KIBS Zurich prides itself to be able to offer families in the Zürich area an international and national education that places the child at the center of learning. The children are engaged in meaningful experiences that challenge and promote academic excellence. In order to offer a curriculum which meets the needs of its pupils, KIBS has developed its own tailored program which incorporates learning skills and objectives from international curriculums as well as the learning objectives of Canton Zürich.
All subjects are taught through a cross-curricular medium, which creates a meaningful base on which to build a strong learning platform. The curriculum promotes critical thinking and independent problem solving skills. KIBS encourages its pupils to develop a degree of independence and to take responsibility for themselves.
I strongly recommend against sending your child to KIBS. Our daughter attended for 2.5 years, of which the first two were okay; however, at the end of the 2022 school year, the majority of teachers and assistants left, citing the school administration as the reason. As a result, the school quickly declined due to not being able to find experienced teachers.
In kindergarten, they use a color system for behavior that is out of practice in most education systems as it doesn’t encourage children. Instead, it relies on shaming a child for behavior they deem inappropriate. Plus, once your child receives a few red (bad) cards, they are labeled a bad kid even though they change their behavior. These kids are only kindergarteners.
They are not inclusive and have no experience with neurodivergent children. They constantly complained they our daughter was not paying attention. We had the school psychologist appointed by Opfikon Gemeinde observe her in the classroom, and he noted that the teachers were ignoring our daughter and not engaging the children. Long story short, in early January 2023, KIBS advised that they did not know how to teach our daughter; she required too much one-on-one, and they would not be welcome back to Grade 1 in August. Our daughter was subsequently diagnosed with ADHD and is doing exceptionally well with help from her new school and doctors.
We just wanted to move from the nightmare KIBS imposed on us; however, the school is now taking legal action against us for payment for the remainder of the school year. They sent a letter stating that they disapproved of our daughter leaving the school in March, even after the principal apologized to us for not being able to support her to reach her full potential in their kindergarten if this was not enough, even though the contract states a three month notice period they want us to pay for six months and forfeit our deposit.
Big lesson learned: do a lot of research on private schools. There are some excellent ones and some terrible ones, like KIBS.
Looking for a private bilingual school? Join KIBSZ! Professional teams, teachers, care takers and management working enthusiastically, open minded and tireless with the children in a multi-cultural environment. They teach the kids a multifaceted learning program and boost the development of each of the kids based on the their individual personalities. We love seeing how great our kids have been growing up under the umbrella of this family since more than 8 years. Everyone here is highly engaged and takes care of the kids thoroughly, profoundly and affectionately. Thank you very much KIBSZ Team for all the every day effort you put into this care and into the development of the the kids as well as for the many events you organise throughout the years enabling us as parents to take part into the children’s lives in your school. We are looking forward to the years to come in KIBSZ. Astrid Jeker