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is there a good well rounded book / website / etc that shows which schools/ districts are "good" around switzerland. our child is 2, and we are planning to move to zurich before he is school age. the schools will be a key part of where we land.

also, any thoughts on schools and in general living in the following places?
We would both commute to Zurich and looking for places that are closeby, where we can have some nice space outdoors, and good schools:

1) affoltern am albis,
2) regensdorf
3) adliswil
4) langau am albis
5) Ruschilkon
6) Thalwil
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It is a bit asking which McDonalds restaurant or Starbucks location is the best.
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is there a good well rounded book / website / etc that shows which schools/ districts are "good" around switzerland. our child is 2, and we are planning to move to zurich before he is school age. the schools will be a key part of where we land.

also, any thoughts on schools and in general living in the following places?
We would both commute to Zurich and looking for places that are closeby, where we can have some nice space outdoors, and good schools:

1) affoltern am albis,
2) regensdorf
3) adliswil
4) langau am albis
5) Ruschilkon
6) Thalwil
5) and 6) if you ask me. Both more expensive than the rest in terms of rent.

I mean, if you have and can choose.
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Actually it's not, but never mind.
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is there a good well rounded book / website / etc that shows which schools/ districts are "good" around switzerland. our child is 2, and we are planning to move to zurich before he is school age. the schools will be a key part of where we land.

also, any thoughts on schools and in general living in the following places?
We would both commute to Zurich and looking for places that are closeby, where we can have some nice space outdoors, and good schools:

1) affoltern am albis,
2) regensdorf
3) adliswil
4) langau am albis
5) Ruschilkon
6) Thalwil
The lower the tax rate, the more money the council has, the better the school infrastructure and, normally, the higher the rents in that place. Forget Adliswil and Regensdorf if the others are realistic options, not because the schools are bad but because Adliswil is practical but not very sunny and Regensdorf is, well, Regensdorf. Hard to explain why I'm not a fan but as a native, you have these weird prejudices against places. If I could afford it, I would opt for Thalwil or Rüschlikon.

But before you get all caught up in what I consider the frankly insane approach to getting a good state education in the UK and try to apply it here: Switzerland is not the UK.
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is there a good well rounded book / website / etc that shows which schools/ districts are "good" around switzerland.
No, there isn't. You can get crap teachers in the richest areas, and wonderful teachers in the worst. Stay away from small villages and you'll probably be fine.

We moved from a poorer, blue collar worker area to a rich, office worker area. The former offered challenges regarding the other kids, the latter we had far more problems with the teachers.

TL;DR 3 kids through 3 different routes through the Swiss education system, in 2 different communities. Where you choose to live makes little difference so far as schools are concerned. Just find a nice area, and be prepared to engage.
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Re: Education in Switzerland

Welcome to the forum!

You might like to work your way through some of the "sticky" threads on the Swiss education system, here: https://www.englishforum.ch/education/.

Swiss schools are, in general, fairly good to very good.

The three main factors which, in my opintion, bode well for any child's educational experience in Switzerland lie with the parents: their
  • willingness to learn the local Swiss language,
  • acceptance that "here" is different from "back there", and,
  • as NotAllThere put it so well, their being "prepared to engage".
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Forget Adliswil and Regensdorf if the others are realistic options, not because the schools are bad but because Adliswil is practical but not very sunny and Regensdorf is, well, Regensdorf.
I spent four years in Regensdorf, and not at the prison!

Only Ticino is better!

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Only Ticino is better!

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Adliswil's beautifully sunny, and has lots of natural areas for walking and cycling. Depending on which side of valley you like, you get either more morning sun or more afternoon/evening sun. Places like Thalwil only have morning sun. Also, the Sihl (our river) brings a lovely cool breeze along the valley in summer, keeping the temperature a few degrees lower than other places in the area.

The schools are okay, too.
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Re: Education in Switzerland

My Adliswil friend must be unlucky then, the only time I've had the sense of her place being flooded with sunlight is in the morning. Between Regensdorf and Adliswil I'd definitely pick Adliswil though. And if they decide to go ahead, there may be a pretty nice new housing development on the soon to be former Swiss Re sports grounds in the not so distant future, lots of green spaces around the buildings.

I would still prefer a lakeside location though.
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Re: Education in Switzerland

I have 2 children in primary school and it has happened to speak with colleagues from different communities in the cantons of Zurich, Aargau, Zug and Schwyz about the schools. We found that the education system is very similar, good quality. Search for a good place to live, the school will be good and ss very well said by doropfiz: "prepare to engage".
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I have 2 children in primary school and it has happened to speak with colleagues from different communities in the cantons of Zurich, Aargau, Zug and Schwyz about the schools. We found that the education system is very similar, good quality. Search for a good place to live, the school will be good and ss very well said by doropfiz: "prepare to engage".
Thank you, but it was not me but NotAllThere who coined that phrase: "be prepared to engage". Very good advice.
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Re: Education in Switzerland

When I found work in Zurich I moved to Baar, which is in Canton of Zug. We signed our daughter up to this place, which was excellent [pre-school]. Zurich HB is about 30minutes train ride from Baar on a very comfortable, double decker train.

https://steppingstones.ch/en

More than ten years on she is in Gymnase [6th form college] and hopes to go to University in the UK or maybe in Switzerland. [She wants to study English].

We're in no doubt that the "English" education she received at that point setup her up to excel at school.

We choose Zug because it has one of the lowest personal tax rates in Switzerland, a tax saving we subsequently spent on her education.
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5) and 6) if you ask me. Both more expensive than the rest in terms of rent.

I mean, if you have and can choose.
Rüschlikon and Thalwil are areas that are very popular with international families. Ironically, there are now so many Expats living in these two locations that some parents have been complaining about the high number of English speakers in local schools!
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is there a good well rounded book / website / etc that shows which schools/ districts are "good" around switzerland. our child is 2, and we are planning to move to zurich before he is school age. the schools will be a key part of where we land.

also, any thoughts on schools and in general living in the following places?
We would both commute to Zurich and looking for places that are closeby, where we can have some nice space outdoors, and good schools:

1) affoltern am albis,
2) regensdorf
3) adliswil
4) langau am albis
5) Ruschilkon
6) Thalwil
Yeah, there is such website. It's called "the good schools guide". There are many countries in it, all you have to do is choose switzerland.
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Rüschlikon and Thalwil are areas that are very popular with international families. Ironically, there are now so many Expats living in these two locations that some parents have been complaining about the high number of English speakers in local schools!
No area is perfect? The OP has asked which one(s) from their list is better and I answered. Of course we're all subjective blah blah but this is an internet forum for you.
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Yeah, there is such website. It's called "the good schools guide". There are many countries in it, all you have to do is choose switzerland.
On average, Swiss schools are probably better than schools in some other countries.
Only a really blinkered person though would state that all Swiss schools are equal.

Should we define 'good' though, which is what the OP requested, before making blanket statements?
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On average, Swiss schools are probably better than schools in some other countries.
Only a really blinkered person though would state that all Swiss schools are equal.

Should we define 'good' though, which is what the OP requested, before making blanket statements?
I define "good school" by the percentage of kids who make it to gymnasium. Some others might have different criteria.
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