The Bilingual Elementary School employs a full language immersion programme. Courses are taught in either German or English throughout the school year.
We provide our students with an environment that draws on the best of traditional Swiss educational culture while allowing for an international outlook. Our curriculum is based on the primary curriculum of the canton of Zug, and has been especially tailored to give our students ideal preparation for entry to either our International School, with its International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, or Swiss Gymnasium for the Swiss Matura.
From pick-up at the base station of the Zugerberg funicular, to drop off at a time of their parents’ choice, our students receive unique individual attention both in the classroom and in their free time. Our enviable location on the Zugerberg gives our students the ideal surrounding for both healthy and active learning, as well as a natural playground during their breaks and after school.
Benefits of Language Immersion & a Bilingual Education
Language immersion students learn a second language in much the same way they learned their native tongues. Students are taught a second language not only in a language class, but also in non-language subjects, in which the second language is used in all forms of communication.
Each subject is taught consistently in either German or English throughout the school year. This stability gives our students the time and possibility to attain a high level of fluency and competency in both languages of instruction in a short period of time.
Our bilingual education programme allows students to become fully fluent in German and English, giving them a distinct benefit over their monolingual peers. Bilingual education and bilingualism have proven to support and enhance cognitive, linguistic and social development.
Our teachers and supervision staff are all native speakers. Small class sizes (max. 12 students) and a qualified faculty ensure that our students receive the individual attention and care needed to excel both academically and socially. In many classes, a second teacher will be present to ensure the individual support of all students.
For more information and a full list of subjects please see our subjects overview.
Our grade 1-4 students can be dropped off at the base station of the Zugerberg funicular between 08:00 and 08:26 where they are picked up by our nanny, and can be dropped off at a time of their parents’ choice after school ends at 15:00. Students in grades 5-6 are allowed to travel to school independently.
All our students are supervised throughout the day, ensuring a healthy schedule of learning, regular mealtimes and activities.
Our Afternoon Care programme is especially designed to give our students time to do their homework, before taking part in array of extracurricular activities on the mountain. In arrangement with parents, the children can then be picked up on the Zugerberg or at the base station of the funicular at an agreed-upon time, usually before 17:00, but later if requested.