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
Location
Gothenburg
Västra Götaland
Sweden
Information
Type International Baccalaureate school
Motto "Embrace diversity explore the world"
Established 1964
Principal Graham Miselbach and Maria Laasonen
Head of school Birgitta Sandström Barac
Number of students over 1000
Website

The International School of the Gothenburg Region (ISGR AB) is an 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 two 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 who 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. As in the International Programme, all the grade 0 - 5 students are situated at the South Campus, and 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 MYP 10. The PYP section (0-5) is located in the Guldheden campus, and the MYP programme (6-10) is located in the Götaberg campus. Originally the 6th grade was located in the Guldheden campus, but due to lack of space was relocated to the Götaberg campus. Priority is given to students from outside or who have lived outside Sweden.

Anti-bullying[edit]

The school has a group against 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.

Buildings[edit]

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 former ÅF building, but these plans were cancelled.

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 themselves but others as well. It teaches students responsibility and effects of helping others to make things better. The program starts in 9th grade and is run throughout the high school. It has allowed students to develop self-motivation towards helping themselves, their school, their community and the world.

Lunch[edit]

The food that the students get from the cafeteria (locally known as "bamba") comes from Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet. MYP 8 and above students have the privilege to go off campus and often go out to buy food as the school is located close to the city.

The school has a room known as the student centre. It is a place where students can buy food, hang out and talk to friends. Recently it has been closed but the school has announced to make it more available to the students.

Spanish exchange programme[edit]

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

French exchange programme[edit]

In the spring term of 2015, students in 10th grade French, along with students from the LGRM section and IHGR, had an exchange programme similar to the Spanish exchange, but with a school in Rennes.

School fees and government subsidy[edit]

All of the school's stocks are owned by 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, and AstraZeneca.

Incidents[edit]

  • 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 it was easily put out.

References[edit]

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