Tandem International Multilingual School - History

Tandem International Multilingual School was first set up in 2004 as an international bilingual Pre-School in three locations on the northern shore of Lake Zürich. This non-profit institution has grown into an international multilingual school offering classes from the nursery age of 6 months to primary school. Each year a primary grade was added, reaching grade 6 in school year 2014/2015.

Sonya Maechler-Dent founded the first Tandem school in Uetikon am See. She trained in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and is certified as a Swiss primary school teacher. She further studied for a Masters in Education Management focusing on multilingualism and organisational culture at Oxford Brookes University. She also holds a business diploma in Global Leadership and Diversity Management. She has led training programmes for teachers and taught in different school systems at home and abroad. She lives with her husband and their three sons in the canton of Zürich.
The name "Tandem" was inspired by the fulfilling experience a child can gain through interaction between different languages and cultures. Now it also inspires the modern art of communication and the ability language has to open the children's perspectives to the world.

The challenge and fascination of integrating multilingualism into an international school curriculum became the driver of Sonya‘s commitment to quality education. She is backed by an enthusiastic and efficient team of educational specialists to not only develop Tandem International Multilingual School, but also for it to grow into a large thriving school. Having started with only six children at the Uetikon location, Tandem IMS has now close to 200 children of over 25 nationalities and 57% of them communicate in three or more languages (data survey 2008).

10 year anniversary

In August 2014, we celebrated our 10 year anniversary with over 250 guests, parents and alumni.
Here two wonderful teachers from 2005, still with us today: Lee-Anne Weber and Chrissy Schmid.

Celebrating with Alumni Children and Teachers

  • Kornelia
  • Lucas
  • Isabella
  • Alexander
  • Thierry
  • Nahuel
  • Iara
  • Chloe
  • Lea
  • Audrey Riklin-Dingli
  • Karin Hardegger-Walker
  • Judy Haas
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