FAQ

Admissions

Applications for admission may only be submitted through our website www.engelska.se/nacka.  When your application is registered, you will receive an automatic confirmation mail with log-in information. Offers of admission to year 4 (grade 4) are sent out via e-mail. It is therefore important to keep your contact information up-to-date. To login to your application, go back to the application portal on our website and click “login” in the upper-right-hand corner of the page. A child may be placed in our queue (by applying for admission) as soon as they have a Swedish person number.

Every IES school has its own, separate queue. Admission is done based on the date of application. Therefore, the earlier you apply, the greater the chance of admission. The only priority we give in our queue is to siblings of students who already attend our school. We only admit a full class (150 students) for year 4. For the older year levels (5-9), we can only offer individual places if a students decide to leave our school (leaving an open slot).  The process of admission for year 4 begins in October when the child is in year 3. Due to our sibling priority policy, we cannot answer questions about the likelihood of admission.

 

Attendance

School is compulsory for elementary and middle school. Guardians are responsible for reporting their child’s absence every day before the first lesson begins. Absences may be reported by phone to the school’s reception (08-562 969 00) or online through the guardian’s schoolsoft account. Students may not excuse their own absences.

 

Bus Cards

IESN does not reimburse the cost of transportation.

 

Cell Phones

Cell phones are forbidden in school. “We don’t want to see or hear them”. If a student needs to make a call, they are welcome to ask the reception.

 

Change of Address

If your child’s legally registered address changes, it is important to notify the school’s administration.

 

Classroom Environment

Every class has its own homeroom where most of its classes are held. Students must quietly line-up outside their classroom before each lesson then wait by their assigned desk until the teacher invites them to sit down. Every classroom is supplied with color paper, color pencils, scissors, rulers, etc. The class has a collective responsibility to take care of these materials. Every student is responsible for the cleanliness of his or her own desk and puts their chair on the desk at the end of each day.

 

Computers

The school has computer carts for students in years 4-7. The carts may be booked by teachers for specific lessons as needed. Students in years 8 and 9 are assigned their own computers for which they are responsible both in school and at home.  

 

Development Discussions

Student-Parent-Teacher conferences (SPT’s) are held once per semester, during a two-day SPT period. During this meeting, students, their guardian and their mentor discuss the student’s overall progress and together they set academic goals. These goals are then assessed in the following semester’s SPT. SPT’s are also a good opportunity for parents to meet their child’s subject teachers as well. The SPT schedule is posted both on schoolsoft and google apps.


 

English

Fluent English is not a prerequisite to attending our school. Most of our students have exclusively attended Swedish schools before coming to us. Our experienced teachers are more than able to teach English to students at all levels.

 

E-mail

Every student receives his or her own e-mail address when they start at IES Nacka.

firstname.lastname.student.nacka@engelska.se. Remember to check this account regularly.

 

Equal Treatment Plan

IES Nacka has an Equal Treatment Plan that applies to both students and staff. The document is shared as a google document. The Plan is evaluated, discussed, and updated annually by the students themselves.

 

Google Apps

Both teachers and students use Google Apps daily. It is where lesson plans and other pedagogical resources are kept. Students log in using their own school e-mail account. There is an account all parents use, the details of which can be found in schoolsoft under the “files and links” tab.

 

Homework Help - Tutorial

IES Nacka offers homework help and general academic assistance in all subjects. For students in years 6-9, tutorials take place at 15:30 Monday through Thursday, with one subject per day. For our younger students in years 4 and 5, tutorials start at 14:30. The Tutorial Schedule is available on schoolsoft and google apps.


 

Insurance

Most counties have accident insurance which covers every student who is a registered resident of that county both at school and outside of school. If a student must use a taxi in order to get to school due to an injury, a doctor’s note must be submitted to the insurance company. For more information, see your county’s website.

 

Junior Club

Students in years 4 and 5 may sign up for our after-school club: Junior Club.  Junior Club is open until 16:30 every day. It is closed during holidays and when there is no school. Students receive a healthy snack and are able to help plan activities that will be held. Junior Club memberships are on a semester basis and must be paid for in advance. Sign-up forms can be found in our reception.


 

Library

The school library is open daily. It features fiction, non-fiction, and resource computers. We have extensive collections in both Swedish and English. Students are encouraged to borrow books both for school and for fun. The library also offers various fun and educational activities during the school year. Read more about our library in google apps.

 

Lost and Found

Lost and found items are kept in the reception. We suggest marking your child’s full name on his or her belongings.

 

LUNDS

LUNDS are a system of encouraging students to contribute to a calm and focused learning environment.

L is for Late. If a student comes late to class for any reason they receive an L. If they are late due to causes beyond their control such as traffic, the guardian must report the lateness to reception by phone.

U is for unprepared. If a student comes to class without the required materials (pencil, paper, subject book, homework), he or she will receive a U.

N is for Note. A student whose behavior in the hallways disturbs an ongoing class.

D is for Disturbing class. A student who is disruptive in class will be given a D.

S is for Star. Stars are given to students who show exceptional thoughtfulness, helpfulness, or even academic diligence.

 

Media

At IES Nacka, we work with Cromebooks. There is two recording studios in the music classroom for students to record their work.

 

Missing School

Applications for leaves of absence are available on schoolsoft under “files and links” then “all files and links”. The form is handed in to the mentor as soon as possible then processed by administration. IES Nacka has a strict policy when it comes to approving leave. If your child’s leave is not approved but you decide to take it anyway, the absence will be registered as “holiday” in schoolsoft.

 

Modern Language

Students in years 6-9 may choose between French and Spanish classes.

 

National Tests

IES adheres to Swedish curriculum which includes national exams for years 6 and 9 in math, Swedish/SVA, English, science, and social studies. Many of these have an oral and a written parts. The date of the exams is decided by Skolverket and is published in our calendar both on google and schoolsoft. It is extremely important that our students participate in national exams.


 

Parent’s Association

IES Nacka has an active Parent’s Association. Their website can be found on our website and on schoolsoft under “files and links”. Every class has a representative.


 

Safety Officer/Student Safety Officer

The school has assigned both a staff and student safety officer who actively work together to improve the work environment for everyone. The student safety officer is chosen from the student council to ensure that questions reach the school’s management and safety officer.  


 

Schoolsoft

Schoolsoft is our student database. It contains records of the child’s academic development at our school. Homework, papers, lesson plans, test results, and grades are all recorded in schoolsoft for students, parents, and teachers to access easily. Schoolsoft also contains contact information for staff, news about school events, and other important information.   Every student and guardian has his or her own login information. It is important for guardians to keep their personal information updated under “my profile”.   Students must contact the school in order to change personal information about the student.


 

School Lunch

In the school cafeteria, there is always a meat or fish option and a vegetarian option. There are also always milk, fruit, and various types of bread. Students with food allergies or special diets are asked to inform the school nurse who will make sure the student is accommodated in the cafeteria. Students eat with their class and with a teacher, according to a set schedule. Each student is responsible for making sure their area is clean before they can leave the lunchroom. We use “inside voices” in the cafeteria, as in the rest of the building.

 

School Environment

IES Nacka has a green agreement that obliges us to work actively to protect our environment. This means that we recycle and are mindful of and sparing in our use of paper and electricity. Students are responsible for making sure their classrooms and hallways are kept tidy. We have cleaners who take care of common areas; toilets are cleaned twice during the school-day.


 

Security

Our school adheres to all safety and security standards set by both IES and the Swedish School Board. The building is outfitted with fire alarms and emergency evacuation procedures clearly displayed. We have one fire drill per school year.

Only students and staff of IES Nacka are allowed entry past our reception into the IES Nacka building. All guardians who wish to visit the school must book a time with a member of staff and sign-in at reception.

 

Sports Days

IES Nacka has three Sports Days throughout the school year. In the fall, we have orienteering. In the winter, there is a Winter Sports day. In the Spring, we have a track and field day.

 

Student Care

At IES Nacka we have two full-time nurses and counsellors with whom students can make an appointment. They are bound by a professional confidentiality agreement. Health talks with individual students happen both during year 5 and year 8. Vaccinations are administered in accordance with national regulations. Before this occurs, information is sent home to guardians. Only children with a guardian’s signed permission may receive vaccinations.

 

Student Council

The Student Council is composed of representatives from every year level. They are led by an Executive Board composed of five representatives. The Council meets on a regular basis with the Assistant Principal of Student Care and a teacher. The Executive Board meets sporadically with the Principal. The Council plans three themed days for the school every year. They are also sometimes able to purchase recreational items for the student body. The Board is able to relay the opinions of students directly to the Principal.

 

Student Photos

In the beginning of September students take class pictures and portraits that parents may then purchase. A school catalogue of all class pictures may also be ordered.

 

Swedish Curriculum

We follow the Swedish curriculum which, as of Fall 2011, covers grading from year 6. All students’ development is continuously recorded and updated in individual knowledge matrices that are published on Schoolsoft. We also offer IGCSE exams in Math and English from Cambridge University for students in years 8 and 9.  

 

Teachers

Every student in years 6-9 has two mentors and every student in years 4 and 5 has one. They act as the students’ and parents’ point of contact in the school when it comes to both academic and social questions. Students in years 6-9 have one teacher per subject. Year 4 mentors are Swedish speakers and year 5 mentors are English speakers. For example, 4A’s mentor is the Swedish teacher for both 4A and 5A and the 5A mentor is the English teacher for both 4A and 5A. Practical subjects are taught by teachers outside the 4-5 mentor group.

 

Textbooks and School Materials

Students borrow their textbooks from the school. If a student loses or damages the book, their guardian is responsible for replacing it. We provide every student with pencils, an eraser, and a notebook for each subject. There are additional supplies in each classroom for students to use for the preparation of presentations. Students in years 4-7 receive a calendar/diary. Students in years 8 and 9 receive a computer that they may take home and use for the duration of the school year.

 

Valuables

Students in years 4 and 5 each have a desk that stores their school supplies. Mentors collect valuable items such as cell phones and keys every morning so as to keep them safe in the classroom all day. Year 4 and 5 students also have a cubby where they can keep their coat, backpack, and outdoor shoes.

Students in years 6 through 9 have their own lockers to keep all their things. Each student is responsible for getting a lock for their locker. We recommend a lock with a key, as opposed to a combination lock. However, we do generally advise against students bringing especially valuable possessions to school.


 

Vandalism

If a student damages school property by accident or on purpose, their guardian is responsible for compensating the school for repair costs. Graffiti and other intentional vandalism will be reported to the police.


 

Visits to the School

Guardians whose children are students at our school are kindly asked to make an appointment in advance. Children who are not students at IESN are not allowed in our school or in the schoolyard. This is for purposes of security and the work environment.


 

Year Level Day

Six days throughout the school year are dedicated to various activities that the students may choose as a year level. Examples include team-building activities, museum visits, musical events, performance, and more! On Year Level Day, students are in groups with students from other classes.