8 Cultural Norms In Swiss Local Schools Expats Will Find Surprising

8 Cultural Norms In Swiss Local Schools Expats Will Find Surprising

Some cultural norms in Swiss schools are very different from what you as Expat might be familiar with!

For those parents coming from countries outside continental Europe, the local Swiss school system will seem very different.

An overview of cultural school norms in local Swiss schools:

  • Children walk to school on their own from as young as 4 years old and parents are discouraged to drive/walk their children to school.
  • Formalised learning starts later: Kindergarten and early primary school is about intellectual, social and cognitive rather than academic development
  • Very little involvement from parents
  • All children learn at least two foreign languages, apart from the official language.
  • No single comprehensive secondary school model. Around the age of 12, children are streamed into different school forms, classes and achievement levels.
  • Marks are determined by classroom behaviour, attitude to learning and motivation as much as academic achievement.
  • No school league tables or ranking and very little information on schools.
  • Only 20% of all pupils choose an academic pathway, over 70% of Swiss school children do an apprenticeship

Do you need more information about the Swiss school system? Get online or face-to-face guidance for your local education consultant:

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