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International School of Helsinki
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 comprises trimesters, while the upper school comprises 2 semesters which run from August 11 to June 4.

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, based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. The School has been authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since 1994 and the Middle Years Programme since 2004. The School is seeking authorization to offer the IB Primary Years Programme. English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) instruction is provided for students needing language support. The School also offers a limited special education program. 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. The School is approved by the Finnish Ministry of Education, and is accredited both by the New England Association of Schools and College and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2004-2005 school year, there are 59 full-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year, enrollment was 283 (K-5: 127; and grades 6-12: 156).

Facilities: The School moved to its new 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 18,000 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 2004-2005 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: €8,933; grades 1-5: €9,885; grades 6-8: €10,487; grades 9-10: €11,079, and grades 11-12: €11,967. The School also charges an annual capital fee €1,000 and a first-time registration fee of €3,000 and, in some cases, a non-residency fee of €2,014 for grades 1-9 and €1,860 for grades 10-12. The first-time registration fee is a one-time payment. These fee are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in euros.)


Mr. Robert Woods, Headmaster
International School of Helsinki
Selkamerenkatu 11
00180 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: 358-9-686-6160
Fax: 358-9-685-6699
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Adapted from material published by the U.S. Department of State.
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