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Accreditation and Affiliations

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In January 2022 ELA Basel was awarded Patron's Accreditation by the Governing Body of COBIS, the Council of British International Schools with a total of ten commendations across 9 different standards. We are the only international school in North-West Switzerland to hold this prestigious award.

Patron's Accreditation, as a benchmark of excellence in international education, is a rigorous process of school inspection completed by a team of experienced school leaders from other international schools. COBIS accreditation takes place on a continuous five year cycle with the next inspection visit taking place in 2026.

You can read the summary report here. The full report with recommendations for next steps is available  to view in the parent portal. More information about COBIS can be found here (external site).


ELA Basel is an member of SGIS, the Swiss Group of International Schools. Each year a delegation of teaching staff attend the SGIS Conference which is a valuable opportunity for Continuous Professional Development. 

More information about SGIS can be found here (external site).

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ELA Basel is licensed to operate as a childcare centre and school by the Canton Basel-Stadt Education Department.

We are also the only English language international school in Basel to hold the prestigious Basel-Stadt secondary School Transition Agreement. This provides our Year 7 pupils the ability to transfer into the Basel-Stadt secondary school system without having to take any formal entrance examinations. 

More information about Canton Basel-Stadt can be found here (external site).