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CurriculumsInternational and Private
Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Age RangeAges 3 to 12
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and German
Native English and German teachers
Extra languages (other than English and German)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: CHF 12,600
to: CHF 26,160
Address: Lakeside School Küsnacht Seestrasse 5 CH-8700 Küsnacht Switzerland
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Max. number of students per class

Kindergarten 20/Primary 18

Average number of students per class

Kindergarten 20/Primary 18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English and German speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English and German


Additional language classes offered by the school

French (as of Grade 5)

Use of technology in the classroom

Used across subjects and specific computer science classes as of Grade 5. Students/teachers use interactive white boards, notebooks, IPads.

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)

On-line learning possible depending on need via Teams, Schabi, Zoom

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes (Primary Grades)

Approximate hours of homework given

Grade 1 - approximately 10 minutes, Grade 2 - approximately 20 minutes ... Grade 6 - approximately 60 minutes

Uniform required


Waiting list

For certain classes

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Enrollment is possible throughout the year.

Students can join after academic year begins


Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available

English - ISA (International School Assessment) / German and Mathematics - Cockpit

Results in these examinations

ISA - started in 2015. Cockpit - much higher than public/state schools.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No. Children learn about all cultures. Christianity is the dominant religion of the students.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?


School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Specialist for learning support and ESL and DaZ (German as a second language)

Learning support offered

Lessons during the school day in private or small groups as wells as integrated group lessons within the class.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Bilingual program itself is very challenging. Differentiation in lessons for children as needed.

Student access to education psychologist

School provides a network. Privately organized.

School start time


School finish time

15.30 with the exception of Wednesdays which finish at 12:30

Supervised care before/after school

In progress.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

After School Clubs providing differentiated offerings (LEGO Challenge, Yoga, Gymnastics, Coding etc.) each symester.

School provided lunches


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

Yes (no Kosher).

Sports activities included

Physical Education classes / Swimming

Sports facilities at the school

None. Contract out local swimming pools / gym halls

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Bilingual, caring, challenging, hands-on.
Lessons are based on the Canton Zurich curriculum and are combined with inputs from international curricula resulting in a unique Lakeside School curriculum. Our bilingual programme is not limited to listening and speaking but also includes challenging requirements in reading and writing. The competences in the first language are thereby enriched rather than compromised. As a state-approved school, Lakeside School, under the supervision of the Canton of Zurich, meets the requirements and objectives of the local Zurich curriculum for all grades. The English curriculum does not refer to the curriculum of a particular country or that of international schools. The combination of elements from different Anglo-Saxon curricula ("International Standards") shapes our English teaching programme and in combination with the local curriculum has led to our unique bilingual curriculum. The principle of immersion teaching means that both German and English are not solely “language courses” but instead are the languages of instruction in all subjects taught (with equal attention given to both language per subject), such as mathematics, geography, etc. Our exclusively German or English native speaking teachers result in not only additional language skills and knowledge for our children but also provides different cultural experiences

Teaching approach of the school

A bilingual school which doesn’t stand still and is interested in open communication.

The Lakeside School possesses a clearly defined concept while remaining religiously neutral and is therefore not bound by any particular ideology. Due to this, we have a broad outlook and time to reflect and exchange ideas. Anyone interested in the fascinating model of the school finds an open ear with us. The school management and teaching staff are involved in a constant learning process themselves and are happy to consider the personal viewpoints of parents and children. As a result of their training, expertise and experience they are able to competently advise on how best to support the individual child. This commitment of getting to know and fostering each individual is very fulfilling and infectious. Due to the staff’s professionalism, children will increase their skills, knowledge and social competence.

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