Admission & Moving
The International School of Älmhult is registered with the Swedish School Inspectorate to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), including Early Years (EYP), and Middle Years Programme (MYP) to children from the age 1 to 16.
It is also a communal school. This means that the school is funded by the municipality and that its PYP 1-MYP 5 is free of charge. Charges can be applicable for the preschool and extra-curriculum Fritids programme.
Applications are accepted throughout the year if one of the admission criteria is met. Offered places are subject to the number of available places in the respective grade – otherwise the pupil will be placed in our waiting pool.
Pupils are placed based on their age in the given class. An exception is regarding admission to MYP 5: in case of no previous IB experience, a pupil will be placed in MYP 4 instead.
How to apply?
Applications can be submitted via email or post (Handelsvägen 11, Älmhult). The application form must be filled in complete and accurate. A spot can be revoked if ISÄ discovers any missing, false or incorrect information in the application form. You can find the admission forms further down this page, please read the criteria before submitting.
When applying for specifically Fritids and preschool, it is crucial to apply both to ISÄ as to the municipality of Älmhult. This can be done online or by visiting the municipality building.
The criteria for admission
One of the following admission criteria need to be met, in order to be enrolled at The International School of Älmhult (ISÄ).
- Pupils in international families moving to Älmhult and staying for a limited time.
- Pupils in families moving to Älmhult or the region who have attended an International School abroad for a major part of their education and therefore have a reason to complete his/her education in an International School.
Having attended an International Preschool is not a given condition to be enrolled.
- Pupils living permanently in Älmhult or the region who in the near future will continue their education in an International School abroad.
- Pupils from a home in which English is the language spoken by one or both parents and who have sufficient knowledge of the language to participate in classes (Pupils need, by law, to be able to speak enough English to follow the lessons. This is not a criterion for pupils starting the pre-school).
Additionally, pupils living outside of Älmhult’s municipality need to get permission from the residing municipality.
Having a sibling enrolled, it is not given that a pupil will be enrolled at ISÄ. The admission criteria will still need to be met.
Documents to be submitted
The following documents need to be submitted along the application form:
- Previous report cards
- Vaccination report card
- Proof your child(ren) meets one of our admission criteria
EYP 3 to PYP 1
Guardians need to re-apply to ISÄ and pupils need to meet the admission criteria to be enrolled for PYP 1.
PYP 5 to MYP 1
Pupils enroll automatically at the beginning of the next academic year.
MYP 2 to MYP 3
Guardians merely need to inform the municipality by responding to the letter/email that they receive from the municipality. If done so, pupils are automatically enrolled to MYP 3.
Download and save the PDF document to be able to digitally fill-in the details.
The International School of Älmhult has a Guidance Counsellor that supports MYP 4 and 5 pupils in their transition to DP or Swedish gymnasium. When pupils are in MYP 5, they will need to apply for the DP curriculum, or Swedish gymnasium (one applies via fri kvot).
A pupil at ISÄ can apply for:
- MYP5 applies to DP1 in Älmhult, if the pupil feels the need of an additional year, one can apply to Pre DP.
- MYP4 and MYP5 apply to Pre DP, MYP5 may apply to DP1 at the International School of Lund and the International School of Växjö.
- MYP5 can only apply to Pre DP at the International School of Malmö, but not to DP1.
18 Swedish national upper secondary programmes*
How to apply?
Swedish upper secondary school program
Swedish gymnasium programmes
To apply for Swedish gymnasium programmes, a pupil applies through fri kvot (free quota). A limited number of places can be set aside in a free quota for those students who have grades or reviews that cannot be compared without further ado with the grades from Swedish primary schools. Students with foreign grades are admitted to a free quota. This means that there is an overall assessment of the student's grades, eligibility and conditions to pass the applied education. Each principal makes a decision for admission within this free quota, which means that the same student can receive several decisions from different principals.
This is because the Swedish National Agency for Education does not have an official translation scale for MYP grades. Local upper secondary schools’ admission offices and individual schools interpret MYP students independently to determine eligibility for a given school/program.
To be eligible for national programmes in the Swedish upper secondary school, at least the following is requested to meet the requirements for passing grades in the primary school subjects English, Swedish and Mathematics year 9:
- English Language & Literature - lowest grade 2 or English Language &acquisition - phase 4 minimum grade 3
- Swedish Language & Literature – at least grade 3 or Swedish Language & acquisition – phase 5 at least grade 3
- Mathematics Extended - at least grade 2 or Mathematics Standard - at least grade 3
In addition, passing grades are required. More information can be obtained from either the guidance counsellor or the MYP coordinator.
When moving, please submit the registration form to the present class teacher/mentor well in advance of the move.
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