Junior School | Ages 3 - 11


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Welcome to Junior School

As an IB World school, everyone on our campus is a learner. We work together to provide an exceptional education that is challenging and engaging.

We encourage students to grow and learn in a happy and supportive environment built on mutual respect and care for one another.

Michelle Phillips, Junior School Principal


Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 – 11 (EC 1/2 – Grade 5). The programme provides an engaging and challenging educational framework for all children, focusing on their whole growth. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners, who demonstrate respect for themselves and others. Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

We offer the PYP programme in two language combinations: English (with German as a second language) and the Dual Language Programme (English and German). Both provide an engaging and challenging educational framework for children that encompasses their social, physical, emotional, academic and cultural development. 

Junior School - Living our Mission

Early Childhood (EC)
5 mornings (minimum) CHF 13,750
4 mornings + 1 full day CHF 15,540
3 mornings + 2 full days CHF 17,330
2 mornings + 3 full days CHF 19,130
1 morning + 4 full days CHF 20,920
5 full days CHF 22,910
Ad-hoc Full Day  CHF 100/day
EC 2 – Grade 5
EC 2 CHF 22,910
EC 3 – G5 CHF 26,950

Mornings | 08:00 – 12:00 
Full days | 08:00 – 15:00.
Early Drop-off from 07:45 no additional cost

English Programme

This programme is ideal for:

  • families who speak English at home and prefer their child to develop; academic skills in their home language
  • families who do not speak English or German at home and therefore new to English.

Dual Language Programme

This programme is ideal for:

  • families with children who have a foundation in English or German and aim to improve their children's language proficiency in both languages.


Waldkinder Explained

Discover our weekly outdoor expeditions to a nearby farm and forest.

What our parents say

Real experiences and feedback.

48 Switzerland

"I believe the school excels particularly in communication and including everyone. The open lines of communication between teachers, students, and parents ensure that everyone is well-informed and engaged. Additionally, the school's efforts to foster an inclusive environment help all students feel welcomed and valued, promoting a sense of community and belonging."
– Grade 3 Parent (Switzerland) –

47 India

"Really appreciate the focus on practical work. The teachers are very friendly and take care of each child very well while maintaining the discipline."
– Grade 3 Parent (India) –

32 Italy

"ISB encourage children to discover the joy of learning, reading and researching. Kids develop great presentation skills and independence. I really would like to express my appreciation for providing top quality education as well as life coaching to my two children."
– Grade 1 Parent (Italy) –

31 Denmark

"The feeling of being "taken care of" when you enter the school as a new family. I will never forget that. The environment, all the cultures, the whole community, the buildings, the Welcome Programme, Parents, teacher, student conferences, the Classroom management (especially at Aesch campus), The level in the Music lessons and PE. That it is easy to "drop by" and have a talk. And always prompt response to a concern or anything else from Director, Principals and teachers. That is Great!"
– Grade 4 Parent (Denmark) –

30 United States

"The teaching staff are wonderful - very caring/supportive, individualized attention, attuned to developing the whole person, socially and intellectually. The attention they give to each child and activities that they do in the classroom is amazing! The school environment fosters wonderful friendships for the families and provides wonderful opportunities to the parents. It's really added to our experience here as a new expat family."
– EC 2 Parent (United States) –

29 Australia

"Great teachers and afterschool programs as well as afterschool care. My kids were always very happy when I came to pick them up. The Seesaw app means I know what is happening at school and as a working mum that is really important to me."
– Grade 4 Parent (Australia) –

22 United Kingdom

"ISB is a great international school that welcomes students in a smooth manner and provides a lovely education system where global students from all over are able to interact well and learn from amazing teachers."
– Grade 5 Parent (United Kingdom) –

21 Korea

"ISB welcomes students well, making them comfortable and stable to help them adapt to a new school smoothly. Also the facilities and resources are wonderful and they can facilitate students’ learning."
– Grade 5 Parent (Korea) –

20 Korea

"ISB welcomes new students very warmly and help them transition to a new environment very smoothly. It has a lot of great events so students and their families can have wonderful memories. This could lead students enjoy their school lives very happily and also make them more confident and independent while they prepare for the various events."
– Grade 3 Parent (Korea) –

019 Japan

"Each teacher is creative, caring and knows about the students and gives great feedback. The ISB community among children, teachers and parents is wonderful."
– EC 3 Parent (Japan) –

017 India

"ISB has a warm and friendly atmosphere that makes expat families settle in swiftly. The teachers are well experienced and skilled. The school employs innovative ways of learning and gamified experience that is so much fun for kids. ISB also has activities happening regularly that involves both kids and parents keeping the engagement so lively. We sure recommend ISB for incoming families."
– EC 3 Parent (India) –

015 Spain

"Very open community to facilitate induction with great staff and well-equipped facilities. There is a complete calendar of social activities for parent networking. There is a focus on building self-autonomy of children through diverse experiences and responsibilities."
– EC 2 Parent (Spain) –

012 United States

"The Early Years are fabulous. Waldkinder is a wonderful way to foster learning at a young age. I think the EC years are very strong. Also, ISB is very welcoming to new families arriving to the Basel area."
– EC 3 Parent (United States) –

011 Italy

"ISB welcomes kids very well and works on their "soft skills" with a high focus on each individual."
– Grade 2 Parent (Italy) –

010 Russia

"Students love school and don't want to leave the ISB family and that is the best award that can be ever given to the school. Combination of very warm and friendly atmosphere with strong academic program gives a very strong base for the child's future. We are very thankful to ISB for happy first 6 years at school!"
– Grade 5 Parent (Russia) –

009 New Zealand

"Qualified and caring teachers, very conscious of child's overall wellbeing. Guides the child to progress at their own pace. Great use of outdoor learning."
– EC 3 Parent (New Zealand) –

008 France

"The school looks after the needs of each student individually and has a is a strong sense of both education and pastoral care. ISB is inclusive of all cultures and nationalities and fosters connections among parent communities. There is continuous communications of the life of the students and a detailed weekly newsletter to promote parent engagement."
– Grade 1 Parent (France) –

007 United Kingdom

"ISB and the ISB Community did an incredible job welcoming and onboard our 5th grader who arrived at the beginning of the Spring semester. ISB has a very personalized approach to education and dedicated the time up front to understand our son's needs and followed up with the attention and support he needed."
– Grade 5 Parent (United Kingdom) –


"Supporting and caring for students with their individual needs. ISB has excellent communication between staff members and they prioritize the best for the students."
– EC 3 Parent (Ireland) –


Learning is organised around six Transdisciplinary Themes:

1. Who we are

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

2. Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

3. How we express ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

4. How the world works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

5. How we organise ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organisations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

6. Sharing the planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships.


Through an integrated approach to teaching and learning, ISB uses a variety of differentiated teaching methods drawn from a range of exciting learning tasks and strategies applied to all key learning areas. The same teacher (homeroom teacher) teaches Language (English), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Specialist teachers plan and work collaboratively with homeroom teachers to teach: Arts (Music and Visual Arts), additional language (German) and Physical, Social and Personal Education (PSPE).