A very warm welcome to SIS Zürich, a private bilingual day school with approximately 300 students, from kindergarten through to secondary school and college. The school community is characterised by a vibrant, appreciative and nurturing multicultural environment and represents more than forty nationalities. The bilingual educational concept of SIS Swiss International School has been successfully implemented here since 2005. Please take some time to explore our website and discover the many exciting facets of our school, and do not hesitate to contact us. I look forward to welcoming you and your family to SIS Zürich!
Katarina Guggenbühler has been working at SIS Zürich since 2010. Until 2017, she taught the specialised subject “philosophy, psychology, pedagogics”. In the 2015/16 school year, she became vice-principal and in the 2018/19 school year, principal. Katarina Guggenbühler comes from Karlsruhe, Germany. After graduating from high school, she worked for a year at a school in Leicester, England. She studied psychology and philosophy at the universities of Kiel, Zürich and Bonn. After graduating in Bonn, she moved to Zürich where she currently lives with her family. The direct contact and exchange with people, especially young people, has always fascinated her. The internationality and cultural diversity at SIS appeal to her very much. She likes to spend her free time with her family, in nature and horse riding.
Matthew Hall has been working as a primary school teacher at SIS Zürich since August 2015, and as part of the history teaching team for the Matura since August 2019. He took over the role of vice-principal in August 2022. Matthew Hall originally comes from Cornwall in the UK, earning his PhD in modern history there before moving to Switzerland with his wife. He then completed a master’s degree in international education. Matthew Hall has lived in Switzerland and taught at international schools for over 15 years. He is passionate about teaching and making connections with each student in order to forge authentic learning experiences. He appreciates the open interaction at SIS Zürich and is happy with the positive parental cooperation and support. In his free time, Matthew Hall enjoys playing board games, reading and cooking. During the warmer months he can often be found tending his allotment garden.
Head of Bilingual College
Head of Bilingual College
Shane Peter has been working at SIS schools for over seven years. He took over the role of CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Coordinator in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in August 2021 and as of August 2022 is the IB Coordinator and Head of College for the lower secondary classes. Shane Peter is half Swiss and half American and was raised in Colorado, USA. He completed a master's degree of education in sports management and a master's degree of education in linguistics and humanities. He has lived in Switzerland and taught and held leadership responsibilities at international schools for over 15 years. He is a strong believer in project-based learning and encouraging students to take an active role in their local community. Through CAS, his students promote several charities addressing local and global issues, plan and host events around the school and volunteer with the Red Cross to help integrate refugee children. In his free time, Shane Peter enjoys playing sports, reading and working on his many handicraft projects around the house.
Head of Primary
Head of Primary
Chloe Smith began her time at SIS Zürich in August 2022. She currently works as a primary school teacher alongside her role of Head of Primary, for which she works in close coordination with the Head of Kindergarten. Chloe Smith is originally from Yorkshire in the UK. She completed both her degree in English literature and her teacher training at Leeds Trinity University. After spending over two years as a primary school teacher and English subject leader in the UK, she moved to Switzerland with her partner in 2020, where she continued her career of working with children. She is a passionate teacher who is excited to be part of the SIS Zürich team. She particularly enjoys cultivating a motivated and supportive classroom environment where she can build true connections with each student. During her free time, Chloe Smith enjoys hiking with her partner, spending time in nature, cooking and reading.
Head of Kindergarten
Head of Kindergarten
Teresa Vogele has been working at SIS Zurich since August 2022. She works as a kindergarten teacher and head of the kindergarten level, in which role she works closely with the head of the primary school level. Teresa Vogele is originally from the district of Günzburg, Germany. She graduated as a curative education nurse from the state-recognised technical college in Dürrlauingen, after which she completed various further training courses in the field of early childhood education. After working for over two years as the head of an external residential group for children and young people, she moved to the kindergarten for eight years as a group leader. Teresa Vogele is passionate about supporting the children in their everyday lives, accompanying them and turning seemingly small moments into big ones. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding and skydiving with her partner and spends as much time as possible in nature.
Our educators make our educational concept tangible, every single day. Our dedicated team is committed to the individual development of our students. To keep our educational work at a consistently high level, our team regularly takes part in internal and external further training.
Education Is a Valuable Resource, Which Is Why We Value Transparency
SIS Swiss International School is a private educational institution that is financed solely from school fees and does not receive subsidies from the Swiss national or cantonal governments. We offer high-quality education as a service – and we are committed to offering this service in a transparent way.
At our day school, students are supervised between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The exact lesson and supervision times vary between the different year levels.
The school adheres to the official school holiday calendar of the canton of Zürich.
|Start of academic year||21 August 2023|
|Autumn break||9 October to 20 October 2023|
|Christmas break||25 December 2023 to 5 January 2024|
|Winter break||12 February to 23 February 2024|
|Spring break||22 April to 3 May 2024|
|Summer break||15 July to 16 August 2024|