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Re: Anyone care to recommend a state primary school in Zurich?

Do you know what salary is enough to live near Zurich (house) for family with four kidddies?
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Re: Anyone care to recommend a state primary school in Zurich?

My kids were 8 and 4 when we moved here. They offer great language programs to help kids who do not speak German. I think your kids will amaze you with their language skills.
I think my kids have a shot at Gymnasium if that is the direction they want to go but I have come to find out there are many options. Our oldest is now in 8th and we have met with counselors and teachers to help decide on his route. I have been really happy with the school here.
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You did not mention age of your kids. We are about to move there but heard that they make kind of selection in shools in year four. Our kidds are 10 and 9 now and we do not know if they will be able to pick up good level of language to continue with 'Gymnasium' later on....What do you think about this?

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Old 23.05.2013, 17:57
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Re: Anyone care to recommend a state primary school in Zurich?

We have a 10 year old and a 7 year old and live in Wiedikon. I don't know what sort of budget you have but we live in a big apartment complex with a school close by and can get along on a single (albeit decent) income.

At 10, our son qualified for an immersion programme in a middle school. He has to travel by tram to get there but because it's more than 1km from our home he is entitled to a free transport pass so he can travel alone. He is quite safe taking himself to and from school by tram (although I don't let him read books because then he'd forget to get off at the right place!). He is learning very fast and it is a bonus that he is alongside other children in the same situation, so they support each other. We had no say in his placement but we were very happy with it. He is entitled to one year of immersion learning and can be placed in our local school when we and the teachers think he's ready. We're aiming to have him in the same school as his sister for the next school year.

My 7 year old is in our local school. Apparently immersion classes only start at age 10, so she is in a mainstream classroom and gets small-group German lessons when funding allows. Currently she gets two German lessons per week, one during class time (so she misses out on the class activities at that time) and the other one afternoon when the other children finish at lunchtime.

I can't speak for all schools and teachers but we are very happy with their placements. The teachers are genuinely caring and work hard to help them integrate. They help with friendships and are happy to explain the inner workings of the education system to me.

One thing I would consider if you can afford it is putting the children into a Hort if it's available. It's a lunch programme so instead of coming home for lunch (which is standard) they stay at school, have a hot healthy lunch, and have organised activities or free play with their friends. I wasn't planning to but they are learning the language a lot faster because of this significant chunk of time every day where they are hearing the language while playing. Unfortunately it does cost a bit if you do 4 days per week, but depending on salary you can get a subsidy for it.

I expect our kids to go to Gymnasium and I don't think they will have any trouble by the time they come to take the tests. As far as I know they won't test my 10-year-old for a while yet. They haven't even formally decided on his class placement for next year (which will be interesting as he is very clever but very lazy )
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You did not mention age of your kids. We are about to move there but heard that they make kind of selection in shools in year four. Our kidds are 10 and 9 now and we do not know if they will be able to pick up good level of language to continue with 'Gymnasium' later on....What do you think about this?

Neda
I don't want to sound very negative but in my opinion gymnasium would be pretty unlikely for most children starting German this late. It's much, much more difficult than getting into a grammar school in the UK - the percentage of children being accepted is much lower from around 10 - 20% of students depending on the region/school. As others state though there are lots of other options and good ones and it's not the bee all and end all. Gymnasium may suit some, but certainly not all, children. There is a lot of pressure on children and many have also to travel quite far to attend a school much further away from home. Once a child is accepted staying in can also be difficult as many more students are accepted than there are places so ca 20% are kicked off by Christmas.

There's another chance to be accepted into Gymnasium two years later as well and this may give your children longer to learn the language.

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We took the decision to put our kids (9 & 11 when we moved) into Swiss school when we came to Basel a little under a year ago. Obviously I can't say anything about Zurich schools but our personal experience with the system here in Basel has been totally positive. The schools here provide extra tuition in German to support non-native speakers, but we have also supplemented this with additional private tuition. It also helped that Swiss kids are also starting to learn high German as a "new" language (as distinct from Schwiizer Duutsch) at about the same stage as our kids are at. While not quite fluent yet they know more than enough to cope well with the other subjects and develop friendships. Given our experience I have no doubt your kids, being a little younger, will pick up the language very quickly and perhaps they will surprise you (as ours surprised me) with how easily they adapt to big changes in their lives.

Clearly schools, teachers and of course kids all differ, and what may work well in some circumstances may not in others. Kids grow and change of course too and no school (regardless of country or language) is a problem free zone all the time, but if you are prepared to support your kids through the inevitable "bumps" (fallings out, like/dislikes of subjects, teachers, other students, homework etc) and work with the school, then I think the Swiss system has a lot to recommend it.

I would also second the recommendation to sort your accommodation out first, then get in touch with the Rektorat of the schools in the Gemeinde where you will be living.

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You have mentioned that one of your child was 11 yo when he/she joined the swiss school . In class was he/she placed?
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You have mentioned that one of your child was 11 yo when he/she joined the swiss school . In class was he/she placed?
Hello Apchat. That post is seven years old, and Rach has long since moved on. What do you want to know?
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