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About ELA Basel

 ELA Basel - The Swiss British School is recognised as the leader in primary international education in Basel, Switzerland. Established in 1993, we are proud to be an independent, not-for-profit organisation located in the heart of old Basel, Switzerland.

  • We provide the highest quality childcare and education for young children from the age of 3 months  to the end of Primary School at 12 years old*.
  • Our programme provides a safe, secure and nurturing learning environment for our children and promotes physical, social, emotional and academic development through exciting, engaging and challenging learning experiences appropriate to the children's age.

ELA Basel is the only English language international school to be awarded the Basel-Stadt Secondary Transition Agreement (Übertrittsvereinbarung Privatschule – Sekundarschule) between Private Schools and Public Secondary Schools in the city . This means that our graduating students can transfer directly into Swiss schools at the age of 12 on the basis of their school reports from ELA Basel, without having to sit entrance exams or other assessments. This prestigious agreement is based on Basel-Stadt's assessment of our excellent German language programme throughout the school and will be renewed again in 2023.

In the Swiss system, primary school lasts 8 years, rather than the 7 years that is common practice in the UK and the US.

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