VR Schools Annual Report 2016-17

 

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Words from management Louise Ankarcrona & Louise Westerberg, Founders Kristy Hager-Lundström, Director of Schools Since the establishment of the Viktor Rydberg schools in 1994, the conditions and circumstances of the Swedish school system have been constantly changing. We are now in a particularly intensive phase, where two factors appear most clearly. One is the increasing lack of teachers and the other is the political pressure to change the terms of the independent school. The lack of teachers has resulted in a significant rise in teacher salaries. A welcome development, but one that is not matched by the corresponding increase in municipalities’ compensation. Schools are now challenged to develop educational methods that utilize the rapid digitalization to enhance the effectiveness of teaching while making teachers’ work more efficient. Regarding the status of independent schools, it is hard to say how policy can change the conditions in the next few years. The changes that are being discussed and are unlikely to be implemented would not jeopardize the Foundation’s school activities. The Viktor Rydberg schools are run by a foundation which has no owners claiming dividends. The expansion of the business is therefore driven at a slow pace, primarily in order to utilize the skills of its employees and enable them to develop and meet new challenges. During the year, the foundation received permission from the National Inspection Agency to open its sixth school in autumn 2017, a lower secondary school in Sundbyberg. At the end of the fiscal year, Kristy Lundström took over the management of the Foundation’s operations. Kristy joined the foundation in 1996, as a teacher in mathematics and computer science and became an assistant principal after a short while. After several years as a school leader in the United States and as the Head of the Scandinavian School in Brussels, she is now back at Viktor Rydberg schools, where she has been principal of VRG Djursholm since 2013. Louise Ankarcrona & Louise Westerberg Founders stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 2 2017-10-20 11:18

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New challenges such as teacher shortage, rapid digitalization which yields vast opportunities, diverse student populations require us to both reflect on what we are doing and how we can take advantage of the new landscape of education. As our mission is to be a leader within Swedish school development, this is an exciting time for us at Viktor Rydberg to work in education. The Viktor Rydberg Schools aim is to create innovative learning environments in our schools. Blended Learning is a highly prioritized area of development in the foundation’s schools now and over the next few years. We believe Blended Learning can help teachers to better personalize the learning experience for every student. We have created IDA (Instructional Design Academy) where we train our teachers to be able to create the innovative learning environments of the future. We do, however, recognize that it is not only digital skills that will raise the quality of the learning for our students. Therefore, both of our middle schools have engaged in focused study of special education accommodations and reading strategies. This study will inform all of the work we do with our students. During this year, VR Schools’ teachers have traveled to different regions to go into in-depth study and to further develop their school culture. Benchlearning from other schools in Denmark, focusing on democratic values in Poland and Estonia, as well as developing school culture in Gotland, Sweden has helped to further develop the engagement and ”spirit” of our motto, ”Together we accomplish more.” Innovative Learning Environments and Blended Learning are natural ingredients in the teaching recipe for national contests such as Future City and First Lego League. Over the years, the foundation’s lower secondary schools have excelled in these, earning them an invitation for students and teachers to partake in international competitions. In Bath, England with 91 teams from 36 countries, a VRS team won 2nd place in the Robot Awards for Strategy and Innovation. The foundation’s upper secondary schools partake in another yearly national project, Junior Achievement. In the 2017 regional finals, VRG came away with four first-place and six second-place awards. An important factor in these successes is that students learn how every individual in a project group can best collaborate in setting up a business venture. Through the Model European Parliament, MEP, and the MEP Baltic Sea Region, students from the Viktor Rydberg upper secondary schools have participated in parliament simulations in Kaliningrad, Copenhagen and Maastricht. The European Youth Parliament took students to Istanbul and Bucharest. Trips and exchanges with schools in Hawaii, Germany and Tanzania also date back several years. This year’s musical, ”West Side Story”, produced by Viktor Rydberg teachers and students from all three high schools, ran at the Maxim Theatre in January. This was an opportunity to showcase the high standard of artistic achievement within the fine and performing arts at the Viktor Rydberg schools. All in all, an innovative, inspiring and impressive year of development! Kristy Hager-Lundström Director of Schools stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 3 2017-10-20 11:18

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STUDENT SURVEY 2016/2017* Indicator Result Unit The work environment is positive My teachers are knowledgeable within their subjects There is a positive atmosphere at school I can recommend my school to others 8,8 8,7 8,9 9,0 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 *Choosing 1 means that the respondent does not agree with the statement at all, and choosing 10 means that he or she agrees entirely stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 4 2017-10-20 11:19

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VRG Djursholm Principal: Pernilla Hemmingsson First year of activity: 1994 Programs: Natural science program, Social science program English spec., Business studies program Number of students: 507 from 18 municipalities Leadership team (FLR): Kara Barker-Åström assistant principal, Pernilla Hemmingsson principal, Isabella Stern assistant principal APPLICANTS, ADMISSION AND FINAL POINTS First choice applicants per place Natural science program, natural science spec. Natural science program, natural science spec. with art Natural science program, natural science spec. with music Social science program, English spec. Business studies program, business spec. Business studies program, business spec. with art Business studies program, business spec. with music Admission points (median) Maximum = 340 Natural sci. pr. art/ music maximum number of points = 340+100 admissions test = 440 Natural science program, natural science spec. Natural science program, natural science spec. with art Natural science program, natural science spec. with music Social science program, English spec. Business studies program, business spec. Business studies program, business spec. with art Business studies program, business spec. with music Final points (average) Maximum = 20 Natural science program Social science program Business studies program Issued final grades Final grades can be issued up to one year following date of graduation 0,94 0,86 1,00 1,11 1,32 1,10 1,00 317,5 382,5 403,7 340,5 310,0 330,0 353,7 18,1 15,1 17,9 95 % stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 5 2017-10-20 11:19

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VRG Odenplan Principal: John Di Maria First year of activity: 1998 Programs: Natural science program, Social science program, Business studies program Number of students: 536 from 30 municipalities Leadership team (FLR): Anna Sarri Krantz assistant principal, John Di Maria principal, Stina Afsenius assistant principal APPLICANTS, ADMISSION AND FINAL POINTS First choice applicants per place Natural science program, natural science spec. Natural science program, natural science spec. with art Natural science program, natural science spec. with music Natural science program, social science spec. Social science program, behavioral spec. Business studies program, business spec. Admission points (median) Maximum = 340 Natural sci. pr. art/ music maximum number of points = 340+100 admissions test = 440 Natural science program, natural science spec. Natural science program, natural science spec. with art Natural science program, natural science spec. with music Natural science program, social science spec. Social science program, behavioral spec. Business studies program, business spec. Final points (average) Maximum = 20 Issued final grades Natural science program Social science program Business studies program Final grades can be issued up to one year following date of graduation 1,90 2,60 2,31 2,13 1,56 2,90 338 423 416 336 330 334 17,5 17,0 18,4 97 % stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 6 2017-10-20 11:19

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STUDENT SURVEY 2016/2017* Indicator Result Unit The work environment is positive My teachers are knowledgeable within their subjects There is a positive atmosphere at school I can recommend my school to others 9,0 8,6 8,8 8,7 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 *Choosing 1 means that the respondent does not agree with the statement at all, and choosing 10 means that he or she agrees entirely stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 7 2017-10-20 11:19

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STUDENT SURVEY 2016/2017* Indicator Result Unit The work environment is positive My teachers are knowledgeable within their subjects There is a positive atmosphere at school I can recommend my school to others 7,8 8,7 8,2 8,3 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 *Choosing 1 means that the respondent does not agree with the statement at all, and choosing 10 means that he or she agrees entirely stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 8 2017-10-20 11:19

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VRG Jarlaplan Principal: Kajsa Parmell First year of activity: 2003 Programs: Arts program, Business studies program, Social science program Number of students: 522 from 31 municipalities Leadership team (FLR): Mattias Bertilsson, assistant principal, Kajsa Parmell principal, Marie Östman assistant principal, Jakob Lindgren assistant principal APPLICANTS, ADMISSION AND FINAL POINTS First choice applicants per place Arts program, art spec. Arts program, dance spec. Arts program, music spec. Arts program, theater spec. Business studies program, business spec. Social science program, social science spec. Admission points (median) Maximum = 340 Final points (average) Maximum = 20 Issued final grades Arts program, art spec. Arts program, dance spec. Arts program, music spec. Arts program, theater spec. Business studies program, business spec. Social science program, social science spec. Arts program, maximum number of points = 340+320 admission test = 660 Arts program Social science program Final grades can be issued up to one year following date of graduation 1,13 1,59 1,72 2,06 1,20 1,81 605 521 591 635 315 325 17,1 16,8 96 % stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 9 2017-10-20 11:19

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Viktor Rydbergs samskola Djursholm Principal: Lotta Nordgren First year of activity: 2004 Type of school: Secondary school, grades 7-9 Number of students: 545 from 8 municipalities Leadership team (FLR): Frida Stavrén assistant principal, Lotta Nordgren principal, Charlotte Sandborgh assistant principal FINAL POINTS Final points grade 9 (median) Maximum = 340 275,6 stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 10 2017-10-20 11:19

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STUDENT SURVEY 2016/2017* Indicator Result Unit The work environment is positive My teachers are knowledgeable within their subjects There is a positive atmosphere at school I can recommend my school to others 7,5 8,0 7,5 7,9 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 *Choosing 1 means that the respondent does not agree with the statement at all, and choosing 10 means that he or she agrees entirely stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 11 2017-10-20 11:19

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STUDENT SURVEY 2016/2017* Indicator Result Unit The work environment is positive My teachers are knowledgeable within their subjects There is a positive atmosphere at school I can recommend my school to others 7,6 8,6 7,9 7,7 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 *Choosing 1 means that the respondent does not agree with the statement at all, and choosing 10 means that he or she agrees entirely stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 12 2017-10-20 11:19

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Viktor Rydbergs skola Vasastan Principal: Ingela Spets First year of activity: 2014 Type of school: Secondary school, grades 7-9 Number of students: 360 from 13 municipalities Leadership team (FLR): Monica Ekman assistant principal, Ingela Spets principal, Jakob Englund assistant principal FINAL POINTS Final points grade 9 (median) Maximum = 340 258,0 stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 13 2017-10-20 11:19

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Student quotes The VRG schools has managed to create the optimal conditions for learning, while at the same time as the environment in school is fantastic. The recipe of success at VRG is a mix of engaged teachers, ambitious students and a wonderful student council. Erik Södergren VRG Odenplan, Nat. sci./nat. sci., grade 3 We mainly use computers at my school which I think is a good thing. It helps us to keep track of both assignments and homework since everything is in the same place. Another good thing is that when we get back assignments and test results we get an assessment and not a grade which makes you focus on what you have done that is good and what you need to improve instead of focusing on what letter you got. The motto at school is ”entertain the brain” and I think you have that here. Filippa Almkvist VRS Vasastan, grade 8 The biggest difference that I have noticed when talking to people from other schools is partly the greater responsibility that we have over our studies, but also how we have a tendency to get a lot done with fewer assignments. All assignments are bigger, but at the same time it feels as if we get a lot more done compared to students attending other schools. Jonathan Kalma VRG Odenplan, Business/business, grade 2 Erik Södergren Filippa Almkvist Jonathan Kalma stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 14 2017-10-20 11:19

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Most of all, at VRG Jarlaplan, I have learned new ways of looking at things. Maybe, most of all, within art. I have been given a chance to develop new ways to express myself and also to research new methods to create and to think. I believe those are valuable lessons that can help me a lot in the future. Elsa Henriksson VRG Jarlaplan, Arts/art, grade 3 Elsa Henriksson Philip Ginman What I like about VRS is the freedom and the teachers. All teachers are great and they give us the freedom to plan how we want our lessons to be.  The teachers at VRS allow us to choose how we want to learn. For example, during my first class after summer break they allowed us to be a part of the planning of the upcoming year in school. Philip Ginman VRS Djursholm, grade 9 Clara Bergström I decided to study the Social Science program specialized in English because I love languages. I think this program gives me a great education since you get the Social Science program as well as you are doing something that you enjoy at an advanced level. The best part about specializing in English is that the spirit in my class is great and you get the opportunity to do what you are good at, at an advanced level. Clara Bergström VRG Djursholm, Soc. sci./English spec., grade 3 stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 15 2017-10-20 11:19

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The Foundation Viktor Rydbergs skolor Fredrik Palmstierna, Fanny Falkenberg, Stefan Persson, Louise Ankarcrona - Chairman, Thomas Hvid, Nils Andersson (not pictured), Louise Westerberg, Bertil Hult VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT The Vision of the Foundation: To lead the development in Swedish schools and to contribute to the improvement of quality in Swedish schools on the whole. The foundations schools shall be forerunners in all aspect of schooling. Mission statement VRG: With focus on the individual, and from a holistic perspective, to offer education of high academic quality and with artistic creativity, that prepares the students for future studies and work both in Sweden and abroad. Mission statement VRS: With the student in focus, to convey knowledge with teaching that is based on student prerequisites and helps students develop their social and creative capabilities and to form a stable foundation for high school level studies. STIFTELSEN VIKTOR RYDBERGS SKOLOR Annual figures Foundation’s revenues Staff costs Other costs Result 2016/2017 (1 000 SEK) 230 422 -145 758 -79 657 5 007 stiftelsen_viktor_rydbergs_skolor_verksamhetsberättelse_180x255_engelska.indd 16 2017-10-20 11:19

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