Director Sally Hirsch welcomes Students at ELA Basel's Primary site

Admissions at ELA Basel

Thank you for your interest in applying for admission to ELA Basel. The information in this section is designed to help you prepare and submit your application.

We appreciate that families relocate throughout the year, often at short notice, and therefore we are pleased to accept applications year-round. We always recommend that applications are submitted as early as possible, and they are processed on a rolling basis as soon as they are received.


Take a virtual tour of our fantastic campuses. Gartenstrasse is home to our Early Years and the Wildensteinerhof in St. Alban-Vorstadt hosts our Primary school.  

The virtual tour, will not only allow you to see our great facilities but will also tell you about our curriculum and our pedagogic approach. The video footage will also display aspects of our school in action.

We look forward to meeting you in person.


The Early Years and Lower Primary playgound at ELA Basel, Gartenstrasse


Come to visit ELA Basel. A warm welcome awaits!                                                     

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When you are ready to apply, click on the button below and you will be taken to the relevant page.                                                                                                    



Why ELA Basel?

8 years

Average enrollment duration


Children speak German as first language


After-school activities


Children on the roll


Children learn a musical instrument


Years of excellence since 1993


Maximum class size


Different Nationalities


Parent satisfaction in 2020 survey


Primary children score 60% above average in benchmarked English and Maths tests

6 years

Average tenure of teaching staff


At an english kita in switzerland, a baby is cared for by two faculty

"ELA Basel is like a 'home away from home' for my two children in Early Years. It makes all the difference to our family knowing how much care and attention each child receives in a safe, secure and nurturing setting"

Early Years Family

A young girl colors in a classroom at a private english school in switzerland

"I would like to repeat again that the teachers did an amazing job during the school closure, the best they could in the situation. Both my kids have been able to go through this with a smile. Thank you!"

Year 4 Parent

Three children sit on the floor of a classroom at a english independent school in switzerland reading

"I’m an Early Years parent and think that ELA Basel’s level of communication and responsiveness has been outstanding. I appreciate the helpfulness of the home lesson plans, but nothing can replace the social and intellectual stimulation my child is getting at ELA Basel. Thank you to all of the staff for their continued support during the lockdown."

Early Years Parent

Two kids laugh over an ipad in a classroom at a english language school near basel land

"I’m impressed by how quickly ELA Basel staff worked to immediately continue learning during these difficult times of the pandemic. We have friends back home in the US whose children received no online/home learning for over a month while the schools navigated how to continue. I’m very grateful for the school and teachers hard, dedicated work to continue teaching my children. Thank you!"

Year 3 Parent

A boy participates in an art project at a lower primary programme in basel switzerland

"My children truly loved their time at ELA Basel which is a truly caring school. We are very grateful that we found your school and our children had the opportunity to learn at ELA Basel."

Year 5 Family

Children color in a classroom at an english international school in basel

"We've had nothing but a pleasureable experience during our time at ELA Basel. It's a wonderful school with excellent leadership. Not to mention the teachers were of the highest quality with small class sizes. ELA Basel is a special place that is doing wonderful things. Keep it up!"

Year 7 family

Primary child outside on a wooden playgroun apparatus

"Dear ELA Basel Team - You did a fantastic job in these difficult times. Thank you for taking care of every minute detail and providing a safe environment for our kids!"

Year 1 Family