academia international school zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Academia International School Zurich

While our bilingual school Terra Nova offers a bilingual education from kindergarten and primary through secondary schooling, our English-language college leads to an international university entrance qualification. We can, therefore, provide an attractive and strength-based education to all children and adolescents with a cosmopolitan background, preparing them for the challenges of the future.

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Academia International School Zurich

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Ages Taught 3 - 20
Languages of instruction English, German
Nr. of Students 200
School Type Co-educational
Day/Boarding Day
Curriculum A-Levels, Cambridge, IGSCE, Lehrplan 21, Lehrplan ZH

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Academia International School Zurich

About academia International School Zurich

academia International School is a multilingual all-day school and part of the academia educational group Switzerland. At our Bilingual School Terra Nova teaching in kindergarten, in primary school and at the secondary level is provided with half in German and half in English. We base our curriculum on the UK Cambridge International Curriculum as well as the official curriculum of the respective Canton (“Lehrplan 21”, the obligatory period of schooling).

The primary language at our college is predominantly English. Our university entrance qualification, International A levels, is recognised by international and Swiss universities. Following the curriculum of Cambridge and Pearson Edexcel, our teaching focuses on our students and their individual needs.


In our bilingual kindergarten, children develop their reading, writing and numeracy skills as well as their decision-making, learning and social competencies. Native-speaking teachers differentiate work and activities based on the child’s strengths and talents. The child learns the new language in guided learning sequences and during supervised playing phases.

We offer:

  • Qualified and experienced kindergarten teachers
  • Small groups
  • Differentiated advancement of each child
  • Varied experience in the field of necessary mathematical skills
  • Diverse experience in letters and writing
  • Preparation in all learning areas for entry to primary level
  • A variety of daily activities like dance, singing, music, sport, and art
  • Forest days
  • Extensive after-school programme
  • School bus

Primary school

We base our teaching concept on immersion and advancement of talents and gifted children. A German-speaking teacher leads instruction during one half of the week and an English-speaking teacher during the other half of the week. T

he children study in small classes according to differentiated instruction, which focuses on their talents and strengths.

We offer:

  • Qualified, committed and experienced native speaking teachers
  • Native speaking assistant teachers
  • Team teaching
  • Individual advancement
  • Intensive support and supervision
  • School bus
  • Lunchtime supervision
  • Extensive after-school programme
  • Homework supervision
  • Support needs teachers as well as gifted and talented programme

Secondary school

Our bilingual pre-college secondary school prepares students for admission to our English-language college or other further education schools. We consolidate knowledge, abilities and skills in extended lessons structured according to specific subjects. Abstract thinking and learning become more significant due to the general and cognitive development of the students, while they continue to learn through concrete actions and situations. We consistently train and strengthen interdisciplinary competencies. Attitudes and approaches are reflected upon, helping students to learn independently and responsibly.

We offer:

  • Motivated, experienced native speaking teachers
  • Subjects taught in German and English
  • Preparation for college or gymnasium
  • Acquisition of a broad general education
  • Individualised language instruction in German and English
  • Development of an additional foreign language (French)
  • Higher linguistic proficiency by lessons in the target language


In our English-language college, we prepare students for the international university entrance qualification (A levels) in four years. Students who are at the stage just before gaining the Swiss university entrance qualification (Matura) can complete the qualification in two years.

We offer:

  • A qualification acknowledged in Switzerland and all over the world
  • English as the language of instruction
  • Supervised homework and study times
  • Comprehensive preparation for academic studies
  • After school clubs and electives
  • Individual coaching system

We attach importance to:

  • Focus on key subjects
  • Promotion of excellence in key subjects
  • Advancement of scientific working and writing
  • Development of competence in methods
  • Advancement of the ability to plan, conduct, present and post-process projects on complicated issues

Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities


Students at our bilingual campus attended weekly sports lessons at fully equipped gym halls.

Extra-curricular activities

  • Student Council
  • Prom and Event Club
  • Drama Club
  • Robotics
  • Ballet
  • Yoga
  • WingTsun
  • Painting
  • Homework Club
  • Computer programming
  • Arts and Creation Lab
  • Politics
  • ICT
  • Community Work
  • Business Club
  • Coaching System
  • SLL – Supported Learning Lessons


  • Terrace and outdoor break areas
  • Local Playground
  • Lab
  • Workeria
  • Cafeteria
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