Multilingual Education

In a positive and dynamic learning climate

WELCOME TO TANDEM INTERNATIONAL MULTILINGUAL SCHOOL

Each of our schools offer full day educational programmes and care.

ZURICH
(0-12 years)

German, English and French
130 students
Zurich Seefeld quarter

ZOLLIKON
(0-4 years)

Geman and English
50 students
in the village center

UETIKON
(0-4 years)

German and English
30 students
in the village center

Founded 2004

2004

School
Founded

240+ Students

200+

Students
On Roll

30 Student Nationalities

30

Student Nationalities

12 Staff Nationalities

12

Staff Nationalities

50% Native German Speakers

50%

Native German Speakers

25% Native English Speakers

25%

Native English Speakers

50% Continue to Gymni

50%

Continue
to Gymi

3 Locations

3

School
Locations

0m to 4 Years

0 to 4

Early
Years

4 to 6 Years

4 to 6

Kindergarten

6 to 12 Years

6 to 12

Primary

100% DELF Prim Pass Rate

100%

DELF Prim
Pass Rate

100% Gymni Pass Rate

100%

Gymi
Pass Rate

60 Staff Members

60

Staff
Members

After School Clubs

14

After
School Clubs

10 Holiday Camps

10

Holiday
Camps

WHAT IS TANDEM IMS?

We are a dynamic day school, offering high quality multilingual education (German, English and French) in a warm and child-friendly environment where both local Swiss and international families are welcome.

"Discover the world through languages"

Tandem IMS has developed a unique concept of multilingualism (German, English and French) in the education of the very young through to the end of the primary school years. All students experience translanguaging in which the teachers of both languages are regularly present in their classroom at the same time. In addition, our enquiry-based learning curriculum, based on the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate (IB) ensures a stimulating, creative and thought-provoking multidimensional education.

WHY TANDEM IMS?

Our goal is to give your child the best education to be fit for the future.

We support every child in reaching their highest potential and developing their learning strategies in order to prepare them for their next educational step be it Swiss Gymnasium or another upper level school.

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Multilingual

English and German is spoken in our nurseries. As of kindergarten, French can/will be part of the multilingual education.

Translanguaging

Translanguaging

Our English and German teachers are co-teaching. Therefore, children learn to switch between the languages naturally.

Enquiry-Based Learning

Enquiry-Based Learning

Encouraging children to ask questions, do research and find answers - based on the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Curricula

Curricula

The core of our curriculum is canton Zurich’s curriculum (Lehrplan 21) and the UK National Curriculum.

Assessments

Assessments

To ensure your child’s progress, we provide a variety of assessments as i.e. Swiss Klassencockpit and UK SATs.

Gymnasium preparation

Gymnasium preparation

We support every child in reaching their highest potential and prepare them optimally for the Swiss Gymi exam.

WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS

Tandem IMS

Massi grew up in the translanguaging environment of Tandem IMS, becoming fluent in both English and German from an early age. The enquiry-based learning allowed him to be himself, learning easily by asking questions constantly. We are grateful to all the teachers that accompanied him since he was two years old. Thank you for your patience, professionalism, creativity, and engagement. Tandem IMS and its teachers are putting a lot of effort in recognising each child's needs, adapting to their rhythm, their curiosity, making everyone feel unique. 

Massi and his parents
Early Years, Pre-School, Kindergarten
Luca and his dad-1

Seeing our children becoming less and less happy attending public school, we felt compelled to look for a better alternative that could meet their needs.  What we found turned out to be so much more than expected: an inspiring culture, motivating teachers, and an exciting multilingual spirit.  While learning is never easy and often demanding, for our children, it suddenly became a fun and productive experience.  The depth and breadth of the learning opportunity offered by this school is nothing short of great!

Luca and his dad
Primary School
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It was an incredible journey for the last 6 years and we will be missing every single day of this experience. Dedicated teachers truly loving the kids and the daily job they do, dedicated educational team, and outstanding curriculum to make sure kids are not only prepared for day-to-day life, but also for the school after. But more importantly, are the social skills which Arthur and Andrew watched and learned every day. Something, one can’t buy for money but have it in your heart.

Arthur, Andrew and their mum
Early Years and Pre-School
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Neven started in Kiga 1 and stayed until the end of Primary 6, a total of 8 years. He is a very active and lively boy. All the different teachers he had at Tandem IMS were able to motivate and interest him through all these years. They recognised his strengths and supported him when needed. Neven successfully passed the Gymiprüfung and also in Gymnasium it shows how well he is prepared for learning in a demanding environment. As we’re both working parents we always felt understood and supported by Tandem IMS. If we would start again with a younger child we would choose Tandem IMS again.

Neven and his mum
Primary School
Kindergarten

Tandem IMS's sense of community and the depth of care and dedication teachers and staff bring to the school, is what makes it so special. At Tandem IMS, teachers get to know each child individually and take time to understand the best ways to help them learn and grow. Children learn to treat each other with respect, work together, and to appreciate differences of background, identity, and perspective. Both socially and academically, our son greatly benefitted from Tandem IMS's nurturing learning environment.

Viggo and his parents
Kindergarten
Mariana and mum

Mariana thrived in the familiar atmosphere of Tandem IMS. The bilingual education prepared her well for further language study, and the teachers were very professional, committed and caring of my child’s needs. After leaving Tandem IMS, Mariana settled exceptionally well in her new school and was academically well prepared for the new demands. Thank you, Tandem IMS!

Mariana and her mum
Primary School
Casper

At Tandem IMS, I really felt that the children were growing their knowledge and improving their language skills in both, English and German. Caspar entered at the age of 4 into kindergarten 1 and stayed for 2 years. He could not speak one word of English and German when he joined, since we speak Italian and Russian at home. When he finished kindergarten 2 at the age of 6, he could communicate very well in both English and German and we were very proud of him.

Caspar and his dad
Kindergarten
Parents of Andrew

Tandem IMS was the best choice and the best investment for our child. Tandem IMS makes parents confident that their child is in the best hands. The experience, the education and the engagement level of the teachers is set at the highest standards. And as a bonus, our little son was taught in 2 languages, so that for the Kindergarten he is well prepared and speaks, without any difficulties, German and English on top of Russian. Without any hesitations, our younger little baby was also enrolled at Tandem IMS.

Andrew and his family
Early Years and Pre-School
Mother and Cedric

We were impressed how quickly Cédric settled in which was also due to the warm and caring atmosphere that welcomed him. Cédric loved to go to Tandem IMS as he found an environment that adapted to his needs and gave him brain food (he is a very curious boy). We felt that the excellent teachers recognize the strengths of each child individually and support children to develop further. During his time at Tandem IMS, Cédric progressed impressively and he always felt very safe and was very eager to go to Tandem IMS.

Cédric and his mum
Pre-School
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Emma enjoyed the inspiring environment, the caring teachers and the super interesting curriculum. Each day was different and the children learned a lot by going through the various subjects that were spread throughout the year. A lot of effort also goes into organising special events through which the children can discover the entire world. Emma benefited a lot from Tandem and was now ready to go to kindergarten. We are very grateful for the great time Emma spent at Tandem IMS and are missing the team a lot!

Emma and her mum
Early Years and Pre-School

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enjoy our Advent Calendar

Our Advent Calendar accompanies you daily through the magical Advent season. Behind each door you find a surprise: Christmas songs and stories, recipes, craft ideas, raffles and much more. We wish you a magical Advent season.

Winter Camps

14.-18.02.2022 / 21.-25.02.2022
Check out our two multi-activity winter camps for 4-10 year olds. 1st Week and/or 2nd Week of the Sports Break.

extra curricular activities 2021/22

Holiday Camps and After School Clubs for School Year 2021/22 - find out more.

THE ADVANTAGES OF MULTILINGUALISM FROM AN EARLY AGE

Are you wondering when your child should learn a second or third language? Our experience shows that there are numerous benefits of becoming multilingual, especially from an early age. Find out more in our blog.