Welcome to The IB Programme at Åva gymnasium in Täby Stockholm
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a world renowned academic curriculum which is recognised in top universities the world over. This rigorous and challenging education will provide you with an excellent preparation for future studies and careers wherever in the world you choose to study. However, the IB is not just an academic programme but focuses on preparing students for life in the 21st century and actively teaches skills necessary to thrive and survive in the modern world. It addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe.
Åva gymnasium in Täby Stockholm is an established IB school, having received its IB accreditation in 2001. With its experienced staff and welcoming atmosphere, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive and diverse programme. In the IB ideas and concepts are actively debated and discussed, both in academic forums as well as informally in our corridor on the 2nd floor. Here you will also find students engaged in experiential learning whilst participating in some of our clubs and associations for our CAS programme (Creativity, Activity and Service). You can join our Amnesty group, write for the school magazine, be a part of our Environment club or our charity Star for Life as well as organise our MUN school simulation. Or why not just enjoy our regular gatherings celebrating for example, UN day, Sports day or our regular end of term parties.
The Diploma programme is a 2 year curriculum during which you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of 6 subjects chosen from our menu. At the end of this 2 year period you will take the IB exams during the month of May. These exams are the same for IB students the world over and are assessed by external examiners, which means that your teachers are there to support you and guide you to achieve the best you can and do not give your final assessment.
IB Intake Day 25th March, 2020 Cancelled. Tests will be conducted on line.
Information about Intake Day for all applicants to Åva's International Baccalaureate Programme.
Due to the recent decision to close down Åva gymnasium the intake day scheduled for next Wednesday (March 25th) will not take place in the building.
Instead we will be offering ALL applicants the opportunity to log on to our test page and take the English and Mathematics tests on-line that day instead. Please look out for an e-mail with more information about how to do this in your in-box soon.
Intake procedures to IB program at Åva in Täby, Stockholm for start August 2020
All students will apply through gymnasieantagningen.
- They will be called to an entrance test day (March 25, 2020) where there will be tests in English and mathematics plus an activity with present students and finally an interview. The results (out of 300) will then be added to their final grade 9 results in order to be placed in the queue. The school will inform gymnasieantagningen (Stockholm admissions board) of these results. Final selection will be handled by gymnasieantagningen who will inform the students in July whether or not they have been offered a place.
- For students who do not have Swedish grade from year 9 they must upload their results from another school system to gymnasieantagningen which will then evaluate these to see whether or not they have the equivalent of basic pass which would allow them to join a Swedish gymnasium. Our school is then sent these results which are further checked to see that the level is of a comparable one to the Swedish system. Once the results from the school test is known, this is added to their overall results and the school informs gymnasieantagningen if a place can be offered to the student.
- Students arriving later than the test day will be offered one other date to take the tests or if this is not possible the test can be undertaken in the student’s present school abroad. Then the same process is followed as in no 2.
- The process is handled by the school and students take tests in English and mathematics as well as an interview. Grades from a comparable system to the Pre DP (year 10) is required and students must have higher than the lowest grade in the subjects they wish to take at HL.
- Again this process is handled within the school. The initial query will assess whether or not we have the same subject choices as the student is taking.
- Then following a discussion with the IB coordinator from the previous school and checking the grades from DP1 the student may be accepted.
- All CAS records must be transferred and any EE work or IAs that have been completed must be transferred by the student/managebac/the IB coordinator so that the Åva teachers are not responsible for this.
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Stéphanie Axell, International Baccalaureate 2019
Stéphanie has wanted to attent International Baccalaureate, IB, ever since she heard about it at the age of eleven because she wants to take part in many different cultures. Stéphanie says that her father is Georgian and her mother is Russian and she also has relatives from both France and Ireland. This has made her interested in the cultures of other countries. “You feel that you are part of a larger community because IB exists worldwide and everyone has the same curriculum. IB gives you a good basic foundation for learning and learning effectively”, says Stéphanie.
Everyone at IB spend time together and feel a great solidarity with each other. The education is high level and you have to study a lot. So it is fortunate that we have such good teachers who understand that it is rigorous, says Stéphanie. "The teachers want to help us to develop and help us to get as far as possible in our learning". We learn to have a bigger perspective and learn because we want to learn and not because we are that focused on grades. We learn about people and different cultures. We went on a study visit to the Old Town in Stockholm to learn about Swedish history which was rewarding for those who did not grow up in Stockholm. We have read a lot of history in the beginning.
One of the most interesting things is that everything is in English, Stéphanie thinks. “You have to learn all the concepts again in different subjects, such as biology. It means that your English is used and developed”. Most people at IB want to study abroad after school and want to be well prepared for it.
“There are many people who are afraid of IB due to it having a reputation of being so difficult, which is correct, but with the right study technology it is not scary but an exciting challenge to tackle. If you are curious about people, IB is perfect. If you are an open minded person and open to other cultures and people and you would like to study abroad I would recommend IB. I would ignore the rumors that it is difficult. If you take the chance it is really worth it. It's definitely right for me”, Stéphanie says.
Stéphanie also says that what is so good about Åva is that everyone fits in here because it is so big with many mixed programs. You get to be exactly who you are and Åva's motto "Come as you are, become who you want" really fits.
Jennifer Lindberg, International Baccalaureate, year 2
I wanted something different and thought I would try the IB. I like the fact that I can choose my subjects and the level I study them at.
The IB class is so varied with students from many different parts of the world which makes classes interesting and challenges my perception of the world. The fact that we’ve chosen our subjects makes it easier to be motivated and work effectively.
Theory of Knowledge is a philosophical course that challenges us to think about what we know and how we know it. It makes me question the way we look at the world and helps me to see things from other perspectives.
I love the fact that we have our own IB corridor which feels like we are a smaller IB community within a bigger gymnasium. We also have easy access to some of our teachers if we need help or support.
I want to move to England and study after I graduate after a gap year to work before I start university. I am thankful to the IB programme for allowing me to keep my options open for the future.
Tezbin Haider, International Baccalaureate, year 3
I wanted to keep my options open and challenge myself as the IB is known to be a rigorous programme. The programme is also in English which is great.
The IB is an excellent preparation for university and I have learned a lot about self-discipline and self management. Being around people from so many different cultures and backgrounds has also exposed me to different values and beliefs.
There is a lot of personal freedom within the curriculum especially in CAS. At the moment I am volunteering at Stockholm University Model United Nations and have decided to implement it here in school with the year below. Through this activity I have learned how to take initiative, plan activities and engage in the whole school spirit.
I think the atmosphere is great. We have teachers who are passionate about their subject and they want you to learn. The students are also welcoming as well as being culturally diverse.
I am applying to universities in the UK and other countries and I know that I am prepared by having done the IB.
Unn Lundvik, undervisar i engelska och svenska
30 år som lärare betyder lång erfarenhet och gedigna ämneskunskaper vilket Unn Lundvik med stor upptäckarglädje och intresse delar med sig av till sina elever på Åva Gymnasium, mestadels på IB (International baccalaureate). Det är passande eftersom Unn har ett intresse för omvärlden och tycker att det internationella är roligt och spännande. Hon uppskattar att få samarbeta och jämföra med lärare från andra delar av världen.
Fler anledningar till att Unn tycker om IB är för att man “får mycket tid till ämnena och hinner komma ner på djupet eftersom det ges möjlighet till mer koncentrerade studier”, berättar Unn. “Det litterära får ta stort fokus där vi djupanalyserar och jämför svenska verk med internationella verk. IB reviderar kurser vart sjunde år och nu är globalisering ett fokus som även analyseras i litteraturen. Man kan få fatt på globaliseringen i litteraturen”, säger Unn.
“Vi har precis läst ‘Du sköna nya värld’ och tittat på vad vi ser för globala frågor i den. Eleverna kopplade romanen till filmen ‘Matrix’ så den har vi sett och vi ska söka efter ytterligare material för att koppla vidare till andra typer av medier som tar upp liknande frågor. Romanen visar exempel på hur människor blir styrda och uppfostrade att tänka och agera på ett visst sätt. I filmen bor människor i en värld man tror sig vara verklig och man anpassar sig efter det. En fråga vi ställt oss är huruvida man hellre väljer att vara nöjd i en värld som är overklig eller om man hellre lever ett besvärligt liv i en värld som är verklig”, berättar Unn.
IB är ett akademiskt utmanande program som passar dig som är nyfiken, social, kreativ och som är intresserad av att lära dig på djupet. IB utvecklar hela människan och ett exempel på det är kursen CAS, som står för Creativity, Action och Service, där du som elev inte bara ska plugga utan du ska också bli en god medmänniska som deltar i samhället. Det är inte endast fokus på det akademiska utan även personlig utveckling är viktigt.
Ulrika Perbo, biträdande rektor för International Baccalaureate, samhällsvetenskap samt barn- och fritid
In the International Baccalarueate, IB, students from different countries around the world bring their culture, traditions and experiences to the learning environment. This creates social and internationally-minded students who show intercultural understanding and respect for each other and our shared world. The rich and diverse atmosphere I meet at IB is amazing.
The programme´s holistic curriculum encourage students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. The academically rigorous IB also helps students to develop research and thinking skills proven to help them in higher education.
Barn- och fritidsprogrammet
På barn- och fritidsprogrammet erbjuds eleverna en pedagogiska inriktning där de får utbildning och stimulans i att arbeta med människor inom lärande och fritid. De möts av kreativa och entusiastiska pedagoger som utvecklar deras skapande- och kommunikativa förmåga och de förbereds väl genom årligt arbetsplatsförlagt lärande, APL, och externa roliga samarbeten som “Alla på snö” och “Koll på boll”. Att som pedagog få leda pedagoger som utbildar elever i pedagogik är mycket intressant och stimulerande.
Då Åva är en FN-certifierad skola som också har ett samarbete med Amnesty, möter eleverna på samhällsprogrammet en lärmiljö som möjliggör ett fördjupat engagemang för de mänskliga rättigheterna och de globala målen. Eleverna undervisas av kompetenta pedagoger som utmanar eleverna i sitt lärande och som uppmuntrar dem till engagemang i skolans föreningar. Att få följa eleverna på deras utvecklingsresa under tre år, innan de tar studenten är fantastiskt roligt.