Location matters for successful integration into local Swiss school!
While Swiss public schools overall enjoy a good reputation, there are significant regional differences you should know about before settling on a location.
From school hours and day care facilities to language support, academic selection and permeability, location matters when it comes to local Swiss school!
Choosing an area to live in
Places at local Swiss schools are allocated on the basis of school district boundaries. While the current rental market does not allow you to limit your search to one particular area, it is advisable to do your research before embarking on your apartment hunting adventure.
Stark regional differences
Whether availability and cost of childcare, language or secondary school streaming:
International families all have their unique needs. Working parents might want to choose a location with extended school hours or day schools. For older children in particular, availability of good quality language support is crucial for a successful integration into local Swiss schools. Also, depending on where you settle in Switzerland, French, not English might be the first foreign language.
Finally, the ease of access and entry rates for academic high schools also vary considerably across Switzerland and sometimes even between cantons!
Do your research!
This is why your ideal location will much depend on your circumstances and needs as a family.