Basic Education

Emphasis of the school

Emphasis of the school

  • all-round education and national culture are important to us
  • we value the multiculturalism of our school
  • every person is valuable as a individual
  • we are responsible for our selves, each others and our environment
  • it is important that we treat others in the way we want them to treat us

With upbringing we mean escorting into growth. In co-operation with the homes we want to support the individual growth, development and learning of every child and youngster. We believe that every child can grow to be a harmonious whole, stable and independent human being who is able to appreciate one’s self and other people. During this growth, knowledge of one’s own cultural identity and good interaction skills are important. We believe that becoming ethically responsible is an important part of extensive civilization.

The foundation of our school’s spirit

1. Responsibility and freedom

We raise and educate our students to take responsibility of one’s self, own actions, and studying. We also teach our students to treat others and to take care of the environment in a responsible way.

2. Caring

A caring atmosphere is developed in a place where a person is holistically valued as a unique individual. A person is listened to, helped and supported when needed. Problems are encountered and they are tried to be solved in the best possible way.

3. Respecting one’s self and others

We are all different. We are all valuable. Everyone has a right to be treated well. We are honest to each other and to our selves. We do not harm anyone. We appreciate the work of others and our selves.

4. Openness

With openness we mean that we encounter and respect one and other in a open way and without prejudice. We also try to openly face new situations and learn new things.

5. Achieving goals together

A person develops in co-operation and in interaction with others. We invest into learning to work in different kinds of groups and with different aged people in our school. We also emphasize the importance of the meaning of co-operation and interaction in studies.


Admission Criteria for Turku International School (grades 1-9)

Turku International School (TIS) is intended mainly for

  • foreign-born children temporarily or permanently living in Turku and surrounding municipalities
  • Finnish children returning to Finland after years abroad

The language of instruction is predominantly English. Students applying to TIS should already have English skills when applying. Students applying to TIS are expected to be able to follow the instruction and express themselves (oral and written) in all subjects within the curriculum.

All applicants will be tested. Our testing team uses tests appropriate to each grade. The entrance exam focuses on assessing the applicant´s language skills in English (oral and written). First graders are tested on their oral and prereading skills.

The applicants who pass the test are admitted to TIS according to their total score on the entrance exam. In the event of there being more applicants than the limited number of places available, the places will be awarded to the linguistically most competent children according to the test results. Guardians are advised to contact the TIS principal to inquire the student situation of the grade in question.

The language proficiency assessment is arranged in TIS

  • in February for those pupils applying within Finland
  • throughout the year for students applying from abroad
  • in early August before the start of the academic school year for students applying from abroad and moving to Turku during summer (June-July). In Finland the academic school year starts in August and ends in May.

In order to apply, guardians need to fill in the online application form

Applications to Turku International School will be handled individually. Critical questions regarding admissions are the applicant´s abilities in English, the applicant´s educational history, and the family’s long-term plans.

The grade-level placement of the admitted students is decided by the school administration and is based on the law for Basic Education in Finland.

How to apply to the 1st grade?

How to apply to the 1st grade?

Welcome to the info-evening on Thursday the 9th of January 2020 at 18.30 in the auditorium of Turun normaalikoulu (F-door, 2nd floor)

All applicants should fill in the online application form by the 12.1.2020 in order to be tested in February 2020.
Link to the online application form:

The applicants will receive a personal invitation for the admission test via email. The children applying within Finland will be tested on the 3rd of February 2020 in Turun normaalikoulu (F-door).
– All applicants should arrive to the test according to the given schedule.
– The test will include both oral parts and pencil and paper tasks. The applicants do not need to read and write, since only the prereading and prewriting skills will be tested.
– The test will last for approximately 45 minutes.
– No preparations for the test are needed.

The applicant arriving to Finland later will be tested in August 2020, before the start of the new academic school year. The specific day will be announced later on.

How to apply to the 7th grade?

How to apply to the 7th grade (lower secondary school)?

Welcome to the info-evening on Tuesday the 14th of January 2020 at 18.30 in the auditorium of Turun normaalikoulu (F-door, 2nd floor).

New applicants should fill in an online application form by the 22nd of January in order to be tested in February.

Link to the online application form:

Applicants will receive a personal invitation to the admission test via email. The test for children applying within Finland will be held on the 14th of February 2020 starting at 9 o´clock in Turun normaalikoulu ( F-door).

– All applicants should arrive to the test according to the given schedule

– The test consists of a written exam and an interview

– The applicants have approximately 2 hours to complete both parts of the     exam

– No preparation for the test is needed

Applicants arriving to Finland after January 22nd will be tested in August 2020 before the start of the new academic school year. The examination day will be announced later.

School specific curriculum, grades 1-9 (only in Finnish)

Guide to TIS Curriculum (primary)



Curriculum support material

Student Support

Study welfare team

Key persons

Principals, counsellors, curator, school psychologist, special education teachers, school nurse

Students’ welfare work is the responsibility of everyone working in the school and it is carried out in co-operation with homes. The key persons in the welfare team are listed above. The student whose issue the team is considering can attend the meetings and the same applies to guardians, form and subject teachers.

The main goal of the team is to take care of the students’ physical, mental and social welfare. The team also promotes the safety and welfare of the whole school community.

Careers guidance

The study consellor advises students in matters such as general studies, career choices, further education and work life. The guidance is given in lessons as well as at personal and group meetings. The work is carried out in co-operation with other teachers and the student welfare team. The guidance also includes visits to work places.

School curator

Our school curator, Ms Jatta Auremaa, works for all levels of students in the school. Her office is on the 1st floor in A-wing.

The school curator is a school social worker who aims at solving the students’ problems in studying. She also works in co-operation with guardians, teachers, the school welfare team and external experts. If needed she also guides families how  to contact specialists outside school. Both guardians and students are welcome to discuss even personal matters with the curator.  All discussions with the curator are confidential.

The curator helps and supports the students in matters such as:

  • problematic situations in studies (absences, lack of study motivation and disability to concentrate on work in class)
  • challenges in social relationships (conflicts at home or elsewhere)
  • clearing bullying cases
  • matters related to life control
  • guidance and advice on study benefits

School psychologist

Our school psychologist Petri Tiitta’s office is on the 1st floor in A-Wing. Make an appointment for consultation.

The school psychologist aims at helping you in matters related to mental welfare, study motivation and coping with stress in particular.

The responsibilities of the school psychologist:

  • psychological investigations and evaluations related to the students’ study habits and welfare
  • offering consultation for teachers and other staff
  • guiding and advising guardians
  • guiding and advising students
  • analysis of the activities and harmony of student groups and classes
  • co-operation with the principals and other staff; plans for crisis situations, for instance

Special Education Teachers

Special education teacher’s job is to support the students in their studies and when they have learning difficulties at times when the students’ ability to work is decreased abruptly, temporarily or extensively. The situation may be caused by a physical or mental illness or particularly difficult curcumstances in life.

On the other hand, the development of a student’s study skills, time management, feeling of responsibility, mastery of life skills or motivation may require special support and guidance.

Special education teacher for grades 1-9 is Mrs Lisa Paavilainen.

Health care


The aim of school health care is to promote the health of pupils and to support healthy growth, development and psychological wellbeing in cooperation with parents, teachers and other pupil care. School health care involves health inspections for pupils, monitors development and directs and supports school pupils on welfare and lifestyle issues. A student can get in contact with a nurse in all matters of growth and development, buddy relationships or nutrition, sleep and physical activity. School health Care is based on the Health Care Act (1326/2010) and the State Council Regulation (338/2011) and is free of charge for the student.

Please note!

School health care does not include the actual medical treatment, except for the treatment of incidents which happen during school day.  In cases of sudden illness and outside the school period, the primary treatment site is your health clinic. Health clinics are used for e.g. Flu, ear and eye infections, and skin rashes. Recreational accidents are also handled at health clinics. When health clinics are closed, in urgent cases, contact the Turku Area Joint emergency department, 02 3138 800.


School nurse:

  • School nurse Lena Savander is available on Tuesdays and Fridays between 8 – 3 o’clock.
  • The nurse’s office is located at Varissuo School, Kuopuksenpolku 1.
  • The nurse can be reached by phone on these days at number +358 44 907 3619

School doctor:

  • School doctor is also available through school health care.
  • School doctor’s appointments are always booked in advance with the nurse.
  • Note! In cases of sudden illness, leisure accidents and outside school time, the primary treatment place is your own health clinic.

Dental check-ups:

  • Dental check-ups are organized for schoolchildren 1., 4. and 8. grade.
  • For all oral healthcare issues, please contact your oral health care clinic, at 02-2660644.
  • If the pupil has moved from elsewhere to Turku, the guardian is asked to contact the oral health care reservation number in order to ensure the participation of the student in oral health inspections.

Annual check-ups:

  • The students will have an annual health check-up, of which 1., 5. and 8. class check-ups are carried out jointly by the nurse and the doctor, other check-ups by the nurse.
  • Depending on individual needs, other visits may also be agreed upon.
  • School health Care takes care of students ‘ vaccinations and participates in school student welfare work.

School accidents:

An accident at school is an accident that happens during school hours, on the way to school or home from school, on a school trip or other activities related to the school action plan, camping trips, excursion, etc.

  • In the event of an accident:
  • Contact a school nurse, teacher or emergency department at U-Hospital (tel. 02 313 1420).
  • The nurse or teacher will provide first aid, if necessary, will instruct you on further treatment, make an accident notification and notice to the insurance company.
  • The primary place of treatment for school accidents is the joint emergency call of the Turku region, TYKS U Hospital, Kiinamyllynkatu 4–8, Turku, tel. 02 313 1420.
  • Dental accidents are carried out at oral health care offices, with an appointment of 02 2660 644.
  • If desired, the treatment may also be sought by the private sector, then call close to the 09 4532 316 to ensure reimbursement policies.

Student Council

Student Council members