Co-education, no grade retention, early foreign languages – since 1926
In 1919 Basel’s Minister of Education Fritz Hauser invited Rudolf Steiner to give a public lecture on educational theory and in 1924 he issued the school a licence. And in 1926 the first Swiss Steiner school opened at Lindenhofstrasse 9 – with three classes and 30 pupils. Right from the start girls and boys were in mixed classes, studied the same subjects and completed the same number of school years and lessons. And English and French were taught right from the first year. In 1931 the school moved to a larger building at Engelgasse 9 and in 1967 to the new premises on Jakobsberg. The school has had two classes per grade, grade 1 to 12 since 1973.
One of over 1,000 schools worldwide
There are 28 Steiner schools and 80 kindergartens in Switzerland, attended by around 6,300 pupils from 4,500 families. The pre-school program consists of 48 playgroups, 16 nurseries und 20 parent-child groups. Globally, there are around 1,000 Steiner schools, 2,000 kindergartens and more than 60 training courses for teaching staff.