Finland, Helsinki: International School of Helsinki

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Date: 11/28/2011 Location: Helsinki Finland Description: International School of Helsinki - State Dept Image

Date: 11/28/2011 Location: Helsinki Finland Description: International School of Helsinki - State Dept Image

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The International School of Helsinki is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1963. The lower school (Grades K-5) and upper school (Grades 6-12) operate on semesters and trimesters which run from August 8 to June 2, 2012.

Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member School Board, elected annually by the Parents’ Association, which sponsors the School. The Parents’ Association is a formal association registered with the Finnish Ministry in accordance with local legal requirements.

Curriculum: The curriculum is internationally focused and is aligned with the philosophies of International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The School is authorized to offer all three programs of the IBO: Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Program. The language of instruction is English. Students with limited or no English are supported through the English-as-an-Additional Language (EAL) program. The School also offers limited special education support. Second languages taught are French, Finnish and Spanish. The curriculum emphasizes meeting the individual needs of students in small classes. There is an After-School Activities Program for grades 1-12. The School is permitted to operate by the Finnish Ministry of Education and is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and College and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 73 full-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 351 (K-5: 181; and grades 6-12: 170).

Facilities: The School moved to its present facility in August 1996. There are 25 classrooms, 2 science labs, 2 computer labs with networking and Internet access, an art suite with darkroom/kiln, a music suite, a cafeteria/auditorium, a full-size gymnasium, a library for 19,000 volumes together with a media centre, and a sports field. There is also a school radio, a TV channel and satellite TV access.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income derives from regular day school tuition and fees, and Finnish government grants. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Kdg. 1–Kdg. 2: €11,700; grades 1-5: €12,866; grades 6-8: €13,600; grades 9-10: €14,324 and grades 11-12: €15,410. The School also charges a first-time registration fee of €3,000 and, in some cases, a non-residency fee of €2,839 for grades 1-9 and €2,601 for grades 10-12. The first-time registration fee is a one-time payment. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in euros.)

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