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A private Swedish company, Kunskapsskolan, has been successful in building a network of independent schools.
With all its revenues are derived from a system of school vouchers implemented in the early 1990s, the company is growing rapidly, mostly in cities.
It saves significant money by operating all its schools through a central administrative unit.
It has successfully recruited students of differing abilities from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.
Kunskapsskolan uses a ladder system to measure student achievement and tailors its programs to the needs of individual students.
Learning offsite through the Internet saves money, and teachers act more as tutors.
Teachers’ salaries go up with student achievement, not seniority.
Expensive school resources like laboratories are uniquely shared and computers abound.
Administrative efficiency is achieved by organizational streamlining.
Satisfaction levels are high and waiting lists for entrance long.
Kunskapsskolan is working well, but its future depends on the ability to clear a small profit.