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Empowering Students to Become Lifelong Learners

Following primary school, SIS Basel offers a Matura and an international track within its bilingual secondary school in both tracks, SIS Basel’s secondary school builds on, deepens and expands students’ skills and learning goals from the primary level, thereby preparing them for graduation. While students graduate with the nationally recognised bilingual Matura (Hausmaturität) in the Matura track, they graduate with the IB Diploma in the international track.

Bilingual Secondary School

At SIS Basel secondary level, English and German are equally important, both as languages of instruction and in other parts of day-to-day school life. However, unlike in primary school, each subject is taught exclusively in one language. Great care is taken that students use both languages in as equal proportion as possible.

Transfer to the SIS Bilingual College or the SIS Bilingual International Programme

SIS Basel offers two paths for students wishing to continue their education after secondary school. Students whose performance meets the necessary requirements can transfer to the SIS bilingual college after the second or third year of secondary school without needing to sit admission examinations if they have not already been following the Matura track after primary school. After four years, they can graduate from the SIS Bilingual College with the nationally recognised bilingual Matura (Hausmaturität). As an alternative to college, students can continue their education with the SIS Bilingual International Programme, which culminates in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma after secondary school.


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Learn more: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)


Do SIS Swiss International School students have homework and when is it done?

At the lower year levels at SIS (kindergarten and primary school), homework is generally integrated into the school day. This takes place in designated time slots at the end of lessons as well as in the form of independent learning units during…

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Digital Skills and Language Diplomas

In addition to gaining the ability to participate in multilingual classes in a natural way, our students acquire solid and hands-on digital skills as well. They enjoy a general education that is both broad and deep, and also have the opportunity to prepare for language certificates in French.

Benchmarking Tests

At our secondary school, our students sit national and international benchmarking tests in mathematics, German and English and achieve good results on a regular basis. Some students also take part in international competitions in mathematics, history and other subjects. We use the results to analyse the effectiveness of teaching and plan next steps in learning. Results are communicated transparently to parents and provide a basis for individual objectives.

What Sets Our Secondary School Apart

  • bilingual secondary school
  • transfer to the SIS bilingual college: Matura (Hausmaturität)
  • transfer to the SIS Bilingual International Programme: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
  • double diploma: Matura and IB Diploma
  • benchmarking tests and competitions

Student Life

Spaces that Invite Learning and Activities that Endorse Our Culture of Learning

Student Life

Spaces that Invite Learning and Activities that Endorse Our Culture of Learning

We are convinced that the place where students learn has a decisive influence on how they learn. We therefore place great importance on an open school space that provides a welcoming atmosphere to students, staff, parents and guests alike, thus creating a pleasant overall environment. We cultivate multiple signature school events and regularly participate in activities that involve all SIS schools around the globe.


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