What is your student/teacher ratio?
Currently we have one teacher for every 4-5 students. The curriculum is planned by two native Swedish teachers with Swedish teaching degrees who also teach ALL students in language studies. Two experienced teaching assistants work with reading, projects and other subjects.
Where is the school ocated?
Our school is conveniently located in Vienna, VA, near the beltway in a recently renovated school annex owned by a neighborhood church. In addition to our classrooms we have a cozy lounge for parents.
Do the students have outdoor recess?
Yes, almost always. We have a picnic table, a large grassy area for the kids to play on and a mostly empty parking lot for games. Some classes and activities are also held outside, to help invoke the Swedish love of nature and the outdoors.
Does the school have a library?
Yes, we do. We have built a respectable collection of books, films, CD's and magazines donated by friends and family in Sweden. We also share our own books with each other.
Do I have to volunteer or donate money?
No. The program is financed by tuition and grants and is not run as a parent co-op. All administration and teaching is done by staff. We hope that you will participate by helping your child at home and attend our social and cultural activities because you enjoy being part of a Swedish-speaking community. Everyone, including teachers, takes turns bringing snacks. Parents are responsible for their own children during recess and need to get help from other parents if they cannot be there. (Although most parents enjoy the games too!)
Do you celebrate Lucia and other Swedish holidays?
Yes, absolutely. Every year we hold a Lucia pageant and make Christmas crafts in the church fellowship hall. During the school year we learn about various other Swedish customs and celebrations.
Do you have other questions? Let us know!