Fund for Excellence


Gifts to the ISZL Fund For Excellence, our priority giving programme, provide critical resources to bolster academic and facility enhancements, service learning, sustainability, arts and athletics.

Your gift - at any level - signifies your belief in the transformative power of an ISZL education.

“The FFE offers opportunities for us to prototype and to create innovative programmes in education and then fail up and fail fast.”  Aaron Broderick, Middle School Design Teacher


Since its inception in 2008, ISZL has raised over CHF1.3 million to enhance student learning and develop excellence and impact across the whole school and beyond.


One of our early FFE projects focused on sustainability led us to win the ISC Environment Award 2022 as well as being a top 3 finalist for the World’s Best School for Environmental Action.
Our student’s aquaponics initiative, funded with a generous grant from the Fund for Excellence in 2018, was a crazy, wonderful idea conceived, researched, and initiated by six students.  Their five-year goal was to build two fully-functional aquaponics systems.

The first, built on the Riverside Campus became a "living laboratory" where students gained expertise in aquaponics technologies and developed experiments in support of academic projects.  This acts as the model for a larger sustainable, alternative food source they are helping to construct in Ghana which is expected to produce 20 tonnes of fish and 50 tonnes of vegetables annually and will provide food, work and education to the local community. Dozens of ISZL students are involved in the design, construction, and testing of this system during the course of this long-term FFE project.


ISZL won the International Impact Award in 2022, for its Global Changemakers initiative supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The original project was funded by the FFE in 2018 - the creation of a group of globally engaged high school students who attended the Open Forum Davos in January 2017. Their transformative experience inspired them to organize the Youth Forum Switzerland (YFS) a zero-waste and carbon-neutral event which gives youth a voice in global issues.

FFE contributions from parents, teachers and other community members enabled students to run this day long symposium comprising panel discussions, talks, and interactive activities and has gone on to be a globally recognise annual event.

Projects Funded by Gifts to the Annual Fund

Here is an overview of the fantastic past projects we have been able to support through the Fund for Excellence (FFE):

Your gift funds the most complete experience for our students by creating a remarkable educational above and beyond tuition, and helps set us apart from other schools.


Thank you for considering a gift to ISZL. If you have any questions or would like more information on giving opportunities, please contact Lorna Graham or call +41 41 768 29 45.