The Swedish School in Paris – an easy transition for parents and kids
By Signe Hansen | Photos: Svenska Skolan Paris
Located in Paris but teaching the standard Swedish curriculum from pre-school to upper secondary school, the Swedish School in Paris offers pupils and parents a unique chance to get a taste of French life and culture with the easiest possible transition.
With just 100 pupils aged 3 to 19 years, the Swedish School in Paris offers pupils a familiar setting for learning and growing. The pupils are divided into age groups and the education is tailored around each pupil, with French language classes starting in pre-school. This secures children an easy transition.
“It has been great. We thought choosing a school with the same school system and approach as back home would make it easier to move the children here, and it has been exactly that,” says Johan Santoft who moved to Paris with his wife and their eight- and ten-year-old children last spring. “We moved here in the middle of a semester, and it was really easy to get going. They liked it a lot, have found friends quickly, and are happy with their teachers.”
With pre-school and 1-6 grade of elementary school set in the heart of Paris, and 7-9 grade and secondary school classes sharing premises with a French high school in Neuilly-sur-Seine, pupils are immersed in French culture. But both parents and kids also become part of a closely-knit Swedish community. “Since it’s a small school, everyone knows everyone, and everybody is very helpful when new families arrive in Paris,” says Santoft. “We found nice friends at once.”
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