The proportion of students from Internationella Engelska Skolan who qualify for upper secondary school remains well above average, according to statistics from the National Agency for Education (Skolverket). Among IES students who graduated this spring, 96.6 per cent were eligible to study a vocational programme, and 93.6 per cent were eligible to apply for a theoretical programme.
To speak English "well" is not enough in today's world, writes Ms Barbara Bergström, the American science teacher who founded the English School in 1993.
Young Swedes should acquire a total inner security when speaking English. Our schools offer the best environment for achieving this. An important part of our success is that we provide a secure environment for teaching and learning. Schools should have a calm environment where teachers can teach and students learn.
These founding ideas have laid a solid ground for success. Internationella Engelska Skolan is today the largest free school organization at the compulsory level ("Grundskolan") in Sweden. Some 28 000 students attend our 39 schools around the country.
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