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Help!! Trying to find school for 9 yr daughter

Hi, Im trying to find a good local primary school for my daughter who will be 10 in August.
We are moving to Reinach in July and have so far looked at the ISB which is fantastic school with wonderful staff and facilities but cost is going to be a concern.
So now looking at local schools. I cannot find a website or any info of local schools in our area and not sure (as im a newbie) where to look first..

Can anyone be so kind to point me in the right direction?

Thanks, very stressed Sarah (still in UK )
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Old 25.05.2011, 15:39
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Hi, Im trying to find a good local primary school for my daughter who will be 10 in August.
We are moving to Reinach in July and have so far looked at the ISB which is fantastic school with wonderful staff and facilities but cost is going to be a concern.
So now looking at local schools. I cannot find a website or any info of local schools in our area and not sure (as im a newbie) where to look first..

Can anyone be so kind to point me in the right direction?

Thanks, very stressed Sarah (still in UK )
You'll find that where you live determines where your daughter will go to school. Do you know in which Gemeinde you will be linving? The website should give you details about the local school(s).
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You'll find that where you live determines where your daughter will go to school. Do you know in which Gemeinde you will be linving? The website should give you details about the local school(s).

Hi, Thank you for your advice. I shall check the Gemeinde. Thanks again x
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Re: Help!! Trying to find school for 9 yr daughter

If you send your little one to public school, you won't have a choice. The school is automatically tied to the neighbourhood in which you live.
Pick your residence wisely, the quality of the school sometimes does depend on it.

Otherwise, since she's already 10, private school may be a sacrifice but it can be really worth it..... so keep her on the waiting list if you can.

Depends on the child, the school, the teachers, her ability to learn a foreign language, her feelings etc.
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Re: Help!! Trying to find school for 9 yr daughter

As above you will be allocated a local school depending on where you live! For my two penny's worth if you are here for some time I really think local school is the way to go. We arrived here with 3 girls aged 9, 6 and 3 all now attend local schools and my eldest was fluent within 6 months sometimes scoring higher than her classmates in German tests!! Wasn't easy at first I admit but now all three settled and happy and fluent! We are here for the forseeable so was an easy decision to make for us!
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Re: Help!! Trying to find school for 9 yr daughter

Given that you are moving anyway, it is a great timing to find a good local school area (there are plenty...), and find a home accordingly, no?

I have found the local schools to be absolutely great, especially after primary (where our own experience was not stellar). The language offering is excellent, teachers are good, and it allows the kid to integrate where he/she lives; no need to drop-off on the other side of town, friends are close-by...

Of course all depends from your child; she is the one who has to adapt there. I can only speak for mine, who did absolutely brilliantly without needing pushing, and now speaks 4 languages plus some... a whole world of private schools would not have accomplished that any better, and I would be short of some 200K.
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Given that you are moving anyway, it is a great timing to find a good local school area (there are plenty...), and find a home accordingly, no?

I have found the local schools to be absolutely great, especially after primary (where our own experience was not stellar). The language offering is excellent, teachers are good, and it allows the kid to integrate where he/she lives; no need to drop-off on the other side of town, friends are close-by...

Of course all depends from your child; she is the one who has to adapt there. I can only speak for mine, who did absolutely brilliantly without needing pushing, and now speaks 4 languages plus some... a whole world of private schools would not have accomplished that any better, and I would be short of some 200K.
I agree. Although, there are also really good private schools in the area, too. But pricey, the cash aspect is important, too. I would say multilingual private programs are not your typical international school, local bilingual (all sorts of language combo) private can be also extremely good.
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Re: Help!! Trying to find school for 9 yr daughter

As a mum who has put three kids through private school, from kindergarten to the end I would advise local school to around the gymi age and then reconsider. At least your child will have a local language skills and a bunch of kids in the locality who know her and you won't resent spending all that money on a glorified babysitting service and hopefully won't spend half your life taking your daughter to far flung locations for play dates.
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If you opt for the local Swiss school, make sure that they're aware that you're not there for just a few years - otherwise you may find that the teachers, understandably, have an attitude of "why bother". The Gemeinde will arrange and pay for extra German lessons for your children, if necessary. You should also think about investing some of the private school fees you're not paying on private tutoring - not just extra German, but also go through the other homework. One of the problems our kids had was understanding what was being asked for in the homework. Some of the methods of teaching maths, for example, are rather bizarre.
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Given that you are moving anyway, it is a great timing to find a good local school area (there are plenty...), and find a home accordingly, no?

I have found the local schools to be absolutely great, especially after primary (where our own experience was not stellar). The language offering is excellent, teachers are good, and it allows the kid to integrate where he/she lives; no need to drop-off on the other side of town, friends are close-by...

Of course all depends from your child; she is the one who has to adapt there. I can only speak for mine, who did absolutely brilliantly without needing pushing, and now speaks 4 languages plus some... a whole world of private schools would not have accomplished that any better, and I would be short of some 200K.
Yes we have found a house already to rent so this is the last huge thing to conquer...
Thank you for your advice. Yes my daughter is a fast leaner and i am very confident that she will fit in and pick up the language far quicker than myself. Thanks again.
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If you opt for the local Swiss school, make sure that they're aware that you're not there for just a few years - otherwise you may find that the teachers, understandably, have an attitude of "why bother". The Gemeinde will arrange and pay for extra German lessons for your children, if necessary. You should also think about investing some of the private school fees you're not paying on private tutoring - not just extra German, but also go through the other homework. One of the problems our kids had was understanding what was being asked for in the homework. Some of the methods of teaching maths, for example, are rather bizarre.

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