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 Zürich. 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 at SIS Zürich. 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.

Engaging and Varied Lessons

In our goal-oriented lessons, we use modern equipment and different learning styles. Working with tablets and interactive boards, 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 school life is enriched by our various project weeks and by our multi-class school assemblies that strengthen our school community. Educational excursions to the immediate surroundings further motivate students to learn more about certain subjects.


Benchmarking Tests

From grade 3 of primary school, our students sit national and international benchmarking tests and achieve above average results on a regular basis. Results are communicated transparently to parents and provide a basis for individual objectives, which are discussed in parent consultations with the teachers twice a year.

Transfer to SIS Bilingual College without Admission Examinations

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


Day School Structure

Lessons take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and school days are divided into regular intervals with time for learning, play and recreation. We also offer after school homework supervision from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Afterwards, the children are looked after until 6 p.m. They can choose from our varied selection of clubs or use this time to read, play, cultivate friendships, or relax.

Boys singing at SIS Swiss International School
Cheerful girl at SIS Swiss International School