Since my arrival in Stockholm in July 2018, I have been incredibly touched by the kindness and warmth shown to me by the Board, the faculty, the staff, the students and the parents. The empathy and understanding generated by so many people, all sharing an international experience, have made my transition to a new county so much easier. This culture of kindness pervades the school, brought about, no doubt, by the continual emphasis on ensuring that all feel valued.

I have also found the diversity of the SIS community tremendously appealing, with teachers and students coming from 60 nations, including Sweden. This diversity extends throughout the city of Stockholm. It is one of the world’s great capitals: international and incredibly cosmopolitan. SIS makes a huge contribution to the city - embassies, major corporations and medical centers count on our world-class international school to support the families of the professionals they bring to Stockholm. Consequently, nearly 80% of our students and teachers are international, and this means that our students engage every day in the rich and global world that already exists and are well prepared for the international world they will inherit and lead.

I am proud to be at SIS, one of the older non-profit international schools in Europe and a founding member of the European Council of International Schools and the Nordic Network. From pre-school through secondary school, our students are inspired by their peers and a talented and supportive faculty who are dedicated to challenging them and providing them with the tools for educational and personal success in the 21st century. I have been very impressed with the Student Support Services platform that both parents and children have at their disposal. Our students successfully pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in their culminating years, respected by the best Universities in the world.

SIS has the warmth and feel of a small school and, increasingly, the opportunities, the excitement and the diversity of a large school. Our strategic plan envisions even more growth and a move to a more spacious facility. This growth, of course, is constrained by the strong desire to maintain our vibrancy and our culture of kindness.

You can find all the information about SIS here on our website, but what is harder to feel via a portal is the distinctive spirit and the energy that pervades the SIS experience. Please come visit with us! If you are a prospective parent I invite you to meet some of our students, faculty, coaches, and administration as you make important school choice decisions. If your child is already at SIS, you are welcome to attend the monthly “Lunch with the Director”. I would be delighted to meet with you and listen or even just to say “Hej”.

María (Marisa) Isabel León