Upper School (ages 14-18)

ZIS provides the challenge and support to ensure you become your best self and reach your potential, whatever your interest or passion.

At ZIS, we see each student as an individual, with their own unique interests, strengths and capabilities. We also believe that students benefit enormously from being able to chart their own individual learning journey. This is why we do everything we can to help you make the most of the extensive options available.

Two ZIS Upper School students in a science class, one looking through a microscope
David Markus, Upper School Principal

 

We encourage our students to stretch themselves academically, while also stressing the importance of good character, care for others and leadership. We as a community have risen to the challenges of the time and shown great creativity and flexibility as we challenge our students to be resilient, open-minded and compassionate global citizens.  

David Markus
Upper School Principal

 

 

 

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Chart your journey

You create your own academic program at ZIS to suit your passions, abilities and ambitions, building on a solid foundation of core subjects. 

 

Courses in Grades 9 and 10 are developed by our teachers and aligned with international benchmarks. In Grades 11 and 12 our extensive offerings means you can choose from:

 

  • International Baccalaureate courses including the diploma and bilingual diploma
  • Advanced Placement courses
  • ZIS-developed courses

Upper School Curriculum

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State of the art facilities

Our purpose-built Upper School provides the facilities and resources allowing you to explore your subjects through practical activities with real-world focus, and to participate in sports, arts, music, languages and other pursuits. 

 

We have a range of flexible spaces which promote collaborative and independent learning.

 

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Find your passion

You can pursue your interests or discover something that might become a lifelong passion through our extensive co-curricular program. With more than 60 different activities including academics, service learning, STEM, performing arts, recreational and competitive athletics, there's something for everyone.

 

ZIS experiences and activities are designed to prepare students for real-world challenges, whether that’s learning to debate and discuss, exploring more sustainable living, or helping others in the local and global community. 

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University and Careers

98% of ZIS graduates go on to attend a three or four year university degree course in Switzerland or internationally and the University and Career Counselors work to guide you and your parents through the application process.

 

We will guide you to find the pathway that best fits your abilities, interests and ambitions. So, whether you're planning for university, a gap year, or military service, our counselors offer individualized academic planning and support.

 

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Work Experience

Every year, dozens of ZIS students gain real-world experience through our successful internship program

 

Grade 11 students are giving training in CV and letter writing and interview skills and then have the opportunity to apply for an unpaid summer internship at a variety of companies and organizations in Switzerland

 

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The ZIS Experience