Upper School

Our Upper School is bilingual, however, we also welcome children who have finished elementary school (Primarschule) or secondary school (Sekundarschule) in the public school system and offer them individual support programs in English.

Young people want to develop their potential independently. They need a school environment that guides and fosters this process of individualisation:

  • level appropriate learning goals
  • possible switching from Sek A to Gymnasium level until end of grade 9
  • 1:1 coaching
  • guidance from inspiring, highly qualified role models
  • opportunities to assume responsibility for themselves and for others
  • respectful, cooperative learning atmosphere.

From secondary school to Matura

We offer a challenging, bilingual learning environment for gifted secondary and grammar school students.
We prepare our students for the following diplomas:

  • 9.-12. grade: Federal Matura examination with either a language pathway (English, with Latin or Italian) as well as a scientific profile
  • Advanced Placement Program (AP)
  • Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT) and TOEFL
  • High School Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP): The accreditation inspection at Obersee Bilingual School took place in April 2018 and our application was successful. The first IBDP classes will therefore begin in grade 11 as of August 2019. OBS is now an IB World School.*

IB schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Obersee Bilingual School believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

From Secondary School Diploma to the Swiss Matura

The bilingual Upper School at OBS is a challenging learning environment for gifted secondary and grammar school students.

Experienced grammar school teachers provide stimulating materials at various levels of difficulty. Thanks to our individually tailored programme, secondary and grammar school students can study together at our Upper School. The decision as to whether a secondary school student can move to grammar school level is reviewed annually. Switching between levels is possible until the end of 9th Grade.

We prepare our students for higher education opportunities in both German and English, providing study options leading to Swiss and foreign universities.

Learning in an international community

People of completely different nationalities come together at our school. We see this cultural diversity as an asset and place great emphasis on mutual respect and team spirit. In this positive atmosphere, relationships grow that form the basis for joint learning and constructive collaboration.

Multilingualism in Everyday Life

All teachers teach their specialist subject either in German or in English as native speakers.

This teaching/learning situation, in which the students "dive into" the foreign language, is called immersion. Immersion classes place high demands on students' knowledge of vocabulary, as well as listening and reading comprehension, because native speakers are equally entitled to develop at their normal learning pace.

To ensure that a child truly benefits from this intensive form of teaching, his or her language skills are assessed before enrolment.

Individualisation through competence orientation

All students at OBS Upper School learn based on their individual skill levels. We regularly review the competence of each student in every area on the basis of the OBS competency framework, ranging from basic knowledge to the high level of Swiss Matura.

Progression to the next competency level is clearly set out through a commitment to set learning objectives, which are achieved by working on the various topics within the curriculum and reviewed in regular learning objective checks.

The learning materials are prepared by the teachers, taking the different learning styles of each individual student into account. All materials are available electronically on the OBS learning platform, accessible anytime and from anywhere.

Learning to plan through coaching

Each student is provided with a teacher as a coach. Once every two weeks the student meets the coach to review the goals set. The coach gives guidance on how to plan his or her work efficiently, with the aim of the student assuming increasingly more responsibility for his or her own learning process.

If learning goals have been reliably achieved after a few months, study time can be structured more individually. In this way, one of the key skills essential for university and later professional success is acquired: the ability to prioritise and perform tasks within an agreed time frame.

Achieving goals in a structured and inspiring learning environment

The daily structure and inspirational learning environment support the process of goal-driven learning. The morning and the afternoon sessions consist of two separate study units. At the beginning of each unit, students meet at the “learning island“. At a standing desk, the teachers provide their input, i.e. they present the learning goal, various learning paths and convey their enthusiasm for the subject.

Subsequently, students switch to working groups or to concentrated learning at their own workplace in the “learning studio”. Each desk can be individually tailored and is used for storing personal items: it is like a small home where students can create a calm base.

Both individual study and teamwork are guided by a teacher, who is available to answer questions. At the end of each lesson, everybody meet in the input room again where the level of learning is assessed and the next steps are planned.

Assuming responsibility

At OBS Upper School, a sense of responsibility for individual learning is further developed by students assuming responsibilities in different areas. From Grade 7 onwards, they are jointly responsible for a pleasant and respectful learning atmosphere at our school.

We train particularly engaged students as peer mediators. In the event of a breach of the rules, they negotiate with the parties involved and decide on appropriate actions . Teachers are on hand to provide support in more challenging situations.

Growing together

It is important to us that parents are partners of our school. We are delighted if you take an active role in the education of your child. Our families also appreciate being part of our vibrant, open and warm-hearted school community.

A glimpse into a day at OBS Upper School

"Our son passed the Gymi test! The fact that he has come so far is thanks to OBS, we are more than convinced that he would not have achieved this level in a public secondary school. OBS was the fuel and the catalyst which helped him to develop. The environment, the support and the challenges made this development possible. We are extremely grateful to you"

- Parents of OBS Upper School Student

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  • CH-8808 Pfaeffikon SZ
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