Who are we?
D'Insle Montessori-Schule AG is organised as a family-based limited company. The share capital is all owned by the two Founders and School Directors, Verena and Jürg R. Schüepp-Lanz who, with Karl Grois also form the Administrative Board. “d'Insle Private All-Day Kindergarten – based on the Montessori Method” was set up as a sole enterprise by Verena Schüepp-Lanz at Klosbachstrasse 68 in Zurich-Hottingen, and opened at the beginning of March 1992 with 25 children of pre-school age.
The first expansion took place just two and a half years later – in the summer of 1994. A small but extremely smart lower primary level was born at Balgriststrasse 102, near Wehrenbachtobel. The growth of the school and the desire to bring both levels together led to its relocation to its current building at Signaustrasse 7, near Kreuzplatz, in the spring of 1997. At the same time as they were brought together physically, the two operations were also merged to form the family-based limited company named “d'Insle Private Tagesschule AG”. Meanwhile Jürg R. Schüepp had also become completely integrated into the team as the school’s Administrative Director and Verena Schüepp-Lanz devoted herself to her work with the children and the educational direction of the enterprise.
At its new location, the school could expand to offer a pre-kindergarten for children aged
1 to 3, a kindergarten for 3 to 6 year olds and a primary school accommodating Classes 1 to 6. A pre-school section had already been introduced as a speciality of the house back in 1994, allowing children in their last year at kindergarten to enter into the programme set for Class 1 pupils. This service was designed to provide a smooth transition from kindergarten to primary school, pre-empting the idea of a foundation or reception level, and this has been running successfully for over seven years by now.
The pressure of a constant increase in the number of students led to the next step in the spring of 2001: the extended middle level (Classes 3 to 6) moved out of the main building and found its new home in bright and equally welcoming accommodation at Asylstrasse 71, near Römerhof. This also allowed the lower level (Classes 1 and 2) to grow more, with the pre-school class in the main house on Signaustrasse.
Thanks to a constant devotion to the strict requirements of Assoziation Montessori Schweiz (AMS) regarding the training of teaching staff, including continuous on-going training for the director of the school, Verena Schüepp-Lanz, the school’s official recognition as a Montessori School was granted in 2002. This paved the way to a change of name to "d'Insle Montessori - Schule AG - Bilingual Day School"
Happily, demand for the services provided at the “Insle” has always remained high. For a long time the school’s directors had therefore been looking for premises where they could expand the range even further. After a full year of preparation, the neighbouring plot to the current main building (at Signaustrasse 9) was acquired in January 2005 and made fully ready for the purposes of the Montessori School. Following complete renovation and rebuilding, Signaustrasse 9 then offered enough space for 3 primary classes (2 foundation levels for 6 to 9 year olds and a middle level for 9 to 12 year olds) with about 30 children in each. It was also possible to accommodate a professional kitchen so that we could cook for our own children. Generous dining and recreational rooms, a music room with a grand piano, a library and enough space for the administrative and school management functions completed the space expansion programme.
The previous main house at Signaustrasse 7, with its lovely garden, then became a purely “Children’s House” with two kindergarten sections (3 to 6 year olds) of about 30 children each and a pre-kindergarten section (0 to 3 year olds) with about 16 children. The previous branch at Asylstrasse 71 was closed at the end of February.
Since 2001, we have been entitled to use the official description of “Montessori School”. In 2003, we gained recognition as a training institution (internship location for teaching staff training in the Montessori method), and have appeared on the official list of AM(S) as a recognised Montessori School since then.
Verband Kinderbetreuung Schweiz (kibesuisse) (Swiss childcare association)
As a full member of kibesuisse with apprival as a training enterprise, we provide three-year vocational training for professional care staff, specialising in childcare.
Verband Zürcher Privatschulen (VZP) (Association of private schools of Zurich)
As a member of the VZP, we guarantee the recognition of the Canton of Zurich’s teaching plan as a directive for the education of our primary school students, commit ourselves to adhere to the Zurich private schools’ quality standards and work for the support and equality of private schools in the Canton of Zurich.