Swiss, International curriculum
Ages 3 to 18

Obersee Bilingual School

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CurriculumSwiss, International
Languages of instructionEnglish, German
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Total first year fees: CHF 36,900

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
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: CHF 27,950
This school has more than one campus in Zurich:
Main Site Campus: Ages 3 to 12
Upper School Campus: Ages 12 to 18

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Ratio of local students to international students

35% local, 65% international

Max. number of students per class

Babycare: 8
Prekindergarten: 16
Kindergarten: 18
Primary School: 16
Upper School: 16

Language support for students not fluent in English and German


Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Latin, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Danish

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the grade level.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Waiting lists are common and therefore timely applications are recommended.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

OBS will evaluate and place each student based on an individual student’s needs, expert assessments and previous school history. In Primary School, trial days, ideally on both a German and an English day, are requested in the case of admissions to grades 2-6.

Admission to Upper School requires a Placement Test.

This assessment is used to determine the current level in the subjects German, English and Math as well as to test the student's cognitive potential and establish a personality profile. The detailed results are a useful instrument to assess the candidate. Underlining the child's strong points the results enable a differentiated analysis.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

OBS accepts students throughout the year and given that space is available.

External examinations or assessments available

Federal Matura examination with either a language pathway (English, with Latin or Italian) as well as a scientific profile.
Advanced Placement Program (AP)

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

OBS accepts all children regardless of ability, race, nationality or religion providing the child’s social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs can be met by the school and providing that the child does not have special needs which preclude success in bilingual education.

School start time

The school starts between 8:15 am and 9:00 am depending on the grade.

School finish time

The school finishes between 3:45 pm and 4:00 pm depending on the grade.

Supervised care before/after school

OBS offers early care from 7.15 am – 8.15 am and late care from 4 pm - 6.30 pm as well as supervised homework.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Drama, Lego, aikido, violin, Chinese, Zumba, playball, painting, French, kindermusik, soccer, art class, song and rhytm, Danish, piano, Spanish, clay class, photography, homework support

School provided lunches

Yes, OBS provides its students healthy snacks (dark bread and fruit, cheese twice a week) as well as a warm, balanced and healthy lunches prepared freshly on site every day.

Sports activities included

Physical education

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

OBS students experience a holistic, stimulating and supportive learning environment which nurtures the individual qualities and needs of each student and brings out the best in each child. OBS offers your child opportunities to develop the leadership, personal, academic, creative and practical life skills required in order to contribute successfully to a challenging, multicultural and multilingual business and world community. OBS encourages its students to strive for excellence in all that they do.

Teaching approach of the school

As a state-approved school, OBS provides a solid and challenging bilingual curriculum, combining clear goals from the Canton Schwyz curriculum with the best of international learning modules.

The curriculum guides and eases transitions between each department, from OBS youngest students to those in the Upper school, providing a truly outstanding learning experience.

Clear goals enable teachers to set appropriate levels of challenge. OBS students are encouraged to question, discover, explore, to think deeply. Through a combination of collaborative learning or individual work, the learning environment supports a love of learning, success and a wish to learn more.