Who is the ZIS Bilingual Pathway for?
The ZIS Bilingual Pathway is a new, exciting addition to our Lower School community. It is for students aged 3 - 8 and will grow over the coming years up to Grade 9.
ZIS Bilingual is a unique pathway catering to:
- Families that have Swiss roots, and a global outlook or aspiration for their child
- For local and international families alike, that wish to make Switzerland their home, but also keep the door open for an international move
- For families wanting to provide a local and global university opportunity for their child at graduation
ZIS Bilingual is unique in how it focuses on German during the early years and up to Grade 2. From Grade 3 and up academic subjects are taught equally in English and German.
- We are now accepting applications for PreSchool, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 (children aged 3-9) for August 2023.
- The program will grow to include students aged up to 14 in the coming years.
- Fully accredited and approved Swiss curriculum (Lehrplan 21) combined with the high quality pedagogy and curriculum of our international program
- Our program has a strong emphasis on both social and academic German from PreSchool through Grade 2, moving to equal academic focus on both German and English from Grade 3 onwards
Mark Sturcke - Bilingual Homeroom Teacher
Find out more about the Lower School and ZIS Bilingual
Bilingual class teacher Mark Sturcke explains our holistic teaching approach.
Our new Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten class will allow them to develop both languages in a supportive environment.
Why ZIS Bilingual
This is an exciting opportunity for your child to benefit from a strong academic program in both German and English in an international environment, which offers local connections as well as a global outlook.
We aim to develop true global citizens who recognize the value of their local community. Your child will be open to different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives. They will understand the importance of inclusion and equity.
Outstanding and experienced educators who challenge and support each student based on their abilities and interests. Learning in English and German every day.
Where digital learning is integrated and new skills are learned every day. A comprehensive and well-supported online learning program when needed.
An international and welcoming community where students interact with and learn from children from all over the world and where parents are treated as partners.
Our extensive after school activities give every child the opportunity to follow their passion or find a new one. And it’s all included in our tuition fees.
Sate-of-the-art facilities such as performance rooms, classrooms and makerspaces; and access to sports fields, play spaces, and a forest.
Before and after school care (extending the day from 07:00 to 18:00 every day including Wednesday), lunch service, bus service, weekend and vacation programs.
What our parents say
Lower School Parent
My son is simply thriving at ZIS. He loves school, he loves his after school activities, his teacher motivates him … he has great friends. All of the support team are great! Quite frankly it makes me want to have a ‘do over’ – I want to go to ZIS myself!
Lower School Parent
This is a wonderful school. I can't believe how happy my boys are. Since they started at ZIS, there has not been one morning they have not woken up excited to go to school. And every day they come home with 'stars in their eyes' because something great has happened, or a teacher said something really nice to them.
New Early Childhood Parent
From day 1, it was clear that our daughter felt welcomed and supported. We love seeing her confidence grow and can’t wait to see how her curiosity and resilience will be nurtured further.
New Upper School Parent
The school welcomed us very warmly and we feel delighted to be a part of the ZIS community and fully trust that the school will continue successfully managing the COVID situation professionally and efficiently.
With a sci-fi novel under his belt, Leo can't get enough of the written word
Emerson loves Kindergarten and says her favourite time is when the class get to explore the forest.
Kindergarten teacher Allan Dee wants learning to be fun and fulfilling – whichever side of the desk he’s sitting on.
Henrik says before the MMUN conference, the biggest crowd he had spoken in front of was a school assembly.
Multilingual Valerie grew up speaking English and French, is now loving her German studies – and hopes to learn Italian in the future.
Max remembers lessons at ZIS as “amazing, relevant and relatable, being brought to life vividly”.
Small World - Michael. How the international experience led one man to his dream job - testing video games
“ The international experience I’d got from AISZ meant it was easy for me to put myself in the shoes of people from other cultures"
Nina's dedication to learning English has turned her into the “most happy girl”.
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We're Here For You!
Our admissions team would be delighted to meet with you via Zoom or a phone call to answer any questions you may have about ZIS Bilingual.
Please complete the sort registration of interest form and we will get in touch with you.