to Rygaards International School
Rygaards International School is a private,
Christian/Catholic, co-educational establishment. It is recognised
by and subject to, Danish
law and receives a subsidy from the Danish State.
The school is a member of COBIS
(The Council of British International Schools), the European
Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Association
of Catholic Schools in Denmark (FAKS)
The School is managed by a Board of Governors
consisting of 5 members and is a non-profit making institution.
The day to day running of the school is managed by a team
of 5 leaders.
The school buildings, which include the eighteenth-century
manor house, from which the school derives its name, are sited on
the original wooded parkland which is now a protected green-belt
The school is in Hellerup, an attractive suburb, 15
minutes north of the centre of Copenhagen, and is easily accessible
by bus and train.
The Sisters of the Assumption started the school in
1909 and the connection with this Order is still strong. The present
school continues to follow the goals of those early beginnings,
namely to offer an excellent quality of education in a Christian
The school is actualy two schools under one
roof, a Danish School and an International School.
The Danish School
has approx. 450 students from 6-16 years of age and serves
a community that is permanently resident in Denmark. It prepares
the students, in Danish, for further education in Danish institutions.
The International School has approx. 450 students
from 4-16 years of age and caters - irrespective of creed
and nationality - for those who are only in Denmark on a temporary
The aim of the International School is to provide
a sound education, in English, in order to enable students
to return to their own national system, or continue at another
For both schools particular emphasis is placed
upon mutual understanding and respect among the many nationalities
in the two school. The education given is, above all, in the
Christian spirit; great importance is placed upon the religious
and moral development of the individual student. Religious
Awareness programmes are offered to all students. Roman Catholics
are given separate instruction.
Key stage 1
2 Year 1
Year 2 classes
Year 4 classes
Year 5 classes
Year 6 classes
2 Year 7
Year 8 classes
Year 9 classes
Year 10 class
Year 11 class
The International School has its own staff of permanently
resident, fully qualified, experienced teachers who are native
speakers of English. Foreign language teachers - French and
German - are native speakers of the languages they teach.
This is based on The British System adapted to International
needs. Attention is paid to The National Curriculum. In order
to ensure a good standard is maintained, which is universally
accepted, standardised tests: NFER. English progress, PIPS,
check point, GCE O level and IGCSE
are taken each year.
The local Parish Church of St. Theresa is an
integral part of the school buildings and is used by the school
for both Catholic and Ecumenical services. There are 2 gymnasia,
2 science laboratories, a special service unit, various specialist
rooms and extensive grounds which are shared by both departments.
The biology/science laboratory.
The School is a centre for University of Cambridge
International Examinations. Arrangements can be made for
other external examinations e.g. P.S.A.T and Common Entrance.
Application forms should be completed online.
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It is not always possible to find places at the school
for all who seek admission. It is advisable to apply early. Children
must be 4 years old by 1st. October before they can be admitted.
As students come from so many different backgrounds it is essential
that as much information as possible is available before they arrive
at the school so that they may be correctly placed in the appropriate
class. Students are required to pass an entrance test before they
Students who do not speak English may be accepted,
provided the school is sure that they will benefit from the education
offered at Rygaards. These students are admitted on probationary
basis initially, and for the first months are placed in a special
intensive English programme; their progress is regularly assessed
to make sure that it is to their advantage to have their education
in English. Should the initial support programme prove inadequate
parents may be asked to pay extra for private tuition.The school
year begins in August and ends in June.
A wide-ranging programme is organised each year
by a committee of parents and offered to students from both
the Danish and International schools. The programme begins
in September and finishes in May. It takes place on the school
premises from 15.00 - 16.30 hrs. each weekday and includes
classes in cooking, music, drama, creative arts and games
The charges for the After School Activities Programme
are payable to the organising committee. Further information is
provided on enrolment.
In the secondary School there is an annual ski-trip
to Switzerland. This is not subsidised by the school.
All parents are asked to subscribe
on a family basis 150Dkr per year. The parent Association
elects a Committee which has its own rooms on the school premises.
Its purpose is to help the International School, and to give
help and advice to new families arriving in Denmark. The International
Parents' Committee co-operates with the corresponding Parents'
Committee of the Danish School on projects of mutual interest.