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CityZurich - Zug
Leaving qualificationsIGCSE and A-Levels
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 14 to 18
Boarding available

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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications IGCSE and A-Levels
Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 15 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: CHF 82,000
to: CHF 82,000
Address: Grüzefeldstrasse 34 8400 Winterthur Switzerland

Swiss Boarding Schools Disentis & Zurich is a boarding school only.
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Number of students

We anticipate in 2024 a maximum of 20 students per grade (grades 9-12).

Number of nationalities represented in the school

We anticipate in 2024 to have at least 15 nationalities.

Most common nationality

We anticipate in 2024 to have an equal mix of European (particularly Swiss, German, French & Italian) and Asian (particularly Vietnamese, Thai & Chinese) as the most common nationalities. However, the student body will be global with students from all parts of the world.

Ratio of local students to international students

We anticipate in 2024 to have a ratio of 1:9 of local to international students.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

German, French, Italian.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom


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)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No. The school is multi-denominational and students of all religious affiliations are welcome.

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE and International A-Levels

Results in these examinations

96% IGCSE: Grade 5 or higher A Level: Grade C or higher

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

The timetable has 2 hours of supervised study per day (Monday to Friday).

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

The Head of Academics deals with the individual needs of our students and creates tailor-made learning plans.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

A Personal Learning Coach is provided for each student to meet regularly and cover topics that go far beyond the actual imparting of knowledge in a specific subject.

Student access to education psychologist

This area is dealt with by the Head of Academics and the Personal Learning Coach.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

Each student is interviewed and English language proficiency is also assessed.

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no official deadline for registration but early application is advised especially for visa requiring students.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, upon request and depending on availability.

School start time

Classes begin at 08:00.

School finish time

Classes finish at 16:00

Supervised care before/after school

Yes. There are two supervised hours of study per day (Monday to Friday). Boarding students have a member of staff available 24 hours a day seven days a week.

School bus service available


School provided lunches


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

Yes, upon request and availability.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

There are almost no limits to the sporting activities available in Winterthur: in addition to ice hockey, ice skating, tennis, athletics, football and American football, there is a gym hall for handball and floorball on site. We cooperate with local clubs that strongly encourage young sportspeople and whose athletes are repeatedly represented at world and European championships.

We work with the Winterthur Conservatory to support young people with musical ambitions.

At weekends, we organise communal activities in Winterthur and the surrounding area, arrange movie nights and much more. We also benefit from the wide range of cultural activities offered in the greater Zurich area with its diverse museums, theatre performances, sporting events and concerts, and various city festivals.

During the autumn, ski and spring holidays, we offer one-day and multi-day excursions, communal activities, and various sports activities.

Over the summer holidays, we run summer camps in Winterthur and Disentis.

Sports activities included

A wide variety of sports activities are built into a daily programme.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Facilities at the school

Science laboratories, music rooms, cinema, library, theatre.

Sports facilities at the school

On the campus in which the Winterthur school is located there is a 2000-seater indoor sports arena, one indoor and two outdoor ice-rinks, an indoor tennis academy, several football pitches and a running track and sports stadium.

Grades/ages available for boarding

Grades 9-12 (approximate ages 14-18).

Boarding facilities at the school

The boarding school in Winterthur is located in a new building on the WIN4 campus. All learners have en-suite single rooms with their own shower and toilet. Individual rooms have connecting doors that can be used if necessary. Boys and girls are accommodated separately. A member of staff is available on-site at all times.

The girls and boys have access to common rooms and a small kitchen: here, they can chat, play, read, foster friendships and make plans.

All meals are freshly prepared daily; we ensure learners have a healthy and balanced diet.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Our modern boarding school in Winterthur/Zurich is surrounded by top class sports facilities just outside the city centre, 20 minutes from Zurich Airport and just under 30 minutes from Zurich’s vibrant heart.

Winterthur/Zurich offers everything you could wish for in a city: a highly diverse range of cultural activities for all age groups, sports facilities of all kinds, a pretty, pedestrianised old town with lots of shops and restaurants, as well as attractive recreational areas in the surrounding forests and along the nearby rivers.

Teaching approach of the school

With small classes and a friendly atmosphere, we ensure that our young people enjoy learning and are eager to do so while developing their specialised strengths and personality in the best possible way. After two years of general education, your child will concentrate on the subjects that interest them – and, thus, prepare specifically for a university course that suits their strengths.

The typical day at the boarding school is structured as we provide your child with direct guidance. An attractive, campus-specific range of optional subjects and leisure activities enables us to strike a good balance and promote a sense of community. The language of instruction is predominantly English with German and English used for social interactions. Lessons are also offered in other languages.

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