International curriculum
Ages 3 to 18

Inter-Community School

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Total first year fees: 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
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Contact email: admissions@icsz.ch
School's webpage: www.icsz.ch/index.cfm
Yearly fees: CHF 33,300

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


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


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


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


School finish time


School provided lunches


Sports activities included

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

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

ICS is an IB World School offering the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes of the International Baccalaureate.

In order to provide a supportive & enabling learning environment ICS will:

offer differentiated programmes that are appropriate to a broad spectrum of learning styles and aptitudes and consistent with a non-selective admissions policy;
welcome a diverse student population, with programmes to support and enhance that diversity;
promote the principles of understanding and respect between individuals, communities, cultures and nations, and, in particular, reflect those principles in our relationship with our host community;
recognise that language proficiency is fundamental to international understanding, and therefore give support to second-language acquisition and to mother-tongue development.

Teaching approach of the school

ICS believes that students learn best when they:
- are engaged in meaningful learning experiences
- make personal connections to the content
- have a balance between acquiring skills and knowledge and learning through inquiry
- are required to use higher-level thinking skills, and
have an opportunity to reflect on their learning.