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The Local _ Scania _ International schools in Lund/Skåne: LIS VS ISLK

Posted by: JnPh 1.Aug.2017, 07:37 AM

Dear all,

We're coming to Lund this fall and are looking to enroll my 3-year-old daughter in an international preschool.

I therefore would like to hear some thoughts from fellow parents on Lund International School vs International School of Lund Katedralskolan.

May I ask:
1. how are these two schools different from each other? In terms of no. of students, quality of education and parents' overall experience interacting with the schools, etc. (There seemed to be some issues with ISLK years ago; how about now?)
2. we might stay for a long period of time, so in that case Swedish will be important for our kids. I've heard Swedish is taught twice a week starting from PYP 1 at LIS. How about ISLK? how are your kids' Swedish in general?
3. any other thoughts are highly appreciated too!

Thank you!

/Jn

Some excerpts from an article back in 2013, https://www.thelocal.se/20130424/47534
"Unfortunately, and I speak on behalf of all parents, we are like captives here," explained one anonymous parent to The Local."A lot of the families with children there don't have a choice. There's no other option for international families."

"The inspector clearly understood that keeping to the foreign system made it easier for children whose parents move around a lot internationally to pass from one school to another with grades easily interpreted in the new place. Yet such reasoning was not grounds for disregarding Swedish law, the report underlined.
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Posted by: ChocOwl 1.Aug.2017, 05:51 PM

You can read some old reports etc about the schools here: https://www.skolinspektionen.se/sv/Beslut-och-rapporter/ NB this is not about the preschools.

Posted by: JnPh 2.Aug.2017, 03:45 AM

Thanks a lot, ChocOwl!

Posted by: Snowflake 3.Aug.2017, 03:53 PM

I moved to Lund in January and my daughter has been attending ISLK. We came from Canada and I'm a teacher if that makes any difference. ISLK is an IB (international baccalaureate ) school, so it has a curriculum that is used in English language schools in many countries if you think you might be moving again.

ISLK is a smallish school, with one class for each year or grade. Her class had 24 students I think. After what we would call grade 5 in Canada (PYP6, here) she will move to the Middle School (MYP) which is in a different building until January. ISLK is moving to a newly remodelled building in January which will house Primary and Middle years programs. My daughter has enjoyed the school and her classmates. The program is based very much on the principal of "Inquiry" where students direct their learning in areas that interest them and learn or develop responsibility for their learning.

Whenever I have mentioned math to people in Sweden (which would be mostly teachers), they have made cryptic remarks about how that would be a good area to get a tutor in Sweden. I don't know what they mean.

The students get Swedish classes about twice a week and Phys. Ed only twice a week which for a Canadian is pretty light. It is usually, almost daily in Canada. While Crafts (textiles and wood work) and Home Economics (foods, nutrition and environmental studies) are quite important in the Swedish curriculum they are not included at ISLK. Which is pretty standard at IB schools. Personally, I thought the Art program was a little light but I could be wrong on that front.

I don't know anything about the other International School in Lund. When we moved here, I was only told about ISLK. The other international (English) teacher at the school where I work sends/sent his kids to ISLK too.

Posted by: nacho 28.Nov.2017, 10:05 AM

My kids were at LIS until early 2017.

Here are some facts about LIS (as of early 2017):

It's a private school - so they are run by private people and it means that everyone who has their home kommun's approval can attend LIS;

They are focus on small class size - their aim is no more than 15 kids/class;

There's no gym for PE lessons - they have to walk to gym nearby for PE lessons;

There's no science lab due to fire regulations;

Their Parents Association forum on facebook is censored which means that all posts have to be approved by the chairman of the PA;

The lunch service below standard - they use deep bowls to serve (imagine putting soup, salad and bread into a deep bowl);

There are a number of staff who are also parents at the school;

They have trouble recruiting Swedish teachers, my kids in PYP had no Swedish class for a long period of time.

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