Espoo International School
Espoo International School is a joint comprehensive school operating in Opinmäki campus and Kivimies campus. EIS constitutes a uniform, international English-language comprehensive school with approximately 750 pupils in grades 1–9.
Espoo International School offers international education in the English language for international and Finnish families living in Espoo. Furthermore, we provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and linguistic abilities to go on to further education in English, either through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), to Finnish upper secondary schools, or elsewhere.
At EIS, we follow the renowned Finnish National Curriculum in all grades. Furthermore, Espoo International is an International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized school. EIS offers the Middle Years Program (MYP) within a three year period to grade 7-9 students in addition to National Core Curriculum.
Information about student life and student wellbeing can be found here.
Admissions for Espoo International School: please see more information on Espoo City website.
Preparatory education in Espoo Preparatory education is needed if a student does not pass the EIS English proficiency entrance exam, cannot speak Finnish or their language skills are limited to simple words and phases.
Autumn term begins on 11th of August 2022 and ends on 22nd of December 2022.
- Autumn holiday: 17th October 2022 – 21nd October 2022
- Christmas holiday: 23rd December 2022 – 8th January 2023
Spring term begins on 9th January 2023 and ends on 3rd June 2023.
- Winter holiday: 20th February 2023 – 24th February 2023
Back to School Slides for Primary School 2022-23(external link)
Back to School Slides for Middle School 2022-23(external link)
Basic Education (grades 1-9)
EIS offers basic education for pupils in grades 1-9. The education follows the Finnish National Core curriculum, The municipal curriculum of Espoo and Espoo International School curriculum 2016. The main language of instruction is English and is meant for children whose mother tongue is English, who speak the language fluently due to an international background or who otherwise have obtained an adequate command of English.
Middle Years Education (grades 7-9)
EIS is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized school. We offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) within a three-year period to grade 7-9 pupils. Furthermore, EIS provides pupils with the knowledge, skills and linguistic abilities required for further education in English. For more information, see MYP at EIS .
Information about student life at EIS can be found at EIS for Student and Parents
At EIS all students must study Finnish and English language (English is A1-language, that starts from the 1st grade). From the 6th grade pupils start studying B1-language, Swedish. In addition to mandatory Finnish, English and Swedish studies, we offer elective/voluntary studies in Spanish or French (A2-language, starts in the 4th grade) and in German, Spanish and Russian language (B2-language: starts in the 8th grade).
Pupil welfare supports the learning and wellbeing of children in the daily life of the school. It promotes collaboration between home and school.
Individual pupil welfare services refer to the school social officer, psychologist and school health care services available in all schools in Espoo. Communal pupil welfare is preventive, multi-professional and supports the whole community.
More information of Student Welfare on Espoo City website.
Anti-bullying support plan at Espoo International School
Espoo organizes afternoon activities for pupils in grades 1-2 and for pupils requiring special support after the school day. Afternoon group activities in schools are organized by schools, organizations and private service providers. More information on Espoo City website.
Cooperation between home and school supports the education and upbringing of the pupils and builds mutual trust. The collaboration is appreciative, diverse and active educational partnership. It adds also safety and well-being and prevents bullying. The school takes initiative in building collaboration and develops its prerequisites. It is a shared responsibility to collaborate.
Wilma is an electronic service used in Espoo to assist in the interaction between home and school. In Wilma, guardians can monitor the study attainments of pupils and students, view and clarify absences, send messages to teachers, read messages sent by teachers and follow notices sent by the school. Pupils and students use Wilma to select courses, monitor their attainments, read notices and communicate with teachers. Teachers enter evaluations and absences into Wilma and communicate with students and guardians.
Activities of parent associations and classroom committees promotes collaboration between guardians and gives opportunities to learn to know one another. As result of the collaboration, theme days, events, shows and work parties have been arranged in many schools. Guardians are encouraged to participate in and develop the school's operating culture.
In addition, a city-level parent association operates in Espoo: KoKoEspoo ry (extrernal link)(external link)is a collaboartion forum for homes and schools. The association operates as a medium of influence and information for parent associations and parents.
The schools in Espoo have either school-specific boards or boards shared by several schools. The duties of the school board focus on supporting the school and maintaining good cooperation and a safe study environment. The school board, for example, approves the school curriculum and school year plan. The school board includes pupils’ parents and representatives of school staff. In middle schools and unified comprehensive schools, representatives of pupils also participate in board work. The school board is elected for four years at a time. The board’s duties and authority are described in further detail in the City of Espoo’s administrative regulations.
- Download file: Minutes of the Espoo International School Board Meeting 28.2.2023.pdf.Minutes of the Espoo International School Board Meeting 28.2.2023.pdf
- Download file: Johtokuntatyön opas 2021-2023.pdf.Johtokuntatyön opas 2021-2023.pdfFile is only available in FinnishFile is only available in Finnish
Espoo International School Staff
All teachers email-addresses are of the form: email@example.com
Anne-Marie Rapo, tel. +358 50 3432460
Heli Elliott, tel. +358 50 3488293
Billy Germo, tel. +358 40 6393294
Satu Kuokkanen, tel. +358 9 81639124, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Guidance Counsellors
Jay Thompson, tel. +358 43 8252091
Camilla Kurki, tel. +358 40 6343330
Special Education Teachers
Eric Allenbach, tel. +358 43 8268047
Maija Burton, tel. +358 40 6369356
Olga Saghar, tel. TBA
School Welfare Officer
Milja Moilanen, tel. +358 40 1527477, email@example.com
Emmi Riihiranta-Laine, tel. +358 43 8246447, firstname.lastname@example.org
All teachers email-addresses are of the form: email@example.com.
Class Teachers (CTs) and Classrooms
1E Janice Airaksinen C134
1I Ben Pang C135
2E Lori Gustafson C136
2I Alisa Kuoppala C137
3E Anni-Sofia Roberts C115
3I Iivi Gröhn C116
3S Mark Reddington (Kivimies)
1-2S Sarah Fair (Kivimies)
4E Dilani Fernado-Ghulam C114
4I Andy Kruse B327
4S Attila Cser B329
5A Janet Cutinha C214
5D Oona Piipponen C215
5J Tomislav Plazonic C216
6E Heli Elliott B323
6I Wendy Gardner B326
6N Anthony McDonald B342
6S Hans Wessels B325
7E Mohamad Mozumder B304
7I Marta Ramiro Alcudia B145
7N Sikri Kreus B308
7S Veera Koskinen B164
8E Erika Jokinen B143
8I Ville Uusivuori B362
8N Darius Pylvainen B303
8S Jay Thompson A116
9E Amber Rikkonen B344
9I Veronika Navas B121
9N Juha Koskinen A172
9S Olli Kiiskinen B308
Allen David Biology, Geography
Allenbach Eric Special Education
Burton Maija Special Education
Elliott Todd Chemistry
Fere Elina Finnish language and literature, S2
Finch Susanna Finnish language and literature, S2
Gardner Wendy Crafts, Arts
Germo Billy English, MYP coordinator, Personal Project Coordinator, English Language and Literature
Gioia Sandler Bruno Crafts
Haglind Laila Resource teacher
Jeskanen Henna Biology
Jokinen Erika Music
Kanerva Jaana French, Swedish
Keinänen Mary Mathematics
Kiiskinen Olli Physics, Mathematics
Koskinen Juha P.E., Health Education
Koskinen Veera P.E., Health Education
Kotkas Sonja Finnish language and literature, S2
Kreus Sikri 7N, Finnish language and literature, S2
Kurki Camilla Student Guidance Counselor
Laurila Tuula Swedish, German
Lindblom Leena Spanish
Mozumder Mohammad Biology, Geography
Navas Veronika Arts, S2
Onikki Laura Finnish language and literature, S2
Parisot Olivier French
Pylvainen Darius History, Civics
Rikkonen Amber Mathematics, English
Saarilahti Marja Home economics
Saghar Olga Special Education
Suominen Essi Finnish language and literature, S2
Thompson Jay Student Guidance Counselor, Mentor Coordinator
Uusitalo Iina Finnish language and literature, S2
Uusivuori Ville Mathematics, Physics
Werkman Tjerk History, Civics