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Kunskapsskolan (translates as the knowledge school) is a Swedish group of independent schools that provides education for students from grades 4 to 9 (ages 10 to 16) in elementary school. They also offer a gymnasium schools for grades 10 to 12 (ages 16 to 19) in different areas of Sweden.


Kunskapsskolan was founded by Peje Emilsson in 1999.

General Idea[edit]

The educational idea behind Kunskapsskolan is that all students are different and that they learn at different paces and in different ways. In contrast to most of Sweden's other schools, Kunskapsskolan functions in a way that more closely resembles the system in the Swedish gymnasium and university. The schools are operated using the KED Program, a comprehensive program for personalized education.

The KED Program is a way to use tools and resources in order to allow for as much personalization as possible.

As a student in Kunskapsskolan, you set long term goals that you agree with your teacher and parents. The long term goals are broken down into a plan with termly and weekly goals, which are followed up during weekly coaching sessions with a teacher.

In order to allow for personalization, subjects are delivered as steps or theme courses. English, Swedish, maths and modern foreign languages are studied in steps through which students can progress at their own pace and at their own level. Other subjects are delivered through theme courses where different subjects are connected by a common theme. In those courses, one studies, for example, social studies, science, and technology. The largest difference between courses and steps is that courses are set in the school schedule, with pupils working at the same time and often in groups. In the courses, the different subjects blend to create an overlapping study on a certain subject. For example, when students do a study on the world wars, they would not only cover the history but also explain the science of the period, the social changes, and the causes of the events. The key word is analysis.

All steps, theme courses, materials and exercises are available in English, Dutch and Swedish through an online portal; Kunskapsporten/the Learning Portal.

People and Places[edit]

All Kunskapsskolan schools are built by the architect Kenneth Gärdestad, brother of the Swedish pop singer Ted Gärdestad. The architecture is very open, with glass and colourfully painted walls.

There are a total of 80 Kunskapsskolan schools ("kunskapsskolor") in operation around the world. 36 of them are located in Sweden.[1]

Kunskapsskolan in the UK[edit]

In the UK Kunskapsskolan sponsored three academies through the Learning Schools Trust, which operated four academy schools in England. It operated Hampton Academy[2] and Twickenham Academy[3] in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Elizabeth Woodville School in Northampton, and Ipswich Academy in Suffolk. In March 2014 the trust was banned from taking on new schools.,[4] and in September 2016, it ceased operation.[5]

Kunskapsskolan India[edit]

In India, CEO of Kunskapsskolan is Kunal Bhadoo. Kunskapsskolan operates Two schools in Gurgaon, Haryana, and one is Lucknow and other one in Bangaluru under Kunskapsskolan Eduventures[6] – a joint venture between Kunskapsskolan Education and Gyandarshan Eduventures.[7] Kunskapsskolan Gurgaon[8] follows the CBSE Curriculum for classes Nursery to Grade X and became operational in 2013.Kunskapsskolan International Gurgaon follows the CBSE Curriculum for classes Nursery to Grade VI after that student has option to choose CBSE or IGCSE and became operational in 2016.Kunskapsskolan Lucknow follows the CBSE Curriculum for classes Nursery to Grade VII and became operational in 2016.Kunskapsskolan Bengaluru follows the CBSE Curriculum for classes Nursery to Grade VI after that student has option to choose CBSE or IGCSE and became operational in 2017.http://ked.edu.in/

Kunskapsskolan in the United States[edit]

Kunskapsskolan Education has an on-going partnership with the American charter school organization, the Great Oaks Foundation, which operates a KED-sponsored school in Manhattan, New York City.[9][10]

Kunskapsskolan in the Netherlands[edit]

Around 30 independent schools within the Dutch national school system are currently "exploring" the KED program for a selected number of students.[11][10]

Kunskapsskolan in the Middle East[edit]

KED is the "preferred academic sponsor" of the newly opened Nün Academy ("Kunskapsskolan, Jeddah") in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.[10][12]


  1. ^ "Kunskapsskolan". Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to Hampton High". hamptonacademy.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to Twickenham Academy". www.twickenhamacademy.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Problem academy chains 'not focusing on learning', as 14 are banned from expansion". TES. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  5. ^ "An academy trust that follows Gove's favourite Swedish model is dissolving…". Schools Week. 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Kunskapsskolan - Best Schools in Gurgaon|Bangalore|Lucknow | International Schools|Top Schools|CBSE Schools". kunskapsskolan.edu.in. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  7. ^ Announcement (2012-06-30). "Kunskapsskolan launch in Gurgaon set to rewrite educational standards". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  8. ^ "Kunskapsskolan Best School in Gurgaon from Sweden CBSE Curriculum". kunskapsskolan.edu.in. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  9. ^ "Top Charter Schools | Great Oaks Charter Schools". Great Oaks Charter Schools. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  10. ^ a b c "The KED World - Kunskapsskolan.com". www.kunskapsskolan.com. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  11. ^ "Kunskapsskolan Nederland - Samen gepersonaliseerd leren". kunskapsskolan.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  12. ^ "Nün Academy | An Ethic of Excellence". www.nunacademy.com. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 

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