The International English programmes

In addition to its bilingual curricula, we offer an International IB programme within the framework of the IB Primary Years and Middle Years programmes, (PYP and MYP). The School is IB-certified for PYP, and hope to be IB-MYP authorised in 2017.

Curricula PYP

The PYP caters for pupils aged between 5 and 11. It focuses on the overall
development of the child as an inquirer in the classroom, and in the world at large. The programme includes six specified subjects - language, maths, science, social studies, arts, personal, social and physical education – and emphasises interdisciplinary skills and independent inquiry.

PYP focuses on a range of areas related to pupils’ overall development, including: academic, social and emotional well-being; independence and the ability to take responsibility for their own learning; understanding the world and to function comfortably as part of it; establishing personal values centred around a global outlook and consideration for others.
 
One of the most significant and distinctive features of the IB PYP are its six transdisciplinary themes. These provide IB World Schools with the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum, and effectively allow students to go beyond the confines of learning within conventional subject areas.
 
The six themes are: who we are; where we are in place and time; how we express ourselves; how the world works; how we organise ourselves; and sharing the planet.
 
The ‘Exhibition’ is important part of the PYP. In the final year of the programme, students undertake a collaborative, interdisciplinary inquiry process that requires them to identify, investigate and propose solutions to real-life issues or problems.
 
As the culminating experience of the PYP, the Exhibition offers students an exciting opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning.

Facilities

Vasa International School of Stockholm in Vasastan offers fully equipped PYP
and MYP classrooms, a library, a science lab, a music room, a lunch room, and ample space for its various student groups, teacher-student, and student councils. ‘Annexet’ is our  two-storey venue that hosts the Music and Art classes.

Our gym facilities are at our new sports hall on Döbelnsgatan, where we offer a full range of gymnastics and performance arts activities to our pupils.
 
At our Johannesplan site, PYP 5 and 6, and all MYP pupils, have access to the School’s design studios that offer a full range of art, woodwork and textile courses. Our aim with these courses is to promote pupils’ creative processes through working with design and form first-hand: a true celebration of human ingenuity. At the same site, on the second floor, we have our School Health Team, the school nurse, the school counsellor and the school doctor.
The preIB (pre-school) class with students of ages 5-6 is also located at Johannesplan.

School life

As its name suggests, Vasa International School of Stockholm, is located in the Vasastan area of central Stockholm. Our relatively low number of students –around 200 – contributes to a particularly friendly atmosphere where all are welcome.

International staff with an international outlook

Our highly international teaching staff bring together extensive experience and a variety of backgrounds, offering teaching of the highest international standards, and the innate capacity to broaden the students’ understanding of the world.

Communication

We encourage regular communication between parents and teaching staff. This is done primarily through face-to-face contact and email. Parents are also able to review what topics their children are studying with the help of SchoolSoft, (see link at the top of the landing page of this site).
 
The School also runs an active mentor programme in which each pupil is assigned a member of staff whom they can approach if they have questions or concerns about their studies, and indeed personal lives.
 
Students are encouraged to take an active role in forming day-to-day life at the School through the Student Council. The School also holds regular parents’ meetings where parents and staff discuss students’ development.

Curricula MYP

MYP is for students aged from 12 to 16, and encourages pupils to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. It includes eight primary subject areas: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, maths, arts, physical and health education, and design.
 
Students in years four and five select six of these eight subject areas. In addition, students also complete one interdisciplinary unit, which involves at least two subject areas, every year. All MYP students are also required to submit a course work project on a topic of their choice.
 
According to IB, the “MYP aims to help students develop understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.”
 
The MYP is taught according to guiding principles such as teaching and learning in context; conceptual understanding; approaches to learning, (ATL); and service as action, through community service.


Teaching and learning in context
Learning is provided context, and connected to students’ own lives and their experience of the world. With the application of global contexts, MYP students are encouraged to develop an understanding of “their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet” by exploring the following areas:

  • Identities and relationships
  • Personal and cultural identity
  • Orientations in space and time
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Fairness and development
  • Globalisation and sustainability

 
Conceptual understanding
MYP students use concepts to explore issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance, and examine knowledge holistically. The MYP prescribes 16 key interdisciplinary concepts, along with related concepts for each discipline.
 
Approaches to learning (ATL)
ATL helps students to “learn how to learn”. A common theme to all MYP subject groups, ATL provides a basis for independent learning, and encourages the application of knowledge and skills in previously unfamiliar contexts, thereby encouraging the development and application of students’ social, thinking, research, communication and self-management skills.
 
Service as action
All IB students are encouraged to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service: a desire to positively impact the lives of others and the environment. Students “take action” when they apply what they learn in the classroom – and elsewhere – to everyday life.
 
Learn more about the MYP on the IB website here.

Discipline and
mutual respect

While we give our students the freedom to learn and explore independently, we also believe in the importance of discipline and mutual respect. To ensure pupils are polite, confident and respectful young world citizens, we work constantly to create an environment where students have, and show, genuine respect for teaching staff, fellow pupils and themselves. The school has an inclusive environment where there is a high level of tolerance for individual differences.

Community Service

Outside academic activity, we encourage students to raise funds for a variety of charitable causes, for example to provide support for victims of the earthquake in the Philippines and floods in Serbia in recent years.

Vasa campus parents also reach out to the local community every year to raise
funds for the PYP spring outing. As part of the PYP 6 Exhibition, students are
also encouraged to take action in addressing issues that involve the local
community.

Mother tongue teaching

Under Swedish law, all schools that have at least five pupils who speak the same language other than Swedish or Swedish minority language, these children must be offered classes in their mother tongue. As part of our dedication to the IB practice of promoting internationalism, and in addition to our strong English and Swedish bilingual learning, we actively dedicate resources to providing a large number of lessons in pupils’ mother tongues.

We currently run 20 mother tongue groups, in which pupils receive weekly lessons from their respective native language teachers after normal school hours. Please note that class sizes vary.

Latest news

Please find attached our current Mission statement and School Philosophy.
These statements have been created with the contribution of many different stakeholders of the school, such as the teachers, the parents, the students and the management team.

Read more »
12/01/2017
OPEN HOUSE, January 28th 2017
23/05/2016
Europaskolan Vasastan, Europaskolan International become Vasa International School of Stockholm 
21/05/2016
Vasa International website launched
16/05/2016
Eknäs Gård open for more regular pupil visits

Links

Application forms

School policy documents

School food

Children need a healthy, balanced diet to perform at their best in the classroom and elsewhere. We ensure that the pupils’ school meals are carefully prepared on-site. And with the Skolmaten app, you can keep track of exactly what your children are eating here at the School. 

Calendar

Important dates for the Academic
Year 2016/2017

Autumn Term 2016

Term starts: Wednesday, August 17
Half-term break, (höstlov, week 44): Monday, October 31 to Friday, November 4
Last day of term:
Tuesday, December 20

Spring Term 2017

Term starts: Tuesday, January 10
ASC Study Day: Friday, January 27
Open House: Saturday, January 28
Half-term, (Sports break, week 9): Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 3
Staff study days: Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 
PYP Exhibition, Vernissage and parent meeting: Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6
Easter break (week 15): Monday, April 10 to Monday, April 17 






School closed (May Day):
Monday, May 1
School closed (klämdag):
Friday, May 26
School closed (klämdag):
Monday, June 5
Closing ceremony:
Tuesday, June 13