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 700 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)(extrernal link) within a three year period to grade 7-9 students in addition to National Core Curriculum.
Autumn term begins on 11th of August 2021 and ends on 22nd of December 2021.
- Autumn holiday: 18th October 2021 – 22nd October 2021
- Christmas holiday: 23rd of December 2021 – 9th January 2022
Spring term begins on 10th January 2022 and ends on Saturday 4th of June 2022.
- Winter holiday: 21st February 2022 – 25th February 2022
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(extrernal link) .
Information about student life at EIS can be found at EIS for Student and Parents(extrernal link)
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).
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.(extrernal link)
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)(extrernal 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 7.2.2022.pdf.Minutes of the Espoo International School Board Meeting 7.2.2022.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
(note! Principal and secretary: email-addresses are of the form: firstname.lastname@example.org)
tel. +358 50 343 2460 , email@example.com
tel. +358 50 348 8293
tel. +358 9 816 39124 , firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Guidance Counsellor
tel. +358 43 825 2091
Special Education Teacher
tel. +358 43 826 8047
School Welfare Officer
tel. +358 50 564 1843
tel. +358 43 824 6447
tel. +358 40 636 9576
All teachers email-addresses are of the form: email@example.com.
1E Janice Airaksinen
1I Alisa Kuoppala
2E Anni-Sofia Heikkilä
2I Iivi Gröhn
2S Arlene Domingo
3E Dilani Fernando-Ghulam
3I Andy Kruse
3S Sarah Fair
4A Janet Cutinha
4D Oona Piipponen
4J Tomislav Plazonic
5E Heli Elliott
5I Mark Reddington
5S Hans Wessels
6C Anthony McDonald
6D Wendy Gardner
6G Attila Cser
7E Erika Jokinen
7I Ville Uusivuori
7N Joshua Williams
7S Susanna Koivulehto
8E Amber Rikkonen
8I Vappu Ritala
8N Paul Boisdron
8S Olli Kiiskinen
9E Leena Lindblom
9I Sikri Kreus
9S Sonja Kotkas
Eric Allenbach, Special Education
Timothy Barrett, Crafts
Paul Boisdron, P.E, Health education
Maija Burton, Special Education
Todd Elliott, Chemistry
Elina Fere, Finnish language and literature
Susanna Finch, Finnish language and literature/Finnish as a second language
Wendy Gardner, Crafts, Arts
Billy Germo, Religious studies/Ethics, MYP coordinator
Ria Jansen, Resource teacher
Erika Jokinen, Music
Jaana Kanerva, French, Swedish
Mary Keinänen, Mathematics
Olli Kiiskinen, Physics
Susanna Koivulehto, Home Economics
Sonja Kotkas, Finnish language and literature/Finnish as a second language
Sikri Kreus, Finnish language and literature/Finnish as a second language
Tuula Laurila, German, Swedish
Leena Lindblom, Spanish, Swedish
Mohammad Mozumder, Biology, Geography
Veronika Navas, Arts, Finnish as a second language
Olivier Parisot, French
Amber Rikkonen, Mathematics, English
Vappu Rital,a Finnish language and literature/Finnish as a second language
Essi Suominen, Finnish language and literature/Finnish as a second language
Matthew Tamas, English language and literature
Jay Thompson, Student Guidance Counselor, Mentor Coordinator
Iina Uusitalo, Finnish language and literature/Finnish as a second language
Ville Uusivuori, Mathematics, Physics
Riikka Waltari, Special Education
Tjerk Werkman, History, Civics
Joshua Williams, Health education, P.E.