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FAQ for Admissions

OBS welcomes your questions with regard to admissions to the school. You will find some of the most frequently asked questions below.

Should you not find all the answers you are looking for please write to admissions@edi4-obs.ch and we will answer in a timely manner.

Why should I register my child at OBS?

OBS students experience a holistic, stimulating and supportive learning environment which nurtures the individual qualities and needs of each student and brings out the best in each child. OBS offers your child opportunities to develop the leadership, personal, academic, creative and practical life skills required in order to contribute successfully to a challenging, multicultural and multilingual business and world community. We encourage our students to strive for excellence in all that they do.

Our team of certified and experienced teachers and staff members create and maintain a trusting, supportive and professional team-work atmosphere that encourages innovation, dedication to the school's values and continual professional development. We are proud of the quality of our bilingual education to which we welcome both local and international families. Our program is designed to meet the needs of expatriate parents who want to give their child the chance to integrate into the local community, but don't want to neglect the development of their child’s English skills. We are also the choice for local parents who want their children to develop native-level English skills, and for those parents who need all-day schooling and care for their children.

OBS students have a choice of future educational options open to them. OBS Upper School, which offers gymnasium and secondary school level education, is also fully bilingual and provides the following options for students, a High School Diploma, the Bilingual Matura, AP’s and SAT’s. Our 2014/15 Grade 6 students will be the first class at OBS to prepare for the International Baccaleaurate (IB) Diploma Programme in 2021.

Furthermore, our comprehensive offering provides Early Care and Late Care, Holiday Care, a variety of onsite Lunch clubs and popular After School classes, an OBS school bus as well as our in-house school cafeteria with a comprehensive and healthy meal offering.

Must my child be fluent in English and/ or German to attend OBS?

In the Early Years classes and in lower grades we welcome students into our program irrespective of language levels. From Grade 3 and above we ask that potential students have a solid L1 language and some understanding of Language 2. Admission decisions are made taking into account each individual child’s experiences and needs.

In Primary school, trial days, ideally on both a German and an English day, are requested in the case of admissions to grades 2-6.

Upper School offers trial days for prospective students as well. Admission to Upper School requires a Placement Test. This assessment is used to determine the current level in the subjects German, English and Math as well as to test the student's cognitive potential and establish a personality profile. The detailed results are a useful instrument to assess the candidate. Underlining the child's strong points, the results enable a differentiated analysis.

What does the school do to support students with different knowledge levels in English and German?

On Prekindergarten and Kindergarten levels, language development courses are integrated into the curriculum. In Primary School, OBS offers DAZ (Deutsch als Zweitsprache) and EAL (English as a second language) during school hours for an additional charge (recommendation: 2 hours à CHF 60 / week). Differentiated learning in German and English forms an integral part of the Upper School curriculum.

Is there a deadline for applications to OBS? Are there waiting lists?

OBS accepts students throughout the year and given that space is available. However, waiting lists are common and therefore timely applications are recommended.

Does my child need to take an entrance exam?

OBS will evaluate and place each student based on an individual student’s needs, expert assessments and previous school history. In Primary School, trial days, ideally on both a German and an English day, are requested in the case of admissions to grades 2-6.

Admission to Upper School requires a Placement Test.

This assessment is used to determine the current level in the subjects German, English and Math as well as to test the student's cognitive potential and establish a personality profile. The detailed results are a useful instrument to assess the candidate. Underlining the child's strong points the results enable a differentiated analysis.

How do I secure a place for my child?

After completion of the enrolment contract and personal information form, a reservation fee (one quarter of the annual school fees) and deposit become due (see details on the OBS tuition schedule). Upon payment of the reservation fee, the student’s enrollment is secured.

The deposit is refundable if the student attends OBS for at least one full academic year. The reservation fee is deducted from the first tuition invoice, which is sent about one month before the student starts at OBS.

Does OBS accept students with special learning needs?

OBS accepts all children regardless of ability, race, nationality or religion providing the child’s social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs can be met by the school and providing that the child does not have special needs which preclude success in bilingual education.

How long is the school day?

Normal school day hours for children are:

  • Babycare and Prekindergarten: 9:00am - 4:00 pm
  • Kindergarten: 8.30 am – 3.45 pm
  • Primary School: 8.30 am – 3.45 pm, Wednesdays: 8.30 am – 12.00 pm
  • Upper School: 8.15 am – 4.00 pm, Wednesdays: 8.15 am – 2.00 pm

Does OBS offer Early Care and Late Care?

OBS offers early care from 7.15 am – 8.15 am and late care from 4 pm - 6.30 pm as well as supervised homework.

Does OBS offer Holiday Care?

OBS offers a fun Holiday School Program tailored to the different age groups during all the holidays except for the 2 weeks around Christmas and New Year’s, as well as the last week of the summer break.

What other languages can my child learn and practice at OBS?

As a mandatory part of the Swiss curriculum, French is taught as of grade 5. Latin classes are offered as of grade 7, Italian lessons as of grade 10. Furthermore, within OBS’s broad and varied After School Program, students can take Chinese, French, Spanish and Danish lessons.

Does OBS have a school uniform?

OBS has no school uniform.

Are snacks and lunch provided by the school?

Yes, OBS provides its students healthy snacks (dark bread and fruit, cheese twice a week) as well as a warm, balanced and healthy lunches prepared freshly on site every day.

How many students are registered at OBS?

OBS started with 11 Prekindergarteners in 2004 and now has 400 students from 3 months of age up Upper School. The OBS student community represents 32 nationalities and 24 languages.

What is the student-teacher ratio at OBS?

  • Babycare: 3: 1
  • Prekindergarten: 4:1
  • Kindergarten: 8:1
  • Primary School: 13:1
  • Upper School: 13:1

Where do OBS families live?

Most of our families live in the district of Höfe (canton Schwyz), a considerable number also in the district of March (canton Schwyz) and the district of Horgen (canton Zurich).

Where do OBS families come from?

OBS welcomes both local and international families. Our program is designed to meet the needs of expatriate parents who want to give their child the chance to integrate into the local community, but don't want to neglect the development of their child’s English skills. We are also the choice for local parents who want their children to develop native-level English skills, and for those parents who need all-day schooling and care for their children.

At least 30% of the families at OBS are Swiss, with another large group of families who are international but long-term residents of Switzerland and a smaller expat community.

What is the maximum class size?

  • Babycare: 8
  • Prekindergarten: 16
  • Kindergarten: 16
  • Primary School: 16
  • Upper School: 16

How does OBS help families in the transition process?

OBS organizes Moving-up Day and Welcome Events before the start of the school year to welcome all new students and their families. Also, when a new family enrolls at OBS, the PA's Welcoming Committee allocates this family a Buddy family who assists in the settling-in process. The PA further more organizes a Welcome Event for all OBS families at the beginning of the school year

Does OBS welcome parents' involvement?

OBS encourages and values parents as partners, and asks you to take an active role in your child's education by keeping in regular contact with the school, attending Information Evenings and participating in special school events. Our families appreciate being part of our vibrant, open and warm-hearted school community.

Does OBS provide transport to and from school?

OBS has several school buses. Please check for space availabilities.
Eichenstrasse 4C
CH-8808 Pfäffikon SZ
Phone: +41 55 511 38 15
admissions@edi4-obs.ch
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  • Eichenstrasse 4c
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