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PYP & MYP - Policy, criteria and how to apply

Stockholm municipality


The ISSR is a publically funded international school which exists primarily to serve the educational needs of the transient and/or international community of Stockholm.

There are no tuition or school fees, however interested families must meet specific intake criteria established by the Swedish Education Act and students are prioritized according to the requirements below.

When applying to PYPK – MYP4 (Grade 0-9), students are not requested to have Swedish ID Personal Number.

Entry requirements for PYPK to MYP4

The criteria for admission are set by the Swedish Education Act, Chapter 24 §4. The students are prioritized in the following order:

1. Students of international families moving to Stockholm from abroad, and staying here for a limited time.

2. Students of families moving to Stockholm, (only for students applying to grade 8 or 9), who have attended an English speaking International School abroad for a major part of their education (7th grade or later) and therefore have a reason to fulfil his/her education in an International School. ISSR will prioritise families living abroad when the apply.'

Due to the high number of applications ISSR only accepts applicants from criteria 1 and 2

3. Students living in Stockholm, who in the near future, will continue their education abroad. For example, children of members of staff of international organisations or companies.  

4. Students permanently living in Stockholm, who have English as a mother tongue i.e. speak it on a daily basis with one or both guardians AND who has sufficient knowledge of the English language to follow and participate in the teaching and learning.

Note: Students with significant needs affecting their ability to access an ordinary school learning environment and curriculum are not entitled to international schooling according to the Swedish Education Act. 

As the school is funded by the City of Stockholm, it is recommended that you live within the municipality.  At this stage we give priority to students living within Stockholm municipality, see map above.

Please note that if your situation changes from the admission requirements, your child may lose his/her place at ISSR.

Age Guidelines

PYP and MYP pupils are placed according to their age and their ability. As a general rule ISSR is following the international schedule:

PYPK – Pre-school class (5 years before August 1)
PYP1 – Grade 1/ Year 2
PYP2 – Grade 2/ Year 3
PYP3 – Grade 3/ Year 4
PYP4 – Grade 4/ Year 5
PYP5 – Grade 5/ Year 6

MYP1 – Grade 6/ Year 7
MYP2 – Grade 7/ Year 8
MYP3 – Grade 8/ Year 9
MYP4 – Grade 9/ Year 10
MYP5 – Grade 10/ Year 11

ISSR will differentiate to the general rule, in rare cases, given the wide variety of school systems and backgrounds of ISSR students, the goal is to find the instructional environment that will challenge but not frustrate the student by being too easy or too difficult.

How to Apply to PYP & MYP

At ISSR we have around 20% of student turnover/student mobility so please apply if you meet the rules and admission criteria. Incomplete applications will be deleted and both legal guardian contact details must be filled out in the online form.

Before starting to fill out the online application you need to make sure you meet all criteria in Step 1.

Step 1 

Make sure the application meets our admission criteria (see below). If you don’t meet these criteria your application will be rejected with no further notice. By meeting our criteria, you need to be able to answer YES to the following questions:

  • You have a short term employment contract or limited employment contract stating your starting date and ending date in Sweden
  • You live or you are planning to live within the municipality of Stockholm, see map

The only exception is if your child will start in Grade 8 (MYP3) or 9 (MYP4) and has attended an English speaking International School abroad for a major part of their education, then you also meet our admission criteria.
Both legal guardians of the child you are applying for should agree to the application.
Parents can only apply maximum 9 months prior the start of the child(ren) at ISSR.

Step 2

For your online application to be considered complete (incomplete application will be rejected), you must complete all fields in the online form, https://issr.openapply.com/ and upload the below requested documents (in pdf format):

  • Your short term employment contract or limited employment contract stating your starting date and ending date in Sweden
  • Two latest school reports and any Individual Educational Plans (IEP)/Individual Learning Plan (IPL) or documentation of special educational needs/evaluations available.
  • Complete the online medical form, fill out latest status on your child’s vaccination* and allergies. In addition you must upload your child’s latest vaccination card

*Vaccinations should be up to date according to Swedish regulations, click here for further information

Step 3

You have now submitted an online application and you can now expect the following if the application is complete.
Within 10 days the application will be processed by us and we will let you know the status of your child’s application by giving you the following options:

  • Admitted: Your child can start in the coming weeks and we have a spot – you will receive a confirmation message and checklist to be complete on the application
  • Waiting list: We do not operate a waiting list and every effort is made to provide a place for all those students who meet the admissions criteria and requirements. However, if all the admission rules are met, the student can be put on the waiting pool for a short period, usually only during the current term the student is applying for. 
  • Rejected: you don’t meet the rules hence the application will be rejected / declined with no further notice.

If you live outside the City of Stockholm or for enrolled students moving outside the City of Stockholm (stockholms kommun). As the school is funded by the municipality of Stockholm, priority is given to families living whithin the Stockholm boundaries. If your child(ren) are already enrolled and you move to another municipality, the enrolment of your child can't be secured. You need to contact the admission officer.

Only students who are in grade 8 or 9 have a secured spot the following year/term despite the fact they have moved.