Learning at ZIS

Learning Overview

The ZIS Mission and Philosophy underpins our curriculum and its design, review, development and delivery. Learn, Care, Challenge, Lead – these give us the parameters to question what we teach and how we teach in a complex and ever-changing global environment. 

At ZIS, learning is defined as a process that leads to a sustained and demonstrable consolidation or extension of conceptual understanding, competencies or character.

Our PS-12 curriculum is shaped and guided by our Learning Principles. Learning outcomes build logically through each grade, preparing students for the next academic challenge. The IB Diploma Programme is offered in Grades 11 and 12, together with Advanced Placement courses.

We want our students to be:

  • active, not passive, learners who are critical and compassionate thinkers.
  • inspired and challenged to develop a love of learning, and have this stay with them for the rest of their lives.


  • our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all ZIS learners.
  • it is relevant, challenging and engaging, allowing students to fully develop their potential in terms of the skills, attitudes, values and knowledge required to meet their current and future needs.
  • inquiry, problem solving, opportunity for creativity and team-working are key features.
  • learning opportunities are not restricted to the classroom.
  • information technology is fully integrated and utilized across all divisions.

While our divisions are based at different campuses, there is continuity and coherence of academic programs to ensure that a legitimate pathway is available for all of our students.

Our curriculum is dynamic and responsive – it evolves, responds and develops in accordance with the needs of our students and contemporary research into learning and teaching, while maintaining the highest international standards demanded by international accreditation agencies. The on-going professional growth of our highly skilled faculty is a key factor for improving curriculum and student learning.

Ji Han, Director of Curriculum and Learning

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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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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