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Kindergarten Public vs Private

HI,
I am new to Zurich, We have 4 yrs old son and looking for kindergarten school.
How can I know whether the school is public or private looking at thier website ?

Also, where can I get the list of all public schools nearby location from my house ?
Kindly help.

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Re: Kindergarten Public vs Private

I don't have kids, but from what I've read on the forum you'll be assigned to a public school by your commune/gemeinde so I'd check with them first. I'm sure they'll know of private schools in the area too.
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Re: Kindergarten Public vs Private

Check out this link from the City of Zurich.

If you are going to the public system, you don't really get a choice. You can write to the authorities if you have reasons for attending one school over another and they consider it. Reasons will include whether your child has siblings already in the school or if there is a busy road that your child would have to cross, etc.

Otherwise, you just go with where they place you.
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Re: Kindergarten Public vs Private

OK, understood, so they will assign me the school for my son based on our home location. Next question, are all public schools are only in german or there are bilingual public schools in Zurich ?
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Re: Kindergarten Public vs Private

The public schools only teach in the local language. Any kids struggling with German as a second language will get extra support during school time, or sometimes on a free afternoon, to get them up to speed.

In Zurich, English is taught from the second grade.
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Bilingual how? There are four national languages...
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Bilingual how? There are four national languages...
I'm guessing her question is Zurich-centric so German/English.
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Bilingual how? There are four national languages...
And here, kindergarden starts the day after one turns three, regardless of when it occurs, and school classes follow the calendar year, i.e cut-off date is 31/12.

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Re: Kindergarten Public vs Private

Go and see your Geminder office if you want a Swiss Kindergarten.
It will depend when your son was 4 (I forget the cut off date right now).
They can tell you where your local school is.
Or you can google your Geminder name and the word Schule and that should give you your local school which will also have kindergartens and make an appointment with the head teacher. The school will allocate you a kindergarten. You will probably not get a choice on which one.
Private e.g. You will have to pay I'm not so sure about it depends if you want English speaking, billingual, German speaking.
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