International School of the Gothenburg Region

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Coordinates: 57°41′40″N 11°58′28″E / 57.69452°N 11.97431°E / 57.69452; 11.97431

International School of the Gothenburg Region
Västra Götaland, Sweden
Type International Baccalaureate school
Motto "Embrace diversity explore the world"
Established 1964
Principal Graham Miselbach
Head of school Birgitta Sandström Barac
Number of students over 10000

The International School of the Gothenburg Region (ISGR AB) is a International Baccalaureate accredited international school in Gothenburg, Sweden. The school was founded by and is fully owned by GR, the Gothenburg region Association of Local Authorities. The school has been an IB World School since August 2000. The school consists of two campuses. The South Campus for grades 0-5 is located at Guldhedsgatan while the North Campus for grades 6-10 is located on Molinsgatan, near the downtown area of Gothenburg. Both campuses are connected to the transport System of Gothenburg, the North Campus is located at the stop "Kapellplatsen" while the South Campus is located at "Wavrinskys Plats", which is only 2 stops away from the other campus. The gym is located at the South Campus.

The School offers two programmes, an International Programme (IB curriculum) and a National Programme. The Head of school is Birgitta Sandström Barac and the principal is currently Graham Miselbach. The deputy principal for the Gotaberg campus is Corinna Ljungberg and the deputy principal for the Guldheden campus is Marilyn James, former Head of the school was Tage Gumaelius.

Currently 90 teachers work at ISGR and teach the over 1000 students that are from 65 different countries.

Since March 2008 ISGR/IHGR is a CIS accredited K-10 school.[1]

The National Programme LGR M & P[edit]

The National Programme at ISGR offers a Swedish education for grades 0 - 9 students. Like the International Programme, all the grade 0 - 5 students are situated at the South Campus where all grade 6 - 9 students are situated at the North Campus. Admission priority is given to residents living in central Gothenburg, Majorna, Linné and Orgryte.

The International Programme MYP & PYP[edit]

The International programme begins from PYP 0 up to the diploma programme, also known as MYP10. The PYP section (0-5) is located in the Guldheden campus, and the MYP programme (6-10) is located in the Gotaberg campus. Originally the 6th grade was located in the Guldheden campus, but due to lack of space was relocated to the Gotaberg campus. Priority is given to students from outside or who have lived outside Sweden.


The school has a group against anti-bullying known as the Friendly Voices. This group has been very effective at solving issues between students. They help to combat bullying and exist to eradicate it in the school.


Both of the schools are overcrowded and the school is actively seeking new buildings for the institution. They have added portable cabins to the Guldheden campus. The school had plans to move to the ÅF former building, but the plan was canceled.

Creativity action service (CaS)[edit]

ISGR has a program known as CaS or Creativity Action Service. This program encourages students to help the community become a better place for not only them but others. It is good as it teaches students responsibility and effects of helping others to the things better. The program starts in 9th grade and is also run throughout the high school. It has allowed students to develop self-motivation towards helping themselves, their school, their community and the world.


The food that the students get from the cafeteria (locally known as bamba). The food comes from Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet meaning that the students at ISGR have no say in what they want to eat. MYP 8 students have the privilege to go off campus and often go out to buy food as the school is located close to the city, but it is not recommended. Many students think that the food is horrendous but teachers think that the food is good. This food leads to students being negative during lessons and they start lacking concentration.

The school has a room known as the student centre. It is a place where students can buy food such as noodles. They also sell chocolate balls and other goodies. Recently it has been closed but the school has announced to make it more available to the students. It is a place to hangout and talk to friends.

Spanish Exchange Programme[edit]

Every year, the students of 8th grade who are in the Spanish class are visited by the students of Granada in the spring and in the Autumn, when those same students are in 9th grade, they visit Granada in Spain and stay with families.

School fees and government subsidy[edit]

All of the school's stocks are owned by GR or the Gothenburg Region Association of Local Authorities. Due to the increased costs and limited government subsidy from the school offering the international programme, the school has to charge school fees to all international students in the International Section. The cost for 1 year is 25,600 SEK or 3859.61 USD. The students who have remained at the school since 2009 only have to pay 5000 SEK a year.

The student's municipality that they are registered as living in pays a subsidy for their student. The students of the school are often offspring of people working for multi-national companies, most commonly Volvo, SKF, AstraZeneca and Mölnlycke Health Care.


  • In 2011, there was a fire in a toilet. Nobody was hurt.
  • In 2012, someone attempted to burn down the school by setting alight a bin in a toilet. The school was evacuated quickly and the fire quickly put out but the first floor of the school was closed for a few days, affecting the education of the international students. There was a fire earlier that morning but was easily put out.

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