Frequently Asked Questions
Answers are provided below to questions we often hear. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact the Admissions Office.
Up to Grade 7, ZIS students are not required to have prior knowledge of English. Students entering Grades 8-10 must be able to demonstrate at least intermediate proficiency in English. Students entering Grades 11 or 12 must have near native English proficiency. For more information and an overview of the English as a Additional Language Common Framework available here.
What level of English proficiency must my child have in order to enroll in the English courses offered in the international Baccalaureate program?
The instructional language at ZIS is English. German is a required subject for all students in Pre-K through Grade 9. French and Spanish are offered as elective subjects as of Grade 6.
In addition there are mother-tongue language classes offered as part of our After School Program. At present in this growing program at ZIS, the language offerings are: Dutch, French, Spanish and Swedish.
School hours are dependent on the campus.
Early Childhood Center (Pre-School/Pre-Kindergarten)
Pre-School: Drop off from 8.30am to start at 8.50am – finish at 12.30pm on the half day program or between 3.00-3.30pm for full day.
Pre-Kindergarten: Drop off from 8.30am to start at 8.50am - finish between 3.00-3.30pm.
Children can be dropped off from 8.30am each morning and lessons start at 8.50am.
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the school day ends at 3.20pm. On Wednesdays the school day ends at 2.20pm.
There is an After School Care Program for Pre-School and Pre-K meaning that students can stay at school until 5.30pm for an additional fee.
Lower School (including Kindergarten and Grades 1-5)
Children can be dropped off at school between 8.30 and 8.45am each morning and lessons start at 8.45am.
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the school day ends between 3.15 and 3.30pm. On Wednesdays the school day ends between 2.15 and 2.30pm.
There is an After School Care Program meaning that students can stay at school until 5.30pm for an additional fee.
There is also an extensive variety of ZIS After School Activities at the end of the school day, included in the school fees. Private activities and music lessons are offered at a cost.
School starts at 8.50am, apart from on Wednesday when school starts at 9.55am. The school day ends at 3.45pm every day. There is a variety of ZIS After School Activities at the end of the school day, included in the school fees. Private activities and music lessons are offered at a cost.
School starts at 8.50am, apart from on Wednesday when school starts at 9.55am. The school day ends at 3.50pm every day. There is a variety of ZIS After School Activities at the end of the school day, included in the school fees. Private activities and music lessons are offered at a cost.
ZIS offers after school activities throughout the school year. A wide range of extracurricular activities and clubs are available to suit each student's interests. Students can participate in a wide variety of sports, music and art offerings, improve their fluency in a foreign language or join different charity groups. Every division offers age appropriate clubs, sports and after school activities. Visit the Student Life section of our website and Club and Activities.
At the Lower School and Early Childhood Center we offer an After School Care Program, where students are supervised after the official school day ends. You can find more information about After School Care on our website here.
Yes! The ZIS Parents' Association is a vital part of the school, supporting the ZIS community (students, alumni, faculty and families) in a variety of ways. It provides parent volunteers to: help with classroom activities (class parties, field trip chaperones, hands-on help for science or other projects, etc); help in libraries; support sports teams; and much more.The PA supports new families through its Welcome Committee and coordinates social and cultural events for families and adults within the school. The PA also offers a forum for communication among parents, the school administration and the Board of Trustees by arranging open forum meetings, as well as providing news and event information on its section of the school's website.
In order to support a successful collaborative partnership between the school and parents/guardians, it is important that the expectations of both members of this partnership with regard to rights and responsibilities are clear. These are published in this ‘Parents/Guardians and ZIS Partnership’ document.
As part of the initial application process students applying to Grades 8 to 12 who do not have English as their mother tongue will be asked to complete an English Placement test.
Subject-specific placement tests/screening might be required to place a student in the correct level of a course - ie. mathematics, foreign language and science.
If you should need to withdraw your child from ZIS an official withdrawal form is required.