Welcome to the Middle School

We would like you to get a feeling for what it is like to study here. Watch the videos and the pictures and read what Annabel, a current student has to say.

A Day at the Middle School

A typical day:

  • starts at 8:45 am and ends at 3:50 pm
  • excepting Wednesday when lessons start at 9.45 am.
  • each class is an hour long and usually occurs three times a week.

Classes:
Usually there are 5 classes, one break and lunch (usually 45 minutes). Exceptions are Wednesdays and Assembly days. Classes every day include:

  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • English / EAL
  • Science
  • PE
  • German
  • Electives: e.g., French, Spanish,Drama, Art, Digital Art, Movie-Making, Choir and Orchestra.

The school is reachable by car, bike, or buses 161, 162 and 165. The stops for the buses are either Kilchberg Kirche or Rüschlikon (Säumerstrasse).

Life at the Middle School

Annabel J. wrote: After school there are a variety of clubs and activities you can choose from, ranging from math club to mountain biking. Last year I did Soccer in the fall and Track and Field in the spring. This year I think I will be doing Soccer in the fall, Basketball in the winter, and Track and Field in the spring. To keep the teams fair and at a good speed, there is an A team and a B team and you must try out. If you do not make a team you can always try a club that doesn’t require try-outs. But if you do make a team, it is a lot of fun because there are competitions almost every weekend. These competitions can be at ZIS, but more than half of the time they are in neighboring countries or cantons. I think this is the best part about the school. Participating in school activities can be like a vacation.

During the school year each grade takes a field trip in the woods for a week at the start of the year, and a field trip for a week to another country at the end of the year. Last year I went to Leysin at the start of the year and Spain at the end. I enjoyed both, but I liked Spain better. It was really cool because we got to see the things we had been learning about. Other than the week long field trips there are a couple field trips done in Zurich. This is nice because you get to learn the history and culture of the place you’re living in. It also helps you learn your way around the city.

Middle School Students in Spain