About Swedish School in Vancouver
The Swedish School of Vancouver provides an after-school program in language and cultural studies to children aged 3-15 years. The school was established in 1978, and is a not-for-profit organization run by its members. The Swedish School of Vancouver operates as a subsidy of the Swedish Cultural Society, which is a society registered under the BC Societies Act. Parent participation and fundraising ensures low fees. All decisions regarding budget and fundraising are taken by the parent-run board, while the educational plan is developed by the school principal and teachers.
The school offers 2 hours of language immersion a week, with programs for children from preschool to high school. Our programs follow the curricula developed by the Swedish Department of Education (Skolverket) for after-school studies abroad in the Swedish language. A recommendation is that one family member speaks Swedish daily with the child, since the curriculum is created for children with a frequent exposure to Swedish. If you are not sure about your child’s knowledge level, please contact the school for an assessment.
The curriculum is composed of both Swedish language and culture with particular focus on vocabulary, grammar, literature, music history and geography. Swedish traditions are celebrated throughout the school year. We strive for a calm and inspirational environment, developing and strengthening the Swedish language already established and spoken with at least one person in the home.
Classes are offered on Saturday mornings at 9:30-11:30am OR Sunday afternoons at 15:00-17:00am respectively. From grade 2 all students participate in new specialised program focussing on reading comprehension and writing output, in a collaboration with professional and licensed Swedish teachers at the Swedish company Svenska Distans.
A central asset to our membership is our large library of children’s books, audiobooks, music, video and film in Swedish, as such are not available at local public libraries in Vancouver. The students are encouraged from an early age to use the material in the library.
Contact information to Swedish School of Vancouver
Sandra Benholm-Cheung is the school administrator, and you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.