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SCHOOLFINDERS believes that every individual can reach his/her full potential.

However, if a student is not at a suitable school or follows an inadequate curriculum, it can seriously affect his/her performance and self-esteem.


Adolescents blossom when they are integrated into a supportive environment. In order to identify the students' challenges, we thoroughly evaluate the situation. Our broad knowledge and school network of the Swiss and International educational landscape helps us achieve a perfect new setting for your child.


We from SCHOOLFINDERS are convinced that finding the best school can foster a lifelong joy of learning.

Nicole Rieffel-Behles

Business undergraduate degree in Zurich, followed by an exchange year in the United States during Highschool. Graduation at the Interpreting School in Zurich, which lead to an Erasmus exchange year at Sorbonne in Paris and various internships abroad. 

After many years in Banking and Event Planning, expansion and development of the Tandem IMS school in Zurich (multilingual day school). As a mother of three children, work experience in a Swiss public bilingual school (Kantonal Schule Küsnacht). Realising that there is an important need in independent school counseling, Diane and Nicole, founded SCHOOLFINDERS in 2017.

"My three children have very different school careers. This has shown me that there is a suitable school for every child - you just have to find it. To see my children flourish at the right school for them is a wonderful experience and an important motivation for founding SCHOOLFINDERS. Therefore, it is my goal to show other families in similar situations that there is not only a classical school career, but that in the Swiss education system there are many ways to reach one's goal and achieve success."  

Diane Bauer-Illy

Raised in the U.S. and without previous knowledge of German, accomplishment of the Swiss Matura at a public Swiss Gymnasium, in Oberwil/BL, through hard work and dedication by adapting to the Swiss school system. Continuing with a Bachelor Degree, in Marketing and Communication at the University of Applied Sciences, SAWI. Followed by experiences at various international firms based throughout Switzerland in their marketing, advertising & human resource sectors. 


After four years of experience abroad, return back to Switzerland and reintegration of her children into Swiss and International schools in Zurich. Thereby creating a passion while acknowledging the importance and potential of finding the best matching educational path for each individual. Knowing the challenges that families go through when coming from abroad and being aware that these families need the right and experienced assistance,  herewith the foundation of SCHOOLFINDERS was set in 2017. 


"From my own school career and the different chosen school paths of my three sons, as well as different situations in my personal environment, I am familiar with the difficulties that families from abroad have to master when they move to a new city. In doing so, I have acquired a profound knowledge of different approaches and the different values within the Swiss and international school system. Helping others finding an optimal solution is my mission . Today I am happy to have found the right education for each of my own children and would like to share my know-how with other families, as every student has different needs, interests, goals and an individual learning approach. "


Curious? Give us a call or write to us!

+41 79 437 61 11 (N. Rieffel) | +41 79 961 16 15 (D. Bauer)

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