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Obersee Bilingual School

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CurriculumSwiss, International
Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Yearly fees (G7): CHF 27,950
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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
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: CHF 27,950
This school has more than one campus in Zurich:
Upper School Campus: Ages 12 to 18
Main Site Campus: Ages 3 to 12

Address: Eichenstrasse 4C 8808 Pfaeffikon SZ Switzerland

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Number of students

420

Number of nationalities represented in the school

32

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

Native English and German speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and German

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Latin, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Danish

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the grade level.

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

Waiting lists are common and therefore timely applications are recommended.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

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)
SAT, TOEFL

School bus service available

Yes

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

Obersee Bilingual School is a German and English school located in Pfäffikon, Canton Schwyz. The students are educated in small classes by both native German and English teachers in an innovative, inspirational and international setting, using the newest in technologies and learning techniques.

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.

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