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CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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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 10 students / class
Maximum 16 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: CHF 19,900
to: CHF 26,900
Address: Lorzenparkstrasse 8 CH-6330 Cham, Zug Switzerland
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Number of students

100

Number of nationalities represented in the school

30

Most common nationality

UK, USA, Swiss

Ratio of local students to international students

1 : 7

Max. number of students per class

16

Average number of students per class

10

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Almost entirely

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

German and Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

We have access to laptops for every secondary learner as well as the use of tablets when appropriate. Students integrate technology regularly to support learning, including word processing and powerpoint, film and voice recording, video production and editing tools, and access to online databases.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, we are always prepared to make a quick transition to remote learning as required or as a recommended safety precaution.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

In Primary, students focus more on personal connections. In secondary, we believe that students should have a balanced life, and typically have 5-7 hours per week in grade 6, up to 13 hours in grade 10.

Uniform required

Only for sport class.

Waiting list

No

Entry evaluation for students

We are an inclusive school. Given no pre-existing diagnosis, assessments are conducted after enrolment to inform best instructional practice, and not as a barrier to admissions.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

N/A

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Rolling admissions process- applications welcome at any period throughout the year, given that places are available.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

ISCS just had its first graduating class, of which around 25% took a gap year and the rest went on to university

External examinations or assessments available

Cambridge English Exams, iGCSE exams, AS and A-levels; we are also a testing site so we can offer SAT and PSAT for college entrance purposes

Results in these examinations

92% IGCSE pass rate/94% pass rate of AS level

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We enrol students with tier 1 needs that can be accommodated in the classroom. Students with greater learning needs are typically first referred by the Canton before entering the classroom with the option of 1:1 support

Learning support offered

ISOCS has a learning support team. Incoming students who have a diagnosis undergo a 4-week assessment period that allows the school to understand who they are as a learner. We then work with the family and teachers to put an Individualised Education Plan in place for differentiated instruction, accommodations and, where necessary, 1:1 support.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Extended differentiations

Student access to education psychologist

We have an on-site guidance counsellor

School start time

8.15

School finish time

15.30

Supervised care before/after school

We provide after-school care until 18.00.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

It varies from season to season, but favorites include: Chess club, WorldCup Soccer, Basketball, Running, Language clubs such as French, German Booster, Mandarin

School provided lunches

We work with a supplier to have hot lunch service available every day, including a meat and vegetarian option.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Vegetarian and vegan upon request

Sports activities included

Basketball, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Swimming, Handball. For the After School Activities we also provide Football, French, Chess and more.

Sports facilities at the school

We use a range of local facilities that include a gym, a swimming pool and an athletics track.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

We often participate in different sport competitions with other international school--our teams consist of students split by grades. The advantage of this is that every student is given the opportunity to participate at all tournaments.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

ISCS was founded on the philosophy that every student deserves to shine-- and we have continued that tradition as we have grown. We are a family-centred school and pride ourselves on academic excellence and international-mindedness. The only British school in Zug, our small class size allows for the individualised learning that pushes our Cambridge test scores to the top.

Teaching approach of the school

ISCS is an authorized Cambridge school. We adhere to the principles and standards of academic rigour outlined in the curriculum framework. Our teachers are selected specifically for their ability to differentiate instruction based on the uniqueness of their learners.

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