ZIS is committed to excellence in education and the personal growth of every student. Our students learn in a multicultural community where each person is respected regardless of nationality, race, or religion.
Students discover the world, its people, and its cultures through direct experience. Through play, study, and the relationships they form, students at ZIS learn to appreciate their own strengths and to respect differences rather than fear them.
Combined with academic rigor, this experience extends outside the classroom and equips students for success and global citizenship beyond school.
- Upper School Campus for students aged 14 to 18
- Middle School Campus for students aged 11 to 14
- Lower School Campus for students aged 3 to 11, including an additional bilingual program for Kindergarten
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ZIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation World School and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on International Education. ZIS is also approved by the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich.
A strong academic program, centered around the traditional core disciplines, prepares students for entrance into colleges, universities, or other institutions providing tertiary education and training.
In addition, the school provides courses and learning support services which address the needs of a student body diverse in educational background and ability.
More than 90% of the graduating seniors enter universities and institutions of higher learning worldwide. For the latest exam results and university placement list read this profile and for the latest overview and financial information read our annual report available on our publications page.
Our state-of-the-art facilities and our locations allow for students to gain independence, and develop innovation and risk-taking.
Proud to be non-profit
ZIS is registered as a non-profit organization (Stiftung) in Switzerland and affiliated with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organisation in the United States.
Students attending ZIS enjoy living in the center of Europe and in or near the city of Zurich which is consistently named as one of the best places to live in the world, including being voted as the second best city for ‘quality of life’ in the Mercer's Quality of Living Survey 2019.
International Schools Assessment
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) International School Assessment tests the academic performance of international school students in Grades 3, 5, 7 and 10 in mathematical literacy, reading and writing.
The graphs below provide an overview of ZIS results compared to worldwide test scores. All ZIS scores were higher than worldwide scores in all four categories - Math Literacy, Reading, Writing A and Writing B.