Zurich
Swiss, International curriculum
Bilingual
Ages 4 to 14

Swiss International School - Pfaeffikon

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CurriculumSwiss, International
Languages of instructionEnglish, German
Age RangeAges 4 to 14
Yearly fees (G7): CHF 25,000

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
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: CHF 25,000

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Number of students

400

Native English and German speaking teachers

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

French

Use of technology in the classroom

In class SIS works with modern infrastructure and use different learning techniques. The students also work with tablets and computers. That way, students acquire new skills in a playful manner or broaden prior knowledge.

Uniform required

No

School start time

8:00 am

School finish time

3:00 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Before school care: Children can arrive at school from 7:30 a.m. onwards and use the time until school starts at 8:30 a.m. to play with their friends or prepare for the day’s lessons.

After school care: During after school care from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., students can choose from a range of leisure activities (reading, painting, playing, etc.) and clubs, or they can go outside for some fresh air and enjoy themselves in the playground. Children are supervised by a member of staff at all times.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Basketball, football, Lego, choir singing.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports facilities at the school

Playground, sports field.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

SIS Pfäffikon-Schwyz will be opened as a new school location in August 2016. During the start-up phase, preschool for five-year-olds and the primary grades 1 to 4 will be offered. Classes will be held in an interim - but nevertheless exclusive - building. As of mid-2017, the brand new SIS Campus adjacent to the interim building will be ready to house all school levels: a new construction meeting all the requirements of a modern educational institution.

Until completion of the school building in June 2017, lessons will take place in a well-equipped modular construction which includes a fenced sports and playground.

Teaching approach of the school

The SIS programme is based on the performance-oriented curriculum of all German-speaking cantons as well as on international curricula.

Each of the school's primary school classes has two teachers: one is a native speaker of German, the other a native speaker of English. The development of language skills in German and English is of paramount importance at this level, which is why SIS has developed its own bilingual reading and writing curricula. Furthermore, subjects such as mathematics or humanities are taught in both languages, ensuring that our students acquire a broad vocabulary. Additionally, French is taught as a foreign language from grade 5.