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questions about schooling in Geneva

Greetings,
thank you those who have answered my questions on other topics...
Now, we are on to the kids... they will be 10.5 and 7.5 years when we arrive (if hubby gets the job which he is short listed for)...

We wouldn't choose the equalivalent of international school when in New Zealand, and so, would prefer to have our children in local schools...

1. Could you please describe the school day and school week (i am not sure, specifically, what the long lunches, and Wednesdays mean).
2. Hubby would be working in Paquis-Nations... and the advise on EF is to live on the same side of the river (would you agree with this)... Are there any areas we should avoid living???
3. do you trust the officials to select a school for your children... are there any questions we should ask ... are there any schools which are better for english-speaking international children??
4. are there any other questions, which I don't know to ask...

Thanks for your time folks...
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Re: questions about schooling in Geneva

and... (sorry, I didn't get the questions out in one go)

if we have to move apartment/house, does that mean the child have to move schools, or can they stay???

How does the system work in Switzerland???


(in NZ, schools are zoned, and you need to live in the zone to be guaranteed a place at the school, but if you move out of zone, you get to keep your place)...

Again, thank you ...
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Re: questions about schooling in Geneva

I can tell you what I know about where we are in Canton St. Gallen. Might not be 100% valid where you are, but probably similar.

Long lunches here mean - kids are off at 11:45 and go back to school at 2 pm. If the have afternoon school. Both my kids only have afternoon classes on 2 days a week (and not the same days, mind you) but they are just in 2nd grade and the 2nd year of kindergarten.

I think pretty much everywhere there are no afternoon classes on Wednesdays, so that day is always free in the afternoon.

Probably where you are there will be better childcare facilities, where we are there really are no day care opportunities for the times when the kids aren't in school. Really, it is expected that one parent (the mom usually) is at home preparing the family meal for noon meal time...

I can't remember if you had other questions I could answer, but hopefully that gives you a little bit of insight. Oh yeah, you go to the school in the town/area you live in. Hope this helps...
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Re: questions about schooling in Geneva

1. Geneva does not have school on Weds. at all at the moment, although they finally decided to follow the rest of CH and voted to do the half day weds. morning, althought there is still some discussion on when it will take effect.
2. Generally recommend living on the same side of the river as work if at all possible, it is easier.
3. The school is decided on where you live, there is no choice in public school. If you move out of the area to a different cachement area you change schools.
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