The International School of Helsinki is an independent, coeducational day school that offers an educational program from kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1963. The lower school (K-5) and upper school (6-12) operate on semesters that run from August 10, 2020 to June 5, 2021.
Organization: The school is governed by a nine-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 the 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 (DP). 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 Colleges and the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In 2020-2021 there are 65 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year enrollment was 433 (K1-5: 201 and 6-12: 232).
Facilities: The school moved to its present facility in August 1996. There are 38 classrooms, three science labs, an art suite with kiln, a music suite, a cafeteria/auditorium with a state-of-the-art audio-visual system, a full-size gymnasium, a library with 19,000 volumes, and a sports field. The school has 1:1 iPad program in the lower school and 1:1 MacBook program in the upper school.
Finances: In 2020-2021 the school’s income derives from regular day school tuition and fees, and Finnish government grants. Annual tuition rates are as follows: K1–K2: €12,067; grades 1-5: €13,341; grades 6-8: €14,143; grades 9-10: €14,933; and grades 11-12: €16,121. The school also charges an application fee of €350, a registration fee of €3,150 and in some cases, a non-residency fee of €2,910 for grades 1-9 and €2,666 for grades 10-12. The registration fee is a one-time payment. (All fees quoted in euros.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.