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By Corinne Corrigan, Head of Development

“What does an American car company have in common with an international school in Switzerland?” So begins Chapter 1 of the book, International School of Zug and Luzern, Celebrating 50 Years, published in 2012 as part of ISZL’s 50th Anniversary celebrations during the 2011-12 school year. 

ISZL’s story is a fascinating one full of exciting developments, tremendous changes and dynamic growth over nearly six decades. The school you know today, currently located on two campuses and an outdoor learning centre with approximately 1250 students in Early Years through High School, has experienced renaming, expanding and relocating many times. But what has remained throughout its evolution has been its unwavering enthusiastic commitment to offering the highest educational standards to English-speaking children in the community.

Students at the Zug Anglo-American school in the 1970s

What started out in 1960 as a small tutor group of fewer than 10 students, children of American professionals brought over from the US by Willys-Overland Motors Company to establish its manufacturing plant in Zug to produce military and civilian Jeeps, the ISZL of 2018 is the school of choice for parents seeking an excellent international school education for their children in central Switzerland.

The Riverside School, the precursor to our High School, in the early 1990s

It is valuable to look back and learn about our roots here in the Canton of Zug, and see how our school has played an important role in the local Swiss and expatriate community providing outstanding educational facilities for children of internationally-oriented families. You are part of the ISZL story now. We hope you will get involved in shaping our community and contributing to its continued success. Read about Ways to Support ISZL and find the one that fits for you and your family. Just as parents in the past, your contributions to ISZL will ensure its success for the next 50 years! 

 Students perform in the Stravinsky Theatre in Montreux in the 1990s with current music teacher Mr David Smith


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