Clubs and Activities

Lower School Clubs & Activities

The Lower School ATAC program is open to students in Grades 1-5 (included in tuition) with After School Care available for all students in Early ZIS to Grade 5 (for a fee). The program offers activities, athletics (competitive and non-competitive), leadership opportunities and private mother tongue language clubs (please see tab below "Lower School activities").

To allow for a greater focus on age/developmentally-appropriate activities, students in:

  • Grade 1-3 will be able to choose up to two activities each season
  • Grade 4-5 will be able to choose up to three activities each season
  • mother tongue language clubs are counted as an additional activity.

There are opportunities for parents to view activities on offer and register their children online via PowerSchool prior to each season. Dates to register will be communicated through My ZIS Weekly News in the Community portal.

As we continue to refine the Lower School Athletics and Activities program (ATAC) there will be a number of changes and additions for the 2019/20 school year.

In 2019/20 the Lower School ATAC program will move from four terms to three seasons - fall, winter and spring. This will bring alignment with the Middle and Upper School, will result in an extended focus on each activity, and will reduce the number of registration periods.

Lower School Fencing

Lower School Activities

Activities

Imagination quest
Maths fun and games
Robotics, drones and programming
Science club
Shutterbugs photography
STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts & Maths)
First Lego League Jr.
Programming
Story workshop
Art makers and shakers
Cooking
Chess club
Jewelry club
Lego creation
Open drama
Drama, Musical
Origami
Sewing
Into the woods
... and more

Lower School activities

Leadership opportunities

Additionally, there are challenging leadership opportunities, and opportunities to represent the school, through Student Council, Mathquest, Model United Nations, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), and, new this year, Eco-schools, and the ZIS Sports Leaders program.

Athletics (non-competitive)

Basketball
Cross Country
Cycling
Diversity Dance
ZIS Dance troupe
Fencing
Gymnastics
Martial Arts
North American Sports
Rock Climbing
Soccer
Swimming
Table Tennis
Track & Field
Unihockey
​​​​​​​Ultimate Frisbee
Yoga

Competitive Athletics

As part of our activities program we also offer a competitive athletics program at the Lower School for older students in:

  • basketball
  • cross-country running
  • downhill ski racing
  • gymnastics 
  • soccer 
  • swimming
  • track and field

Selection is an integral part of competitive sport. Please read the selection philosophy for competitive sports.

Visit our competitive athletics program.

Lower School Track
Lower School ATAC season dates for 2019/20
  • Fall season (10 weeks): Monday, September 2 to Friday, November 15  
    (Middle and Upper School fall season dates are August 19 to November 8)

  • Winter season (12 weeks): November 18 to March 6
    (Middle and Upper School winter season dates are November 18 to March 13)
     
  • Spring season (10 weeks): Monday, March 9 to Friday, May 29
    (Middle and Upper School spring season dates are March 23 to May 29)

The Lower School season dates vary slightly due to a different registration process at the Middle and Upper School, where students register themselves.

Registration Dates for the Spring season:

Registration starts on Thursday, February 13 at 19:00 and runs until Sunday, February 23 at 23:00.

To see activities on offers and how to register, please log into Power School and follow instructions.

Middle School Clubs & Activities

The Middle School has an extensive extracurricular program, based around student clubs, recreational and competitive athletics, and the performing arts. Some activities take place during the school day and/or after school, while others require participation in a one-time event. Some activities are offered by season and others for the whole academic year.

  • In addition to competitive sports teams there is a range of recreational sports activities including rugby, swimming, soccer, basketball, snowboarding, fitness training and tennis.
  • Students register directly with the coach or activity leader at the Athletics and Activities (ATAC) sign up market which is held for each season.
Middle School Students Climbing

Middle School Activities

Activities

Art Club
F1 in Schools
First Aid and Life Saving
Geocaching Club
History Bee
Guitar Club
Jazz Band
Making Comics
Math Club
Middle School Musical
Model United Nations
Mother Tongue French
SAGA Lunch Club
Team Ghana

Recreational Athletics

Climbing
Kayaking
Recreational Badminton
Recreational Swimming
Recreational Tennis
Strength and Conditioning

Climbing

Competitive Athletics

As part of our activities program we also offer a full competitive athletics program.

Visit our competitive athletics program.


Upper School Clubs & Activities

The Upper School has an extensive extracurricular program based around student clubs, service learning, academics, athletics, and the performing arts. Some activities take place during the school day and/or after school, while others require participation in a one-time event. Some activities are offered by season and others for the whole academic year.

  • In addition to competitive sports teams there is a range of recreational sports activities includng soccer, basketball, snowboarding, fitness training and tennis.
  • Students register directly with the coach or activity leader at the Athletics and Activities (ATAC) sign up market which is held for each season.
Upper School Musical

Upper School Activities

Academics

Art Club
CISCO Programming
Climbing
Creative Writing Club
Critical Thinking Club
Debate Club
Design Club/ Makerspace Club
Discourse Forum
Equality Now
History Club
Kayak Club
Live Streaming Club
Magic Club
Model United Nations- Hague/Rome /Basel/Oxford
Programming Club 
Psyche Club
Red Cross
Robotics
SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Awareness)
Science Club
Student Newspaper (The Lion's Journal)
SYPT (Swiss Young Physicist Tournament) Club
Tech Club
TED EX
Yearbook Club

Kayaking

Service Learning

Amnesty International
Animal Awareness (WWF)
Barefoot Foundation
Cancer Research Club
Endangered Lions Club
Just One Africa
Habitat for Humanity
MSF (Doctors without borders)
National Honor Society
Nepal 
Operation Smile
Phoenix Speranta
Project Green
Student Council
Team Ghana
ZIS Cares

Performing Arts

Honor Music Groups
Lion’s Jazz Band
Music Academy (Private lessons)
Upper School Musical "Grease" - Performers/Backstage/Orchestra

Competitive Athletics

As part of our activities program we also offer a full competitive athletics program.

Visit our competitive athletics program.

Drama