From kindergarten to secondary school

Classes at Academia Bilingual School Basel are engaging and vibrant. Our students come from diverse cultural backgrounds. Around 35 percent of our children speak English as their mother tongue, 30 percent German while over 20 different nationalities are represented in our student population. In recent years, more and more monolingual families have chosen bilingual education for their children which aligns with the measured success and popularity of such educational programmes.

Academic success

Our dedication to smaller classes compliments our commitment to differentiation and individual differences. Internal assessments support targeted learning against both international and national standards. Each year we place a large amount of students successfully into our English-speaking college or local programmes.

Our teachers

Our teaching team brings a great mix of experience, passion and commitment to our school. We are proud that the majority of our teaching team have been with us for an extended period of time. Swiss, German, French, British, American, Canadian and Australian teachers make up our teaching staff.

Our students

We are a small school by design to meet the needs of the individual in a familiar learning community. Our students have normal or above-average aptitude. They have good learning habits and strong social skills. Admission is based on an interview, student recommendation from the current school, past report card and trial days where possible.

We welcome new students warmly. Our language booster lessons entail additional support in the second language to help newcomers commence at our school.

Our school day

At our day school we offer a comprehensive before and after school programme from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Our bilingual Kindergarten starts at 8:30 a.m. (arrival time from 8 a.m. onwards). On Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays the Kindergarten day including lunch finishes at 2:45 p.m.; children can stay until 3:45 p.m. at no extra cost. Kindergarten ends at 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday.

Lessons at our Primary School are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday. Children can arrive at school starting at 8 a.m.

Lessons at our Secondary School are generally from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday. Lessons as well as the after-school programme take place in the premises of the associated Academia International School in the centre of Basel.

An after-school programme is available until 6 p.m. within the scope of our before and after-school programme (subject to payment) for all children and youngsters wishing to stay longer.

Monolingual alternatives

Are you looking for a monolingual secondary school? Academia Primar & Sek offer a German only Secondary school in Reinach, whereas Academia International School starts an English speaking Secondary School in August 2021.

Connection to Swiss state schools

For many families, a bilingual education is a soft landing into Swiss life and education. Students achieving at our school are typically successful should they venture into other educational systems throughout their schooling. Our school is cantonally recognised for the transition to secondary after year 6 (Übertrittsvereinbarung Privatschule – Sekundarschule). This means no examination is necessary to access state school pathways, rather the strength of our school report cards are accepted, thus easing this burden.

Continued schooling options

Those who complete their secondary schooling with us have attractive connection options. Our English-speaking college Academia International School prepares students for the International A Levels without an entrance examination.

Alternatively, we also prepare our students for transfer to public high school or other upper secondary schools.

«The teachers and the headmaster really go over and beyond to make sure all children thrive, learn and behave well.»