International School of Vantaa
The International School was founded in 1992 and is based in Vantaa
near Helsinki. The original purpose of the school was to offer an
English language alternative school to parents who had been, or planned
to work or study abroad. Later, because of increased demand, the school
also accepted children whose parents wanted an alternative to traditional
education in the elementary school. Planning and training is going
forward in order to carry the curriculum into junior and senior high
French is taught through the medium of English as an elective second
language beginning at grade 5. German, Swedish and Russian are alternative
elective languages if there are more than 12 interested students.
The language of instruction is predominately English. The school
provides schooling for those children whose mother tongue is English
or who have sufficient fluency in English to cope in the classroom.
The school is a unified comprehensive school consisting of grades
1-9 with approximately 300 students. One of the aims is to produce
competent, self-motivated students who can function in an international
environment and cope in English. The general framework is determined
by the National Board of Education with the school developing its
own tailor-made curriculum within these parameters. French and German
(depending on interest) are offered as electives starting from the
grade 4. Swedish instruction begins at grade 7 as a compulsory course.
Selection of students for the school is based upon oral and/or written
assessment in English. In addition, applicants for the grades 7-9
are tested also in Mathematics in English. Only children living
in Vantaa with their guardians and after a temporary stay abroad
are accepted, although a student can continue her/his studies at
school if s/he and her/his guardians return to Vantaa. Parental
and professional support contributes to meeting the school's mission.
These resources provide programmes such as after school clubs. There
are new school premises in Kartanonkoski. The building also includes
a daycare center and a public library.