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|Language of instruction||English and German|
|Native English and German teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English and German)|
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|Language support for students not fluent in English and German||
Rietberg Montessori School offers additional German language tuition to kindergarten and elementary children who do not have German as their first language. Children are encouraged and supported in their individual language acquisition process in small groups of 4 to 6 participants, or in private lessons according to their needs.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
|Entry evaluation for students||
Interview, trial days
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
Before a child may be admitted, the parents are invited to an extensive interview with the principal.
|School start time||
|School finish time||
Kindergarten: 3:30/4:00 pm
|Supervised care before/after school||
The childcare hours during school days for all age groups from 7.30 am to 6.00 pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) and on Wednesday from 7.30 am to 12.00 noon are included in the school fee, provided the child is enrolled for full
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
Contemporary creative dance, woodwork, music ensemble, chess, piano, violin, cello, guitar, magician's workshop, film project, kung fu.
|School provided lunches||
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
The kitchen team serves a vegetarian menu daily, prepared with fresh, seasonal vegetables. They lovingly prepare delicious, varied, child-orientated meals. There is always an alternative menu for children with allergies or food intolerances.
|Sports activities included||
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Rietberg Montessori School is a state-accredited day school operating under the auspices of the Department of Education of Canton Zurich. The Montessori curriculum fully covers the curriculum requirements of Canton Zurich and guarantees transfer to secondary school.
The activities offered to the children in our Montessori classrooms are based on the needs of children and encourage self-motivated and joyful learning. The materials developed by Dr Montessori support the psychic and physical needs of children at every stage of their development. With the guidance of the teachers and within the framework of a carefully prepared classroom environment, the children lay the foundation for their life-long learning process.
|Teaching approach of the school||
At Rietberg Montessori School, there are three mixed age kindergarten groups of children from 3 to 6 years. Trained Montessori staff teaches the children. The tuition languages are German and English.
English is an integral element in the school. In every class, there are both German-speaking and English-speaking teachers. From fourth grade onwards, a French teacher works with the class as well.