Learn More: Can you choose a school if you opt for the public system?
Educational expert Sabine Hutcheson, of Learn More, takes parents and older children through some of the most common questions about education and schooling. Here she answers a question from a young parent.
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Can you choose a school if you opt for the public system?
In short, the answer is no. Schools in Switzerland are allocated according to residence. In addition, because schools are not ranked, it's difficult to shop around for the one you desire. However, in special circumstances, you can apply to send your child to another school (nearer to work address, in another canton if you live nearby, and if parents are separated). For those of you who live across the border in France, you can apply to Swiss schools but places will be allocated according to availability. Overall, it's very rare and difficult to choose a school if you opt for the public system.