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Newcomer to Geneva, 8yo daughter- what school?

Hi all

Thanks again & Congrats on this forum.
I'm moving to Switzerland next Month, and my family will hopefully join me after the Summer.
We have 3 children. One of them is an 8 year old girl (this March) who is currently in the 2nd degree, elementary school.
I would love her to go to a Swiss Class next year (12/13), with kids of her age. I would hate that she lost an year.
I'm considering putting her on French classes until the Summer, but I'm yet to understand how does the elementary teaching works on Switzerland . Could someone enlight me?
private is too much for my budget.

Thanks a lot!

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Re: Newcomer to Geneva, 8yo daughter- what school?

You child is the perfect age to learn a 2nd language

The local commune will put her in the local school close to where you will live.
Many communes provide for integration classes for foreign children to get them up to speed on the language.
You only need 6 months in the integration class, then she will go into the normal class
Within 1 year she'll be speaking really good French, you'll already be jealous
After 2 years there will only be the slightest trace of an accent
After 3 years the locals will think she's a local.

And she won't get behind on school work at all.
And the Swiss schooling system is fantastic. They have resources like you wouldn't believe!

PS: all of the above is based on personal experience.
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Re: Newcomer to Geneva, 8yo daughter- what school?

Without knowing where you will be living it won't be easy to give more detailed advice. Since you will probably be given a place at your nearest school it might be good to check out the schools you like and then get a place to live near one of them. However that might not be possible given the housing situation in Geneva.
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Re: Newcomer to Geneva, 8yo daughter- what school?

We are in Vaud canton, but perhaps our experiences will help a little: my 6 year old was placed in a regular 2nd cycle Kindergarten class with his peers to "learn as he goes along" while our 11 and 15 year old children were placed in an integration class with other non-French speakers to take intensive French courses. I agree with previous poster however that in Geneva it will be impossible to choose a home based on what school you may like. People don't choose their housing, but the other way around. You take what you can get. Good luck with all that.
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