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A Brief History of ISZL

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The International School of Zug and Luzern. Today, an international environment in which learning takes place within and outside of the classroom. A curriculum for 3 – 18 year olds, encompassing a number of campuses across central Switzerland. But what was ISZL like before, and how has it evolved?

Originally founded in 1961, the International School of Zug (ISOZ) was known then as the Zug Anglo-American School or simply the Zug American School. Originally, ISOZ started off with 14 students, in a small campus situated in the town of Baar along with the motto Respect, Motivate, Achieve. The school was aimed at expatriate families living in canton Zug, of central Switzerland.

Then, in 1990, the Riverside School was founded as a college preparatory school. They offered more advanced education, encouraging students to go to university. Since the beginning, the AP course was offered. In 2003, campus moved to a new site, a place alongside Lake Zug. In 2007, the Riverside School began offering the IB courses it still offers today. A little later on, in 2010, campus moved to it’s current location, in Hünenberg. The Riverside School is a member of the European Council of International Schools.

The International School of Luzern (ISOL) was built as a sister to ISOZ in 2006. This meant students living there didn’t have to travel so far to get to school, making it easier for a number of students. On the 1st of August 2008, these three schools joined together, making the International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL). Also that year, ISZL bought Chalet Bergheim in Wengen, used for trips, outdoor learning and sports. The Luzern campus offered education for early years to grade 5, while the Zug campus ranged from early years to grade 8. This meant that students from the Luzern campus transferred to the Zug campus upon reaching grade 6. After grade 8, students go to the Riverside campus where education lasts until grade 12.
The more recent closure of the Luzern campus in 2015 didn’t affect the name (remaining ISZL) but was closed due to funding – to few students attending to afford to keep the school running. Finally, this is where we stand today. Now, ISZL hosts over 50 nationalities of roughly 1250 students across two campuses as well as an experiential learning chalet in the mountains.

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