Reykjavik - School Report Question and Answers

How would you rate the school's support and welcome/integration of new students and their families, and why?

I think the school does a good job supporting and integrating new students and their families. Our child started the school year a bit late in 2020 (October). The school knew he would be starting late, so they assigned him a seat and an area to store his schoolwork before his arrival so everything would be ready. All the students knew in advance that he would be joining the class. Two children his age were assigned to be his "helpers" during his first week of school so he would feel welcome and integrated from the start. The school organizes a "meet the teacher" event (held online in our experience) each year before the start of the school. New families have an opportunity to meet their child's teachers in person. During the first semester of school, there are usually a few events for families organized by the PTA (Halloween party, holiday potluck and crafting, etc.). Volunteer class parents (usually 2 per classroom) also sometimes organize events to bring families together. - Jun 2023

We arrived during COVID, so perhaps it's not a good basis to judge, but there was no new family orientation. It's small enough, though, that we were able to meet individually with administrators and teachers before the start of the school year. - Jul 2022

In our experience - poor - it seems to us that they definitely treat non-Icelanders different than Icelanders. And, we also felt that the French national teacher had a clear preference for the two French students in the class. - Jan 2022

A - Mar 2015

A- We had a number of new students throughout the year. We would always have productive and informative meetings with both the students and parents. My class had a number of play dates, and we made sure that our new students were always invited to these occasions. - Aug 2014

Generally, the school is supportive. However, I am a person who asks a lot of questions and is not shy about it. I have never felt I was an imposition on the school. Everyone is always very friendly and helpful. - May 2014

Non-existent. We wrote to ISI to enroll our child 6 months before we arrived. I had to write two more times before we received a response and even then it was non-committal. We had to find out when school was starting by asking other parents once we arrived in town. - Apr 2014

No issues here. - Mar 2014


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