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I have been approached by many parents who are living and working in Switzerland for the first time. Understandably, finding the right school for their children is of paramount importance. This page is intended to provide general advice, but every child and family has different needs, and I am happy to provide more specific guidance. If you would like to ask further questions, or raise additional points, please contact me.

1. The first, and greatest, decision is whether to send your child to a local Swiss school or to a private school.

Advantages of a local Swiss school

  • Learning a second language
  • Being educated in the local community and thus feeling in harmony with Swiss culture and social life
  • No fee: private education is costly, particularly if you have several children
  • In the long term, children who speak two languages are academically advantaged over single language speakers

Disadvantages of a local Swiss School

  • Problems learning another language: all children can learn a second language, but some take much longer to do so than others. Contrary to common belief, older children and adults learn languages more quickly than young children, but younger children are less self-conscious and more able to acquire an accent that is indistinguishable from a local speaker. Remember that children often acquire social proficiency in a second language within a year, but the ability to absorb academic concepts can take much longer. The ideal way to acquire a second language is to spend half of the week learning in one language and half learning in the other.
  • Being educated in a system that has a different ethos to European, American or International Schools. It can be difficult for older children to adjust to this change, and if they are returning back to their home country, or are likely to be moving again, an international school may provide more consistency.
  • If your child has special needs (dyslexia etc.) the Swiss education system will not meet those needs in the same way as schools in the UK and USA.
  • If your child is unable to achieve highly enough at secondary level, for whatever reason (e.g. dyslexia), s/he will have no choice to go to a school where s/he will learn a trade, e.g. carpentry, book-keeping, secretary, chef.

If you are even slightly worried on any of the above accounts take professional advice before opting for a Swiss school.

2. If you elect to educate your child privately, you will need to decide whether to send him/her to an American School, an English School or an International School. All of these schools will have a multi-national intake, but the examinations available vary (GCSE, IB, SATs) as will the ethos of the school. In some schools you will find the atmosphere more formal than in others, with children wearing uniform, having relatively formal meals (as opposed to self-service and free seating) etc. It is very important to visit the schools you shortlist, and to think about where your children will feel most comfortable and what sort of social and cultural values you want them to be exposed to.

3. For all schools, the following questions are very important, but remember there are no right and wrong answers. What is desirable for some parents may not be so for others, for example the size of the school. The larger the school the more facilities (in general), but smaller schools are more intimate and can feel less threatening.

  • Is the school on one campus or are children expected to move around?

  • How large is the school?

  • How many children in each class (Approximately 12-15 children per class is, in my view, ideal for social and academic development)

  • What is the ratio of trained teachers to children?

  • How many additional helpers in the classrooms?

  • Are teachers untrained graduates or have they received teacher training for the age group they are teaching? I cannot over emphasise the importance of this point: I have seen young, untrained graduates, trying to teach 5-6 year olds.

  • Do staff receive regular professional development?

  • What is the turnover of staff each year? Some change is healthy, but if you find a large number of staff leave each year this is not ideal.

  • Does the school have written policy documents on bullying, behaviour, literacy, numeracy, etc.? These are mandatory in the UK.

  • Does the school have a structured and uniform way of teaching reading, handwriting etc. that is followed by every teacher in every class thus providing continuity of education?

  • What provision is there for special needs, e.g. dyslexia, in terms of specialist teachers, room space and special equipment (computer software etc.)? Many schools are weak in this area in comparison to the UK and USA.

  • Does the school have access to:

A speech and language therapist?

An educational psychologist?

A counsellor?

  • Is the school up to date with IT provision, including computer hard and software? How many computers in each classroom?

  • Does the school have:

A well equipped library?

A gymnasium on campus?

Outdoor space (hard playground and grass)?

Extra facilities such as swimming pool, tennis courts, football field etc.?

  • What examinations does the school offer, and what is their success rate?

  • How many students stay at the school for the duration of their time in Switzerland?

  • How much emphasis is there on sport? Some children do so much sport, e.g. ski every day, that they are paradise for sporty children and the opposite for those who are not.

  • How do schools deal with the different religions and cultures that their students encompass?

How good is school security?

Does the school offer hot mid-day meals?

Does the school provide a transport service?

Who ‘owns’ the school, and how is it managed?

Remember, no school will score top marks for all of these items. You must decide on your educational priorities.


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