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 canton of Basel. This state curriculum is supplemented by elements of international educational practice as well as by pedagogical standards developed by SIS. By attending our Primary School, children are ideally prepared for the transition into our Bilingual College. 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 3.

Engaging and Varied Lessons

In our lessons, we use different learning styles supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure. Working with tablets, for example, enables students to acquire new knowledge in a playful manner and helps them deepen their understanding of what they have already learnt.

Further Activities

Our annual book week enriches school life just as much as the weekly school assembly, which fosters a sense of community across different grade levels. Moreover, our students have already won multiple awards at reading and mathematics competitions.

Benchmarking Tests

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

Transfer to SIS Bilingual College without Admission Examinations

SIS Primary School students who achieve the necessary grade average can transfer to the SIS Bilingual College without needing to sit admission examinations.

Day School Structure

Lessons take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and school days are divided into regular intervals with time for learning, play and relaxation. We also offer after school homework supervision from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. children can choose from our varied selection of clubs or use this time to read, play, cultivate friendships, or relax.

Boy laughing at SIS Swiss International School
Students studying together at SIS Swiss International School