International School of Zug and Luzern

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International School of Zug and Luzern

Central Switzerland

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School typeNon-profit, Co-ed, Day school
MottoRespect, Motivate, Achieve
DirectorBarry Dequanne
GradesEarly Years / Primary School / Middle School / High School
Age3 years to 18 years
Education systemPYP, MYP and DP, IB World School, College Board Advanced Placement Courses
Medium of languageEnglish
CampusBaar (ZG), Riverside (Hünenberg, ZG), Wengen (BE)
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)Blue and White
AthleticsSoccer, Basketball, Rugby, Cross Country, Softball, Swimming, Skiing, Tennis, Track & Field
AccreditationCIS/NEASC, International Baccalaureate
AffiliationSwiss Group of International Schools, Council of International Schools, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, European Council of International Schools

The International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL) is an independent co-educational, non-profit day school, from Pre-School to Grade 12 serving the international community of Central Switzerland.[1]


ISZL is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. ISZL is also a fully authorised IB World School offering three IB programmes.

The ISZL Zug Campus in Baar (Zug) Early Years, Kindergarten, Primary School (Primarstufe 1.-6. Klasse, grade 1-6), Lower - Secondary School (Sekundarstufe I, grade 7-9) are approved by the bureau for elementary school (Amt für gemeindliche Schulen), administration for education (Bildungsdirektion), canton of Zug.[2]

The ISZL Riverside Campus in Hünenberg (Zug) upper secondary education (High School: Sekundarstufe I (Grade 9) a.k.a. lower-secondary school grade 9, and Sekundarstufe II (Grade 10-13) a.k.a. upper-secondary school grade 10-13) is approved as a Sekundarstufe II by canton of Zug,.[2]

ISZL's (upper) secondary education (Middle and High School) is not approved as a Mittelschule/Collège/Liceo by the Swiss Federal State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).[3]


The International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL) was founded in 2008 following the merger of the International School of Zug, the International School of Luzern, and The Riverside School.

The International School of Zug (ISOZ) was founded 1961 in Zug, as The Zug Anglo-American School. Initially with just fourteen students, ISOZ provided an English speaking primary education for the expatriate families in the region.

The Riverside School was founded in 1990 as a university preparatory high school. It has been offering the College Boards Advanced Placement (AP) programme since its inception. In 2007, Riverside was authorised to offer the Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate (IB). In 2003, Riverside moved to a location on the lake of Zug. As of 2010, the campus has moved to Hünenberg.

The International School of Luzern (ISOL) was founded in 2006 as a sister school to the International School of Zug. ISOL was located in Kastanienbaum in the town of Horw, near the city of Luzern. In the Summer of 2016, the Luzern campus closed.

With the merger of these schools in August 1, 2008, the new International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL) serves the needs of around 1,250 students from more than 50 different nationalities.[4]

Campuses and facilities[edit]

Both the Zug campus and the Hünenberg campus are located in Canton of Zug and within the Zurich Metropolitan Area.

Zug Campus[edit]

Primary and Middle School - Early Years to Grade 8.

ISZL Zug Campus Baar

Home to over 800 students the Zug Campus is located in a rural setting on the outskirts of Baar and hosts the Primary School and Middle School, offering classes from Early Years 1 to Grade 8. The main building, the Wettinger House, was constructed in the late 17th century and is surrounded by modern classroom buildings. The Middle School is located in new facility providing science labs, the ISZL Gallery and the ISZL Theatre for school performances. The facilities also include two gymnasia, science laboratories, two libraries, music rooms and a dining hall. The campus has multiple well equipped outdoor playgrounds, two hardtop basketball courts, and an all-weather sports field.

Riverside Campus[edit]

High School Grades 9 to 12.

The Riverside Campus is located in Hünenberg and hosts the ISZL High School, in modern buildings supporting 420 High School students between the ages of 14 and 18. Facilities such as science laboratories, computer labs, art and music facilities, and a library. Additionally, the school has an all-weather hard court and a multipurpose sports field. In 2013 a triple gymnasium, containing gyms, a dance studio, fitness center, and climbing wall, was completed. Additionally, they hold an art factory where art students have a lot of room to create their art.

Outdoor Education Centre[edit]

Primary, Middle and High School (Early Years to Grade 12)

In the summer of 2008, ISZL bought Chalet Bergheim, a purpose-built wood chalet, located in the mountain village of Wengen, in Berner Oberland. Chalet Bergheim has numerous bedrooms, a multi-purpose classroom and dining area. Chalet Bergheim is used year-round in support of the schools curriculum to include sports, sciences, visual arts and music.[5]

Language Programme[edit]

English as an Additional Language (EAL) A large number of the students in the school do not have English as their mother tongue. ISZL offers EAL classes to those students who require this additional instruction.

First Language (Mother Tongue) Programme As well as English language tuition, ISZL teaches over 25 first language classes and courses (Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish).[6]


Physical Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum for students at ISZL. A variety of sports are offered at a competitive and non-competitive level, to include involvement at regional events. Boys' and girls' teams compete annually with other international schools at the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) events in Switzerland.


Music is taught to all students, from Early Years to Grade 8, leading to an instrument of their choice. For older students, the four disciplines of visual art, dance, drama and music are offered. Multiple concerts, and musicals are produced at each division. The school has three choirs for various age groups. In the autumn of 2013, the Hünenberg campus opened an art facility to support multiple mediums of artistic expression.[7]

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Notes & references[edit]

  1. ^ School places at premium for expat children retrieve 6 September 2017
  2. ^ a b "Anerkannte Privatschulen / Authorised private schools" (official site) (in German and English). Zug, Switzerland: Amt für gemeindliche Schulen, Bildungsdirektion, Kanton Zug. January 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  3. ^ "Maturität - Maturité - Maturità" (official site) (in German, French, and Italian). Berne, Switzerland: Swiss Federal State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  4. ^ retrieved 6 September 2017
  5. ^ retrieved 6 September 2017
  6. ^ , retrieved 6 September 2017
  7. ^ retrieved 6 September 2017

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