Primary School

Our students, bilingual education and a healthy performance-based approach are central to teaching and learning at SIS.

At our bilingual Primary School, teaching is based on the curriculum of the respective canton. This state curriculum is supplemented by elements of international educational practice as well as by pedagogical standards developed by SIS. Students can transfer from and into the public school system at any time.

Bilingual Instruction

Each of our primary school classes has two teachers: one is a native speaker of German, the other a native speaker of English. The development of language skills in German and English is of paramount importance at this level, which is why we have developed our own bilingual reading and writing curricula. Furthermore, subjects such as mathematics or humanities are taught in both languages, ensuring that our students acquire a broad vocabulary. Additionally, French is taught as a foreign language from grade 5.
 

Diverse Teaching

In class we work with modern infrastructure and use different learning techniques. Our students also work with notebook computers. That way, students acquire new skills in a playful manner or broaden prior knowledge.
 

Further Activities

Yearly concerts and musicals enrich our school life, as do the many diverse reading activities in both languages. Various writing and reading challenges invigorate the school community.
 

Benchmarking Tests

From grade 3 onwards, our students sit national and international benchmarking tests, in which they regularly achieve very good results.
 

Transition to SIS Bilingual College

Students at our Primary School who have the necessary grade point average may transfer without examination to our Bilingual College in Basel or in Zürich.
 

Day School Structure

Lessons take place from 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., and school days are divided into regular intervals with time for learning, play and relaxation. From 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. we offer after school homework supervision. Afterwards, students can stay at school with supervision until 6 p.m.
 

Students studying together at SIS Swiss International School
Two boys laughing at SIS Swiss International School