What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Expats in Geneva who do not speak French tend to choose an English-language international school for their children. Such schools use British, American or international curriculum. Many parents find these schools preferable because their programs are similar around the world and children can integrate well into a new school when the family moves again.
Parents who speak French at home may choose an international school, French-speaking private school or a French-speaking local school for their children. Note that Switzerland has a highly regarded public school system and young children coming from abroad are welcome.
For further assistance with regards to schooling, contact Crown Geneva.
What are some examples of these schools?
The Bell One World Nursery
6, ch. des Colombettes
Tel: 022 740 21 93
The One World Nursery offers a complete pre-school program to children between the ages of 2 - 5.
Collège du Léman
Route de Sauverny 74
Tel: 022 775 55 55
In pre-school, primary and high school, the College du Leman offers two academic programs: one taught in English and one with instruction in French.
All students are required to study French, starting from pre-school, and those with a good knowledge of another language may pursue its study at a first-language level. In the secondary school, German, Spanish or Italian is taught in both sections.
95A, av. de Châtelaine
Tel: 022 795 07 10
Ages 3 – 10. The German School of Geneva is accredited by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The school offers a kindergarten and a preschool as well as primary and secondary education programs.
Ecole La Découverte
11, av. de Sécheron
Tel: 022 733 54 33
A private school for ages 3 – 12. The primary teaching language is French but children have an "English Day" once or twice a week, depending on the grade, with an English mother-tongue teacher. The programs are child-centered and require the pupils to play an active part in the learning process. The academic program is based on that of the Swiss public school system, which facilitates the transition to secondary school.
Institut International de Lancy
37, av. de Petit-Lancy
Tel: 022 879 00 00
English section: ages 3 – 14 and runs along the same lines as an English primary school following the National Curriculum of England and Wales.
French section: ages 3 – 18. Preparation for the French Baccalaureate. The Swiss maturité up to ages 14 – 15 (4ème).
Gan-Yeladim de la C.I.G.
206, rte de Veyrier
Tel: 022 899 13 32
Jewish school for age 18 months - age 6. Open through lunch 3 days/week and mornings on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Geneva English School
36, rte de Malagny
1294 Genthod, Genève
Tel: 022 755-1855
The Geneva English School is a private, non-profit primary school. The primary objective of the school is to offer a British education for children from four to eleven years of age living in or around Geneva and to prepare them for secondary education in any English-speaking school.
Most of the pupils are of the British or Commonwealth nationalities, but many other nations are also represented. Situated in an international community, the school seeks to encourage its pupils to develop a sense of international understanding and tolerance.
L'Ecole Internationale de Genève
Administration Centrale, 62 route de Chêne
Tel: 022 787 2400
The International School of Geneva was founded by the staff of the League of Nations to create the world's first international school, committed to promoting international understanding and values now incorporated in the ideals of the United Nations. The school has approximately 3,750 students, with more than 100 nationalities, and is Switzerland's largest private school.
Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
Most of the international schools in Switzerland are over-booked. We suggest that you register your children as soon as possible at your chosen school or contact Crown Geneva for assistance.
Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
Yes. Please see the school descriptions above.
Please note that a free place at a crèche is also hard to find, therefore, try to book a place as soon as you can.
How are most kids transported to and from school?
Most schools operate school bus transportation. As Switzerland is a very safe country, a lot of students use the public transportation each day.
When does the typical school year start and end?
Public school: from mid-August to the end of June.
Private international school starts in the beginning of September to the end of June.
Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Local primary schools provide intensive French lessons for foreign students. They are able to follow the program (Swiss curriculum) from the beginning. Within 4-6 months, foreign students are fluent in French. Feel free to contact Crown Geneva if you have any questions.
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