Oulun kansainvälinen koulu – Oulu International School
OIS offers education mainly in English for children aged 7-15 who benefit from our international programmes and have sufficient language skills to learn through English. Teaching at OIS is based on the local curriculum for basic education and the ideology of the IB (International Baccalaureate; MYP and PYP), as well as the sections of the Basic Education Act which define education in foreign languages in Finland.
ESL (English as a second language) teaching will be given to students of grades 1-4 in response to needs that arise. We also offer support to those Finnish students who come to our school with an A1 English background. Afternoon care is available in the school facility for students of grades 1 and 2.
The optional foreign languages of either German, French or Spanish may be learned from grades 5 to 9. Finnish is taught as a mother tongue and as a second language. Other mother tongue classes are organised by the City as the need arises. Families are informed about these classes through Wilma
OIS is open to all students, including those from municipalities outside Oulu (provided that the home municipality is willing to pay for the education), who can profit from our challenging, international programmes and are capable of learning through English. Students applying to our school from Oulu and surrounding municipalities come to a language proficiency assessment in February. While the applicants are being evaluated for their language and pre-reading skills in English (and Finnish), the guardians are asked to fill in a questionnaire regarding the application to our school. Applicants from abroad are generally evaluated in August.
The application form, available from the school's website www.ouka.fi/ois, should be returned to the school office by the end of January. Only those students whose applications are completely filled out can be admitted to the language proficiency assessment. Applicants from abroad are required to present a copy of their residence permit, a copy of their passport and report cards from their previous school. The grade-level placement of the admitted students is decided by the school's administration, based on the law for Basic Education.