Following primary school, SIS Zürich offers two options at lower secondary level: a six-year college programme (Langzeitgymnasium) or a three-year advanced secondary school programme known as the progymnasiale Sekundarschule A, which prepares students for the four-year college programme (Kurzzeitgymnasium) and the IBDP.
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 are ideally prepared for continuing their education at college (Kurzzeitgymnasium). Depending on aptitude and preference, after the second or third year of secondary school A (progymnasiale Sekundarschule A) it is possible to continue the bilingual path in the SIS college (Kurzzeitgymnasium) and graduate with the nationally recognised bilingual Matura (Hausmaturität).
Students who after the third year of secondary school A do not continue their education at college (Kurzzeitgymnasium) or in an apprenticeship, can, after one IB preparatory year, complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and graduate with the IB Diploma.
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 English and French.
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.
Spaces that Invite Learning and Activities that Unterpin 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.