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Basel: Pros and Cons for ISB & SIS

Hello everyone.
I will be moving to Basel within the next 2 weeks and I do not know anything about these two schools that my 14 and 10 year old children could attend.
Any ideas anyone ?

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Old 18.06.2012, 10:11
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Re: Basel: Pros and Cons for ISB & SIS

I don't have kids attending either of these, but I can tell you what I have heard. Hopefully others will weigh in.

Basically, both schools have a good reputation (the SIS initially had a poorer one, but from all the feedback I've heard, that is no longer the case). The major difference is that the ISB is basically monolingual, and the kids learn German only as a foreign language. The SIS is bilingual German/English, with 50% of classes held in each language. Just based on that alone, maybe the SIS would be a stretch for the 14-year old.
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Old 18.06.2012, 10:48
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Re: Basel: Pros and Cons for ISB & SIS

I don't know anything about the two schools either (might as well get the bad news over first) but there are a couple of threads on here which might help you to get the picture. SIS or ISB for my son and in particular this post within it.
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Re: Basel: Pros and Cons for ISB & SIS

Some employers will not subsidise the fees of the AIS (mentioned in the post that Longbyt refers to), because it uses a local (rather than foreign) curriculum, so be sure to check whether that applies in your case.

By the way, summer holidays start in 2 weeks, so you might want to get into contact with the schools before then. School is back in mid-August.
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Re: Basel: Pros and Cons for ISB & SIS

I am not so sure the info about local employers not subsidizing ais is at all correct.

They do offer an international curriculum (not a local one) A Levels and IGCSE's - you can't get more international than that!
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A Levels and IGCSE's - you can't get more international than that!
That's British, not international. Just sayin... No arguments against the degrees as such though
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I am not so sure the info about local employers not subsidizing ais is at all correct.

They do offer an international curriculum (not a local one) A Levels and IGCSE's - you can't get more international than that!
That's only the college, from age 14. Until then, it is Basel curriculum - based on what they say on their website - and I know, ahem, of at least one employer that will therefore not subsidise the AIS pre-/primary/middle school fees. We are looking at schools now and have discounted considering AIS, as it would cost us 4 times as much as the SIS or ISB, due to the particular policies of our employer.

So, it's best for the OP to check that, if relevant to their circumstances.

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I don't know anything about the two schools either (might as well get the bad news over first) but there are a couple of threads on here which might help you to get the picture. SIS or ISB for my son and in particular this post within it.
Thanks a lot to everyone participating in this thread and more so to Longbyt for the above details.
I am still not clear on how to proceed, but I am thinking of contacting directly the schools and discussing my thoughts and reservations directly with the responsible persons. What is now most crucial, is that I need to move fast, considering that the schools summer vacations start beginning of July, exactly when I will arrive in Basel...

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Re: Basel: Pros and Cons for ISB & SIS

This thread has been brought to my attention and requires a post as it contains some misconceptions and incorrect information.
I am Principal of academia International School, Basel. We offer an international curriculum from Preschool through to, and including, College. We offer a combination of the Basel Stadt, Baselland and UK National Curriculum, enabling our students on leaving the bilingual section to move into our International GCSE and A-level programme (these differ to the standard UK curricula) or into the Swiss state sector. As we offer an international programme we are therefore recognised as an international school by the tax authorities.
According to regulation, ExpaV, of 3 October 2000, expats living in Switzerland and meeting the requiremnts as for all international schools are able to deduct, in full, the school fees of academia International School from their taxes.
This means that our school fees are not 4 times those of other schools and in fact, our fees are very competitive and lower than other international schools in Basel.
I hope that this clarifies our position as an international school in Basel for those looking for an international education for their children.
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Re: Basel: Pros and Cons for ISB & SIS

Just to let you know that the academic here ends Wednesday 27th June and not July,and also the process to access your children into the International schools are not an easy task.I have heard from parents still waiting to hear if their children have a place,although it may be for a different year,but I feel you may presume you have a choice and find out their is no place available.just a thought.
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Re: Basel: Pros and Cons for ISB & SIS

The principal of this school has sent us an email saying that information in this thread is incorrect.

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The facts are this:

We are an international school from Preschool through to, and including, College and we are recognised as such by the tax authorities who today, once again, confirmed that all academia International School fees paid by expats living in Switzerland are tax-exempt.

This means that our school fees are NOT 4 times those of other schools and in fact, our fees are very competitive and lower than other international schools in Basel.
For further details please contact:

Mrs. Sarah Taylor
Principal / Rektorin
academia Sprach- und Lernzentrum
Schifflände 3
CH-4051 Basel
Telefon +41 (0)61 260 20 20
sarah.taylor@academia-basel.ch
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Re: Basel: Pros and Cons for ISB & SIS

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This thread has been brought to my attention and requires a post as it contains some misconceptions and incorrect information.
I am Principal of academia International School, Basel. We offer an international curriculum from Preschool through to, and including, College. We offer a combination of the Basel Stadt, Baselland and UK National Curriculum, enabling our students on leaving the bilingual section to move into our International GCSE and A-level programme (these differ to the standard UK curricula) or into the Swiss state sector. As we offer an international programme we are therefore recognised as an international school by the tax authorities.
According to regulation, ExpaV, of 3 October 2000, expats living in Switzerland and meeting the requiremnts as for all international schools are able to deduct, in full, the school fees of academia International School from their taxes.
This means that our school fees are not 4 times those of other schools and in fact, our fees are very competitive and lower than other international schools in Basel.
I hope that this clarifies our position as an international school in Basel for those looking for an international education for their children.
This response is totally off-target.

I said...
  • My employer will not subsidise AIS school fees, because (see below) the AIS website said they were based on a Swiss curriculum.
  • For me therefore, AIS would cost 4 times as much as a school that is subsidised. This figure may give you some indication of the level of subsidy I am talking about.
  • The original poster should therefore check his/her own circumstances to ensure they do not have the same situation.
I did not say...
  • Anything about tax refunds.
  • That AIS school fees were more or less than any other school's for anyone else other than myself.
I also note that at the time of my writing, the AIS website said "The curriculum of the school is oriented with the official curriculum of the city of Basel". I can still see this text in the cached image of the page on Google. Since I wrote this, this has been changed to "The curriculum of the school is oriented with the official curricula of Basel Stadt, Baselland and the UK National Curriculum."

So, Mrs Taylor has chosen to become indignant about supposed "incorrect information", rather than admitting their website was (presumably) inaccurate and has now been fixed.

I'm happy to correct anything I actually got wrong, based on information that was available at the time.
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