FAQ for Admissions

OBS welcomes your questions with regard to admissions to the school. You will find some of the most frequently asked questions below.

Should you not find all the answers you are looking for please write to admissions@edi4-obs.ch  and we will answer in a timely manner.

Must my child be fluent in English and/ or German to attend OBS?

In the Early Years classes and in lower grades we welcome students into our program irrespective of language levels. In Primary school, trial days on both a German and an English day are part of the admission process.

From Grade 3 and above we ask that potential students have a solid command of their first language and some understanding of the second language. Admission decisions are made taking into account each individual child’s experiences and needs.

Upper School offers trial days for prospective students as well. Admission to Upper School requires a Placement Test. This assessment is used to determine the current level in the subjects German, English and Math as well as to test the student’s cognitive potential and establish a personality profile. The detailed results are a useful instrument to assess the candidate. Underlining the child’s strong points, the results enable a differentiated analysis. Students from local public schools can join OBS Upper School upon passing of the Placement test and if they are willing to improve their English skills during holiday courses.

What does the school do to support students with different knowledge levels in English and German?

At the Prekindergarten level as well as in Kindergarten and Primary grades 1&2, language development courses are integrated into the curriculum and included in the tuition fees. As of grade 3 (or earlier when needed), OBS offers DAZ (Deutsch als Zweitsprache) and EAL (English as a second language) during and after school hours for an additional charge. Differentiated learning in German and English forms an integral part of the Upper School curriculum.

Is there a deadline for applications to OBS? Are there waiting lists?

OBS accepts students throughout the year and given that space is available. However, waiting lists are common and therefore timely applications are recommended.

Does my child need to take an entrance exam?

OBS will evaluate and place each student based on an individual student’s needs, expert assessments and previous school history. In Primary School, trial days on both a German and an English day, are part of the admission process.

Admission to Upper School requires a Placement Test. This assessment is used to determine the current level in the subjects German, English and Math as well as to test the student’s cognitive potential and establish a personality profile. The detailed results are a useful instrument to assess the candidate. Underlining the child’s strong points the results enable a differentiated analysis. Students from local public schools can join OBS Upper School upon passing of the Placement test and if they are willing to improve their English skills during holiday courses.

How do I secure a place for my child?

After completion of the enrolment contract, an application fee (and for new entries as of Kindergarten also a registration fee) becomes due.

The deposit as well as the first school fees are invoiced one month before school start and are due on the first day of school (see details in the Tuition Regulations).

The deposit serves as a security for the school and is to be considered separate from tuition. It is refundable if the student attends OBS for at least one full academic year.

Does OBS accept students with special learning needs?

OBS accepts all children regardless of ability, race, nationality or religion provided the child’s social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs can be met by the school and provided that the child does not have special needs which preclude success in bilingual education. When a child has specific learning needs, individual assessments are made and additional support agreed, either within the school or through external partners.

How long is the school day?

Normal school day hours for children are:

  • Babycare and Prekindergarten: 9:00am – 3:30 pm
  • Kindergarten: 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
  • Primary School: 8.30 am – 3.45 pm, Wednesdays: 8.30 am – 12.00 pm
  • Upper School: 8.15 am – 3.50 pm, Wednesdays: 8.15 am – 2.25 pm
Does OBS offer Early Care and Late Care?

OBS offers early care from 7.15 am – 8.15 am and late care from 4 pm – 6.30 pm.

Does OBS offer Holiday Care?

OBS offers a fun and seasonal Holiday School Program tailored to the different age groups during all the holidays except for the 2 weeks around Christmas and New Year’s, as well as the last week of the summer break.

What other languages can my child learn and practice at OBS?

As a mandatory part of the Swiss curriculum, French is taught as of Grade 5. Latin classes are offered as of Grade 7, Italian lessons as of grade 10. Furthermore, within OBS’s broad and varied After School Program, students can take Mandarin, French and Spanish lessons. Other languages can be taken into consideration.

Does OBS have a school uniform?

OBS has no school uniform.

Are snacks and lunch provided by the school?

Yes, OBS provides its students healthy snacks (dark bread and fruit, cheese twice a week, yoghurt, cereals, rice waffles) as well as a warm, balanced and healthy lunch prepared freshly on site every day. The school caters to different dietary needs and allergies.

What is the student-teacher ratio at OBS?
  • Babycare: 3: 1
  • Prekindergarten: 4:1
  • Kindergarten: 8:1
  • Primary School: 13:1
  • Upper School: 13:1
Where do OBS families live?

Most of our families live in the district of Höfe (canton Schwyz), a considerable number also in the district of March (canton Schwyz) and the district of Horgen (canton Zurich).

Where do OBS families come from?

OBS welcomes both local and international families. Our program is designed to meet the needs of expatriate parents who want to give their child the chance to integrate into the local community, but don’t want to neglect the development of their child’s English skills. We are also the choice for local parents who want their children to develop native-level English skills, and for those parents who need all-day schooling and care for their children.

At least 30% of the families at OBS are Swiss, with another large group of families who are international but long-term residents of Switzerland and a smaller expat community.

What is the maximum class size?

At OBS we value small class sizes that enable teachers to bring out the potential of each child. Students enjoy sharing ideas and learning from their peers within a structured yet flexible environment.

  • Babycare: 8
  • Prekindergarten: 12
  • Kindergarten: 16
  • Primary School: 16
  • Upper School: 16
How does OBS help families in the transition process?

OBS organizes Moving-up Days and Welcome Events before the start of the school year to welcome all new students and their families. Also, when a new family enrolls at OBS, the PA’s Welcoming Committee allocates this family a contact (“Buddy”-) family who assists in the settling-in process. The PA furthermore organizes a Welcome Event for all OBS families at the beginning of each school year.

Does OBS welcome parents' involvement?

OBS encourages and values parents as partners, and asks you to take an active role in your child’s education by keeping in regular contact with the school, attending Information Evenings and participating in special school events. Our families appreciate being part of our vibrant, open and warm-hearted school community.

Does OBS welcome parents' involvement?

OBS has several school buses and routes. Please check for space availabilities.

What possibilities does my child have when changing schools?

Since we follow the Swiss Curriculum aligned with the different age appropriate international curricula, OBS pupils can transfer at any time to either a local or an international school.

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