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New to Basel with 2 kids, ages 9 and 11

Hi English speakers,

We are an English-speaking family who plan to move to Basel in 2019 and I would like to hear your experiences with kids (ages 9 and 11) who have been enrolled in public schools.

If you can also specify which area you live in and which school, that would be great! It will give me an idea of where the schools are and how close you live to the school.

Is there a map that shoes where the public schools are?

I understand that kids come home for lunch. Is that your case? How does that work out for you/kids, assuming both parents are working and aren't at home?

I understand that all kids are different, but your (and your children's) experiences are much appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old 04.11.2018, 11:15
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Re: New to Basel with 2 kids, ages 9 and 11

Welcome.

Your kids will be placed in schools that are allocated to the area you live in. So if you want them to go to a particular school, you need to live in that area.
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Re: New to Basel with 2 kids, ages 9 and 11

Arrived in Baselland with kids age 4,6,10. They've all successfully navigated the local educational system - the two oldest have degrees and are working. The youngest will start her degree next autumn.

Primary schools are within walking distance. Secondary schools may need public transport, but usually are also within walking distance. Only very exceptionally will children's schools be changed. Children are given assistance with integrations. Mine received additional German lessons - paid for out of taxes.

There are no lunch facilities or canteens at schools in reasonably urban areas. Children are expected to go home for lunch. Typically, the day starts at 7:30 and finishes around 4pm. For younger children, the school days are sorted. End and start times may vary between days and even semesters. Where both parents work, and neither can come home to attend to the children, alternative arrangements must be made - e.g. the kids go to a lunch club or some kind of day care.
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Re: New to Basel with 2 kids, ages 9 and 11

Are you here long term? And do the kids do well at school in their native language at home?
Kids with an affinity for learning languages can be dropped into the local system at age 11. For Kids who struggle with their native language (spelling, sentence structure, grammar) I personally would not recommend doing so.

My son came at age 12, repeated that schoolyear (would have been the youngest in his class otherwise), and is now in his 2nd year of an apprenticeship (age 17) and doing very well.Repeating that first year was very helpful, as he could concentrate on the language. In Math he was ahead in some areas but behind in others, so he could fill in the gaps this way.

Lunchtime programms are available in most areas (at a cost). Paying someone for your kids to eat lunch there (Tagesmutter, Home childcare) is also an option.

Thsi map shows the schools in Basel city. Blue ones are primary: http://www.volksschulen.bs.ch/dam/jc...e_vs_18_19.pdf

This map shows where in Basel most foreigners live: Schools in dark brown areas are extremely multicultural.
http://www.statistik.bs.ch/haeufig-g...uslaender.html

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Re: New to Basel with 2 kids, ages 9 and 11

Just to add there is Basel City and Baselland as places to live. They are different cantons and so have differing systems.

Public transport is regular, reliable and frequent, so if you are working in the city, you can still live outside. For professional people with children, you may find BL preferable to live in than BS. The taxes and health insurance premiums are lower for a start!
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Welcome.

Your kids will be placed in schools that are allocated to the area you live in. So if you want them to go to a particular school, you need to live in that area.
Thank you for this information. Is there a list online showing the public schools according to location?

swisscanmom, thank you. What an inspiration “success story”. Did you learn German so that you could help your kids?

Notallthere, this lunch club sounds like a great alternative. Do you know if most kids take this route, how much it costs, and is the food good?

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The taxes and health insurance premiums are lower for a start!
This is amusing. How much of a “discount” does living outside Basel City give?

Thanks again everyone for the very useful information!

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Re: New to Basel with 2 kids, ages 9 and 11

You might want to read this thread for an overview of the education system.

https://www.englishforum.ch/educatio...ol-system.html

Many of the main forums on English forum have sticky posts covering the different topics you will want to familiarise with.

This book is also worth reading

https://www.amazon.com/Living-Workin.../dp/1909282634

And this website is good for figuring out the relative costs of different areas of Switzerland

https://en.comparis.ch/

Also make use of the forum search, as many of your questions will already be answered.

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Re: New to Basel with 2 kids, ages 9 and 11

Thanks, Nick. I’ll be all over this forum and will order the book 😊
There is a lot of information, yes, but I was thinking some forum threads were outdated. For example, if new schools are built or new governing politicians who change the system.
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Re: New to Basel with 2 kids, ages 9 and 11

Your children will be allocated to schools according to where you live. You don‘t get a lot of choice in the matter.

The schools in Switzerland are very used to integrating foreign children - though as your children are slightly older the language learning might present slightly more of a hump than if you they were arriving as toddlers / preschoolers.

That said, and knowing NotAllThere personally, his children managed just fine with the system here. A lot depends on the determination of the individual.

It is worth you learning German as you will need to talk with teachers - and generally just live life - and not all teachers in Switzerland are comfortable with English.

The best attitude to have - in any new country - is, „they do things differently here“. Keep reciting it and you‘ll. be fine.

Personally I would choose to live closer to Basel - or close to tram / bus to Basel - especially while you are finding your feet. That will open up the social scene for you.

NotAllThere and I have friends who chose to live in a remote village outside Basel and ended up having a tough time at the hands of the less cosmopolitan yokels.

My son was born when we still lived in Basel and only reached school age after we moved to Zurich - so the others will know relative quality of schools in BL and BS.

HTH.
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Thanks, Nick. I’ll be all over this forum and will order the book ��
There is a lot of information, yes, but I was thinking some forum threads were outdated. For example, if new schools are built or new governing politicians who change the system.
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Notallthere, this lunch club sounds like a great alternative. Do you know if most kids take this route, how much it costs, and is the food good?
I've no idea. My wife was always at home for the kids.
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This is amusing. How much of a “discount” does living outside Basel City give?
Have a look here and see: https://en.comparis.ch/steuern/steuervergleich/default It can make quite a difference.

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NotAllThere and I have friends who chose to live in a remote village outside Basel and ended up having a tough time at the hands of the less cosmopolitan yokels.
Funnily enough, I know other people who lived there who had a great time - but then he was very handy with a gun...


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Have a look here and see: https://en.comparis.ch/steuern/steuervergleich/default It can make quite a difference.
This link is great, THANK YOU!!!
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