Mission and Philosophy

We are a learning community of students, faculty, staff, and parents. At ZIS, educational excellence commits us to Learn, Care, Challenge, Lead.


  • We learn by creating meaning, developing habits of mind, and acting on values.
  • We teach to multiple learning styles.
  • We learn to understand and to become imaginative thinkers.
  • We believe that effective teaching leads to meaningful learning, and that effective teachers continue to be learners.


  • We provide a caring environment for the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of our students.
  • We care for the world around us and our planet.
  • We value diversity and plurality of voices.
  • We are committed to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.


  • We challenge ourselves to be open to risk, change, and innovation.
  • We challenge ourselves to ensure the success of each student.
  • We challenge our students and teachers to share the responsibility for learning.
  • We challenge our students to exceed their own academic expectations.


  • We enable students, faculty, and staff to become confident and responsible leaders.
  • We lead with a clear sense of direction and purpose.
  • We lead through best practice and educational innovation.
  • We aspire to lead by example.

ZIS (with its predecessor schools) is the oldest accredited school in Switzerland, having been accredited since 1971.

About Us

With more than 1,450 students at four unique campuses, ZIS offers an extensive educational program with all the benefits of size but the intimacy of smaller settings.



We know that choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you can make for your child. Our Admissions Team is here to help and guide you through the process.


Learning at ZIS

At ZIS we recognize the unique and diverse nature of our students. That’s why accommodating the individual learning needs of each and every student remains our highest priority.


Student Life

Co-curricular activities challenge our students’ personal, social and physical development and encourage a greater passion for learning. Opportunities range from the arts to sports to outreach and service work and beyond.



ZIS has four unique campuses offering a personal experience to each of our students. Whether it is an old villa or one of our modern buildings, ZIS offers an age-appropriate environment for your child’s learning.



The ZIS community extends beyond our students and includes ZIS families, alumni, faculty and staff, corporate partners, neighbors and friends.



Once a member of our community, always a part of our family around the world! Our alumni include former students, former parents and former faculty and staff. At ZIS we welcome our alumni’s engagement and strive to help you stay connected with your ZIS.


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Contact Us


Admissions - Prospective Families
+41 (0) 58 750 2531
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Main Office
+41 (0) 58 750 2500
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Early Chlldhood Center
+41 (0) 58 750 2250
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Lower School, Wadenswil Campus
+41 (0) 58 750 2200
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Middle School, Kilchberg Campus
+41 (0) 58 750 2300
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Upper School
+41 (0) 58 750 2400
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