Learning Happens Everywhere

Learning Happens Everywhere

Students benefit from learning in many different ways at ICS Zurich. Our classroom work is combined with outdoor activities to help your child build skills and confidence.

Residential Field Trips

Activities such as Residential field trips and one-day curricular trips have a powerful effect on your child's development. We provide a variety of outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and educational fieldwork for students throughout the year from Grades 2 to 11. Grade 12 do not attend residential field trips but attend curriculum trips to enhance their learning. This is an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about something in a different and real-life context.

Primary Residential Field Trips

primary students walking on a bridge in mettmenalp on a field trip, international school

Grade 2 to 5 students at ICS celebrate the culmination of the academic year with residential field trips. Grade levels travel across the region to alpine areas such as Zermatt and Engelberg, where they engage in a rich programme of activities that connect to local language, culture and adventure.

Overnight trips provide fabulous opportunities for young people to grow, develop social skills and foster a sense of independence. As part of our culture of care, ICS spends time prior to trips working with students to ensure they are ready for residential trips from both an organizational and social emotional standpoint. The residential trips are always a highlight of the year and students revel in this wonderful experience. 

Secondary Residential Field Trips

secondary students white water rafting on a field trip, international school

Our Secondary residential field trips may last longer, and students attend their field trips together and stay at one venue for each grade level. We aim to positively develop each cohort’s grade level culture, and collective field trip experiences present an ideal vehicle for this.
While different groups will have different activities during the day, this format allows all students in a grade level to interact with one another within an engaging setting. The students’ tutors and support tutors attend the trip and participate in the activities, further strengthening the sense of shared culture within the grade level.
These residential field trips are readily accessible by train or bus transport. This supports the above point about having the entire cohort in one venue as well as respecting our school’s commitment to lessening our collective carbon footprint.
Field trips are a very important part of our educational programme and at ICS we place a high value on learning through experience. They are designed to fulfil a range of educational objectives. The learning outcomes of the field trip connect to their interdisciplinary learning experiences, as well as CAS and Service-Learning objectives where possible.

Explore more about the programmes offered for children aged 18 months-18 years

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Beyond the Classroom

At ICS we recognise that students learn in a variety of ways and do so both within and beyond the classroom.

I got to work with people that I never worked with before and I learnt how to survive in the wild.
Rachel H, Grade 8 student
Working with the Grade 10 students was a fun way to practice using a compass to follow directions.
Joshua J, Grade 5 student