Beyond the appeal of its sophisticated central location in Switzerland, the Inter-Community School (ICS) in Zurich secures a world-class education by entering all of its students into the International Baccalaureate (IB) and understanding that academic success alone is not enough to produce intelligent and insightful students year after year. On a crisp winter morning, the ICS in Zurich is already in full swing, with all of its 850 students diving into ambitious projects. Some of the bilingual Early Years classes put on coats for their weekly excursion to the ICS’s ‘Forest School’, where they will build resilience and gather knowledge of the environment. A group of grade nine students listen attentively to careers counselors as they face the delicate decision of which subjects to pursue for their IB diploma. Other classes are busy finalising their technology and craft projects, due for sale later in the week at the school’s pop-up market. Noting all of this productivity, the ICS feels remarkably engaged.


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