Following primary school, SIS Pfäffikon-Schwyz offers a bilingual secondary school programme, enabling students to complete their obligatory education. In a small and intimate setting at our secondary school, students are nurtured through their teenage years, developing a strong academic grounding, which prepares them for continuing their education at the SIS bilingual college or for an apprenticeship.
At SIS 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. Students new to one or the other language receive differentiated support to ensure that their language skills develop alongside their understanding of the subject matter.
A small, intimate setting allows our secondary students to flourish. They are extremely well supported by staff who know them well and nurture their development. Each student is guided carefully towards their chosen path. Within the school community, they enjoy additional levels of independence and at the same time act as role models to the younger children. In this way they develop their social, emotional and organisational skills from the many opportunities they have to take responsibility in everyday school life and special events.
In addition to gaining the ability to participate in bilingual 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 with technology seen as both a discrete and integrated educational requirement and with specific digital skills being taught and implemented in all areas of the curriculum. The use of an online platform allows students to seamlessly transition from school learning to homework and vice versa.
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.
Following our secondary school, students are able to pursue further education in English only, German only or both, as a bilingual student. They are ideally prepared for either continuing their education post obligatory school in our upper school through the bilingual Swiss Matura, an international pathway such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or for an apprenticeship position.
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.