools run by the Swiss Academia education group. In primary school the week is divided into two, with subjects taught half in German and half in English. Students continue to learn in both languages as they progress up the school and are taught the English A Level syllabus in the sixth form.

Hull's School Zurich

IGCSE/ A Level; ages 14-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 280 students

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 school is composed of over 80 per cent German speaking students and ten per cent non-Swiss nationals.

International School Zurich North (ISZN)

PYP/ adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ A Level; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 220 students

Opened in 1999 by a husband and wife team 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 International Baccalaureate and part English, curriculum.

Lakeside School Kusnacht

Adapted curriculum; ages 3-12; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 160 students

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 the Freies Gymnasium Zurich (FGZ) to create the first bilingual middle school (grades 7 and 8) in the canton.

SIS Swiss International School Mannedorf

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 students. There is the option to either move on to the three year bilingual secondary programme or the six year college where they can aim for either the Swiss bilingual Matura or the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Zug

Institut Montana Zugerberg

Adapted curriculum/ Cambridge/ Swiss curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma/ American High School Diploma/ Swiss Matura; ages 6-19; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; privately owned; 330 students

Founded in 1925, above the town of Zug, an hour from Zurich, as a bilingual (German/English) school with small class sizes and individual mentoring. Offering Swiss, American or International Baccalaureate graduation options. Former pupils include the US politician John Kerry and the founder of the Swatch Group. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and a member of the Boarding Schools Association.

Near St Moritz

Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz

Adapted curriculum/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers/ Swiss Matura/ Bilingual Swiss Matura (German/ English or German/Italian); ages 12-18; co-ed; day and boarding; independent; private non-profit; 300 students

Founded in 1904 and called the Institut Engiadina and only 22 boys walked through the doors on the first day. Girl boarders were not admitted until 1991. As its motto ‘mens sana in corpore sano’ suggests, sport and the outdoor life has always played a large part in the school. Offering an exceptionally wide choice of qualifications including two different Swiss Bilingual Maturas. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS).

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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