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Rietberg Montessori School

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CurriculumsSwiss and Montessori
Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Age RangeAges 3 to 12
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Language of instruction English and German
Native English and German teachers
Extra languages (other than English and German)
Class sizes Average
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: CHF 31,200
to: CHF 32,880
Address: Rietberg Montessori Schule Seestrasse 119/121 8002 Zurich Switzerland
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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.
Before starting kindergarten, children have three introductory sessions of about 2 hours each day (over three consecutive days). Elementary classes invite children to a trial week. After the introductory days or trial week, a joint decision (principal, responsible teachers and parents) on the admission will be taken.

School start time

8:00 am

School finish time

Kindergarten: 3:30/4:00 pm
Elementary: 2:45/3:45 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
days. During childcare hours, the children can play outside or participate in afternoon activities offered by the school.

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

Physical education

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.
The aim of the school is to help the children become independent, self-confident and self-reliant human beings with a strong community spirit.

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.
Elementary school is divided into mixed age groups (lower elementary 6- to 9-year old children and upper elementary 9- to 12-year-old children). The children of each group are taught and assisted by three trained teachers. 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.

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