Role of the Members of the Board of Trustees


  1.  A trustee demonstrates a strong commitment to ZIS, through community involvement, financial support, and acting as a ZIS ambassador.
  2.  A trustee supports ZIS key mission documents (e.g. mission, philosophy, strategic orientation, and policies).
  3.  A trustee is knowledgeable about the school's goals and policies, including its commitment to equity and justice, and represents them appropriately and accurately within the community.
  4.  A trustee stays fully informed about current operations and issues by attending meetings regularly, coming to meetings well-prepared, and participating fully in all matters.
  5. The Board sets policy and focuses on long-term and strategic issues. An individual Trustee does not become involved directly in specific management, personnel, or curricular issue.
  6. A trustee takes care to separate the interests of the school from the specific needs of a particular child or constituency.
  7.  A trustee functions as part of a policy-forming, strategic board rather than part of an operations Board.
  8.  A trustee accepts and supports Board decisions. Once a decision has been made, the Board speaks with one voice.
  9.  A trustee keeps all Board deliberations confidential.
  10.  A trustee guards against conflict of interest, whether personal or business related.
  11.  A trustee has the responsibility to support the school and the Director and to demonstrate that support within the community. A trustee is an ambassador for the school to the community.
  12.  Authority is vested in the Board as a whole. A trustee who learns of an issue of importance to the school has the obligation to bring it to the Director, or to the Board Chair, and must refrain from responding to the situation individually.
  13.  A trustee contributes to the development program of the school, including strategic planning for development, financial support, and active involvement in annual and capital giving. A trustee makes the school a personal philanthropic priority.
  14.  Each trustee has fiduciary responsibility to the school for sound financial management.
  15.  A trustee understands the role of the Board in a non-profit environment (strategic & financial planning versus operational; establishing critical strategic priorities).
  16.  A trustee understands responsibilities (respects others, considers alternate views, acts as a positive team player, shows integrity, respects confidentiality, serves as a positive role model, is an effective communicator, and active listener).
  17.  A trustee recognizes fully that the Director is entirely responsible for carrying out all policies.
  18.  The Board delegates day-to-day responsibility to school officials and supports and protects school officials in the performance of their duties. Trustees refer all complaints and requests to the Director.

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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