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Two girls are playing and laughing together and have their hands intertwined.

Together We Laugh, Celebrate and Challenge Each Other

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.

Learning Spaces

The classrooms and special-purpose rooms in our landmark building have been tastefully renovated with contemporary furnishings and are equipped with advanced teaching technology. Under old chestnut trees, there is a cosy schoolyard for children to spend their time outside of school hours.

  • art studio
  • library
  • science lab
  • music room
  • computer lab
  • indoor sports hall with climbing facilities
  • gymnastics room
  • cafeteria
  • multipurpose playground
  • study and relaxation rooms
Secondary school students sing together with the music teacher sitting at the piano.
Kindergarten children sit at their tables in the colourful classroom.
In the library there are books on shelves and posters on the walls.
Two male students and a female student are experimenting in the laboratory and are wearing white coats.
Ein junges Mädchen sitzt vor einem Computer, nebenan hat sie ihr Notizheft. Sie schaut zum Notizheft und zeigt mit dem Finger darauf.
Children climb on a climbing wall and other children and the teacher stand below and hold the climbing children on ropes.
Three girls are playing on a round merry-go-round in the playground.
Dressed-up children stand in front of the school entrance of SIS Basel to celebrate the Basel Fastnacht.
Many children are standing in a row outside on the lawn. Three children are jumping.
Three girls create Diwali drawings on the floor at school.

Our School Traditions and Signature Events

We aim to foster a sense of community at the school in a variety of ways: weekly school assemblies, projects involving different class groups, and theme weeks on a variety of subjects. Reading marathons, sports days, winter and summer festivals – all are firm fixtures in our school calendar, together with the celebration of local and international holidays and traditions.

Annual school traditions at SIS Basel are:

  • SIS Running Challenge

  • Fasnacht

  • Summer festival

  • Winter festival

  • Chinese New Year

  • Diwali

  • Räbeliechtli parade

SIS International Activities

For our students, we organise numerous activities that promote international exchange. In particular, the SIS Cup and the annual Intercountry Activity provide a shared experience and a glimpse beyond the boundaries of a school.


During the SIS Cup, which spans two days, the focus is on sports, fairness, and fun. Teams from all SIS schools compete against each other in individual and team disciplines, while everyone cheers, plays, sweats, and laughs.


In addition to sports, we also connect our learners through the annual Intercountry Activity. In previous years, we have organised international math days, a gift exchange, a storytelling exchange, a photo campaign, and an IT activity using Ozobots.


Furthermore, we recognise the three best written theses by SIS graduates with the SIS Best Essay Award. These written works are produced as part of the final examination for national university entrance qualifications or the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.


We will continue to develop exciting formats. Join us and be a part of it!

The SIS Cup floorball tournament takes place in a big school gym. The national flags of Germany, Brazil and Switzerland hang from the ceiling.

SIS Cup: sport, games and a lot of fun

Two boys fighting for the ball in floorball in a gym.

Team sports and individual competitions make for a good mix.

A girl photographs the viewer with a large camera. Her face is covered by the camera.

Photobook Activity: all photos were taken on 2 April 2019.

A girl and a boy concentrate on solving maths problems in front of a computer during SIS Maths Day.

Speed and logical thinking are in demand on Maths Day.

A group of pupils curiously bend over an opened parcel as part of the parcel swap activity.

Parcel Swap 2021: 96 SIS classes took part.

Extracurricular Activities

For a Varied School Day

Extracurricular Activities

For a Varied School Day

As a school, we are committed to doing everything we can to support children as they grow up and to provide a valuable complement to their family life. This includes offers such as lunch, homework supervision, before- and after-school care, flexible drop-off and pickup times, and exciting activities, even during school holidays.  


Learn more about our extracurricular activities

Two girls are drawing something on the floor outside.

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