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Honestly, I think it's a cruel thing to do to your teenagers. If you were to send them to a school where their mother tongue is prevelant, then no problem. However, sending them to a public school is really putting the pressure on your children and the teachers. Here we have Oberstufe (middle school). Students in the first Oberstufe are 12-13 years old and by the third Oberstufe, they are 14-15 years old and need to have decided in which direction they'd like to advance their schooling: gymnasium (similar to high school) or an apprenticeship with formal schooling 2 days a week.

Please reconsider sending them to a private school where they can use their English.
Some parents really have no choice about relocating. That is perhaps the only cruel side of all this, that the parents have no other options but to move.

I have seen (and personally experienced) families living apart because the educational needs of the children could not be satisfied any other way. Choosing local schooling options is not cruel, it is perhaps the only option financially available to this family. This is why I stressed to choose carefully. If need be, ask HR at the company to assist you with this important aspect of your relocation.

I have contacts at the department of education in the Canton of Aargau and I have done the research on integration programs for older children and looked at what options are available. For years families have been moving to this canton and only until a few years ago was the first international school campus established. International families have settled in the Baden region and chosen local schools because they had no other choice.
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technically not close to where we are staying and we only have such classes in bigger cities (e.g. Kuala Lumpur/ Penang) which is a tad too far from here...

Nick started his online basic tutorial lessons tho' but without a proper tutor, he could only master basic vocabs/ words instead of from the grammatical sense...

We do have books and audios tho' and I attended basic Deutsch classes back in 2002 in Zurich (Nick was in kindy then; I would be happy if he tells me today that he remembers what Frau Schmidt taught him!!!). Alas not! hmmm.

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Put an ad in the paper looking for a private German tutor. Seriously, any bit of German will help your kids be more prepared for Switzerland.
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