Primary school – for 6 to 12-year-olds

In the first years of school, from Grade 1 to Grade 6, we introduce, develop and build a solid foundation in basic academic skills such as writing and arithmetic. Teaching is individual and differentiated to ensure that it caters to all children, irrespective of their prior knowledge or pace of learning. No child should feel bored – and all children should not only understand the subject matter but internalise it as well.

In social studies and science, the children examine life’s big questions, exploring and discovering scientific phenomena, developing factual knowledge in diverse subject areas and expanding their general knowledge.

Language, mathematics, science and social studies instruction is split equally between High German and English and taught by native speakers. Generally, the language and teacher changes mid-week.

Music, crafts, drama, media and sports are taught by qualified professionals in German or English, depending on the teacher’s native language. French is introduced from Grade 5 and is also taught by a native speaker.

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Core elements of primary level

  • High proficiency in both German and English.
  • Preparation for entry to a public or private long-term Gymnasium or secondary school.
  • Strong subject knowledge, increased competences and social skills.
  • Ability to recognise own talents, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Acquisition of learning and working techniques for successful lifelong learning.

Schooling options after primary school

We keep all the doors open for your child, preparing them for the entrance exam for the public long-term secondary school (Langzeit-Gymnasium) or enabling them to transition to another private secondary school. Our secondary school corresponds in subject breadth and depth to a long-term secondary school. Here we prepare your child for the transition to the short-term secondary school (Kurzzeit-Gymnasium) or to one of our partner schools Academia International School or Swiss Academy Zurich.