Individualised Model These schools are deliberately different from the state school model.
Kunskapsskolan’s ethos is perhaps surprising to British visitors who expect independent schools to be more traditional than their state equivalent.
The Swedish tradition of preschool emphasises the importance of play in a child’s development and learning.
The interests and needs of children are also key components of their education in the preschool curriculum.
The independent school system in Sweden, in which education is free and students have general access to schools with the freedom to choose among a variety of providers, has attracted interest from around the world.
In Sweden, some people think it is wrong to run schools for profit, and highlight examples of poor conditions and inconsistencies as a consequence of the system.
Reports from the Swedish National Agency for Education have warned that it is mostly better-educated, middle-class parents who take advantage of the right to choose schools.
Children from middle-class backgrounds tend to congregate in the same few, highly popular, schools.
Senior high school (gymnasium) is optional and free of charge. Almost all students who finish compulsory school start senior high school.
To be accepted into a national program, students must have passing grades in Swedish or Swedish as a second language, English and Maths.