International School of Zug and Luzern

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International School of Zug and Luzern
ISZL Logo.jpg
Central Switzerland
Baar, ZG, Switzerland, CH-6340
School type Non-profit, Co-ed, Day school
Motto Respect, Motivate, Achieve
Founded 1961
Director Dominic Currer
Faculty 260
Grades Early Years / Primary School / Middle School / High School
Gender Co-ed
Age 3 years to 18 years
Enrolment 1250
Education system PYP, MYP and DP, IB World School, College Board Advanced Placement Courses
Medium of language English
Campus Baar (ZG), Riverside (Hünenberg, ZG), Wengen (BE)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Blue and white
Athletics Soccer, Basketball, Rugby, Cross Country, Softball, Swimming, Skiing, Tennis, Track & Field
Mascot Eagles
Nickname ISZL
Accreditation CIS/NEASC, International Baccalaureate
Affiliation Swiss 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. The school contributes towards creating additional learning space for students from different nationalities.[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]

However, 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 Schools of Zug and the International School of Luzern and The Riverside School.

The International School of Zug (ISOZ) was founded 1961 in Zug, known then as The Zug Anglo-American School or the Zug American School. With just fourteen students, ISOZ provided an English speaking primary education for the expatriate families in the region. The campus is in the town of Baar, halfway between Luzern and Zurich.

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). It is also a member of the European Council of International Schools. In 2003, Riverside moved to its current 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.

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 across two campuses.

Campuses and facilities[edit]

Zug Campus[edit]

Primary and Middle School - Early Years to Grade 8.

Home to over 800 students the Zug Campus is located in an idyllic rural setting on the outskirts of Baar in the Canton of Zug and hosts the Zug Primary School and Middle School. The Zug Primary School and Middle School offer classes from Early Years 1 up 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 the Baarburg building, a new facility providing state-of-the-art science labs, the ISZL Gallery and the ISZL Theatre for school performances. The facilities also include two gymnasia, two computer centres, science laboratories, two libraries, music rooms, a cafeteria and dining hall. Additionally, the school has fully equipped outdoor playgrounds, two hardtop basketball courts, two indoor sports fields 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 an environmentally friendly purpose built building. The campus is attend by 340 High School students between the ages of 14 and 18. With extensive facilities such as four state-of-the-art science laboratories, three computer labs, six art and music facilities, dance/drama studio and a library it is perfect for any teenagers education. Additionally, the school has an all-weather hard court and a multipurpose sports field. In 2013 the build of a triple gymnasium, containing three gyms, a dance studio, techno gym, fitness center and climbing wall, was completed. The campus is conveniently located for access by public transport.

Outdoor Education Centre[edit]

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

In the summer of 2008, ISZL bought Chalet Bergehim, a beautiful purpose-built wood chalet, located in the famous mountain village of Wengen, in the heart of the grand Berner Oberland. Chalet Bergeim has numerous generously sized en-suite rooms, a lounge, a multi-purpose classroom, lecture theatre and dining area. With spectacular mountain ranges, 213 kilometers of prepared ski slopes, hiking trails, waterfalls, glaciers and the Lauterbrunnen Gorge all in close proximity, Chalet Bergheim offers our students endless opportunities for class trips, winter sports, exploration and outdoor learning.

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. Therefore, every EAL classroom contains a range of language capabilities in English. The EAL programme enables students to develop their language skills in a small group setting. The programme is inquiry-based and skills-based.

First Language (Mother Tongue) Programme At present, there are 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).


Physical Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum for students in the Primary Years Programme. In addition, a variety of sports are offered at a competitive and non-competitive level and many lead to 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. In Grades 2 and 3, students have an additional recorder lesson. Students in Grades 4 through 8 learn an instrument of their choice. From Grade 8 onwards the four disciplines of visual art, dance, drama and music provide a medium through which students can explore, understand and develop their creative abilities. In addition to these concerts, each year the Middle School classes perform a musical show at a local theatre. The school has three choirs for various age groups. In the autumn of 2013, the Hünenberg campus opened a dedicated art facility to support ISZL's expanding arts programme.

Notes & references[edit]

  1. ^ School places at premium for expat children
  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" (official site) (in German, French, and Italian). Berne, Switzerland: Swiss Federal State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 

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