Going Local - your guide to Swiss schooling

ISBN: 978-3-905252-25-5

by Margaret Oertig

Deciding where to educate your children is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Figuring out an unfamiliar school system in a new community in a new language can be overwhelming - that's where this book comes in.

Going Local  is an authoritative guide for parents who wish to gain a better understanding of the Swiss school system. It maps out all the stages of schooling from kindergarten to university in all 26 cantons, providing key facts and useful terminology in German, French, and Italian.

Going Local unravels how children advance through the school system and lists the different selection criteria around the country for the academic path. It also clearly explains the range of options and alternative paths that lead to tertiary education. It highlights issues parents may need to address in order to help their children reach their full educational potential. Tips are given to help parents manage their relationship with the school, drawing on the expertise of professionals and the experiences and insights of other parents, both from Switzerland and abroad.

You can increase the likelihood of your child making a smooth and successful transition at any stage of his or her education.

"It is a stunning book in both scope and detail. I am not aware of any other book that covers the Swiss educational landscape in this manner. Hope it finds a large audience." Christian Liesen, professor at the Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik Zürich.

"The huge amount of research that the author has done for this book is obvious and I really like the fact that the references are all so recent. All through the chapters on kindergarten and primary school, I kept saying, "Yes, that's just what it was like!" Understanding the school system is absolutely essential for our children's futures and it's something that I've been obsessing about since they were small. This book is great for answering the questions I didn't even know I had. I'm sure I'll be rereading it as we hit the different stages of schooling." Catherine Bartl Shultis, Lecturer for English FHNW

See also Beyond Chocolate - understanding Swiss culture by Margaret Oertig Davidson.

For a reading recommendation written by Carol McDonald from Mothering Matters (parenting information for English-speaking families in Switzerland) click here.

Listen to Catherine Nelson-Pollard's interviews with Margaret Oertig about Going Local on the WRS radio show: here (part 1) and here (part 2).

For a report in German of a meeting on Swiss schooling at Novartis see here.

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