Zurich
International curriculum
Ages 3 to 18

Inter-Community School

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CurriculumInternational
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): CHF 38,700
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Contact email: admissions@icsz.ch
School's webpage: www.icsz.ch
Yearly fees: CHF 33,300

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

850

Number of nationalities represented in the school

50

Language support for students not fluent in English

Students who arrive at ICS with limited English skills are supported by the 'English as an Additional Language' (EAL) programme. This provides a caring, flexible and supportive environment to help students integrate socially and become successful academically.

EAL support is provided to help your child succeed in the mainstream classroom. EAL teachers and assistants help your child develop the language skills, learning strategies and cultural awareness needed to be successful at ICS.

Additional language classes offered by the school

ICS strongly encourages students to maintain and develop their mother tongue language. Mother tongue classes take place after school and, where possible, ICS makes rooms available for these classes. The school supports families by reimbursing part of the costs of recognised and approved mother tongue classes.

The school also offers language courses in German, French, Spanish and Italian.

Use of technology in the classroom

All students in Grades 3 -12 are given their own individual login and password to access the school network with school-assigned digital devices (iPads, desktops, Chromebooks and laptops). They are also assigned a school email account with ICS Google Apps for Education. This supports collaboration and communication with their teachers and peers.

Uniform required

No

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

ICSZ accepts applications at any time. However, ICSZ generally processes applications in spring for places in the following school year, which begins in August. The earlier ICSZ receives your application, the better your chances of getting a place.

Students can join after academic year begins

ICS encourages students to join ICS at the start of the school year in August. But it does have some students who join ICS at other times of the year, for example in January. In such cases, ICS processes the application during the school year if possible.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learning Support Department

Learning support offered

Encourage students with learning difficulties to recognise their strengths and talents;
Provide the necessary support for students with learning difficulties to access the curriculum;
Ensure that students with learning difficulties are fully participating members of the school community;
Establish and maintain strong links between home and school;
Encourage the students we work with to be responsible for their own behaviour.

School start time

8:35

School finish time

15:25

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

ICS offers many clubs and activities.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

Badminton, basketball, cross-country, netball, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, tennis, volleyball.

Sports facilities at the school

Gym

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Inter-Community School Zurich is a fully accredited and renowned international school in Zurich, Switzerland. It is the only school in Zurich offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme for Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Studies. As an IB World School established in 1960, ICS provides personalised education for students 3 to 19, including a bilingual diploma option. ICS' supportive community and rigorous curriculum prepares students to flourish in today's quickly changing world.

Teaching approach of the school

ICS is committed to developing the whole child within our culture of learning, high expectations, and care. ICS maintains a hard-earned reputation for outstanding teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement.

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