Broschyr med presentation av kommunens ... - Älmhults kommun

Broschyr med presentation av kommunens ... - Älmhults kommun

The International School

Making it easier to live a global life

The International School of Älmhult is making it easier to move to other countries for children as well as parents. It is

one of 3 000 schools in the world, certified by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. That makes it possible

to move all over the globe and continue in the same school system whatever country you’re moving to or from.

The International School of Älmhult is one of five

schools in Sweden authorised to deliver both The

Primary and The Middle Years Programmes. At

the start the school had only 5 students. Today

there are 105 and the school is moving into larger

facilities. A new department will open in August in

the Pre-School for 1–3 years-olds.

– Families moving around the world can feel

secure that the children can move on to the same

school system with similar pedagogy in all the

3 000 IB schools. Broad-mindedness is our educational

platform, says Vivien Björnestrand, head of

the International School of Älmhult.

In all these schools everyone is used

to students and teachers coming and

going. Around 25 of the students

come from abroad every year and

nearly as many leave. The stay

in Sweden can vary from a few

months to a few years.

English is the common language in

the International School, but there

are many more nationalities in the

school. Among teachers and students 23

different mother tongues are spoken. All students

in the school can learn Swedish and in the Middle

Years Programme students can choose between

Spanish, French or German.

Staff in the administration and library also have

an international background.

– Even if we have grown fast we are still a small

school with small classes. All the staff know all

the children and this creates a secure environment

for the pupils. We believe in a low teacher-to-pupil

ratio as one of the most important factors to

guarantee quality in our education, says

Vivien Björnestrand.

In August 2011 the International

School of Älmhult is moving into

newly renovated premises at

Haganässkolan and will have

over 120 pupils.

– This is important to us as it

makes it possible to continue go


We have a new and larger playground,

where our pupils have been able to

put in their own ideas and wishes into the design,

says Vivien Björnestrand.

The International School in Älmhult is very

important to a global company like Ikea and the

possibility to recruit experts from all countries.

This is why Ikea sponsors the school.

Read more about the International Baccalaureate

organisation at

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