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School strategy for three kids

We could possibly be moving to the lucerne area and needed help on whether to send our 8, 6 and 4 year old to public/private school. We are Americans and do not speak German. The 8 year old is smart but a spacey and has had problems in American school sitting still and paying attention to anything he is not interested in. The other two we feel could probably adjust fine. Are there public schools in/around lucerne that are better at integrating American kids or is this a deal breaker and I have to definitively negotiate with my future employer for 1/2/3 kids in private school...looking at the cost...they will most likely not pay for all three kids. Thoughts on this from families who have made the transition would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 25.05.2012, 23:12
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We could possibly be moving to the lucerne area and needed help on whether to send our 8, 6 and 4 year old to public/private school. We are Americans and do not speak German. The 8 year old is smart but a spacey and has had problems in American school sitting still and paying attention to anything he is not interested in. The other two we feel could probably adjust fine. Are there public schools in/around lucerne that are better at integrating American kids or is this a deal breaker and I have to definitively negotiate with my future employer for 1/2/3 kids in private school...looking at the cost...they will most likely not pay for all three kids. Thoughts on this from families who have made the transition would be greatly appreciated.

The question I always ask clients is how long is your intended stay here.
Private school is expensive, companies have different policies with regards to tuition fees so best to clarify this in advance.
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Old 25.05.2012, 23:17
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That is a good question. We will most likely stay for 3 years or more. I can't stay how much longer than that.
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Hi there, congrats on the job. We moved 18 months ago from uk and none of us speak German. Both out 6 and 10 year old children went into local school, with the integration class and focus on learning German for the 10 year old we felt this was right. 18 months on our 6 year old daughter speaks Swiss German fluently and integrated extremely well. Our 10 year old boy has struggled, admittedly he isn't the most smartest, but also not the stupidest (average) but the integration classes do not immerse the children in German and they generally are mixing with many other non German speaking children! He understands a lot but is not at a level to continue into teenage years in a wholly German speaking education. We are now looking to move to a bilingual school. One other thing to consuder is that the Swiss do not deal with disruptive children very well. I wish you the best of luck!
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That is a good question. We will most likely stay for 3 years or more. I can't stay how much longer than that.
If it was just 3 years, and your employer is not paying international school fees, I would send your children to local school.
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Re: School strategy for three kids

This is all great advice. Our 8 year old is pretty smart and I think he will pick up the language...the problem is really the sitting still part. It sounds like from reading some of the other forums that Swiss public schools are great and if the kids work hard and are smart they will generally get along well. I'm wondering if there is much bullying in the school system - since our kids will be foreign my fear is that they will be seen as different and be treated differently. Again, not so much worried about the 4 year old as I am about the older kids. They are mixed asian/white, but generally look like white kids.
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ThiI'm wondering if there is much bullying in the school system - since our kids will be foreign my fear is that they will be seen as different and be treated differently. Again, not so much worried about the 4 year old as I am about the older kids. They are mixed asian/white, but generally look like white kids.
I don't want to disappoint you but in most schools foreign children are not seen as much different because there are so many of them. Most of the schools I know have 20% or more foreign students, so the teachers and other students are quite used to deal with them. If you are still worried, go to see the school your children will have to attend and talk to the head teacher.
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Thank you everyone for your help! We will be moving to Cham in September. We can't wait and if anyone wants to hangout / has more advice let me know! I'm sure you'll have more questions.
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