- Students from expatriate families who are on a fixed, short term contract with a company or organisation in the Gothenburg Region;
- Families who have a confirmed move abroad on a work contract with a fixed date of departure within 12-18 months and need their children prepared for entering a recognised International School abroad;
- Students who have attended a recognised International Programme abroad for a major part of their Education and need to complete their International Programme (IB Diploma) in Gothenburg (primarily returning Swedish families).
Our policy is to place students in their age-appropriate grade level. We also take into consideration a student’s previous school experience. This is done on a case by case basis looking at formal years of schooling rather than ability in subject areas. We do not have an entrance test but assess students in their initial weeks on a range of measures to ensure they are fitting in to the program.
- August 31st determines the student’s grade level.
- Students entering PYPK must be five years old by the 31st of August of the year of entry, for PYP1 they must be six years old by 31st August of the year of entry and so on.
- Students entering PYP1 must have previous formal schooling
In my home country students begin school a year earlier than at ISGR, how do you accommodate this?
At ISGR we have students who come from all over the world with a wide range of school experiences. We aim to differentiate the academic level of the work within the class to meet the needs of the individual. In some cases, and after our assessment and observation of a student we may discuss (with the parents) the possibility of moving the student into another grade level.
How many students are in each class?
In the early grades we endeavor to keep class sizes to around 24 students with one teacher and one classroom assistant where necessary. For later years, numbers can increase to approximately 26. At times when we have high demand for places, class sizes may increase in order to accommodate the needs of moving families. In these cases, the increase will be met with additional resources, including teaching assistants where appropriate.
My children have very limited English how will they cope?
We have an English as an Additional Language program at ISGR where specialist teachers take small groups of students for tuition in English. This is usually when the rest of the class are doing their Language Arts. When the students are proficient in English then they will remain with their class the whole time. Students receiving English Language support will be exempt from other language classes.
Does ISGR have a gifted or gifted and talented program?
We do not have a special program for gifted and talented students. Our teachers focus on differentiation in the classroom to meet the needs of the students within the class.
How does ISGR cater for Special Needs students?
ISGR has a dedicated Student Support Team, comprising of a School Nurse, Counsellor, Psychologist, School Doctor, Principal, and Learning Support Teacher. The team (except Psychologist and Doctor) meet weekly to evaluate the needs of individual students highlighted by the Admissions Office or Teachers. Students can be seen by different specialists depending on their needs. The Counsellor and School Nurse look after health, social and emotional needs of students, and the Learning Support Teacher supports the learning needs of students. The Doctor and Psychologist are consulted when needed. Further information is provided on our Student Support Services page.
Does ISGR undertake any standardized testing?
In September or October every student in the International Section takes a standardized test in English and Math. The test used is the NFER Nelson test. In February or March some students also do a test in listening comprehension in PYP and Cognitive Ability Testing in MYP.
How easily do children make the transition to ISGR?
The school aims to make the transition as smooth as possible for students. Each new student is assigned a buddy to guide them around the school and help explain school routines. Every student at ISGR knows what it is like to be a new student and so is very helpful to newcomers. Examination of the previous school records ensures that the academic level of the work is appropriate and teachers welcome parents who have questions or concerns to arrange an appointment to discuss them as early as possible. The school counselor is also available to support students and parents.
How is the school year organised at ISGR?
In Sweden, the academic year begins in August and concludes in June. The academic year is divided into two terms. The Autumn Term runs from August to December and the Spring Term is from January to June. Please see the School Calendar for specific start dates and holidays.
Do students enroll mid-term?
International work assignments can occur at any time depending on the particular needs of organisations. ISGR therefore tries to meet the needs of all students whenever they arrive. The majority of new students arrive either in August or January – the beginning of each of our terms. We do however accept students arriving at different times during the school year. The time it takes to enroll a student will depend on class sizes and available resources. It may sometimes be necessary to defer the offer of a place until the student can be appropriately accommodated, but you will be advised of this at the earliest opportunity.
What is the minimum duration for a placement at ISGR?
International work assignments can be short notice and short term. ISGR therefore accepts students for periods as short as three months duration. It is not feasible for the school nor academically productive for the student, to accept students for shorter periods of time. Parents (or the company commissioning the short-term placement) will need to pay the full term School Fee to cover the necessary resources for the placement and privation of the Government Subsidy.
What is the policy for Leave of Absence
If you wish to take your child out of school during term then you will need to apply for Leave of Absence. Students are allowed up to 10 days absence in any one school year; days of absence are cumulative. Absence from school for more than 10 days requires permission from the Board. This leave is only granted in special circumstances and students are expected to make up any missed work or assessments. In some cases, prolonged leave of absence may mean that a student has to repeat a grade level if they do not meet the exit criteria for that grade. If a student is absent without notice for longer than 10 days consecutively, then they will be automatically withdrawn from the school and parents will need to reapply, and demonstrate that they still meet the Admissions Criteria if they wish to return to ISGR. School in Sweden is compulsory so parents must apply for any leave in accordance with school regulations.How many students currently attend ISGR?
As of the 2016/2017 academic year we have over 600 students in our PYP and MYP programs.
What is the difference between the National Section and the International Section?
The students attending the National Section are all permanent residents in Sweden and receive the Swedish National Curriculum. The International Students follow the International Baccalaureate Program. The student body in the National Section has chosen ISGR because the English Language has a higher profile here than in most other Swedish schools.
Why does the school have two programs?
When ISGR began in 1997 there were a relatively small number of students in the International Section. Having a National Section gives the school financial stability as its student numbers do not fluctuate and also increases the school’s cultural diversity.
Why isn’t ISGR a private school like some other International Schools?
When the school was set up by GR (Gothenburg Region), our owners, they decided that it would be formed as a Swedish school offering an international program. Skolverket gave permission for ISGR to charge a ‘reasonable’ School Fee to their international students to meet the higher costs of education and resources incurred for offering an International Education. Any change in the level of fee must be agreed by our Board.
Our families live in all areas of the Gothenburg Region. Most areas within the Gothenburg Region have good public transport systems to the two ISGR campuses. It is a requirement that our students are registered in a Gothenburg Region municipality with the Tax Office.
Do the students travel on school buses?
There are no school buses. However, once students are properly registered at the Tax Office and have provided the School with their Swedish personal number, they receive a tram card which allows them to travel on any bus or tram in the Gothenburg Region on weekdays between 6.30am and 6.30pm. It is also possible to ‘top-up’ this card to allow the students to travel later into the evening and at weekends.
How can parents be involved at ISGR?
ISGR recognizes that the education of their students is a partnership between, the school, the parents and the students and therefore actively encourages parental involvement at the school. There is an extremely active PTA and a host of volunteers involved in social and fund-raising, helping in the library, with crafts, EAL and listening to students read. Further information is available on the ISGR PTA page.