Sweden Education

Schooling System

Learning About Sweden Schooling

Do you ever wish that you could sleep in and not get up and have to go to school everyday? Do you ever think what it would be like to go to a different school? The education system in Sweden has many similarities to the education in the United States, although it has many differences too. Grading systems, school schedules, and types of classes are all things that have similarities and differences to the United States. By learning about Sweden's education system, we can help ourselves to create better education opportunities for schools in the United States.

How Does Sweden Grade You?

Grades are what students need to keep up with in order to have a career and go to school. All around the world at schools grading systems are very different. They vary from letters to numbers to symbols and more. In Sweden, the grading scale is in letters. The order of the scale goes: A,B,C,D,E,F. Letters A through E are counted as passing grades, while F, most commonly, counts as the failing grade. The grading scale has the potential of being hard to understand to some people because letters A and C are are better to earn than B and D. When a student is on the verge or actually does have an F in a class, the teacher (if responsible) will notify the parents and the student about ways to improve. And the end of a class, if the student has failed it they are recommended to be held back on that class the next year.

How the School Year Goes.

Sweden schools start in late August and end in late June. "According to the Compulsory School Ordinance and the Upper secondary School Ordinance a school year consists of at least 178 school days and at least 17 holidays – the exact dates vary on regional and municipality level" (School holidays Sweden). Some of the holidays celebrated are Autumn holidays, Christmas and New Year, Winter/Carnival, Spring and Easter, and summer. Their Autumn holidays go from October 31st – November 4th. The Christmas/New Year break starts between December 19th-22nd and ends between 2nd– 13th of January. Winter/Carnival is usually one week between February 13th – March 9th. Spring/Easter break is 1 week between April 2nd–13th. Their summer is about 10 weeks long.


Like in the United States, students in Sweden don't have much choice in he classes until sixth grade. They can then take a foreign language. Some examples of a foreign languages they can take are French, German, Spanish, and also extra Swedish and English. The foreign languages offered varies from school to school. The schools in Sweden offer many of the same academic classes that we do like Science, Social Studies, and Math. Some schools also offer Phy. Ed, Art, and Music classes. Sweden's class sizes are similar to ours. Their class sizes range from 20 to 35 student mostly, but again depends on the school size. Like the United States, Sweden has different schools for different grades. They offer preschool for children ages 1 to 6. Compulsory school is required for kids aged 7 to 16. Students can then go to upper secondary school after compulsory school if they choose. The ages for that type of schooling is 16 to 19. Upper secondary school would be like high school for the United States.
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A Great Impact.

In Sweden, schooling systems are both different and the same to the ones in the United States. Every day, schools look for ways to improve so they can make learning as best as possible for for students. Looking at the ways other countries, like Sweden, provide learning to their students, the United States can make schools better one step at a time.
Elizabeth Kitslaar, Shannon Mueller, and Paige Burns