Schools and education
Outstanding educational services
The canton publishes a brochure (in German) called “Die Volksschule im Überblick” explaining the guiding principles and structures of the public school system in Solothurn. It describes all the grade levels from primary (i.e. kindergarten and primary/elementary school) to secondary school (lower and upper). It includes sections on early education, the responsibilities of schools, the role of parents, schoolchildren and students, plus remedial and special needs education.
Canton Solothurn produces many highly qualified teachers. The canton is home to two campuses (Solothurn and Olten) of the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. Grenchen hosts a campus of the Höhere Fachschule für Technik Mittelland (college of higher education), as well as the school of watchmaking. Training watchmakers has a long tradition in Grenchen.
The Swiss International School in Schönenwerd is a private bilingual all-day school covering the level preschool and primary school (elementary).