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Communicating across languages and cultures

Language is how we express ourselves to those around us and is a fundamental aspect of cultural identity. SCIS creates a multi-lingual learning environment in which the language of instruction is English, while also fostering other languages, including mother tongue.

Our programs challenge students just beyond their level of present mastery and provides opportunities for them to take risks and try new things in a nurturing community where they feel safe, happy, and valued. We strive to educate and inspire all students to become effective communicators and global citizens, preparing them to attend university and achieve professional success in life.


SCIS is a truly international school, representing 60+ nationalities. We value that diversity, recognizing the English may not be the first language of many students. We support students in the continuation of their mother-tongue language through our existing programs. We also support students in their transition English acquisition with additional staffing and support for students through our English as an Additional Language Program.

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As a community minded school, at SCIS we understand the utmost importance of learning and respecting our host nation language. Mandarin is one of the most spoken and learnt language in the world today, we want to make sure all our students have the opportunity to learn Mandarin as part of their daily learning during school hours. From complete beginners to native speakers, our Mandarin program caters to all by recognizing the diverse learning needs of each individual.

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Through the study of both language and literature, we aim to develop skilled, independent learners equipped to be successful in working in a world without borders. Studies in Language and Literature courses are designed for students who speak, read, and write at a native academic level.

SCIS offers Language and Literature courses in:

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


The acquisition of additional languages provides students the opportunity to thrive within our culturally rich community. The SCIS Language Acquisition program aims to help students develop into proficient users of language who communicate with intercultural understanding and global-mindedness.

SCIS offers Language Acquisition courses in:

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish


At SCIS, we recognize that native language fluency is an important predictor of overall academic success. To help meet the needs of our diverse learners, SCIS offers mother tongue instruction in Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Spanish, and Swedish. The majority of these language programs meet outside of school hours, while some are integrated into the school day. These mother tongue programs provide a context for students and families to develop friendships and celebrate cultural traditions.



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