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 cantonal curriculum. 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 Education

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 lessons, we use different learning styles supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure. Students learn with the help of new technologies, such as tablets, laptops or online platforms and present their work on an interactive board. However, “conventional” lessons also have their place.

Further Activities

To foster a sense of community and social learning, we organise various events throughout all school levels. Besides several school assemblies throughout the year, our school life is enriched by project weeks, sports and snow days, lectures by authors, as well as our Christmas concert and our summer celebration. A valuable contribution to our community spirit comes from our committed students council that regularly orchestrates activities for the whole school, such as school competitions, a flea market, exchange platforms or other events.


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 SIS Bilingual College without needing to sit admission examinations.

Preparation Course for the Public College Entrance Exams

For sixth graders, we offer a preparation course for the public college entrance exams. In our course, we repeat and study all subjects of the entrance exams and have students take at least two mock exams.


Day School Structure

SIS Zürich-Wollishofen opens at 7 a.m. and offers a breakfast club until 7:30 a.m. Care is offered after 7:30 a.m., and teachers await students from 8 a.m. onwards. 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. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., children who want to stay after school can choose from a varied selection of clubs.

Lachender Junge an der SIS Swiss International School
Girl is thinking at SIS Swiss International School