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Middle School (ages 11-14)


Adaptable and forward-looking

Our programs are inquiry-based, which means that they’ll learn adaptable and transferable skills that they can bring with them wherever they go.

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When students love learning, it gets easier to reach excellence. We empower them to find the joy in learning. The ZIS Experience offers engaging challenges to help them grow, and support so they aren’t overwhelmed.

David Wood

David Wood
Middle School Principal

I love the energy of the Middle School and proudly lead a team of dedicated and skilled educators and support staff to help guide student learning and growth during these very formative years. We foster a love of learning and a willingness to try new and different things in a safe and supportive environment.Your child is unique and we personalize their learning journey to help them meet their full potential.

Academic Challenge

As every child gets older, they’ll be expected to learn more, and to a deeper level. But we want them to embrace it as an opportunity, not a chore. Every lesson that they learn should feel powerful, exciting and resonant to them. Because, if we achieve that, we give them a lifelong appetite for learning, which will make them more adaptable, inspired and curious.

Your child will be challenged and supported so they can achieve more than they thought possible. This happens through:

  • A well-rounded curriculum
  • Engaging local and international field trips 
  • A wide range of co-curricular experiences
  • Provided personal technology (laptop)
  • German instruction

We also make sure that each student gets the unique support they need. That might be:

  • Language support for English language learners
  • Learning support for students with mild to moderate learning challenges

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The Good Schools Guide International

"The community is welcoming and friendly, staff are well trained and committed, and the quality, purpose-built facilities support a healthy learning environment."

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School Day

  • Classes start at 08:35 and end at 15:50 (Wednesdays at 14:50)
  • After school activities until 16:30

We serve hot food, available for purchase in the cafeteria, or your child can bring a packed lunch.

Secondary Campus Handbook

ZIS Lower School student playing the clarinet

Finding their Passion

Sending your child to ZIS means you have chosen a place designed to prepare them to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We make space for our students to explore their sense of purpose through elective choices in the curriculum as well as outside their academics.

We know the classroom isn’t the only place that learning happens. Our distinctive co-curricular program means your child can test out new interests, or practice their passions. 

Whether honing a talent, learning to debate, exploring sustainable living, or helping others – we have it all.

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A view of the Middle School triple gym

Purpose-built Facility

We have built the future of learning with this brand new facility, which includes:

  • Flexible learning spaces
  • Media center
  • Triple gym
  • Design Lab
  • STEM classrooms
  • Music rooms
  • Theater

Easy access with public transport or our shuttle bus from Thalwil train station. 

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Welcome to the Middle School

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Make an Inquiry

ZIS Middle School student

We are here if you have questions about ZIS. Contact us to learn more.

Arrange a Visit

Two ZIS Middle School boys arriving at the Secondary Campus

Fill out our Registration of Interest Form to arrange a visit and learn more about how we make learning a joyful and challenging experience.

Joining ZIS

A group of ZIS Middle School girls

We have a diverse international community at ZIS. Find out more about what to expect day-to-day.