The school system in Basel
There is no uniform, national school system In Switzerland, as the schools are run by the cantons. In Basel-Stadt, the primary goal for schools is to give the children a good start to a professional career. Parents are considered to be active partners of the school. Employers and training companies are also in close contact with the intermediate schools, with 50% of all teenagers starting an apprenticeship in a company that is associated with industry-specific education.
Compulsory education In Basel lasts 11 years, including the two-year kindergarten. It is then possible to continue education at the various middle schools or at the secondary school.
The schools In Basel-Stadt will be reorganized in the coming years.
The previous school system
This information applies to children who were born before the 30th April 2002.
The new school system
This information applies to children who were born after the 30th April 2002.
Various secondary schools make it possible for young people to make a qualified and specialised start in their professional lives, or to attend a University of Applied Sciences. More
Twelve weeks of school holidays are spread over the whole year: six weeks in the summer, from July to mid-August, two weeks during the first half of October, one to two weeks over Christmas and the New Year, two weeks in the winter (February/March) and ten days in the spring around Easter. Many schools organise one-week holiday camps during the school year,.
Several private schools complement the system of public schools in Basel, among others the international schools and the Rudolf Steiner Schools. The private schools cover all stages. The school-leaving certificate or baccalaureate is passed according to federal regulations.
Rudolf Steiner schools
Interessengemeinschaft Basler Privatschulen (Interest Group for Basel Private Schools)
SIS Swiss International School
ipso - House of Learning
academia International School
BZB Basler Zentrum für Bildung
In addition, a number of private schools offer language, computer and commercial courses.
Bénédict School Basel
Berlitz Language School
NSH Education Centre Basel
ESL - Sprachaufenthalte (language studies abroad)
academia Sprach- und Lernzentrum