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Our Community

Students walking together in a line

ELA Basel - The Swiss British school is a vibrant international community of 360 children aged three months to 12 years from 35 different countries. Since 1993 we have offered our families a 'home away from home' for their children where opportunities for academic, personal and social development are second to none in Basel.

We believe it 'takes a village' to educate children and so we truly value the contributions of every member of our community from our volunteer Board to our Class Parent Representatives and other parent helpers. We encourage everyone to be a leader in our school from the staff team to the children as elected members of the School Council or as House Captains.

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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

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

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