Admission Criteria for Turku International School (grades 1-9)
Turku International School (TIS) is intended mainly for
- international families moving to Finland and living and working temporarily or permanently in Turku and surrounding municipalities
- Finnish families 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 https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/F5B6A0110FE6365B
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.
Applying for a school place (grades 1-9) for the academic year 2021-22
7th graders info evening will be held on Wednesday the 27th of January 2021 at 18.00 via Zoom
Please fill in the online application for 1st grade by the 24th of January 2021
Please fill in the online application for 7th grade by the 1st of February 2021
Families that are planning to move to Turku during the academic school year 2020-21 are advised to contact the principal Mirjam Virtanen +358 46 9224778/ email@example.com well in advance in order to inquire the student situation of the grade in question.
The admission test for 1st graders will take place on the 11th of February 2021 in Turun normaalikoulu. Invitations will be sent via email based on the submitted online applications.
The 7th graders admission test will take place on the 12th of February 2021 in Turun normaalikoulu. Invitations will be sent via email based on the submitted online applications.
Admission test for students arriving to Finland during the summer 2021 will be tested as follows:
Admission test for grades 1-9 will be arranged on the 4th of August (if needed also on the 5th of August). Invitations will be sent via email based on the submitted online applications.
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.
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 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 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 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.
- 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.
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.