There are four international schools in and around Luzern: the International School of Central Switzerland (ISOCS) in Cham, the International School of Zug and Lucerne (ISZL) in Kastanienbaum, the Four-Forest Bilingual International School in Luzern and the Swiss International School in Rotkreuz.
Just because they all include the word “international” in their name does not mean they are all the same. We took some time to take a closer look at the differences.
We spoke with the directors about why parents should consider their school. Here is what they responded:
Jacqueline Webb-Archibald, International School of Central Switzerland (ISOCS)
ISOCS has a vibrant and familiar atmosphere where every child feels noticed, valued and motivated. ISOCS is locally and globally oriented and welcomes internationally minded families from Switzerland and abroad. We offer clubs and after-school care to meet the needs of our community.
Gary Langenhuizen, International School of Zug & Lucerne (ISZL), Lucerne Campus
Our school charter is to provide an exemplary English-language learning environment for international families who find themselves in Central Switzerland for a short period or several years. Our continuous programming from our Early Years through the High School Years provides families the security of knowing that living in Switzerland will be a positive experience for all members of their family and provides comfort in the transitioning back to their home country or to the next assignment wherever that may be in the world.
Elizabeth Häfliger, Four-Forest Bilingual International School
We offer high-quality bilingual education in English and German, following a unique curriculum that has been carefully put together using the local Swiss curriculum and elements from the British National Curriculum.
Jarod Brauer, Swiss International School (SIS)
We offer a well-supervised, safe and stimulating environment that values children as unique individuals. SIS Rotkreuz-Zug offers classes ranging from preschool through to primary school, encompassing the ages of three to twelve. From the school year 2015/16, we will offer a three year secondary school. What really makes us unique is that our school actively engages with local communities by promoting and supporting the development of languages, social interaction and mutual respect.