«The upper-secondary specialised school offers me a broad general education and enables me, with my specialised baccalaureate, to work in pedagogic and healthcare professions.»

Ella Gossweiler, upper-secondary specialised school (2016)


Extended general education, promoting the development of individual personalities

The upper-secondary specialised school provides a broad subject base in general education and, alongside competency in each subject, it also promotes self-awareness, social awareness and methodological skills. It provides optimal preparation for further training in the areas of health and pedagogy. The specialised baccalaureate facilitates admission to technical universities.


The upper-secondary specialised school (FMS) follows on from year 9. The FMS perfectly prepares students who aspire to a career in health or pedagogy following completion of their mandatory education. For those who are still undecided regarding their career choice, the FMS provides career choice education, lessons in psychology and mandatory work experience weeks to help guide them after secondary school. Achieving the specialised baccalaureate as a result of the three year study at the FMS enables entry into the corresponding technical universities.

The structure of the course

The students expand their existing general knowledge in small classes, where they also develop their social awareness, self-awareness and methodological skills, and increase their subject knowledge for their future career. Particularly during year 1, pupils are given essential support in finding a career, and in years 2 and 3, both the FMS and the work experience weeks provide insights into the requirements of the individual’s chosen future career.


Modern teaching methods and working practices supported by mandatory independent work promote the development of social and self-awareness. Our teachers employ modern teaching methods. Our students’ learning is facilitated by means of our learning platform, OLAT (Online Learning and Training). The pupils also have access to other information related to the subjects through the electronic text book «WebUntis».


The upper-secondary specialised school offers students several attractive career prospects in a wide variety of subject areas.


Social careers and education

  • Preschool teacher
  • Primary/secondary teacher
  • Rhythmic and gymnastics teacher
  • Certified psychologist


Healthcare professions

  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Dietician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Nurse


Other careers

  • Tourism
  • Media professional
  • Sports teacher
  • Hotel profession
  • Advertising
  • IT
  • Actor
  • Musician

Professional maturity certificate

Students of our Specialized Middle School (Fachmittelschule, or FMS) graduate with a Professional Maturity Certificate, which is recognized throughout Switzerland, and grants the holder access to technical colleges and institutions of higher learning in the chosen field of study.


Following the three-year academic programme is a fourth year which consists of a practise-oriented educational module, tailored to the student’s chosen field, at the end of which students are awarded the professional maturity certificate, enabling continued study at a technical college.

Entry requirements

To gain entry to the upper-secondary specialised school the standard written entrance exam must be passed: in year 2 or 3 of secondary school in the self-declared first language German, Romansh or Italian, in English and arithmetic/algebra/geometry. It is possible to transfer into the FMS from year 3 of the grammar school without needing to pass a test.


Further information to the entrance examination can also be found at the webpage for the Office of Higher Education, Graubünden, Acceptance to cantonal middle schools (Amt für Höhere Bildung des Kantons Graubünden, Aufnahme an Bündner Mittelschulen).

Preparatory course

Our preparatory course «Chance» is designed for primary school children in year 6 and children in years 2 or 3 at secondary school, who want to attend a grammar school, a commercial school or an upper-secondary specialised school and therefore want to specifically prepare themselves for the cantonal entrance exams.

Our boarding school

The HIF is known far and wide for its family feeling. The staff in the boarding school are always available for help and advice. They support pupils during school hours and organise extensive leisure activities. Comfortable bedrooms and numerous communal areas are provided for the students.


At the weekend your child is also supported with a wide variety of special activities. These activities are sometimes organised individually by our pupils according to their own needs.

Our sports class

The Institute is the official training facility for the regional competitive sports promoter and one of the most successful sports schools in Switzerland. Talented young people are offered the opportunity by our sports class to combine education and competitive sport without increasing the amount of time spent in education.


Our trainers offer every athlete an as optimal as possible training environment: in competitive teams in which sporting ability is intensively and individually promoted, or in recreational sport groups in which the less ambitious can equally benefit from professional training.

Tuition and fees

In addition to cost of basic tuition, your selection from our array of further services, such as the sports class or boarding, determine the definitive total cost of tuition for your child.


We offer in our sports class intensive, individualized and ability-appropriate competitive-training, conceptualized for talented young athletes. Alternately, in our fun sport group, we also provide athletically-oriented adolescents the opportunity to learn about fitness, weight training and training for a specific athletic discipline.


For pupils who reside in the National Park Region, we have special rates to offer, provided that they are members of the regional ski-sport booster club (Skisport Förderverein RNP).


We will be happy to present you with a detailed tuition quotation in a personal consultation.

Personal consultation

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our array of educational services, daily life at the school or our boardinghouse.


Patrizia Peer, Head of Admissions, looks forward to getting to know you and is happy to provide thorough answers to any questions you have.


We are also naturally more than happy to provide a guided tour of our beautiful and historic school facilities, or arrange for a trial visitation in one of our classes.


Tel. +41 81 861 22 82 or beratung@hif.ch

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