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Moving (again) to Switzerland. Zürich this time. Any heads up about ISZN (grade1&6)

Hello forum,
We are back to Switzerland after 1 year in Copenhagen and 3 in Brussels.
Our previous experience was in Basel, this time it’s Zürich.
We have two kids (6 and 11). Unfortunately SIS Walisellen has no spots in 6th grade and we don’t want to have them scattered in different schools.
Our only choice is ISZN, which we have visited, looks ok even tough the playground is a pretty sad piece of a parking lot under the motorway bridge.
Any direct RECENT (went trough the older posts on EF and are 2012 and older) experience with Grade 1 and lower middle school?
Thank you all and looking forward to contribute again to the EF Gang.

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Re: Moving (again) to Switzerland. Zürich this time. Any heads up about ISZN (grade1

Hi Dr Prius

Wanted to know what have you done in terms of schools as we are going through your exact situation.. Relocating to Zurich after 4 years away. Can you please share your experience with schools which did you go for at the end.. Thank you in advance..

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Re: Moving (again) to Switzerland. Zürich this time. Any heads up about ISZN (grade1

We went for ISZN.
So far so good, they are a little messy because the heatwave fried their computers over the summer, but now all is going back to normal.
Primary school is a nice environment classes of about 15 children.
Secondary school is in an adjacent (200 mt down the road) building. In 6th grade there are only 13 kids and my son is enjoying his start. They have pretty decent facilities, a good science lab and for PE they go to the Walisellen Sport Zentrum which have incredible facilities.
This was not our first choice though. We wanted to send the kids to the SIS because of the bilingual teaching. Here the do german and french classes, but our past experience with SIS Basel was great as our oldest son grew up effortlessly trilingual. He hasn’t practice german for 4 years (after copenhagen and brussels) and we hope he will get some of it back.
But we would like our little one who speaks english and french on top of Italian, to get a good german to socialize.
We will pre enlist them at SIS for next year since they were complete in 6th grade for 2018
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Update.
Finally got 2 spots in our original first option.
Bye bye ISZN, the experience of 2 years was terrible despite the best effort of the teachers.
The Cognita group acquired the school from the private owners at the beginning of the 2019 academic year, but the imprinting, the under-resourcing and the overall set up, especially in the Secondary, really keep this school as sub-standard.
The new Principal is a solid professional, and being part of a network can definitely turn around this “missed opportunity”, but we are not taking any further chances, we wasted 2 years of education for a vastly overpriced mess.
Stay away for few years until the figure it out.
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