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Welcome to ELA Basel 

ELA Basel is a vibrant and nurturing school located in the heart of Basel. We pride ourselves on creating a family environment to support our students’ development and growth. Our learning programs have foundations in both the Swiss and British education systems, with a focus on science, arts, technology and music.

ELA Basel provides wrap-around care from 7.30am - 6pm, 50 weeks of the year. Our before and after school activities include academic support, sports, arts and hobby clubs that capitalize on our location in the heart of Basel.

Our campuses have been specifically designed for our student’s varying needs and support creativity, learning and growth. The Gartenstrasse campus is for our Early Years students from ages 3 months - 4 years old, and is located near Basel SBB. Our St Albans Vorstadt campus is for our Primary students from ages 4 - 12 years and is located a short walk from Basel Münster. We offer small classes and a high teacher to student ratio ensuring all students receive the care and support they need.

ELA Basel students and teachers come from more than 35 different countries which gives us daily opportunities to embrace and learn about diversity. Our highly qualified teaching staff are passionate about inspiring a love of life-long learning amongst our students. We are a not for profit school, governed by a highly qualified Board and supported by our parent community.

An ELA Basel education provides your child with the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to grow into a caring, well-rounded young person. We welcome inquiries and look forward to meeting you.

Dr Sally Hirsch

Director and Head of Primary

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What our students say

Students eating lunch at a primary international school in Basel

"ELA Basel has taught me not just a lot of things for life, but also not to stress too much about life and enjoy my experiences."

Year 7 Student

A student throwing a ball at a private primary school in Basel

"Our teachers are kind, helpful, generous and supportive."

Year 7 Student

Student walking together outside an independent international school in Basel

"I have experienced friendship, knowledge, and creativity. I have also learnt to stand up for what I think is right and how to be myself." 

Year 7 Student

A student presenting in front of a class at an upper primary school in Basel

"I am excited and prepared for secondary school.".

Year 7 Student

Student sitting by a pond outside of a private international school in Basel

"I hope my new school will provide the same knowledge and kindness - nothing could compete with ELA Basel's atmosphere and teaching."

Year 7 Student

A student presenting at a school with a german language programme in Basel

"I will always cherish the friends I have made." 

Year 7 Student

A student on another student's back at an english speaking school in Basel

"ELA Basel has helped me to grow-up, to be happy, mature, thoughtful, and independent."

Year 7 Student

A student in art class at a private school in Basel

"The teachers are very caring and treat us like family."

Year 7 Student