Admissions Requirements and Placement Guide

To be considered for admissions by SIS students must have an international connection and fulfil any of the following requirements:

1. The student is a resident in Sweden for a confirmed limited period of time; or

2. The student has attended school abroad for a major part of their education and therefore have a reason to fulfil his/her education in an International School in Sweden. The student is a dependant of a permanent employee of the SIS staff; or

3. The student is currently living in Sweden but are planning to leave Sweden for a longer period of time; or

4. The student speaks the language of the school daily with one or both parents/caretakers and has sufficient language skills to participate in the education; or

5. The student is a student for which the municipality receives a special state aid.


Our admissions policy is in accordance with Chapter 24 Section 3 of the Education Act. Within each category applications will be looked at by Stockholm International using the sibling priority and date of application as some of the key criteria.  We are therefore only able to process applications in accordance with our admissions criteria.


Upon application, we use the following age guidelines to assist us in our placement of students into the appropriate grade levels: (See Table)


Placement Guide for Academic Year 2019-2020

Comparison Chart of Year or Grade Level Placement

Student Age Date of Birth SIS British  System United States/Canada France Australia
3 Aug-16 Pre-school Preschool Pre-school PS  
4 Aug-15 Pre-Kindergarten Reception Pre-school MS Prep 1/Kindergarten
5 Aug-14 Kindergarten Year 1 Kindergarten GS Prep
6 Aug-13 Grade 1 Year 2 Grade 1 CP Year 1
7 Aug-12 Grade 2 Year 3 Grade 2 CE1 Year 2
8 Aug-11 Grade 3 Year 4 Grade 3 CE2 Year 3
9 Aug-10 Grade 4 Year 5 Grade 4 CM1 Year 4
10 Aug-09 Grade 5 Year 6 Grade 5 CM2 Year 5
11 Aug-08 Grade 6 Year 7 Grade 6 Sixiéme Year 6
12 Aug-07 Grade 7 Year 8 Grade 7 Cinquiéme Year 7
13 Aug-06 Grade 8 Year 9 Grade 8 Quatriéme Year 8
14 Aug-05 Grade 9 Year 10 Grade 9 Troiséme Year 9
15 Aug-04 Grade 10 Year 11 Grade 10 Seconde Year 10
16 Aug-03 Grade 11 Year 12 Grade 11 Premiére Year 11
17 Aug-02 Grade 12 Year 13 Grade 12 Terminale Year 12

Applicants with Special Needs

Parents/guardians of an applicant having a special need (either physical or academic) must submit complete reports from his/her teacher and therapist. In the case where a special need has not previously been identified, Stockholm International School reserves the right to review the situation in order to assess the appropriateness of the student's presence at SIS based on our capacity to address his/her needs.

Stockholm International School reserves the right to decline an applicant in cases where acceptance to the school would imply significant organizational difficulties or sufficient support cannot be provided.


Specific Entrance Requirements into the IB Middle Years Program and Diploma Programme

Students should have an adequate level of English to be able to access the curriculum.


Grades 6 – 8 any level of English accepted.  Parents are advised that students should take an intensive English course prior to starting at SIS.


For students to be able to cope with Grade 9, they need to have reached phase 3 according to MYP criteria (equals to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR level B1.)  Where we find that a student is below this level he/she can be accepted but extra provisions will need to be made which may incur an extra cost.

For Grade 10 students should have reached phase 4, CEFR level B1. Students in grade 10 are assessed only in phases 5 and 6.  Where a student is found to be below this level, students can be accepted but extra provisions will need to be made which may incur an extra cost.


The Diploma Programme is an academic programme requiring high proficiency in the English Language.  Students entering the DP from a MYP school to enter the DP must have:

  • Successfully completed the Personal Project

  • Minimum of 32 points in MYP 5 (8 subjects)

  • Not more than one 3

  • English (Phase 5 / CEFR level B2)


Students entering the DP from a non MYP school must complete

  • English test

  • Math test


Individual circumstances can be considered, but are at the discretion of the school.


To successfully transfer into Grade 11 or 12, students must discuss their choice of subjects and have them approved by the Vice Principal/ Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. SIS will advise regarding subject choices and provide some careers counseling upon request. Parents are asked to sign a student subject selection form. SIS will perform an English and math test in order to support student subject choices. Students wanting to transfer into the final year of the IB Diploma programme will be assessed on an individual basis.

To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Programme, please visit the IBO Website: - http://www.ibo.org