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Frequently Asked Questions

Families considering ICS as a school for their child/ren often have questions about the admissions process.

We hope the information below helps answer your questions. If not, please contact us by emailing admissions@icsz.ch

Is there a deadline for applying to ICS?

We accept applications at any time. However, we generally process applications in spring for places in the following school year, which begins in August. The earlier we receive your application, the better your chances of getting a place. There is more information about the key dates for applications on the Key Dates page.

Can a student join ICS during the school year?

Yes. We encourage students to join ICS at the start of the school year in August. But we do have some students who join ICS at other times of the year, for example in January. In such cases, we process the application during the school year if possible.

How do I submit an application?

Please use our online application which will ask for all relevant information and enable you to pay the application fee and upload the necessary documents.


Is fluent English required?

No, a student need not be fluent in English in order to join ICS. Up to Grade 10 our 'English as an Additional Language' Department offers support and sheltered classes in Humanities and English. They also offer in-class support in subjects such as science where necessary.

However, a student's English must be very strong by the time s/he begins the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12. Therefore, we test older students' English during the admissions process.

Is knowledge of German required?

No. German is the language of our host country so we provide German classes for our students. See the Language Learning page for more details.

Does ICS accept pupils with special needs?

We review every application to determine whether the student can benefit from our tuition and contribute to our community. If we decide they can, then we offer up to four hours of learning support, where required, at no additional cost. If students need more than four hours' support, we ask parents to pay for additional help.

Is there a school uniform at ICS?

We do not have a school uniform. However, we ask students to dress in a way that does not cause offence or distraction and that allows them to move safely around the school. For physical education, we ask that students wear dark shorts or sweat pants and a white or orange t-shirt. See more details of our dress code here.

How long do students stay at ICS?

On average, students stay at ICS for approximately three and a half years. Interestingly, our teachers stay with us longer than is the norm at international schools.

Is an IB Diploma accepted internationally?

Yes. The IB is now the leading Secondary educational qualification in the world and is being adopted by more and more national systems as well as international schools. Over 3,500 school in 145 countries offer the IB curriculum. And universities all over the world recognize the IB Diploma. You can find out more on the International Baccalaureate Organisation's website.

How do students get to ICS?

Where possible we encourage students to use public transport to get to school. There are good local public transport links close to ICS. As another alternative to private cars, we also have a school bus system. This offers transportation to pupils living within approximately 25 kilometers of the school. This is available at additional cost.

Do you offer a hot lunch programme?

Yes. We offer a hot lunch to all students who want it. Primary students sign up for hot lunch on a semester basis; Secondary students buy lunch vouchers and use them on as needed. To see lunch menus, please visit the Cafeteria page.

How long is the school day?

The school day for students from Early Years to Grade 5 begins with registration at 08:25. Classes run until 15:15, Monday to Friday.

For students in Grades 6-10, registration is at 08:35 and classes run from 08:45-15:25.

Students in Grades 11 & 12 also register at 08:35 and their school day runs until 15:25. They may also, depending on their subjects, have classes during 8th Period (15:30 - 16:15) on any days other than Fridays. Students who do not have lessons at this time are free to leave after 7th Period finishes at 15:25.

There are extra-curricular clubs and activities at ICS, at lunchtime or after school.

There are more details about the school day here.

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Strubenacher 3 | Postfach | 8126 Zumikon | Switzerland
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