Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a CPR number?
The CPR number is a Danish personal identification number. In order to start at Skt. Josef's International School, students and parent must have a CPR number or be able to provide evidence that a CPR number is pending. Families must present themselves to the municipality (kommunes borgerservice) in which they live to register their address and request a CPR.
Will my child get a place?
We can not guarantee that there is a space available. There may be an immediate space available in some classes while other classes, especially our younger classes, are full. Once a registration for is completed the child will be placed on a wait list and Skt. Josef's International School will contact you when a space is available. This also means that there might be a place for one sibling but not the other.
What time does school start?
Lessons start at 8 am.
Lesson finish at varying times depending on the age group, anywhere between 12.45 pm and 3.10 pm.
Is there a canteen?
There is a small canteen where students can by a sandwich or a daily hot option. It is very basic, not like UK 'dinners' or US cafeteria lunches. Most students bring a packed lunch to school. Students aged 11 years or older, with permission, may leave school during break time to walk into town fro lunch.
What do they need for Physical Education?
Students need to bring a change of clothes for PE, something suitable for the activity and the weather. Teachers will inform student whether their class will be inside or outside via Intra. Students will also need a towel as it is compulsory for students to shower after PE lessons. Most PE lesson are at the school in the gym, multisalen (small gym), or on the playing fields next to the school. For our older students, some lessons might be at the Roskilde Halen, a 20min walk from the school. Year 4 students go to swimming lessons weekly, the will travel by charter bus to Jyllinge.
What is Intra?
Intra is short for the schools' parent and student intranet. Students and parents will receive a log-in code after starting with us. All school-home communication is conducted via Intra. Communication such as, email, general notices, calendar, booking appointment, assigned homework, and more.
Is there a uniform?
No. Students wear their own appropriate clothes. There is no uniform for PE either. However, students will be provided with a team kit when they represent the school at DISNAC (Danish International School Network Athletic Conference) sporting events.
Housing can be difficult to find in central Roskilde. We advise families to broaden their search to the towns and villages in the wider Roskilde Kommune (municipality) area. Short-term renting can be difficult to find as most rental agreements are for two-year periods.
Are there support groups I can contact?
Roskilde Library has many services and events specifically for internationals.
Internationals in Roskilde is a Facebook group which can be useful for asking general information about Roskilde, finding accommodation, searching for services and joining social events.
SJIS Parent Group is a closed Facebook group just for Skt. Josef's International parents. Families will receive an invite when they join our community.
Where can I park?
The parking spaces in front of the school are primarily for visitors. Parking restrictions and recommendations can be found here.
Do we have to be Catholic?
No. Skt. Josef's School is a place where all are welcome. However, as a school founded by Christian tradition, we do ask all those that join us to participate in all our community celebrations, some of which take place in the church or cathedral.
Can we apply if we are Danish?
Yes. Children that have previously attended international school abroad are given priority, even if they are Danish citizens.
We also have a low number of spaces for Danish students wishing to transfer from a local public Danish school.
Can my child start in the International and then move to the Danish Department?
Yes and No. If students enroled in the International Department wish to move to the Danish Department they will be placed on the bottom of the Danish wait list. The Danish Department has very long wait lists and we do this to ensure that the International Department is not used as a short cut into the Danish Department.