Welcome to the Lower School
Welcome to the Lower School in Wadenswil.  At the Lower School you start with us in Kindergarten and stay with us to Grade 5 (age 11). You can then move on to the Middle School at Kilchberg.

To get a feel of what it's like to be a Lower School student at ZIS, have a look at our Lower School video.

Read what Lucy from Grade 5 has to say about ZIS.

Comments from a student

ZIS is a fabulous school where you can learn a lot and make a lot of good friends.

From third grade upwards you go on superb trips including an epic ski trip for three days every year, as well as really fun trips to Verbier, Leysin and Torgon for five days in Grade 3, 4 and 5. All these trips are packed with exciting and enjoyable actives such as; hiking, rope courses, outdoor games, water parks, rock climbing and much more.

The choice of activities at ZIS is just amazing. We have loads of different things to do at lunchtime. We can either go outside and play in the awesome playground, go to the library, join student council, do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month - write for the whole of November and publish your book on Amazon!) or go to the Art Room. After school there are tons of clubs you can sign up for, such as; dance (you can do fabulous shows for the whole school), cross country running, jewellery making, gymnastics, martial arts, swimming and much much more... You will never be bored in break or after school!

Learning at ZIS is done through the inquiry cycle which is when you start off with a big question then you research, present and reflect on your work and then do something to help by taking action. It is fun to learn like this because we get to present our work in our own creative ways and it is a good way to learn because we find out things ourselves.

In lessons we have iPads to help us with our learning. Teachers balance the use of iPads and the use of pen and paper very well. They use fun ways to teach us but we still learn as much as we possibly can. Lessons can very often be very fun. We play math games, reading games, etc.

People at ZIS are very friendly. There are so many different nationalities at ZIS so you can learn all about different countries. Every year, we have a United Nations day to celebrate where we all come from. The teachers are also very friendly and caring. They challenge you at your own level.

ZIS is great, we all like going to school there.

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Fun at the Lower School

We also like to have fun whilst learning at the Lower School.  Check out our Lower School Lip Dub to see the fun side of the school.

This video was the idea of one of our Grade 5 students for all the students at the Wadenswil campus - but remember, lessons are not like this every day!


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.



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Admissions - Prospective Families
+41 (0) 58 750 2531
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+41 (0) 58 750 2500
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Early Chlldhood Center
+41 (0) 58 750 2250
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+41 (0) 58 750 2200
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+41 (0) 58 750 2300
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