Helsinki, Finland: Helsinki International School: Fact Sheet 2022-2023

The Helsinki International School (ISH) is an independent, coeducational day school that offers a K-12 educational program for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1963. The Elementary School (K-5) and Upper School (6-12) operate on semesters that run from August 8, 2022 to June 3, 2023.

Organization: The school is run by a school council of nine members, elected each year by the parents’ association, which sponsors the school. The parents’ association is a formal association registered with the Finnish Ministry in accordance with local legal requirements.

Curriculum: The program is internationally focused and aligned with the philosophies of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The school is authorized to offer the three programs of the IBO: the Primary Program (PP), the Secondary Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Program (DP). The teaching language is English. Students with limited or no English are supported through the English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) program. The school also offers limited special education support. The second languages ​​taught are French, Finnish and Spanish. The program emphasizes meeting the individual needs of students in the early grades. There is an after-school activity program for students in grades 1-12. The school is authorized to operate by the Finnish Ministry of Education and is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, ISH has a total staff of 100, including 64 teachers, including 20 U.S. citizens, 19 host-country nationals, and 25 third-country nationals. All teachers maintain a teaching certification.

Registration: At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, the numbers were 474 (K1-5: 201 and 6-12: 232). Of this total, 93 were US citizens, 95 host country nationals and 285 third country nationals.

Facilities: The school moved to its current facilities in August 1996. There are 38 classrooms, three science labs, an art suite with oven, a music suite, a cafeteria/auditorium with a state-of-the-art audiovisual system , a full-size gymnasium, a 19,000 volume library and a sports field. The school has a 1:1 iPad program in middle school and a 1:1 MacBook program in high school.

finance: In 2022-2023, the school’s income comes from tuition and regular school fees and grants from the Finnish government. The annual tuition fees are as follows: K1–K2: €12,067; classes 1-5: €13,341; 6th-8th: €14,143; 9th-10th year: €14,933; and 11-12 years: €16,121. The school also charges a registration fee of €350, a registration fee of €3,150 and in some cases a non-residency fee of €2,910 for classes 1 to 9 and €2,666 for classes 10 to 12. The registration fee is a one-time payment. (All fees are quoted in Euros.)

Special needs: Download the special needs profile (Special Needs Finland, Helsinki) for this school to find out more about its ability to support students with difficulties.

This information sheet is intended to provide general information. Potential school users may wish to inquire further with the A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more accurate and up-to-date information. Information and statistics are current to September 2022 and provided by the school.