Bilingual secondary school – the ideal preparation for grammar school

Our bilingual secondary school (Year 7 and 8) combines the best of two curricula: we combine Curriculum 21 with the Cambridge International Curriculum. Our unique concept also promotes the bilingualism, creativity and independence of our pupils, making them well equipped for their next stages of education.

Our teaching method

At our bilingual secondary school, we combine in-depth specialist teaching in English with comprehensive project-based learning in German. This allows our pupils to build up a comprehensive, bilingual vocabulary in all subjects and train important key competences at the same time. We therefore ensure that they are perfectly prepared for further education, both in Switzerland and in the international system.

The relationship to practice and the transfer of learning from theory into everyday life are important to us: during project weeks, the pupils delve deeper into the chosen topic in an interdisciplinary and practical way.

The timetable also includes daily supervised study time. During this time, the pupils complete their homework, work on additional teaching materials or focus on preparing for upcoming examinations. They benefit from the support of their specialist subject teachers.

All pupils are also provided with a personal learning coach. In regular discussions, topics are addressed that go far beyond the actual transfer of knowledge in the specific subjects. This includes, for example, teaching appropriate learning and organisational techniques.


Children who have completed Year 6 at the Academia Bilingual School or Terra Nova Bilingual School are admitted to our secondary school without having to take an exam.

For all other pupils, we require that they have completed at least six years of primary school. We also expect language proficiency at the A2 level in German and English.

Follow-on options

After completing Year 8, our pupils have the following options:

  • Examination-free transfer to our IGCSE programme and then to the A Level programme. This enables our pupils to obtain an internationally recognised higher education entrance qualification, which entitles them to study at universities and higher education institutions in Germany and abroad.
  • Examination-free transfer to the Swiss Academy Zurich, which prepares young athletes, dancers and musicians for the International A Level while also encouraging their talents.
  • Transition to another international school or to a public secondary school after passing the entrance examination.

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Key facts of our secondary school

  • Unique bilingual teaching concept
  • International British Cambridge curriculum and Curriculum 21
  • German and English at native-language level
  • Personal learning coach and supervised study time
  • Ideal preparation for our IGCSE programme
  • Warm and caring environment


Our secondary school pupils take the following subjects:

Mathematics; Nature and Technology (Biology, Chemistry, Physics); Spaces, Time and Society (Geography, History, Political Education); German; English; French; Religion, Culture, Ethics; Media and Computer Science; Economics, Work, Household; Artistic Design; Music; Sport.