In our primary school, students consolidate and extend their basic skills, knowledge and work techniques – they learn and work increasingly independently and focus on their strengths. Differentiated support in various areas of competence promotes a positive attitude to work. Students from our primary school can enjoy a smooth transition into international or state elementary schools.
As in kindergarten, all teachers are native speakers, with half the lessons given in German and half in English. Children come with different levels and areas of previous knowledge; they have their own strengths and learn at different paces. Differentiated instruction helps to accommodate these differences: individual work plans allow children to adopt a learning path that is tailored to meet their requirements.
Music, Arts and Crafts, Drama, Media and Physical Education are taught by qualified staff, either in English or German, depending on the nationality of the teacher. Early French, also taught by a native speaker, is offered from the 3rd grade onwards.
- High linguistic competence in both languages
- Preparation for entry to secondary stage 1/pre-college or college, e.g. our academia College preparing students for an international university entrance qualification (A levels)
- High competence in individual learning fields; enhancement of personal empowerment and social competence
- Development and consolidation of skills and strengths; recognition of personal challenges
- Preparation for a seamless entry into secondary 1/Precollege or college levels
- Qualified, dedicated teachers/subject teachers/assistants who are native speakers
- Small classes
- Teaching material in both languages
- Additional lessons in the second language (booster lessons) for new students
- Supervision of homework by teachers in the afternoon
- Comprehensive after-school programme, holiday clubs
- All-day school: 08:00–18:00 (incl. lunch)
Teaching in our bilingual primary school is based on the curriculum prescribed by the Canton of Basel-Stadt as well as the Cambridge International curriculum.
Both curricula combine the academic standards of public and international schools with music, art and sport to a comprehensive educational programme. We promote openness, tolerance and personal responsibility and encourage the children to solve problems independently and creatively.
Instruction is interdisciplinary to advance holistic thinking and action. Interdisciplinary means that various subjects are combined in terms of topic: a history-related topic may for instance also be taught in German lessons.
Differentiated work plans and weekly schedules take into account the learning status and pace of each child. Newly acquired knowledge is examined by means of regular learning progress tests.
Students also form teams to work on projects on different subjects, which they present to their class. Homework is an integral component of lessons. It is intended to help students to organise and structure their learning process independently.
All homework can normally be completed in a Homework Club.
We attach importance to:
- Learning processes structured by the children themselves
- Critical questioning
- Own problem-solving strategies
- Promotion of self-confidence
- Familiarisation with various presentation techniques
Lessons at our primary school are from 8:30 to 16:00 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and from 8:30 to 11:50 on Wednesday and Friday.
A comprehensive after-school programme until 18:00 is available within the scope of our day care service for all children who want to stay longer.
Our after-school programme is run by qualified and experienced staff. The programme aims to promote social competence, empowerment, personal responsibility and creativity of the children. Participation is strength-based: the children should feel like taking part and be able to experience their own sense of achievement. Our clubs are open in the sense that children can try them out and switch clubs within a school year.
• Homework Club
In the afternoon, our students can fulfil their homework responsibilities and work on their individual weekly goals. The homework is set in such a way that it can be done in the homework club.
• Sport Club
In our Sport Club, students children have the opportunity to learn different types of team sports.
• Art Club
In Art Club, children discover their artistic talent by working with many different materials, be it water colours, coloured pencils or clay.
• School Band
Students who play or sing an instrument are welcome to join our school band.
• Adventure Club
In our Adventure Club the children experience exciting outings together. They climb , visit farms, make fires in the forest, build huts, visit the zoo together or take part in exciting exhibitions.
• Cooking Club
In our Cooking Club our children learn a lot about healthy nutrition alongside cooking together.
• Dance Club
Students learn different combinations of steps and choreographies. They improve their sense of rhythm, work on mobility and express their feelings for music with joy.
academia language school (www.academia-language.ch) is an ideal partner to provide support where required. The language school is one of the largest in Switzerland, with many years of experience in teaching languages to adults, adolescents and children. This allows us to offer intensive language lessons tailored to meet the learning requirements of our new students. Thanks to this intensive and individualised language support, we are able to accept students with little knowledge of English or German at any time during the year.
We would be very pleased to invite you and your family to come and have a look at the school and answer your questions. If you are interested, your child can attend the academia primary school for a trial week to get to know our teachers, other students and daily life at the school.
To organise this, please contact us by telephone at +41(0)61 20 00 or by e-mail under firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you