These listings have been compiled from information available on each school’s website. Schools serving the international community offer varying degrees of support for children with special needs. Each school should be contacted directly for up-to-date information on what, if any, provision is available.
Please note that the list below is not exhaustive. Please check the Swiss School Associations for other private and local schools in Switzerland.
International School of Berne
The International School of Berne (ISBerne) provides an academic programme, starting from the Early Learning Centre and progresses through to Grade 12.
The school’s IB Diploma programme was established in 1997. They received authorization to offer the IB Primary Years Programme in Januar and the IB Middle Years Programme in April of 2007. ISBern is one of only 100 IB schools worldwide authorised to offer all three IB programmes.
English Speaking Playgroup
The English Speaking Playgroup (ESP) is situated in the Breitenrain quarter of Berne. Founded in 1985, the ESP is a non-profit, cooperative association run by a voluntary committee of parents and staff. The ESP caters for children from 3 to 14 years.
The British School Bern
Hintere Dorfgasse 20
Tel. no: 031 952 75 55
Fax: 031 952 75 57
The school learning programme is based on the British and International curriculums. Regular testing and continuous assessments are used to monitor each child’s progress. Class number 10 to 12 students.
English Montissori School Bern
Tel. no: 031 352 3334
Ecole publique cantonale de langue française
Tel. no: 031 941 02 66
Fax: 031 941 02 68
Heilpädagogische Sondershule Der Stadt Bern
Tel: 031 371 20 48
Tel: 031 351 53 94
Bern Kantonale Sprachheilschule
Bern Cantonal School for Speech and Hearing impaired:
Address: Kantonale Sprachheilschule Klosterweg 7 / Postfach 3053 Münchenbuchsee
Tel: 031 868 90 90
Stiftung Sonderschulheim Mätteli
Tel: 031 868 92 11
(special class in a regular school)
Tel: 031 932 40 05
School and living accomodation for special needs children and adults
Tel: 031 951 77 11
School for hearing and speech-impaired children
Tel: 031 960 50 50
British School of Geneva – (ASK School Affiliate)
The British School of Geneva (BSG) was created in response to an ever-growing need in Geneva for private, anglophone education and a specific demand for the English National programme. BSG is the only school in the area to offer the cohesive English National Curriculum from Year 1 through to A-Levels. Accordingly, we are an obvious choice for students transitioning from, or returning to, a British based curriculum. BSG is an international school and we are delighted to have students from over 40 nationalities enrich our lessons, our hallways and our playground with their various cultures and perspectives. We limit our class groups to a maximum of 16 students (10 in A-Level classes) so that our teachers can tailor lessons to suit individual learning needs. Our size also allows teachers, directors and administrators to know each student and their family and to maintain regular, highly-personalised and proactive communication between school and home. Despite our small classes, we keep fees at an affordable level. We wish to make private education as financially accessible as possible for families in the region and we are proud of the value we provide.
The Collège du Léman International School provides pre-school, primary and high school education. It offers two academic programmes: one taught in English, preparing for entrance into colleges and universities in North America, Europe and throughout the world, through the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the GCE “A” Level international examinations set by Cambridge University, and the other, with instruction in French, preparing for the French Baccalauréat and the Swiss Federal Maturité. Boarding is available.
Ecole Atlas Geneva – (ASK School Affiliate)
Avenue Blanc 51
Ecole Atlas was created in 2013 in Lausanne, and its school in Geneva opened in March 2016. Its pedagogical concept is original; aiming to replicate the diversity we see in our multicultural society.
Generally aged between 11 and 20, its students can prepare for a choice of diplomas thanks to its bilingual French/English international programmes. Personalised follow-up, small groups, IPads and laptops are all tools it uses to help its students progress.
Ecole Atlas Geneva is also able to offer adapted solutions for students with special needs aged between 8 and 20. On the premise our society is not perfectly standardised, it believes that people’s lives should adapt to those with special needs, most particularly at school. For students with special educational needs or a physical handicap, and students who are either hyperactive or highly gifted, Ecole Atlas can offer them a place. Attention is always focused on the students who have lessons in very small groups. The school’s programmes and schedules are adapted to their needs, with the students receiving constant support from accompanying adults.
The Geneva English School is a private, nonprofit primary school. The primary objective of the school is to offer education on British lines 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.
Oak Hill School offers a unique half-day programme to children with the diagnosed learning differences of dyslexia and/or attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Students attend Oak Hill for half of their school day for three highly structured, multi-sensory instructional periods in reading, written language and mathematics. Students continue to attend their “home-school” for the remainder of their day, allowing them to participate in the mainstream curriculum, attend extra-curricular activities and maintain their social interactions. Oak Hill provides a secure and supportive environment in which students will be successful and motivated fostering the self-esteem of those students who have had difficulties thriving in a mainstream school setting and enabling each individual to realise his or her true potential.
The Institut International de Lancy welcomes students from age 3 to 18 of all nationalities, cultures, and religious backgrounds, within two distinct sections: French and English. The Institut helps prepare students to build their future and to face that future with a spirit open to diversity. We provide high quality teaching within an exceptional learning environment, and our staff make every possible effort to ensure that each student can identify with the school motto « Work and succeed together ».
The Institut Florimont is a private, Catholic educational institution which is open to all faiths. It has an international vocation, which offers general education based on the French (baccalauréat sections ES, L, S), the Swiss systems (Swiss maturité with bilingual option) and international system (international section as well as programme of the International Baccalaureate – bilingual).
International School of Geneva (ASK School Affiliate)
62 route de Chêne
Tel: +41 22 787 2630
Fax: +41 22 787 2410
The School is a nonprofit Foundation founded in 1924, comprising 3 campuses in Geneva and the neighboring canton of Vaud. It provides an international education from pre-school through to high school. It offers strong academic programs with Anglophone and Francophone classes. The campuses are La Grande Boissière, on the eastern side of Lake Geneva , Campus des Nations on the western side near the United Nations headquarters and La Chataigneraie, located near Founex, a few kilometers in Vaud canton.
The International School of Geneva provides an inclusive education for international students who have a wide range of abilities. There are two types of support for students with special learning needs:
- Learning support is offered for children with mild to moderate learning difficulties on all campuses. Learning support is provided within the classroom setting as well as in small groups working with a specialist teacher. Difficulties in literacy and numeracy can be addressed through short or long-term intervention.
- Specially staffed Learning Centres at Campus des Nations are available, in English only, for those children with moderate to severe learning difficulties from ages 3 to 16.
At the Saconnex site of Campus des Nations classes are designed to facilitate learning through individual or small group work in a ratio of one teacher for four students. Individual Education Plans are written to focus efforts on helping children reach their specific goals. Staff psychologists are available to perform assessments and provide counseling and support. Speech therapy and occupational therapy are also offered on a limited basis. The International School of Geneva strives to help all students realize their full potential.
Aiglon is an independent, non-profit, co-educational, international boarding school run on British independent school lines. The school is divided into a Junior Section (ages 9-13), Middle (13-15) and Upper (15-18) schools; courses are taught in English except in the first two years of the Junior School (ages 9-11) where the emphasis is based on French and English. The school is also a centre for the College Board, TOEFL and some AICE exams at subsidiary level.
Collège Alpin Beau Soleil
The Collège Alpin Beau Soleil is a privately owned international boarding school with approximately 180 boys and girls. The school is divided into two sections; French and Anglo-American Sections. Classes are small (maximum 16 students, average 10). The school also has its own ‘Nature and Expedition Centre’, located in a nearby mountain village. All students spend some weeks of the school year there.
Ecole Atlas Lausanne – (ASK School Affiliate)
Route de Sébillon 1 1004 Lausanne
Ecole Atlas, private international middle and high school in Lausanne, Switzerland. 10 minutes from the city center. Our philosophy could be summarized as follows: attention and advice, great atmosphere, follow-up and performance.
Brillanmont International School
Founded in 1882, Brillantmont, is an international co-educational boarding and day school. It is accredited by NEASC and ECIS. The programme of studies comprises five sections: British section, American Section, Modern Language Section, Swiss Section and an ESL programme is available for those whose mother tongue is not English. All the classes in the Anglo-American section, except languages, are taught in English; however, French is promoted throughout the school.
With a long history of educational experience, and in an exceptional working environment, Collège Champittet welcomes students from Nursery school until reaching University studies. Though based on tradition, Collège Champittet is turned towards continually improving its academic programs and campus facilities. In 2006 Bilingual French/English education was introduced emphasizing the commitment of day students and boarding students of all nationalities to be open to intercultural exchange and understanding.
La Cote International School – (ASK School Affiliate)
The La Cote International School (LCIS) with an excellent international reputation offers a high quality, balanced and rigorous English curriculum that is continually reviewed, developed and based on the acquisition of skills and concepts essential for future challenges. It stresses the importance of the use of modern technologies designed to enhance the overall programme. It also provides age appropriate assessment tasks that become an integral part of the learning process. The school employs talented, caring and well qualified teachers who are committed to delivering the programme to the highest possible standard and who can guide the students onwards to achieve their individual potential. The school team provides a supportive atmosphere that helps students adjust to an international school community and in doing so create positive three way partnerships between themselves the parents and the children.
Fedea is a private school for children with autism, established in 1992 and located at the heart of the delightful small town of Morges, 25 minutes drive from Geneva. The school addresses mainly educational aspects of autism and offers kindergarten, primary and secondary private schooling in English or in French. The school specialized team gives your child efficient individual top quality service. The school is accredited in the canton of Vaud by the private schools office. Furthermore, it is accredited by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and by the French social security.
L’Ecole Germaine de Stäel, created in 2009, welcomes talented children from aged 3 to 18 who excel in an academic, artistic or sporting subject. Our approach is innovative and individual, and suits children who are not attaining their full potential in a traditional school environment. All of our teachers have received specific training in the teaching of gifted and talented children. We offer small classes in a wide variety of subjects, after school workshops, concerts and excursions, and a warm, person-centered environment. We provide an excellent range of choices for children after 11th grade, who can continue on to study for an internationally recognised high school diploma, a vocationally-oriented apprenticeship or the serious pursuit of the artistic discipline of their choice.
Haut-Lac International Bilingual School
Quai Maria Belgia 16
Contact: Kenza Zufferey (Admissions office)
Tel: +41 (0)21 925 400
The Haut-Lac International Bilingual School educates students of more than 30 different nationalities and from many diverse cultures, side by side with local Swiss students. Within the framework of an academically rigorous, student-centred, bilingual programme, the school endeavours to create a stimulating environment for children aged 3 to 18 years. The primary curriculum is based on the guidelines of the British National Curriculum and the French primary programme, whilst the secondary curriculum incorporates the structures of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).
Institut Monte Rosa
The Institut Monte Rosa is a non-profit international co-educational school. Founded in 1874 the main aim of the Institut is to prepare students for university entrance, hence the academic program of the Anglo-American Section is strongly college preparatory. Students planning to attend American universities are prepared for College Board examinations and receive the High School Diploma on successful completion of 12th grade. Specially designed courses are available for entry to business or other colleges. The postgraduate year offers mature students intensive language study with business studies, economics and computer studies.
Institute Le Rosey
Château du Rosey
Tel: +41 (0)21 822 55 00
Institute Le Rosey is a Swiss school with a strong tradition of academic excellence and a demanding humanist spirit. Le Rosey is devoted to developing all the ‘multiple intelligences’ and talents of its students within the framework of two beautiful campuses: Rolle in autumn and spring, and Gstaad in the winter.
International School of Lausanne
The International School of Lausanne is an accredited, not-for-profit, open admissions English-language school for day students of all nationalities, aged 3-18. Located near the beautiful Lac Leman, the International School of Lausanne has been providing an exceptional academic and extra-curricular programme for the local and international community since 1962.
International School of Monts-de-Corsier
Chemin de Bellière 4-6
Champ des Pesses
1808 Les Monts-de-Corsier
Contact: René Gubler, directorTel: +41 (0)21 948 0808
ISM is a primary day school dedicated to providing our children and their families with high quality teaching in a secure, friendly and caring environment. Small class sizes allow all our children to receive the personal attention they need and to be treated as individuals. Beautifully located with extensive grounds and views of the Rhone Valley, the school provides an ideal environment for our children to flourish.
John F. Kennedy International School
Tel: +41 (0)33 744 1372
The John F. Kennedy International School is a co-educational English-language boarding and day school for children ages 5 to 14 (grades K – 8). The student body is made up of 65 students from over twenty different countries.
Leysin American School
Leysin American School is a co-educational, international boarding school preparing students for entry into colleges and universities. The school offers top quality secondary education, paying particular attention to students with diverse academic backgrounds coming from different educational systems throughout the world.
Ecole Nouvelle (ENSR)
ENSR / IBSL is a co-educational, private school, operating as a limited, non-profit organisation. Founded in 1906, this renowned, private institution has built a formidable reputation through one century and in the new millennium, still retains the qualities that set it apart from other institutions.
Oak Hill School offers a unique half-day programme to students with diagnosed learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders.It serves the anglophone international community in the Lake Geneva area of Switzerland. Oak Hill teachers are very experienced and highly qualified; they are also accredited in Hill Center methodology. The school provides a secure and supportive environment in which students will be successful and motivated. Oak Hill School fosters the self-esteem of those students who have had difficulties thriving in a normal school setting, enabling each individual to realise his or her true potential.
Ecole Riviera School
L’école Riviera School est une école privée qui accueille des enfants dès 18 mois jusqu’au 12 ans et est caractérisée par une section francophone traditionnelle et une section bilingue (français-anglais) dès la première enfantine. Notre école propose un enseignement de qualité basé sur une pédagogie traditionnelle.
St. George’s School is an International school for boys and girls aged 3-18 with a boarding section. Situated between Vevey and Montreux, the current student body of 430 pupils represents around 40 different nationalities. The school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, IGCSEs and a High School Diploma Programme. We actively support multilingualism, with several bilingual options. St. George’s boasts excellent sports facilities and a wide extra-curricular programme. Since September 2009, the school boasts a second senior campus, in Neuchâtel. The school also offers Summer Camps in July and August. A new junior campus will open in Verbier Sept 2010.
Early Childhood Campuses: Kilchberg and Baden
Lower School Campuses: Wadenswil and Baden
Middle School Campuses: Kilchberg and Baden
Upper School Campus: Adliswil
8820 Steinacherstrasse 140
Bilingual Day School Zimmerberg Taz
Alte Landstrasse 33-35
Tel. no: 043 244 00 70
Bilingual Middle School Freies Gymnasium
Inter-Community School Zurich
Tel. no: 044 919 83 00
International School of Schaffhausen
International School of Zug and Luzern
International School of Central Switzerland
Head: Jacqueline Webb
Tel: 041 781 44 44
Tandem International Multilingual School
Head: Sonya Maechler-Dent
Tel: 043 500 10 30
Tagesschule am See (SEN service but mostly German)
Head Ursula Cross
Tel: 044 9266721
Head: Verena Schüpp-Lanz
Tel: 043 443 0030
Head: Ashley Curtis
Tel: 033 972 92 92
Contact person: Roswitha Krähenbühl
Tel: 044 254 3040
Head: Elizabeth Grubenmann
Tel: 043 268 04 66
SIS Wollishofen Bilingual
Vice Head : Neill Brown
Tel: 043 399 88 44
SIS Männedorf Bilingual
Head: Jane Löpfe
Tel: 044 921 50 50
SIS Zürich Bilingual
Head: Marcel Stähli
Tel: 044 388 99 44
Head: Lawrence Wood
Tel: 052 202 82 11
ASK School Affliliates
Swiss School Associations
Europe’s Children-Our Concern
This Brussels-based support group provides useful information on searching for a school with special needs provisions.