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Qatar Finland International School

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CurriculumInternational, Finnish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 5 to 16
Yearly fees (G7): 53,534 ﷼
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: 53,534 ﷼
Address: Umm Salal Muhammed, Qatar
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Number of students

750

Number of nationalities represented in the school

65

Most common nationality

Qatari

Ratio of local students to international students

35 percentage locals - 65 percentage other nationalities

Max. number of students per class

24

Average number of students per class

22

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes - At the moment the school employs 22 Learning Assistants.

Native English speaking teachers

Some of them - All class teachers come from Finland and they have Masters degree in Education.

Language support for students not fluent in English

Extra language support is available.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is integrated in other subjects and is being used as a tool for learning.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes they do - The homework serves two purpose 1) Homework is a review process for the things that has been learnt during the school day and it strengthens the new neurosynaptics 2) Homework teaches students responsibility for their own education and learning.

Approximate hours of homework given

In grades 0-6 the students should be able to finish their homework within 30 minutes. Grades 7-9 within one hour. Grades 10-12 more :-)

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

The assessment looks at the holistic development stage of a child including social, motoric and academic skills.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The deadlines are determined by the local Ministry.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

We are still a reasonably new school and as such haven't had graduating students yet.

External examinations or assessments available

The Finnish education system does not recognize exams, however the school is aiming for a Matriculation Examination after grade 12 as it is done in Finland.

Results in these examinations

No graduating students yet.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

The school follows the local Ministry standards in Islamic Studies (only for muslim students).

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

The other students have Social Studies during the Islamic lessons.

School bus service available

The school is collaborating with an outsourced company that provides this service.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The student support is very strong in the Finnish education system. The school has five SEN teachers, three School Counsellors and one career guidance counsellor to support the students.

Learning support offered

The focus is on early intervention in order to prevent the emergence and growth of problems. Support for growth, learning and school attendance is shaped into three categories: general support, intensified support and special support. Everyone is entitled to general support. It is a natural part of everyday teaching and the learning process. Intensified and special support categories are based on careful assessment and long-span planning in multi-professional teams and on individual learning plans for students.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

All teaching staff is trained in differentiation. Some teaching sessions are done in skills groups. There are elective courses for high achieving students.

Student access to education psychologist

All three school counsellors has degrees in psychology.

School start time

Grades 0-9: 07:30 am
Grades 10-12: flexible

School finish time

Grades 0-2: 1 pm
Grades 3-9: 2 pm
Grades 10-12: Flexible

Supervised care before/after school

The school gates open 06:30 after which the parents can bring their children to school.
There is an afternoon club from 1 pm to 2 pm for grade 0-2 students.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school offers more than 50 different Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) for different age groups. These include sports, arts and academic options. Also our ECA providers camps during the school holidays.

School provided lunches

The school has its own canteen with an outsourced operator. The canteen uses a wristband no-cash payment method.

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

Yes

Sports activities included

The school follows the Finnish National Core Curriculum (excluding winter sports :-)) in PE.

Sports facilities at the school

An olympic size gym, outside soccer field (artificial grass), outside handball, basketball and volleyball fields.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The school has its own sports team which competes against other international schools in various tournaments.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

We are a learning community dedicated to inspiring success and nurturing well-being. Finnish education excellence is at the heart of all we do, because we believe that everyone deserves the best possible future.

Teaching approach of the school

The school is following the best pedagogical practices from Finland.

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