Cantonal school Uster

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Cantonal School Uster (KUS)
KUS logo
type of school high school
founding 1974

Krämerackerstrasse 11
8610 Uster

place Uster
Canton Zurich
Country Switzerland
student approx. 640
Teachers about 115
management Patrick Ehrismann (Rector)
Karin Hardegger (Vice Rector)

The Kantonsschule Uster (KUS) is a canton school in the canton of Zurich.

Originally, the school was founded in 1974 as a branch department of the Zürcher Oberland Cantonal School in Dübendorf as a provisional facility. In 2006 the canton school became independent and set up a branch in Uster. In 2013, the various locations - Dübendorf and Uster - were merged into the so-called Park School Campus in Uster .

In April 2016 the ground-breaking ceremony took place for the new building of the Uster education center. During the reconstruction period was also both that of the vocational school model (BFSU) and the Higher Vocational Education Examination (HBU) of the teaching of the district school than in temporaries held.

The completed new building was inaugurated in spring 2019 and KUS, BFSU and HBU moved into after the 2019 spring break.

Matura profiles

As a long and short high school, the Uster Cantonal School has all cantonal Matura profiles. The long high school begins after the primary level, the short high school follows on from the 2nd or 3rd grade of the secondary level. Entry into both grammar schools takes place via the Central Entrance Examination of the Canton of Zurich (ZAP). The profiles of both grammar schools end with the federally recognized Matura .

Major and optional subjects

The pupils have the choice between eight main subjects. With this choice you define your profile. A compulsory elective subject, a supplementary subject and attending optional subjects set personal training priorities. In addition to class, they can pursue their inclinations by participating in a theater group, various orchestras, sporting events, etc.


The origin 1958–1974

In 1958, a branch of what was then the Küsnacht sub-seminar was opened in Oerlikon. The sub-seminar has been the classic training facility for primary school teachers since the state was founded. She implemented Pestalozzi's credo of promoting young people equally through the formation of understanding, spirit and practical skill. In particular, arts education always had a prominent place in the seminar curriculum. The Oerlikon branch department was housed in the city's classrooms and held a sub-seminar class every year. From the spring of 1974 the city of Zurich needed the classrooms itself, which is why an alternative to accommodating the sub-seminar had to be found. Finally, classrooms were found in the newly built Stägenbuck school complex in Dübendorf.

The founding years 1974–1983

On April 23, 1974, the Glattal branch of the Zürcher Oberland Cantonal School was opened in Dübendorf. With the move from Oerlikon to Dübendorf there was also an administrative change. The school was subordinated to the newly founded canton school in Wetzikon. Teaching classes replaced the sub-seminar classes. In close symbiosis with the Stägenbuck primary school, in whose school building the branch department was housed, the student body and teaching staff quickly developed into an independent school.

Park school campus of the Uster Cantonal School

In the spring of 1977, the federally recognized Matura types B (Latin) and C (mathematical and scientific direction) were introduced, and in 1979 also type D (modern language orientation). Despite the steady increase in the number of pupils, the classes could almost exclusively be of mixed types. In the spring of 1979 the first lower school class was opened. This guaranteed a sufficient number of pupils for a type B sub-class. The number of pupils rose quickly to around 240 pupils in 12 classes due to the expanded educational offer. - The Glattal branch department had developed from a small school to a small school. The school remained manageable, but for cost reasons had to forego a lot (e.g. internal catering) that larger schools could of course offer.

The pioneering period 1984-2005

In 1984 a new timetable was adopted. This was designed in such a way that a foundation of subjects that was valid for all types of Matura, as well as the type-specific subjects were fitted in such a way that the Matura types could be optimally combined. In the fall of 1991 14 classes - 8 of which were mixed types - shared the same number of rooms as 12 classes before. From autumn 1992 the number of pupils increased again after there was space for a second lower class. Around 290 pupils have now attended the canton school in Dübendorf. In the early years of the new millennium, the offer of the canton school was constantly expanded. In 2002, the economic and legal profile was introduced as the fifth and final profile, with the result that the offer grew to eight main subjects.

South-west facade of the gym of the Uster Education Center

The Diaspora 2006–2012

In 2006 the school became independent. It got a founding rector, its own school commission and was renamed Canton School Glattal (KGL).

It was only planned to remain in Dübendorf and to be named for a few years. In 2001 the government council decided to relocate the canton school to Uster. An architecture competition was launched and a construction project for the new building in Uster was advertised. In 2006, four new classrooms were rented in the destination city of Uster, which were not available in Dübendorf due to the precarious space available. Once again, new challenges arose for those responsible for the timetable: the plans had to be combined in such a way that the pupils only had lessons at one school location per day. However, it was impossible to implement this for the teachers as well, so that the time of commuting between Dübendorf and Uster began for the teaching staff. However, as the realization of the new building project was dragging on, the teaching staff soon began to use the nickname “Providurium” for the prevailing situation. In the five years from 2006 to 2011, the canton school grew to over 400 students. At the same time, the Glattal Cantonal School obtained the termination of the classrooms in Dübendorf due to the primary school's own needs. This put those responsible in the canton under pressure: A temporary solution had to be found immediately that could accommodate the school until the new building was completed.

The time in the park school campus 2013–2019

An interim solution was implemented in a very short time, which resulted in the school being completely relocated to Uster in February 2013. The interim solution brought the school back together at one location and made it possible to change the name to the Cantonal School Uster (KUS). The official inauguration of the park school campus took place on April 19, 2013.

West facade of the Uster Education Center

The new building 2019

After almost three years of construction, the new building of the Uster Education Center was ready for occupancy. The facility was officially inaugurated with a ceremony on April 17, 2019 and presented to the public. On May 6, 2019, the first day of school took place in the new building as planned. Since that day, the Uster Cantonal School (KUS), the Uster Vocational School (BFSU) and the Uster Higher Vocational Training (HBU) have been united under one roof. The common location enables the joint use of different areas such as the cafeteria, media library, sports halls and auditorium.

Lessons at the canton school take place mainly on the ground floor and the second floor. The park school campus (PSC) of the Uster canton school will remain in place even after the opening of the new building. The premises there serve on the one hand for lessons for the lower school level and on the other hand as a reserve capacity for the expected increase in pupils at the cantonal school.

The temporary structures of the BFSU and HBU were completely dismantled within two months after the completion of the new building. In the near future, the outdoor sports facility for the schools will be built on the vacated area.

The construction volume was around 100 million Swiss francs and the training center is expected to be frequented by 2500 learners. The largest photovoltaic system in the canton of Zurich is located on the roof , which, in addition to geothermal energy and a connection to a district heating network, is intended to ensure extensive energy self-sufficiency.

Web links

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