Welcome to The IB Programme at Åva gymnasium in Täby Stockholm
The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme is a world renowned academically rigorous programme which encourages you as a student to become an inquiring, knowledgeable and open-minded young person. Upon completion of your IB studies you will be well prepared to study or work in any Swedish or international environment.
Our IB programme prides itself on being an inclusive and accepting community of diverse students and teachers, where a welcoming atmosphere encourages both open conversations and challenging academic focus. During your time with us you will develop not only your critical thinking skills, but you will also become an active experiential learner through engaging in our CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) activities. The students take on roles as leaders in our associations including but not limited to, the Amnesty group, the Pride club and the Environment group.
Our corridor buzzes with activity as students from all three classes meet and mingle both during organised activities as well as informal cross class meetings. Your first year here at Åva is a preparatory year which will prepare you for the studies in the diploma programme. This year you will take foundation subjects and follow the Swedish curriculum with an extra IB twist. At the end of this year you will then select your six specialist subjects which you will study for the two years of the diploma programme leading to your final assessments at the end of this two year period.
We hope you will drop by our corridor to visit us and get a feel for who we are and see whether the IB programme is for you.
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Intake procedures to IB program at Åva in Täby, Stockholm for start August 2021
All students will apply through gymnasieantagningen which opens January 14.
- They will be called to an entrance test day (March 19th, 2021*) 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.
*Due to the Corona pandemic, the tests will be executed on-line this year. More detailed information will be posted later on gymnasieantagningen.storsthlm.se.
- 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.
*The tests will be executed on-line on March 26th this year due to the Corona pandemic. Detailed information will be communicated to the applicants directly.
- 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.
Toyoko Tsugane Reinius
IB administrator for
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IB coordinator for
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As well as being the IBDP coordinator, I also teach the English A: Literature course here at Åva. I am originally from the UK where I studied English and German at university followed by a diploma in Journalism before I decided to take my teacher certification. Following stints in different countries and professions, I moved to Stockholm in 1993 and was lucky enough to start working at an IB school in Stockholm. I immediately fell in love with the IB philosophy and vision of providing high quality education to a multi-cultural mix of students from all over the world. With its focus on nurturing the holistic development of the student, as well as being academically rigorous, this programme offers students a fantastic educational experience.
Having worked as both a MYP and DP language and literature teacher, an IB examiner, and, since 2009, a DP coordinator, I am a true believer in the IB values and pedagogics. I started here in Åva in 2017 and, with over 40 different nationalities in our classrooms, learn as much as my students every day and am continually inspired and engaged in their development. I enjoy coming to school and particularly the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in our IB corridor. The possibility to meet with our students informally as well as in the classroom is a great privilege.
Loreleigh Bryant Mostert Graduate from the Class of 2021
Diversity and difference - how to embrace it at the IB.
One of the best things about being in an IB class is that you interact with so many different cultures and nationalities. For me this means being encouraged to think from different perspectives on a daily basis as my classmates could react so differently all the time. We have about 40 different nationalities in our programme and this diversity makes for a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere. We have learned to think before we assume anything with each other. After I graduate I hope to study a course in English literature and eventually start a Psychology programme as I love this subject.
Maja Wallensten Year 2 student - Graduating class of 2023
Not just an academic programme - the IB develops the ‘whole’ student.
An important reason for choosing the IB is the fact that it is not only an academic programme but has a ‘holistic’ approach which encourages us to develop all aspects of our personality. I am a very inquisitive person and have always asked ‘why’ when presented with different ways of doing things. The Theory of Knowledge course will give me a chance to question things we take for granted. Something else that I am excited about is the CAS part of the curriculum: the Creativity, Activity and Service core elements of the IB. Being a creative person who is already active in different clubs, I knew I would enjoy this part of the programme.
Lewis Mackenzie Year 2 student - Graduating class of 2023
Broad base of education with possibilities upon graduation - IB opens doors at home and abroad.
In our class we have students who have chosen the sciences and hope to study either medicine or engineering, as well as students who excel at the humanities subjects or languages. You do not have to decide which line you wish to study in the future and can combine your favourite subjects. Whatever you choose you are qualified for most courses at university in Sweden and abroad. As I am not sure what I want to do in the future this programme is perfect for me as I can choose to take a selection of subjects I enjoy. I might want to go abroad in the future and the IB will allow me to do so since it has a good international reputation.
Aizad Noor Graduate from the Class of 2021
Depth of academic focus and externally set final grades - how to learn for life at the IB.
An element of the IB that I have found particularly rewarding is the close connection we IB students have with our teachers. This is partly due to the fact that they do not set our final grade as this is done by external IB examiners, and also because we study 6 subjects of our choice and therefore can delve into these subjects with our teachers. We are a team working together towards the final IB exams which are held at the end of the final year. I feel the IB programme really sets you up for life. I would like to work in an international organization and then hopefully become a diplomat.
Stephanie Axell, International Baccalaureate, year 3
IB is known for being a rigorous program, a succession of mental challenges, and while I’ve always been eager to study, I definitely had my doubts before starting IB. I wasn’t sure if I dared to take the challenge. But then I realized that the benefits of taking the IB program overwrote my fears of failing it. The great thing about IB is that it is an international course, and while offering profound learning with skilled teachers, something which offers a lot of prompt for learning is that the course is a mix of people from all over the world. One could say we have the entire world in a corridor, as we are a lot of people from different countries and cultures. Another huge benefit with the IB is that it is well recognised and appreciated by top universities in the world. The teachers at Åva are all really friendly, the food is delicious and since it is a school that provides an abundance of different courses and the mix of people is immense. The motto «come as you are, become who you want to be» really fits in with the environment of the school.
Axel Lund, International Baccalaureate, graduated 2020
During the open house of Åva I found the IB floor where I met a guy who originated from central Europe. He talked about the opportunities that he was granted due to him taking the International Baccalaureate and the universities that were interested in him because of it. I was happy to find that I got to pick my own courses and to focus on my academic skill sets as a result of it. Me having the mentality of taking on challenges and growing as a person made me interested in the Student Council/Åvas Elevkår. Serving as the President for a year has really helped me in understanding important aspects of what a union does and how a non-profit association works. Åva Gymnasium has really enabled me to do everything I could have asked for and may very well be one of the best places I could have done my high school education due to the fantastic opportunities that were given. All I had to do was to take them.
Jennifer Lindberg, International Baccalaureate, graduated 2020
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, graduated 2019
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.
Nicola Cardwell, International Baccalaureate, Mathematics teacher
Nic Cardwell is a Maths teacher at Åva teaching the IB Programme.
She loves to teach in the classroom which is one of the reasons she decided not to pursue a career in management. She especially enjoys connecting Mathematics with the world around us, but also teaching students who think Mathematics is challenging. “To see them succeed beyond their expectations and feel less worried and anxious about the subject is the greatest satisfaction there is. My aim is always to help them feel comfortable with both their classmates and with me”, she says.
Nic works 60% at Åva and 40% for Kunskapsmatrisen (a digital resource for teachers and students). “As a Maths teacher I help translate Maths questions from Swedish to English as well as creating new ones. It suits me well since I will be able to use that in my teaching in year 1 here at Åva”. Nic has previously considered applying for jobs teaching Maths in Swedish, but given the choice she says it is always easier to be yourself when using your first language. That’s why IB is the perfect place for her.
Hans Strömhäll, International Baccalaureate, teaches Swedish and Philosophy
Hans is a new teacher at Åva and at the IB programme. However, he will also teach Swedish and Philosophy in other programmes. His dialect reveals he comes from Västergötland and he says it's usually a good conversational starter with the students. His accent leads the conversation immediately to the provinces of Sweden and which dialect is spoken where. New for Hans in his career is the course Language and literature which he teaches for students at IB. The pupils who read the course deepen their knowledge in literature in a way they might not have had the opportunity to do otherwise in Swedish courses. This fits Hans perfectly since his heart beats a little extra for literature.
The feeling of his new workspace he describes as positive, both when it comes to colleagues and students. “I want to work with people. It's the meeting and energy you get as a teacher that makes it satisfying. I have never been bored at work. I might have been tired and overworked but never bored”, he says with a smile.
Ulrika Perbo, Deputy Principal of International Baccalaureate
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.