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Ages 3 to 18

International School of Hellerup

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
First year fees: kr44,470

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Number of students

We have 416 enrolled

Number of nationalities represented in the school

We represent over 60 nationalities at our school.

Most common nationality

We do not have one common nationality. We do not have more than 30% of our student body from any particular region of the world.

Ratio of local students to international students

We have 80% international students and 20% local students.

Max. number of students per class

That depends on the grade level. Currently our pre-k program has 12 students per class with one teacher per class. In addition we have an assistant and intern working with this grade. In the lowest grades we have 18 maximum per class, then 20, then 22. For the upper levels in the middle and high school we have a maximum of 24.

Average number of students per class

Between 12-19 currently per class. We have a few classes with 24 students.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Usually there is one teacher per class, but we have Student Support Services team and an EAL team to support students on a needs basis.

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

The primary school has mainly students with English as a first or second language. Most students have had prior experience at other international schools.

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

We have an English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department. These specialists work with students in learning academic English.

Additional language classes offered by the school

We offer Danish and French as well as after school mother tongue programs. In the IB Diploma, students can take self-taught languages that vary from Russian, German, Spanish, Arabic, etc.

Use of technology in the classroom

Our students in the upper grade levels receive either an iPad or Macbook. We have smart boards in the classroom as well. In our library, al students can check out and return books electronically. Our students in the upper grade levels receive either an iPad or Macbook. We have smart boards in the classroom as well. In our library, al students can check out and return books electronically. Primary school students have laptops to use, and in the future we are purchasing iPads.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

This is appropriate to the subject and grade level.

Uniform required


Waiting list

Only for some grade levels.

Entry evaluation for students

We test students on a case by case basis. It is important for us to know Academic English ability with students applying for our very academic and rigorous upper grade levels.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

We use English and Math placement tests.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have rolling admissions, which means families can apply to our school at any time. Applications for the current school year will be reviewed right away. We look at applications for the August, 2016 school year in March.

Students can join after academic year begins


Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

This is our first 11th grade class. We were just accredited by the IBO and have our first IB Diploma students studying in 11th grade. All of these students plan to attend a higher educational institution after they graduate.

External examinations or assessments available

Our IB Diploma students will all take the IB Diploma exams when they are in 12th grade.

Results in these examinations

We have not had students in 12th grade yet, thus they have not yet taken their examinations.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

As we are multicultural, we are also multi-faith and do not favor one religion. We have a ‘reflection room’ for students and teachers of all religions; it is a quiet and calm space.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

We do have a room that we offer our students who would like to pray silently. This room is available for students of all religious backgrounds.

School bus service available

The public transportation in Copenhagen is clean and safe. There are train and bus lines that families take to bring kids to school. Many families also bike their kids to school.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Our school has a Student Support Services department which provides additional assistance to students with mild learning, emotional and behavioural needs. This department includes trained learning support teachers and a school psychologist. The Student Support Services works collaboratively with all staff to ensure that all classrooms are inclusive.

Learning support offered

The Student Support Services writes Individual Education Plans for students with learning needs, works collaboratively with parents to form strong school-home links, plans and implements learning programs for specific students, provides emotional support and seeks required support from community services.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

All classroom teachers are responsible for differentiating work so that it challenges all students. In the older years we have after school groups where students can extend their learning.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, we have a psychologist who works at our school. We also have a University and Career Counsellor who works with the MYP and DP students in their career planning, academic goals, university counselling and university applications.

School start time

8:30 am

School finish time

3:30 pm for MYP and DP students. For the PYP we finish at 2:00pm.

Supervised care before/after school

Yes. There is a Morning Club (from 7.30 to 8.20 am) and an After School Care Program. The After School Care Program is the department for the youngest students of the school, where children from Pre-K through PYP 4 are enrolled for care and creative enrichment. The ASCP is a dedicated children’s space where they experience learning, play, support and exploration in a collaborative environment.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school offers a wide Electives Program for our PYP and MYP Students. They can choose between various activities and sports like Football, Fencing, Photography and Science club. The DP students are very involved with community service both in Denmark and beyond.

School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)


Sports activities included

The physical education department's curriculum is based on the IBO. There is more detailed information on the IBO website:
The Diploma Programme incorporates physical activity as well:

Sports facilities at the school

We are currently building a soccer pitch and a sports hall which will be on campus.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

International School of Hellerup was founded in 2009 under the name “Østerbro International School” in order to meet the needs of the International English-speaking community in Copenhagen.

We are a small school with a strong sense of community. The atmosphere is very positive and engaging. Families are very involved and we all work together to support our students. The administration is dedicated in creating a caring and supportive environment for all staff and families. This is our mission statement: It is our mission to provide the highest quality education to internationally minded students in an inquiring and supportive environment. We seek to inspire students and to provide them with the academic and social skills that will enable them to fulfill their human potential as responsible global citizens. Our commitment at ØIS is to create and maintain a safe, happy and child-centered environment in which children are inspired to become purposeful life-long learners.

Teaching approach of the school

ØIS is very student-centric. Every decision made is with the students in mind. We have a collaborative approach with all major decisions, which includes feedback from faculty, students, board members and families.

Summary of prices and fees

School fees, for a twelve year old child , in DKK

Yearly fees: kr32,470
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: kr12,000
Total first year fees: kr44,470
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Address: Rygårds Alle 131 2900 Hellerup Denmark