Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||10 students / class|
|Maximum||15 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
|Ratio of local students to international students||
16 / 46 = 34.78%
|Max. number of students per class||
15 students per class
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
Yes. Finnish International School has two teachers per group - the main teacher and an assistant teacher.
|Native English speaking teachers||
The Finnish International School staff is diverse and international. If their native language is not English, they all have native-like proficiency.
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
So far we only have primary grades at Finnish International School and we have not faced any issues regarding the language. We practice the Content and Language Integrated Learning method of teaching English, which is the most efficient proven approach to teach to the primary age pupils. Even the pupils with lower English proficiency do master the language skills just within a couple of months. Overall, we do have individualized learning process at FIS, which includes extra support in any academic area that might be challenging for the pupil.
All students will study at their own level during the language classes. We also have extra teachers to help and give extra lessons if needed. In extracurricular activities, we provide language clubs as well.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
English is the language of instruction at FIS. Georgian is taught as a native as well as a foreign language. Finnish can be studied starting from fourth grade as an optional language. German is offered from sixth grade. We also have an opportunity to offer other foreign languages of parents' choice as part of our after club classes: Chinese, Spanish, and French.
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Technology is an integral part of the studying process at FIS. Many learning objectives of various subjects are achieved through technology. Accordingly, ACT is not taught separately, but rather in an integrated manner. At school, we also teach robotics and coding with robots.
|Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)||
At Finnish International School we have a technology-enhanced studying process. During the latest Covid-19 outbreak, following the government's regulations, we moved our classes online - namely to the TEAMS platform. We also used other digital resources, which made the transition process easier and more efficient for the students. At the end of the term, the FIS staff managed to successfully achieve all the learning objectives from the Curriculum.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
The Finnish International School's educational approach is to give students as much information during the classes as possible. With an individualistic approach to each pupil, teachers do assign homework to their students, but on a minimal level.
|Approximate hours of homework given||
Usually, at FIS, the afterschool activities include the time to support the pupils' homework preparation. The primary grades' pupils are oftentimes done with their homework during the classes and after school activities, but usually, the suggested amount of time for a home is minimal - no more than one hour.
Not for now, but we will have waiting lists as the need emerges.
|Entry evaluation for students||
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
The FIS administration has an interview with parents to learn more about their kids' needs and expectations towards the school. Our psychologist and also an English language specialist have interviews with the pupils to assess their readiness level.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
We don't have strict deadlines. Usually until the beginning of the academic year, but also as mentioned below we do allow students to enrol during the whole year, even after the start of the academic year if the interested candidate matches our requirements.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
Yes, we do enrol students during the year, following the required procedures that may vary from candidate to candidate
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
FIS, for now, is a primary school. We do not have any graduates at this point, and will not have for a while - until around 2027 - that is when our current students reach 12th grade and graduate after that.
|External examinations or assessments available||
Our primary school pupils do not complete any external exams. It's all school-based.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
Our school is religion-neutral. No religion is practised or taught at Finnish International School. We do offer one subject called World Religions, but this is more of a historical perspective into existing religions.
|How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?||
We don't practice or teach religion at FIS.
|School bus service available||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Yes, we have highly professional Special Education teacher/psychologist, who will be supervising the direction of children with special learning needs by providing individualized study plans for the pupils in need and adapting the environment according to their needs.
|Learning support offered||
Individualized approach and studying plan created by certified Special Education teachers/psychologists.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
By individualistic approach: creating a supportive and healthy environment to each and every pupil individually based on their talent and needs.
|Student access to education psychologist||
Yes, we do have an educational psychologist.
|School start time||
|School finish time||
|Supervised care before/after school||
Before school, we provide pupils with safe transportation to/from school. And we have after school activities which include supervision as well as informal educational activities.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
After-school activities include arts, reading clubs, robotics lessons as well as educational outdoor activities. Other extracurricular activities such as football, swimming will be added to the list when FIS moves to its new larger campus.
|School provided lunches||
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
Yes, we take dietary requirements into consideration. During the acceptance interview, we ask the parents about the dietary needs and restrictions and we make sure to live up to their requirements.
|Sports activities included||
Different ball games: Tennis, football, basketball, volleyball. Also gymnastics, dancing, track and field, orienteering, rope skipping. Inventing new fun sports games with pupils is also part of our school curriculum.
|Sports facilities at the school||
Enough space for outdoor sports activities: football field, basketball, etc. The new campus at Saguramo, where the Finnish International Scool will relocate in 2021 will also have a swimming pool.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
We are always interested in taking part in different sport competitions if our students are fond of it. Finnish curriculum about physical education is diverse and pupils get skilled in multiple sports - individual and team sports.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
It is a universally accepted fact that the Finnish Education Model is ranked N1 in the world. From 2012, Finland is the leader in the primary and secondary education systems of the world rankings. Finnish students show the best results in the world according to knowledge and school skills.
One of the most important hallmarks of the Finnish school is the development of individualism, practicality and preparation for real life. Although the learning principles in Finland are unique and original, Finnish children have repeatedly shown the best results worldwide. Here children are given not only actual and necessary general knowledge, but they are being trained for real life. Accordingly, such a method has beneficial and most constructive effects.
Finland is a well-established leader in launching the successful innovative start-up projects performed by youngsters and the majority of those projects have turned into billion-dollar investment companies.
|Teaching approach of the school||
- Finnish learning method relies on the three main principles – trust, freedom and equality.