Swiss Academy - The School

The International A-Levels as a secondary school leaving certificate with the largest worldwide distribution are the ideal partner for talent development in the sports, dance and music sectors, because they are geared towards excellence and still leave enough room for peak performance in the individual development area (sports, dance or music).

Who is the ideal candidate for our sports, dance and music upper secondary school?

Globally aware students with a keen interest in sports, dance and/or music who want to enjoy a high-quality further education in those disciplines, giving them skills and knowledge to take forward and obtain globally recognised IALs that entitle them to enrol at university.

International Matura

At our sports, dance and music upper secondary school, we prepare our students to take International A Levels (IAL). IALs are a British further education qualification, giving students a passport to study at universities and higher education institutions in Switzerland and beyond. A Levels issued by Cambridge Assessment International Examinations and Pearson Edexcel are accepted at more than 10,000 institutions in 166 countries, making them the most widely recognised further education qualification across the world.

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Our sports program

Sport offers challenges like no other area of learning and contributes to holistic development. The Swiss Academy offers students a variety of movement and sports experiences in a modular program.

Our music program

For a successful career, musical talent must be identified, encouraged and specifically supported as early as possible. To give our students the best opportunity to integrate music into their further career planning, the Swiss Academy Basel offers a comprehensive and modular music programme.

Football training

Students of the Swiss Academy Zurich can take advantage of additional football trainings offered in cooperation with our partner school, the Sport Academy Zurich (SAZ). These trainings take place in the morning (9.30h) and are run by the FC Zurich (FCZ) junior team.

The football education graduates continue to train and play in their clubs. The training sessions are understood as football education that individually complements or continues that of the clubs. The aim is to enable the students to develop their football skills in an optimal and sustainable way.

Our dance program

Dance is the merging of athletic and artistic excellence. For a successful and sustainable career, talent must be nurtured and supported in a targeted manner. To enable our students to do this, the Swiss Academy offers a comprehensive and modular dance program.

Our timetable (example)

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*Own trainings, lessons or remedial classes of the Swiss Academy Basel (on request).

What are A-Levels?

At our sports, dance and music upper secondary school, we prepare our students to take International A Levels (IAL). IALs are a British further education qualification, giving students a passport to study at universities and higher education institutions in Switzerland and beyond.

A major benefit of the British system is that students can fully concentrate on their strengths in the last two years of secondary education. They can take just the subjects that really interest them or ones they want to continue studying later and base their future career on. As a result, they are more motivated and perform better.

For many British universities, they are the "gold standard" for entry. In the USA, the diplomas are accepted by more than 500 universities, most notably the Ivy League universities. In Switzerland, access is regulated by swissuniversities.

Qualification
IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

Subjects
6-8 Subjects of a general educational nature

Provides access to
admission to studies in the USA or Great Britain

Qualification
International A-Levels (IAL)

Subjects
3 subjects; specialist

Provides access to
study at universities and higher education institutions worldwide*

*Restrictions may apply depending on the university and degree programme (numerus clausus; subjects requiring certain A level qualifications).

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The Swiss Academy Sports Program

Sport offers challenges like no other area of learning and contributes to holistic development. The Swiss Academy provides students with a variety of movement and sports experiences. Moreover, thanks to our specialized trainers and movement coaches, we can unleash the individual and specific potential of each student by creating ideal conditions.

To give our students the best opportunity to develop, Swiss Academy Basel offers a modular sports program.

Our sports support includes a comprehensive and differentiated approach to motor development and conveys a fundamental understanding regarding one's own body, the importance of preventive health care and nutrition. Ambitious athletes have the opportunity to be optimally supported in a specific sport by harmonizing all essential framework conditions with the respective training or career planning.

  • International A Levels – study in Switzerland and around the world
  • Learn about health and exercise as part of a well-structured programme
  • Gain greater awareness of the importance of your physical wellbeing
  • Learn about healthy eating and having the right diet
  • Daily exercise or sports lessons with a variety of activities
  • Daily slots for personalised training sessions
  • Regular feedback about your fitness level
  • Extra athletics training
  • Sports homeroom (with Head of Sports)
  • Regular one-to-one training (with Head of Sports)
  • Sport-specific mentoring programme, internship
  • Sport in practice


In addition to honing students’ motor skills, Swiss Academy places special emphasis on developing the fundamental personal, mental and health skills needed for sports.

Sports in practice (examples):

Visits to events (games of professional teams, tennis tournaments, athletics competitions, dance performances, etc.).

  • Trips to see training sessions (see how professional teams or specific athletes train)
  • Joint trainings unrelated to the sport (crosslearning)
  • Trips to sports-focused rehabilitation and preventive healthcare clinics
  • In conversation: (former) professional athletes, coaches,
    officials
  • Nutrition and cooking workshops
  • Mental training workshops (e.g. with sports psychologists)

Swiss Academy music programme

Music has the ability to enrich academic and social development unlike any other subject. If students want to have a successful career in music, their talents need to be recognised, nurtured and given targeted support as early as possible so that they have the maximum time to hone their skills. Musically gifted students should have their talents, dedication and enthusiasm encouraged, which is why we teach and continue to strengthen musical skills and knowledge at all levels and in different disciplines.

To give our students the best opportunity to integrate music into their further career planning, the Swiss Academy Basel offers a comprehensive and modular music programme.

Our music programme offers a comprehensive foundational music education, giving students the opportunity to experience a variety of musical activities and providing them with a solid understanding of the fundamentals. Ambitious musicians have the possibility to be tutored in a specific instrument, and the main elements of their programme are then adapted to the lesson and practice schedule for that particular instrument.

  • International A Levels – study in Switzerland and around the world
  • Daily music lessons
  • Interdisciplinary music projects
  • Chamber music, choir or other activities (e.g. drama)
  • Music homeroom (with Head of Music)
  • Instrument-specific mentoring programme, internship
  • Preparation for entrance examination for music academy
  • Regular one-to-one training (with Head of Music)
  • Music in practice

Music in practice (examples):

  • Orchestras and operas: Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich Opera House, The Basel Chamber Orchestra, Basel Theatre
  • Festivals: Lucerne Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, LIEDBasel, Zurich Festival
  • Theatre: Schauspielhaus Zürich, Schauspielhaus Basel, Zürcher Theater Spektakel
  • Talks by musicians, composers, artistic directors and agents
  • Trips to see rehearsals
  • Visits to events
  • Baroque music (e.g. La Cetra Basel) and contemporary music (e.g. Collegium Novum Zurich and Ensemble Phoenix Basel)
  • Arts-related TED Talks

The Swiss Academy Dance Program

Dance offers challenges of all kinds and is one of the most comprehensive areas of talent anywhere. Movement, discipline, ambition, talent, aesthetics and artistic talent come together to form a perfect whole.

The Swiss Academy provides students with a variety of dance experiences. Thanks to our experienced leadership and support staff, we are able to unleash the individual and specific potential of each student by creating ideal conditions.

To give our students the best opportunity to develop, Swiss Academy Zurich offers a modular dance program.

Our dance support includes a comprehensive and differentiated approach to dance and provides a basic understanding regarding one's own body, the importance of health care and nutrition. Ambitious dancers have the opportunity to be optimally promoted in a specific stylistic direction by bringing all essential framework conditions in line with the respective training or career planning.

In addition to dance and school, the Swiss Academy places great emphasis on personal, mental and health development, which is elementary to dance.

  • International A Levels – study in Switzerland and around the world
  • Learn about health and exercise as part of a well-structured programme
  • Gain greater awareness of the importance of your physical wellbeing
  • Learn about healthy eating and having the right diet
  • Daily slots for personalised training sessions
  • Regular feedback about your fitness level
  • Extra athletics training
  • Class coaching dance focus (with Head of Dance)
  • Regular individual coaching sessions (with Head of Dance)
  • Mentorship, Internship
  • Dance in practice

Dance in practice (examples):

  • Visits to events (ballet performances, contemporary dance theater, dress rehearsals, etc.) 
  • Rehearsal and training visits (Ballett Theater Basel, Theater Luzern, Theater St. Gallen, Ballett Zürich, free dance formations)
  • Attendance of further training opportunities (ZHdK BA Contemporary Dance or similar) 
  • In conversation: (former) professional dancers, choreographers, etc.
  • Nutrition and cooking workshops
  • Mental training workshops (e.g. with sports psychologists)

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