Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich International School

Zurich International School is comprised of three campuses and has over 55 nationalities and 40 mother-tongue languages represented in the school community. Founded in 1963, the school has a long history of educational excellence in the Zurich area. Learn, Care, Challenge, Lead are the cornerstones of ZIS’ mission and philosophy.

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Zurich International School

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Ages Taught 3 - 18
Nr. of Children 1400
School Type Co-educational
Day/Boarding Day
Curriculum Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate
Website https://www.zis.ch/about-us/welcome

Zurich International School

Through our three age-appropriate campuses, ZIS is committed to excellence in education and the personal growth of every student. Our students learn in a multicultural community where each person is respected regardless of nationality, race, or religion. Students discover the world, its people, and its cultures through direct experience. Through play, study, and the relationships they form, students at ZIS learn to appreciate their own strengths and to respect differences rather than fear them. Combined with academic rigor, this experience extends outside the classroom and equips students for success and global citizenship beyond school.

ZIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation World School and is accredited by both the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in the U.S. ZIS is also officially approved by the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich.

A strong academic program, centered around the traditional core disciplines, prepares students for entrance into colleges, universities, or other institutions providing tertiary education and training. ZIS offers Advanced Placement courses (AP) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB).
In addition, the school provides courses and learning support services which address the needs of a student body diverse in educational background and ability. More than 90% of the graduating seniors enter universities and institutions of higher learning worldwide.

Our state-of-the-art facilities and our locations allow for students to gain independence, and develop innovation and risk-taking.

Students attending ZIS enjoy living in the center of Europe and in or near the city of Zurich which is consistently named as one of the best places to live in the world, including being voted as the second best city for ‘quality of life’ in the Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey 2019.

Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities


Competitive sports: basketball, cross-country running, golf, gymnastics, rugby, downhill and cross-country skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball.

Lower School recreational athletics include:

  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Rock Climbing

Middle School recreational athletics include:

  • Kayaking
  • Recreational Ski / Snowboarding
  • Rugby

Upper School recreational athletics include:

  • Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Extra-curricular activities

Lower School activities include:

  • STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts & Maths)
  • Novel Writing (NaNoWriMo)
  • Mathematics Quest Competition

Middle School activities include:

  • F1 in Schools
  • International Award
  • Model United Nations

Upper School activities include:

  • Debating
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Newspaper

Upper School academic activities include:

  • Amnesty International
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Team Ghana


Sports fields, gymnasiums, art rooms, music rooms, integrated IT.

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