"I like the fact the school has a broad mix of students, everyone has a different background and comes from a different part of Sweden or the rest of the world." Olivia, ninth grade student
Q: Do you test your students prior to admission?
A: No, no testing is permitted as part of the admission process.
Q: What about student democracy?
A: Many students are active in the Student Council. Members of the student council are elected by the students at the beginning of the new school year. Regular meetings with the principal and assistant principal are a part of this process.
Q: How can parents participate and help in the school?
A: The school has an active PTA, Parents and Teachers Association. The principal or assistant principal regularly attends PTA meetings to ensure transparency at all levels. Our Open Door Policy for parents leads to mutual understanding and encourages parents to come to school and see how we work. We urge you to contact us in advance that you are coming so that we are sure you receive a visitor’s pass and that you are able to benefit the most from your visit.
Q: My child is an outstanding student. Are you able to provide academic challenges and support to those who are excellent students?
A: Yes, most definitely. Our experience clearly shows that students progress rapidly in an academically challenging and positive learning environment. Your child will be supported, encouraged and given every opportunity to stretch the limits of learning.
Q: Do you take in students with special needs?
A: Yes, our school is open to everyone. We do expect our prospective parents to let us know if their child has required special assistance previously or needs help in any way. Concerns regarding learning abilities/disabilities, health, or nutrition should be brought to our immediate attention. School relevant information is a prerequisite to mutual understanding and academic success.
Q: How well do your students manage the Swedish language and culture with English being the language of instruction half the time?
A: We know that we are a school in Sweden where students are able to achieve fluency in both English and Swedish. Therefore equal emphasis is placed on commanding both languages, English and Swedish. The results of the National Tests have consistently placed our students considerably above average in the Core Subjects of English, Math and Swedish. We celebrate Swedish holidays, traditions and cultural events plus English and American traditions such as Thanksgiving, Student Prom in grade 9, Caps and Gowns at graduation and a variety of other festivities that are appreciated by parents and students alike.
Q: Where do your students come from and is it necessary for my child to speak English well already when starting at your school?
A: Our students come from many different places. Some are native English speakers but most are of Swedish origin and have attended the compulsory Swedish school system. Knowing English well is not a prerequisite for starting in our schools. Most of our students have attended Swedish schools before coming to us and have acquired a basic foundation in English. Our experienced teachers are familiar with teaching English to students at various levels. Students in grade four are introduced to learning in English by having a more gradual language immersion.
Q: I work at a certain company. Can the company pay the school in order to avoid waiting in line?
A: No, we are a state regulated school without fees. We recommend that as soon as you have decided to attend one of our schools, to apply as quickly as possible. If you have been abroad for a number of years and are returning home, it’s important that you contact us and let us know of your situation. Early applications result in favourable placements. In exceptional cases, it is possible to grant admission at a later stage. If, during the first weeks of school, we find that there is an unexpected vacancy, and school is already in progress, we may take in an occasional student who is prepared to jump in on very short notice.
Q: What is the official policy on moving from one IES school to another, if one of the schools is closer to home?
A: We are unfortunately not allowed to give advanced placement of any kind even among our own schools. If you would like to change school, we request that you register for that specific school.
Q: Can I apply from outside Sweden?
A: Yes, if you are of the appropriate age, plan to move to Sweden and have the Swedish personal numbers necessary for registration.
Q: Does it cost anything to attend your school?
A: No, it does not cost anything to attend our schools. There are no tuition fees. Funding comes from the “skolpeng” or school subsidy, allocated to schools that are approved by “Skolverket” the Swedish National Agency for Education.
Q: How does the admission process work?
A: We request that you fill in our application form preferably on line: Student Applications. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the school. Once the application form is received, it will be dated and you will be assigned a place in line. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis with one exception. If you have a brother or sister already in our school, we are allowed to give you an advanced placement on the waiting list.
Q: Do all your teachers speak Swedish?
A: When teachers come from an English speaking country, they do not necessarily speak Swedish immediately upon arrival. It is school policy to provide Swedish teaching to our non-Swedish teachers already during their first year in Sweden. Information to the parents is given in both English and Swedish. If parents at development talks have a mentor who does not speak Swedish and the parent prefers to speak Swedish, just contact the school in advance and we will make sure that a Swedish speaker is present at the meeting.
Q: How do we communicate with home?
A: We use SchoolSoft which enables continual contact between the school and the home on every area of the students' school life. SchoolSoft is a simple web-based program that can be used from all computers with an internet connection. Parents and students have access to real-time attendance for each lesson, learning plans for each lesson, homework and assessment dates and other current events and information. Mentors have bi-weekly contact with the home via e-mail, telephone calls or newsletters. Subject teachers and parents are encouraged to communicate directly regarding individual issues that arise from time to time.
Q: How do we register our child?
A: On the front page, select Apply from the menu. Begin by filling out your child's Swedish national ID number, in the form yymmdd-nnnn. If your child doesn't have a valid Swedish ID number, please contact the school directly by email or phone. If your child has a sibling in the same school, fill in the Swedish ID number for that sibling. This will give your child an advanced placement on the waiting list.