Students love learning in the great outdoors …

Year 1 natural science students visited Tyresta National Park last week.


During their visit, they participated in a guided tour and studied various habitats.


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Spanish students create music videos to show their knowledge … GUAY!

caminandoAll three VR schools have finalists in the Spanish Caminandotävlingen 2015!

Students have worked in groups to develop ways to “share” their knowledge in Spanish.  Some have created music videos; others have created blogs.  Their work is a great mix of foreign language, music and creative writing.

We are excited to have the winner in the Spanish 3 category as well as 6 finalists from VRGD:

Finalist: Había una vez

Text och musik: Sanna Amirijoo, Malva Dahlqvist, Johanna Edvinsson och Felicia Hu, Viktor Rydberg gymnasium Djursholm, Stockholm

Winner: Fantasma en la ciudad (Me llamo Roberto) winner

Text och Musik: Ariana Ghatan, Philip Andersson, Edwin von Krusenstjerna och Sebastian De Geer, Viktor Rydberg gymnasium Djursholm, Stockholm

Finalists Spanish 4: Tu cultura y la mía

  •     Finalist 5: “Así es como lo hacemos” (blog) – Olivia och Johanna, Viktor Rydberg gymnasium Djursholm, Stockholm
  •     Finalist 6: “Tu cultura y la mía” (blog) –  Niklas Hagberg, Viktor Rydberg gymnasium Djursholm, Stockholm

31 Alexandra Rubio


Thanks to Alexandra Rubio, our Spanish teacher, for coaching these great teams!

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Silver in SkolDM – Congrats VRG Girls!

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Five strong players with no substitutes played a tough match in today’s SkolDM Final in Girls Basketball.  VRGD led in the beginning, tied the score twice late in the game, but lost to a better team in the end.  We are so proud of our girls!

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Best Booth and Best Product in Sweden – VRGD UF companies win national awards


Congratulations to RemindHer UF and Viktor Rydberg Delikatessknäckebröd UF on winning national awards at last week’s Swedish Championship for UF Companies!

RemindHer won Best Product:16949579853_437fea21c0_n

Viktor Rydberg Delikatessknäckebröd UF

won Best Booth!

17385730669_e5b5716959_cThanks to our fantastic Entrepreneurship coaches, Henrik and Alexandra!


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One step closer to graduation … Senior Project done!

Congratulations to year 3 students who have completed their Senior Projects (gymnasiearbete)!  This is the only course in our high school where students can choose their own topic and work in a group or individually.

When students were allowed to choose the topic of their choice within their program focus, we had many interesting topics:IMG_1752


Syftet med denna uppsats är att analysera anledningar till Sveriges stora internationella framgångar inom populärmusik.

Är svenskarnas förmåga att skapa trender genom sin stora andel “early adopters” en avgörande faktor bakom dagens  dominans inom  musikexport?

Ett rättvist system?

En statistisk granskning av den nya betygsskalans implementering

Interferon-ß in treatment of Multiple SclerosisIMG_1750

Mat över  – En kvantifiering och analys av matsvinnet på Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium och Samskola i Djursholm.

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Potentiell förklaring till autism?

After writing their research paper, students were also tasked with presenting and defending their work during peer review.  All important skills to develop before heading off to the university.IMG_1753
Now that the assignment is complete, we asked students what they thought about this assignment:
I learned a lot when I worked with my senior project … 97% say yes!
During my senior project, I used knowledge from many subjects . . . 90% say yes!
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Students study how the legal system works by visiting the Center for Justice

Students in our Law and Society course visited the Center for Justice this week.

centrumforjusticeCentrum för rättvisa (Centre for Justice) supports the rights of individuals through litigation and by participating in the public debate on human rights.

Centrum för rättvisa is an independent non-profit organisationIMG_4826 whose mission consists in guarding individuals’ human rights and freedoms. Since its foundation in 2002, Centrum för rättvisa has gradually established itself as the leading organisation in this field. It is in fact the first non-profit public interest law firm in Sweden.

IMG_4824The core idea of Centrum för rättvisa is that the respect for individual human rights and freedoms is the foundation of a democratic state based on the rule of law and of any well-functioning society. We support individuals by litigating cases of principle and by participating in the public debate. We act independently from political parties or other interest groups. We never charge the people we assist.

We work with human rights and freedoms as protected in the Swedish Constitution, Swedish legislation, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Law of the European Union.

Impressively,  this organization wins 90% of their cases in court.  IMG_4829
Students talked with lawyers, listened to an information session, as well as participated in a Q&A session.
Students had the unique opportunity to visit one of the most popular workplaces for lawyers in all of Sweden.
“relevant learning outside the classroom leads to increased understanding.”
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VRG Alumni share their experience and advice . . .

2015-04-24 08.58.55Thanks to Liza Lindström and Hanna Grahn, VRG alumni, for coming back and sharing your knowledge, experience and advice.

I am Co-founder of Tervaris – a new and innovative accounting agency that specialises in effective and cloud-based services. With modern platforms and full digitalisation, we manage administrative financial services faster and more cost effective than the traditional bureaus. Our services include bookkeeping, annual reports, payroll management, billing, tax returns and advising. As one of two founders, I successfully started the operations by identifying the potential client base and establishing a clientele, forming a strategic development model in terms of scaling, sales and the creation of an employee-training program. I also consult clients in risk analysis and management, lean implementation, cost reduction programs and asset management.

Elizavéta Lindström Managing Partner at Tervaris

As one of our many guest speakers in the Entrepreneurship course, Liza came and shared her experience.  She gave advice about what to think about when building and running a company. She spoke specifically about year-end reports and accounting.She shared her experience as the co-founder of Tervaris.

“Going to Handels is great, but I miss VRG . . .”

Hanna Grahn Responsible Investment Analyst at EQT

Hanna Grahn
Responsible Investment Analyst at EQT


Hanna Grahn from EQT joined our class as well.  Hanna spoke about the financial market and sustainability.  Hanna shared her experiences of studying at the Stockholm School of Economics.

It is always good to welcome guest speakers to share “real” experience, especially when they are alumni!

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En dag i biologins tecken


Learning outside the classroom . . .
Thanks @HannaForsberg71 for sharing …

Originally posted on Hannas skolblogg:

Ett par gånger om året har eleverna resursdagar då lärarna kan lägga in aktiviteter som annars kan vara svåra att kombinera med det ordinarie schemat. I år bokade vi in studiebesök för eleverna som läser Biologi 1. I det centrala innehållet för kursen beskrivs att eleverna ska erhålla kunskaper gällande bland annat ekologi, etologi (beteendevetenskap) och evolutionen. Dessa områden överlappar, och vi beslutade oss för besöka Bergianska trädgården och Naturhistoriska riksmuseet för att göra kopplingar och stoff mer levande för eleverna. 

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FAQs – Assessment and Grades

We believe that students reach their fullest potential when they are in a safe learning environment, inspired to learn, challenged to go in-depth in their understanding by a variety of learning activities, coached by competent and engaged teachers and understand what is expected of them.  

faq1Quite often, we receive questions about how we manage assessment and grading.  Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions, based on the Swedish school law and national curriculum guidelines.  This list was complied by the VRGD staff.

  1. Is it true that if my son/daughter has an ‘A’ on every criteria except one criteria which is at an ‘E’ level that this will means getting a ‘D’ as a final grade?

What is required to reach E, C or A is outlined by Skolverket.  It is necessary for all the demands for the grade of ‘C’ to be filled for a grade of ‘C’ to be set.  If all the demands for E have been met and most of the demands for C a grade of D would be set.  If all of the demands for E have been met and most of the demands for A would be met a grade of D would also be set. So in this case the answer would be that the grade of D would be accurate.  However, at the end of the year the teacher’s take a holistic approach to setting a grade (“helhetsbedömning”) and may choose to re-test a criteria if there are uncertainties/discrepancies.faq2

  1.  How do I know a fair grade has been set? How do we work at our school to ensure “fair grades”?

All teachers at VRGD meet within their subjects to discuss grading, not just at the end of the year but throughout the year.  For example, a group of language teachers might meet during their weekly subject meeting to discuss the best ways to assess students in their subject, or to look over examples of work done by students.  VRGD is also involved in a collaboration with other schools in the northern part of Stockholm.  The chance to meet with other teachers outside of VRGD is an excellent opportunity for reflect and analyze the assessment and grading that takes place here.  In subjects with National tests, our teachers compare the results to their own grade and analyze why the results look the way they do.

  1.  How do you assess students?

At the end of the year, it is important for us to take into account everything that a student has produced throughout the year. We strive for a variety of assessment, at various time points during the year, to provide the best possible environment in which students can achieve their bests.

  1.  My son was ill with the flu and didn’t perform well on a large assignment.  Will this affect his final grade?

Our teachers aim for ongoing assessment throughout the year, and in a variety of formats.  We always aim to identify what students HAVE accomplished and what they do show, and not what they haven’t.  If your son did not perform well on an assignment there are other ways he should be able to meet the requirements for the course.

  1.  faq4My daughter has done well on all of her tests in Subject X, but didn’t perform well on the national test.  Will this affect her grade negatively?

A national test is one part of the entire course’s assessment.

Every test, assignment, oral report etc. is a chance to show a variety of criteria and at the end of the year the teachers take a holistic approach to what has been achieved during the year.

  1.  My son’s teacher in Subject X says that what he shows at the end of the year is more important that what was achieved during the beginning of the year.  But his Subject Y teacher doesn’t seem to agree!  Why?

Some courses, for example language courses, are what we call ‘process-courses’, where what is achieved at the end of the course is the most accurate representation of the student’s knowledge and skills, and the assessment that takes place towards the end of such a course may weigh more heavily.   However, there may be criteria that are tested at the beginning of a course that will still play a significant role in a student’s overall grade, even in a process-course.  In some courses, for example science courses, it is necessary for a student to show certain knowledge requirements from each and every part of the course.

  1.  My daughter received a ‘C’ in English, but she was close to a ‘B’.  Can she do any kind of ‘komplettering’?

At the end of the course we are required to set a grade.  It is possible to take a whole course exam after a student graduates to try to achieve a better grade.  This can be done at VRGD up to one year after graduation.  One test, which is equivalent to the whole course, is administered.  If the grade achieved is higher than the original grade the student may include the new grade as a ‘kompletterade betyg’ on her transcript.

  1.  My son doesn’t understand why he received the grade he did. What should he do?

Our teachers would be happy to help any student understand why a grade was set the way it was set.  Our recommendation is that your son starts by looking through the feedback he has received throughout the year, including the subject matrix in SchoolSoft.  The more he understands his progress throughout the course the better the conversation with the teacher will be about why a certain grade was received.  Keep in mind that once a course is over the grade is set.

  1.  What happens if a student does not understand a final grade after explanation in class? What is the process?faq5

step 1 – teacher informs student of results in written form (updated course grid)

step 2 – teacher (with a colleague if teacher wishes) meets with student (and a guest if the student asks for that – parent, mentor) to help the student understand their assessment

Teachers are not obliged to offer more than one written (in form of a course grid) and one “extra” individual meeting with a student

Any further discussion or questions should be sent to the school’s principal.

  1.  What does a written motivation for a grade look like?

written motivation for a grade is a completed course grid

  1.  Can I get a second opinion on my work?

Teachers at VRGD have a goal that students receive fair and equal treatment during the grading process.  Teachers plan assessments together, cross-grade, and study student examples systematically to achieve this goal.  If a teacher finds it necessary, they can always ask a colleague for a second opinion.

  1. When does assessment occur

ongoing, all the time

  1. What if a student misses an assignment/task – do they have to make it up?

The teacher determines if this is necessary.

  1. faq3What support is every student guaranteed?  What forms of support does VRGD provide?

Every student is offered mentor support.  Every student is offered group support – mattestuga, språkstuga, etc.  Every student is offered an open dialogue between student/teacher. Every student is offered Student Care support; VRGD media resource services; and ICT support.

  1. Does VRGD allow “retesting” if students want to show more?

The teacher in the course makes this decision based on the policy for each subject or if there is a specific Student Care concern.

  1. How do we value “in-class” discussions in terms of assessment?

In-class assessment can only be positive and add to the final evaluation of a student’s overall knowledge in a course.

  1.  What documentation is required?  How do we make sure students understand their progress?

Students are provided with continual formative feedback (most often documented in Google).  In addition, VRGD provides a 3 step summative progress check system supported by course grids (November, March, June).  At the end of a course, students can see a course grid showing their knowledge profile as it relates to their final grade.faq7

  1.  Do all students with dyslexia have the right to Student Care support?  (meeting a learning coach so many times a week)

No, not automatically they do not.  When it is determined that a student needs learning support a specific plan is developed for that student based on their diagnosis.   A comprehensive review of the student’s overall school situation is made according to (UBAS) is done by the Student Care Team.

The decision regarding learning support is based on academic, social and medical needs.  Students with specific diagnosis (dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, autism, etc) always have the right to compensation materials.  This can mean longer test times, verbal exams, audio materials, etc.  What works best for each student is based on the comprehensive review.

  1.  Isn’t it unfair that students with learning difficulties get extra time, flexible deadlines and alternative exams?

No, of course it is not.  Every student has the right to guidance, support and stimulation so that they may reach as far they can in their learning based on their own abilities.

VRGD has a specific responsibility for the students who for whatever reason have difficulty reaching the course goals in every course.  This is why we must, in some cases, adjust the learning environment.

faq10Do you have other questions that were not discussed here?

See Skolverket’s information about assessment and grading for more detailed information.

Or, write to us:



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To learn more about “Nationell Psykos” students left school

IMG_5076Students in Social Science 1 visited the Mångkulturellt Centrum (MKC) in Fittja, Sweden to mångkultbroaden their understanding of national identity.

As a module in their course, students have been studying:

Group’s and individual’s identity, relationships and social living conditions on the basis that people are grouped based on categories that create both community and alienation.IMG_5073

To explore and better understand this important discussion, students visited the “National Psychosis” exhibition at MKC.  During this visit, students went on a tour of the exhibition, asked questions and explored on their own.


The exhibition is about Sweden’s different realities and the identity crisis in our country.

The exhibition addresses questions about: identity, democracy and every citizen’s role in the society. National Psychosis is made up of concrete facts, raises the different images of Sweden, our common cultural heritage and, even, the question:  What does a Swede look like?

Sometimes you have to leave the classroom to learn and understand more . . .


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