|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.
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
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
00180 Helsinki, Finland