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Welcome from the Director

Where students take their own path
Two upper school girls working together in the science lab using a microscope

Welcome to Zurich International School (ZIS), where more than 1,200 students learn and develop in a challenging and nurturing multicultural environment.


ZIS is comprised of three campuses and has over 70 nationalities and 40 mother-tongue languages represented in the school community. The language of instruction is English. For students in the optional bilingual program, initially for Kindergarten, the languages of instruction are German and English.

Founded in 1963 as the American International School of Zurich, ZIS celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2013/14 school year and has a long history of educational excellence in the Zurich area.

Learn, Care, Challenge, Lead

are the cornerstones of ZIS’ mission

Lisa Lyle

ZIS provides the challenge and support to ensure that every student becomes their best self and reaches their potential, whatever their interest or passion.

Lisa Lyle
ZIS Director


What makes ZIS unique?

  • ZIS is the longest accredited international school in Switzerland.
  • ZIS is able to offer large school "opportunities" in small learning communities.
  • ZIS graduates are consistently admitted to the best universities in the world.
  • ZIS has over 250 highly experienced and qualified professionals.
  • ZIS goes out of its way to meet the learning needs of each student and promote the development of individual learning pathways.
  • ZIS has a bilingual pathway. This additional program, initially for Kindergarten, meets the requirements of the Swiss Lehrplan 21 curriculum.
  • ZIS parents play an integral role in our school community, where they are partners in their children’s education.
  • ZIS is registered as a non-profit organization (Stiftung) in Switzerland and affiliated with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organisation in the United States.  

How can I learn more about ZIS?

  • Arrange a visit to one of ZIS’ three campuses, all easily accessible and in close proximity to Zurich
  • Talk to students, parents, teachers or administrators
  • Most importantly, if you have a question please let us know how we can help, we want to hear from you!

Lisa Lyle, ZIS Director

New Middle School

Artists impression of the new Middle School
Building the Future of Learning

Our new, state-of-the-art Middle School will open for the 2022/23 school year, adjacent to its purpose-built Upper School in Adliswil. 

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The ZIS Perspective

Articles by Director Lisa Lyle in the ZIS community magazine

The ZIS Experience