School life

General

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  400 – contributes to a particularly friendly atmosphere where all are welcome.  

Our 25 teaching staff members and 25 ASC and other staff members come from  different countries around the globe and offer an international and multicultural  outlook to our students. 

Our school offers two streams, the ​International Bilingual stream​ (50% teaching in  English and 50% in Swedish, following the Swedish and the IB curriculum) and the  International English stream​(100% teaching in English and following the IB  curriculum only).

We have 21 classes from preIB to MYP4 (Swedish grade 9) and we are a certified ​IB  World School ​that offers the PYP (Primary Years Programme). As our MYP (Middle  Years Programme) is relatively new, we are still in the candidate phase and we are  expecting authorisation this October.

​​​​​​​ Vasa International School of Stockholm charges a fee of 1000SEK per month for the English stream in PYP and MYP. The Bilingual stream is free of charge for both programmes. 

The school was founded in 1998 by Mrs. Anette Parts and Mrs. Rita Ahonen, members  of the school Board. ​The school does not have any particular political or religious  affiliation, and is regulated by the Swedish National Agency for Education. ​The Principal of the school is Mrs. Anna-Karin Backman. 

Self-discipline and mutual respect

While we give our students the freedom to learn and explore independently, we also  believe in the importance of self-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. 

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), Google Classroom and our PYP digital portfolios. 
 

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 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, students and staff discuss the students’ development. 

Community Service

Outside academic activity, we encourage students to raise funds for a variety of  charitable causes. As part of the PYP 6 Exhibition and the MYP Community Project,  students are also encouraged to take action in addressing issues that involve the local  Community. 

Facilities

Aside  from  well  equipped  classrooms,  the school facilities include a lunchroom, gym  hall, science lab, music room, visual  arts room and a library. 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. 

The ‘Annex’ at Upplandsgatan, near  Odenplan is our  two-storey venue that  hosts the Music and Arts classes for PYP5  and 6, as well as MYP . 

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, we have a room for our School Health Team, i.e the school counsellor and  the school doctor. 

The preIB (pre-school) class with students of ages 5-6 is also located at Johannesplan. 

Library

The library is a hub of inquiry and learning. It supports the learning process by providing a wide range of resources that will give each student an opportunity to achieve academic success and learn life skills. The collection represents diverse views and cultures as well as emphasising language development, literacy and multilingualism. 
Inquiry is central to the role of the library and librarian at Vasa international, who together support international-mindedness and the creation of global citizens. The librarian assists students, teachers and staff in becoming effective users of information, fostering a love of reading and partners with teachers to develop information literacy skills.  The library promotes IB practices and attributes as well as academic integrity. Parents are also encouraged to use the library, monitor their child's reading and library use and contact the librarian at any time with queries.

The collection is made up of ca.8000 titles covering all relevant subjects and genres in Swedish and English as well as mother tongue resources.

Our librarian, Robin, originally comes from Canada and has been in Sweden for seven years working as a school librarian. She has a huge passion for middle school books and loves getting to share that with our students. Check out the library for special literacy related event days throughout the year

The library site is available for students and parents to check their library accounts and renew books. You can even do research here on other databases using the One search feature.
https://uk.accessit.online/vsn00

Our new sports hall at Döbelnsgatan
Our new sports hall at Döbelnsgatan
The library
The library
Music and Arts classes
Music and Arts classes