SIS Swiss International School International Education – Local Insight

Proficiency in more than one language is an invaluable asset in our globalised world. By providing your children with a bilingual education, you help them make the most of your stay abroad.

In today's mobile, multinational and fast-moving society, it has become increasingly important for educational institutions to prepare their students for the challenges and responsibilities awaiting them in a globally connected world. While there are many independent schools in Switzerland that cater for the needs of an international clientele by offering a holistic education in English, at SIS Swiss International School we place equal importance on the local language and culture. By offering bilingual classroom instruction and peer experience in both German and English, we allow our students to grow new roots in the local environment without them having to give up their international background and outlook.

SIS Swiss International School is a private, bilingual day school for children from kindergarten through college, culminating in the bilingual Swiss Matura and optionally in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. With schools in Basel, the greater metropolitan area of Zürich as well as in the Lake Zürich and Central Switzerland area, SIS offers a platform for children from both local and internationally mobile families to encounter different languages, cultures and people with openness and respect. Since English and German are used in equal measure both inside and outside the classroom, our students are able to acquire a new language in a lively, yet structured environment and thus gain a natural as well as confident command of both languages.

Moving to Switzerland and especially the absence of a familiar language in everyday life can prove challenging for a family. However, by giving your children access to a bilingual education and enabling them to experience Swiss culture and build a local network on their journey towards becoming autonomous and committed citizens of the world, you can turn this challenge into a chance of a lifetime.

 

NEW BUILDING AT SIS ROTKREUZ-ZUG

In August 2014 SIS inaugurated its new primary and secondary school building in Rotkreuz-Zug. The school first opened in August 2012 in the historic Suurstoffi buildings. Now, eighty children from around the world attend lessons in German and English. The modern complex – featuring well-lit classrooms, a media centre and music, art and design studios, a science lab, and a sports and playground – provides a high-quality environment for effective, child-centred learning. From August 2015, it will also house a secondary school. The students were proud and excited to take possession of their new school, which is now ideally placed to accommodate SIS Rotkreuz-Zug's further dynamic growth.

 

Photos: © Palma Fiacco

Author: Dr. Ursula Gehbauer Tichler

Dr. Ursula Gehbauer Tichler is the CEO of SIS Swiss International School in Switzerland. SIS operates 16 bilingual, private day schools in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil with more than 3,400 students attending classes from kindergarten through to college.

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