What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Switzerland is famous for its excellent educational system. Public schools and some private schools are available, but most Swiss children attend public schools, which are free. Private schools have varying fee structures. Since German is the common language offered in public schools, many expats arriving in Basel choose English-speaking private (international) schools for their children. Some prefer to send their children to public schools, however, because there are many opportunities for bilingual or foreign-language education. 

Because the public schooling system changes from canton to canton, prior to your arrival, do some research on where you will be living and what schools are in your area of residence.

You can also find many language schools in Basel, which offer education in the local languages. Learning German is strongly advised on arrival so this experience can be very beneficial to both you and your children.

For further assistance with regards to schooling, contact Crown Basel.
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What are some examples of these schools?
Some international private schools in the Basel region:

English-Speaking Private Schools
The International School of Basel AG (ISB)

Bilingual Private School
The Swiss International School (SIS)

French-Speaking Private Schools
Ecole Francaise de Bale

German-Speaking Private Schools
Benedict International School Basel
Freies Gymnasium (FG)

Please contact Crown Basel for a comprehensive list of schools and for more information on the schools listed.
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
There is no competition for local Swiss schools. However, private and international schools have limited spaces available and you may be placed on a waiting list. It is important that you begin the application process as soon as possible.

For further assistance, contact Crown Basel.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
Yes, there some private pre-schools available in Basel, but not many. Each center charges different fees.   Also, many international schools offer openings to children from the ages of three to seven.

Another alternative for childcare that is very popular in Switzerland is the Day Mothers (Tagesmutter) where one mother looks after several children.

For further assistance, contact Crown Basel.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?
Most schools operate school bus transportation. As Switzerland is a very safe country, many students use the public transportation each day.
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When does the typical school year start and end?
The typical school year for public schools is from mid-August until the end of June. For private schools, the year normally starts at the beginning of September, finishing at the end of June.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
As stated above, international schools tend to fill up fast and have limited space so it is very important to start the application process as soon as possible. Please do not wait till you're settled in!
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