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Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

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We are moving to Zurich in August 2016. I have two children who will be 5 and 7 at the time we move. They are English speaking, but we have taken the decision to place them in local Swiss schools in order for the to intergrate and learn German. We are looking at the following areas in Zurich, Aswegen have been told that these areas have a higher percentage of expats and so more likely to be able to make some English speaking friends.
Zumikon
Zollikon
Kusnacht
Hobrechtikon
Erlenbach
Herrilberg
Meillen
Can anyone recommend a Swiss local school/schools in the above areas that have a good intergration programme for English speaking children.
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

Hi there,
We are about to move to Zurich from London, and also have daughters the same age. We are looking at living in the same areas as you listed for the same reasons. Please PM if you'd like to get the kids together for a play date when you arrive as I'm sure it will make settling in a bit easier if they have kids they can play and communicate with early on.
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

Unless you have your kids go to an international school, there is not much choice. Where you live decides on where the kids will go to school.
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

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Unless you have your kids go to an international school, there is not much choice. Where you live decides on where the kids will go to school.
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FYI you can't choose the public school your kid'll go to, they'll be allocated to a school by the responsible authority.
Sometimes families want their kids to go to the school they live right next to and the authorities decide that no, the kids have to go to school at the other end of the city. This isn't something you can decide. What you can decide is where to move. Since you're getting into a loft anyway, I suggest looking around for the location you'd like to move to and then telling the relocation agent this. When and if you move from the loft to the new location, your kid might or might not have a longer way to school, he might or might not change school.

Generally in CH you can't decide
- which public school your kid goes to
- which class your kid is placed in in public school
- when you'd like to go on holiday (some cantons have joker days and others adamantly forbid e.g. leaving class on Thursday before the summer hols to catch a better flight, rather than on Friday like all the other kids, or returning late after holidays.

But your kid should be taken care of on the German class front irrespective of which school he attends. So I recommend relaxing, looking around once you come here and helping your son find German-speaking friends (neighbor kids, playground kids etc.) so that he can integrate socially and language-wise.

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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

My daughter attended here for many years when we lived in that area - was very easy commuting distance and allowed me to work full-time in the city as well, as it was full-day.

http://www.dinsle.ch/wer_0_en.php

Many of my friends children went there as well for years, and I can highly recommend it. It does have the usual fees for full-time day-care and school at that age, but cannot be compared in any way to an 'international' public school.

Worth taking a look at. My daughter is now at Uni, and it was one of the best choices we made to school her there.

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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

The 5 year old will be in kindergarten which is usually only in the mornings and maybe one afternoon a week.
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Old 09.05.2016, 19:31
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The 5 year old will be in kindergarten which is usually only in the mornings and maybe one afternoon a week.
One of the reasons why the Montessori option was great. Here an extract from their current info:


"For both Kindergarten (KG) and Primary School (all levels ), the Basic Offer encompasses the instruction and qualified care of the child from the morning arrival time of 7:30 am, through the lesson periods and midday break including food and drink (morning snack and
lunch) during the official school week (please see the vacation and public holiday schedule).

The general school material, with the exception of each student’s personal gear, is also included.

A separate fee is required for the optional “Supplementary Day Care” in Kindergarten and Primary School from the end of lessons until 5:30 pm (evening pick-up, including snack from 4 pm, and on school-free afternoons from 1 pm). Additional times can be booked on short
notice by using the Day Care Vouchers."

But, as mentioned it's not without fees - although certainly fits the "normal Swiss school system" more closely than an international school, while still being bi-lingual.
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

Thank you for your reply. I've had a look at their website, it looks like an excellent educational system to help children become completely bilingual, without the shock of being thrown in the deep end. I appreciate it.
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

I think your totally wasting your time and money with bilingual schools, the local schools will give your children extra german lessons,

you must expect to do a lot of german with them as non native speaking children get a lot of extra homework or else be prepared to pay someone to tutor them with their homework, which will be at least 30chf per hour

however the best way for them to integrate is the local system
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

Having considered the options of local Swiss schools vs bilingual schools and International schools, and having been to visit and discussing the matter with people living in Zurich as well as a relocation agent, and due to the young age of our kids, we have indeed decided to go the local school route. The local schools seem excellent, yes they do give extra German lessons to non-German speaking kids, and it's all for free! Thanks Mike I'll be prepared to do some extra homework with the kids - no doubt it will help me with my German!
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

My daughter went straight into the local system for Kindergarten and received excellent help with German here in Meilen. She's now in the fifth class and doing well.

As always, there are always going to be some not-so-good teachers thrown in the mix, but I don't think that's exclusive to Swiss schools!
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

Thank you for your feedback. It's good to hear about the positive experience you and your daughter have had. I absolutely agree, every school in the world has wonderful teachers and the not such great teachers. That's life.
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

At a younger age kids tend to pick up and integrate much faster. Being in the local area helps a ton with kids making friends and organising oneself as well. We had tons of help initially with some of parents pitching in tinhelp translate the information slips coming from school (all of which are in German but one gets the hang of it). We were lucky to get teachers who understood our limitations and we requested them for soft copies of all information which always made translating much easier. Saved me hours of scanning or typing.

Best of luck I am sure the kids and you will do great.
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

Our son goes to D'Insle's sister school (Sprungbrett), and we are extremely happy. It's expensive, but it's a real full-time school and a lot of things are included that wouldn't be in other public schools or in a public school.

For us it was a choice based on the Montessori approach after the Troll had a bad time in his previous (private) school. In addition he has French twice a week, one of the languages we speak at home, which he wouldn't be doing at his level in the local school.

Despite being bilingual it feels very Swiss, and most of the families are here long-term, there not that much turn-over from one year to another, and usually it's for kids that go to local school or move within CH.

If we changed, it would be for the local school not a traditional bilingual or an international school.
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Our son goes to D'Insle's sister school (Sprungbrett), and we are extremely happy. It's expensive, but it's a real full-time school and a lot of things are included that wouldn't be in other public schools or in a public school.

For us it was a choice based on the Montessori approach after the Troll had a bad time in his previous (private) school. In addition he has French twice a week, one of the languages we speak at home, which he wouldn't be doing at his level in the local school.

Despite being bilingual it feels very Swiss, and most of the families are here long-term, there not that much turn-over from one year to another, and usually it's for kids that go to local school or move within CH.

If we changed, it would be for the local school not a traditional bilingual or an international school.
Agree - my daughter has profited so much from this school, and still enjoys learning even while now at a World-wide top-class rated University in CH.
I've even learned from the concepts ;-).
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

Hi, me again.
My girls have just started in the Zollikerberg school and are loving it so far, despite the language barriers. Their teachers speak English and make a good effort to make the daunting event of coming to a new school much more welcoming by assigning a buddy who can help explain things in English in the beginning. They will have DAZ classes twice a week to learn important German in a fun and effective way. We are early days and so I don't know how long it will take for them to feel confident with the language but that aside I can see happy, interested children who look forward to going back to school the next day.
At this age, as long as they can play together friendships are easily formed and the Swiss kids at the school seem super sweet and helpful.
Hope that helps!
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Hi, me again.
My girls have just started in the Zollikerberg school and are loving it so far, despite the language barriers. Their teachers speak English and make a good effort to make the daunting event of coming to a new school much more welcoming by assigning a buddy who can help explain things in English in the beginning. They will have DAZ classes twice a week to learn important German in a fun and effective way. We are early days and so I don't know how long it will take for them to feel confident with the language but that aside I can see happy, interested children who look forward to going back to school the next day.
At this age, as long as they can play together friendships are easily formed and the Swiss kids at the school seem super sweet and helpful.
Hope that helps!
Do you mind me asking how the girls are getting on now? We are about to make the move. Do you like living in Zollikerberg?
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

Thanks Skylight for bringing this up again. Please could you share with us how the girls are getting on ? I have two boys attending to a bilingual school which is not cheap and i therefore look for some other options
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Re: Swiss Schooling in Zurich for 4 & 6 year old English speakers

Ah so maybe it was that bad coz then they left the country
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