Switzerland boasts a high standard of education. Swiss public schools have an excellent reputation and the country's private boarding and international schools are exceptional.
However, while expat children will undoubtedly receive an excellent education, schooling in Switzerland can be very expensive.
There are four stages of education in Switzerland – kindergarten, primary, secondary (split into two phases), and tertiary education.
Most children start kindergarten at age four, even though this stage isn’t compulsory. Primary school usually lasts for six years, with lower secondary school generally lasting three. Primary school and Secondary are compulsory, but the mandatory starting age and how long each stage takes differs by canton.