Swiss School Beijing

Recognized by the Swiss government

Learning

Swiss Education in Beijing

The Swiss School Beijing is the first “Swiss School Abroad” in China and offers a unique window onto the Swiss Education system. This system was built on the pedagogical principles introduced by J.H. Pestalozzi in the 18th century, and has contributed significantly towards Switzerland’s present-day ranking as the most innovative country worldwide. Education has always played a central role in the social, cultural and economic growth of Switzerland.

Classes in a Swiss School Abroad are taught in at least one of Switzerland’s national languages. At the Swiss School Beijing, this will initially be German. In addition, education in the Swiss School Beijing is based on a Swiss curriculum, adapted to benefit from the School’s culturally rich Chinese and international context. The quality assurance for the School is carried out by educational experts from the Canton of Zurich.

As a section of the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), the Swiss School Beijing benefits of the excellent infrastructure of this reputed international school.

Our Values

How do we prepare our children for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow? We believe that this is best achieved by letting them discover the fun of learning and allowing them to grow up in a truly multicultural setting.

Our school nurtures:

  • A spirit of exploration and the motivation to learn
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Self-confidence and empathy
  • Responsibility and reliability
  • Respect for others and the environment
  • The ability to learn and the willingness to perform

Our Approach

Children are at the centre of the learning process. Our main goal is to make sure that their learning is successful.

We recognise that every child is different and we therefore use a differentiated approach to teaching and learning.

We believe that education should be holistic, that it should develop academic knowledge as well as creative, sportive and social skills.

We recognise that our location in Beijing is a unique opportunity to learn from many different cultures.

We recruit highly qualified and experienced teachers. Our class teachers have educational qualifications that are recognised by the Swiss government.

We provide an environment that is friendly, healthy, safe and in general conducive to learning.

We value a constructive collaboration with parents. In particular, we inform them regularly of the School’s educational goals and their child’s progress.

We foster a culture of continuous improvement in all areas of our school.

Our Teachers

Yvonne Gerig is Kindergarten Teacher and School Coordinator at the Swiss School Beijing. She is a Swiss national and has been working in early childhood education for the past 20+ years. She was the principal of the German Embassy Kindergarten before she founded her own Kindergarten. Most recently, she taught Kindergarten class at Eduwings and established the toddler’s section at Day Star Academy. She is fluent in German, Chinese and English.

Cécile Ottiger is a highly motivated and dedicated teacher with extensive experience at primary level. She is a Swiss national who has taught Group 1 and 2 in the Primary School of Oberuzwil (SG) prior to moving to Beijing. While teaching, she encourages her students to become independent, pro-active and creative learners by letting them complete a wide range of interesting tasks. Cécile Ottiger is also a keen guitar and violin player. She is fluent in German, French and English.

Kindergarten

The Swiss School Beijing will open with one combined class for Kindergarten 1 and 2 in the academic year 2017/2018. Children who are either 4 or 5 years old on 31st of July 2017 can join this Kindergarten class.

Should there be enough demand, the School will consider opening a Pre-Kindergarten class for 3 year olds.

The class size in the Kindergarten section is of maximum 16 children and the classroom teacher is an experienced teacher with Swiss teaching qualification. Students of the Swiss School Beijing can also choose to join WAB‘s Chinese language program (optional). This program caters for beginners through to native speakers and recognizes the diverse learning needs of WAB‘s students. 

School begins at 8:40am and ends at 3:20pm. A typical school day may look as follows:

8:10am Supervision begins on the playground
8:40am Classes commence
10:40am-11:00am Morning break
12:20pm-12:50pm Lunch
12:50pm-1:20pm Play time
3:20pm Classes end

On Wednesdays, Kindergarten students end their classes earlier and enjoy a free afternoon.

Primary

The Swiss School Beijing will open with one combined class for Primary 1 and 2 in the academic year 2017/2018. Children who are either 6 or 7 years old on 31st of July 2017 can join this Primary class.

The class size in the Kindergarten section is of maximum 16 children and the classroom teacher is an experienced teacher with Swiss teaching qualification. Students of the Swiss School Beijing can also choose to join WAB‘s Chinese language program (optional). This program caters for beginners through to native speakers and recognizes the diverse learning needs of WAB‘s students. 

School begins at 8:40am and ends at 3:20pm.