The school has been operating in Jätkäsaari since 1996. The school currently has about 470 students and the expansion will enable the addition of more than 200 students.
Today, more than 16% of Helsinki residents speak a language other than Finnish, Swedish or Sámi as their mother tongue. Demand for ISH places is constantly exceeding the school’s capacity, the principal says Kathleen Naglee.
“Pupils come from more than 50 different countries and live in Finland for an average of three years. The school is very popular, especially among families moving to Helsinki for work. We believe that one factor is that we offer a challenging academic program, but still students already have a good command of English. We also offer extensive support for special needs teachers, “says Kathleen Naglee. “Part of our mission is for students to learn by connecting with each other and with our local community through events and initiatives throughout the school year.”
In order to increase the number of students, the school has ordered an additional wing of approximately 2,000 m2 for the current school property at Selkämerenkatu 11. The extension, like the current building, has five floors.
An extension is planned to be built along the Bothnian Path between the current school building and the Bothnian Park. There are currently parking spaces reserved for the school, which the school will give up when construction begins. Learning and group work spaces have been primarily designed for the new wing.
Discussion for residents on March 30th
The construction project for the international Helsinki school is being managed by the school’s own real estate company, Helsinki Educational Development Company Oy, which has applied to the city for a plan review to implement the project on the school’s existing property.
An event for residents focusing on the revision of the plan and town plan will be held on the school premises on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Selkämerenkatu 11, Helsinki).
The participation and evaluation plan related to the detailed planning will be published on Monday, March 21, 2022 at hel.fi/suunnemplat (In Finnish). Residents can give their thoughts and feedback to the city until April 8, 2022. The participation and evaluation plan explains how the preparation for the formula change is progressing and how people can participate.
The city’s preliminary estimate is that the proposal for the plan change will be completed in the autumn of 2022. The decision to approve the plan change will be made by the City Environment Board. Construction of the school is scheduled to begin in 2023.
Source: City of Helsinki, Urban Environment Department
Source: The Nordic Page