Role of the Board of Trustees

 The ZIS Board of Trustees is the guardian of the school's mission. It is the Board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.


  1. The Board establishes, maintains, and promotes the school’s key mission documents.
  2.  The Board establishes and reviews the strategic orientation and policies consistent with the school’s mission.
  3. The Board reviews and adopts changes to foundation and policy documents that conform to legal requirements.
  4. The Board assures that the school and the Board operate in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, minimizing exposure to legal action.
  5. The Board creates a conflict of interest policy that is reviewed with, and signed by, individual trustees annually.
  6.  The Board is accountable for both the financial well-being and the financial future of the school, engaging in strategic financial planning, assuming responsibility for the preservation of capital assets, overseeing operational budgets, and participating actively in fund raising.
  7.  The Board undertakes formal strategic planning on a periodic basis, sets annual goals related to the strategic orientation, and conducts annual written evaluations for the school, the Director, and the Board itself.
  8.  The Board keeps accurate records of its meetings, committees, and policies and communicates its decisions, while keeping its deliberations confidential.
  9.  The Board composition reflects the strategic expertise, resources, and perspectives (past, present, and future) needed to achieve the mission and strategic objectives of the school.
  10.  The Board works to ensure that all of its members are actively involved in the work of the Board and its committees.
  11.  As leaders of the school community, the Board engages proactively with the Director in cultivating and maintaining good relations with school constituents as well as the broader community, and exhibits best practice relevant to equity and justice.
  12.  The Board is committed to a program of professional development that includes annual new-trustee orientation, ongoing trustee education and evaluation, and Board-leadership succession planning.



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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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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