The Swedish School – Svenska Skolan, is a Saturday morning language school for adults. It started in 1971 Bethesda, Maryland and in 1991 it was incorporated into the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The following year it was established as a non-profit organization under the IRS code, section 501(c) (3). The Swedish School uses the facilities of the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia.
There are five different levels of instruction from beginners to the most advanced, taught by native Swedish instructors. We have between 70 to 90 students enrolled each school year, making the Swedish School one of the largest Swedish language school for adults in the United States.
Our school year is divided into two semesters that run from the middle of September to the end of April. Each semester has twelve 2.5 hour sessions with a total of 30 hours of instruction. Six weeks of Summer School with communicative exercises is offered from May to June each year.
The school uses the most up-to-date textbooks and teaching materials available from Sweden, supplemented by newspaper articles, videos and DVDs. Our teaching priority and goal is that students can express themselves in Swedish. In addition we stress writing using correct grammar.
Who are our students? Many of them have Swedish spouses and therefore have a special interest in learning the language, especially if their children attend The Swedish School for Children . Others have Swedish boy- or girlfriends, a Swedish heritage, college students or have developed contacts with Swedes over the Internet! Still others are planning to pursue academic research, work or study in Sweden.
The Swedish School – Svenska Skolan is a non-profit organization under IRS code, section 501 (c) (3).
The school has a non-discriminatory policy and therefore does not discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, and national or ethnic origin.