We provide a broad and balanced curriculum which:
Promotes the academic, social, cultural, physical and moral development of students
Prepares children for adult life and encourages them to become good citizens – showing excellence, a global mindset and respect towards others.
Allows children to become proficient users of the English and German languages, whatever their mother tongue is.
Promotes high standards of achievement and allows all children to develop to the best of their ability, both personally and academically.
Generates high levels of student engagement and enthusiasm and allows students to become confident, secure and independent learners.
At ISCS-The British School of Zug, we follow a British International Education through the Cambridge International Curriculum. As a school located in Switzerland, it is key to understand the comparison with the Swiss Education system, which is as follows:
Early Years in the British System goes 3-5 years old. The equivalent in the Swiss system is Vorschule, divided into Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2.
After Early Years, our student access Primary School, which ranges from Year 1 to Year 6. This is the equivalent to Primarschule in the Swiss system, which starts in our Year 2.
We divide Secondary School into Middle and High Schools. Our Middle School goes from Year 7 to Year 9, whereas High School goes from Year 10 to Year 13, after which students are ready to go to university. Compared to the Swiss system, Primarschule finishes in our Year 7. From Year 8 to Year 10 is Sekundarschule 1, whereas the last three school years correspond to Sekundarschule 2 (the last three years of Swiss Gymnasium). The vocational alternative to the academic Gymnasium is the Fachmittelschule.
However, in the Swiss system, only some students are accepted in Sekundarschule 2. Those who do not reach a minimum academic standard are offered to continue with vocational qualifications (Fachmittelschule). In comparison, the Swiss system focuses more on vocational education and training (mainly for students who are not accepted in the last three years of gymnasium), whereas the UK system focuses more on academic achievement.