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Zurich state primary schools: variables

We moved in August from Brooklyn NY and landed in Schindellegi (long story but a friend found us a place). It's been a bit of a culture shock and with both of us working in Zürich and missing city life, we'd like to move back in.

We have 2 kids, one starting Kindergarten and one that will be in 2nd Klasse in August. They both speak German and have been in the local school in Schindellegi. The transition has been fine for them.

Thing is, I was wondering how variable primary schools are in terms of quality in the city. I've heard of range of answers, including reference to gymi rates, and I know K6 and K8 have some of the highest rates. But can one be successful in a more mixed area, like in K3 or K4 (Sihlfeld area of K4, Wiedikon), and at least have many of the same opportunities (with the caveat that for all we know, we not stay in CH for that long of a duration--although we do like it here)?

We love the feeling of these areas, and we like and value the diversity. I think that if our kids can thrive, I'm more than happy to be in a place with a more mixed crowd (full disclosure, I grew up in a public school district in the US that was very homogeneous and academically competitive...and I was miserable, even if I was able to get into a very good uni from there. I wonder if the experience all around would have been better elsewhere, and I never wanted to raise my kids in a similar environment).

In NYC, it's very hard to have both...or at least that was my impression. Any insights here?
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Re: Zurich state primary schools: variables

School funding in the City of Zurich comes all from the same big pot. So in this respect the actual Kreis does not make a difference in the quality of a school.

Gymnasium rate depends more on the demographic of the Kreis then on the school.

But on the other hand demographic may contribute to the overall learning experience. If all kids have a good knowledge of German the teacher can focus more on content then on delivery of the content.

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