The English School High School
Located at Valimotie 17-19, Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki
Entrance Exam update (30.4.2021):
Because of the current Coronavirus situation, we have decided to cancel the written entrance exam and deploy an alternative method of assessment. If you still wish to proceed with your application to the English School high school, please submit us a video introduction of yourself and your language skills by Tuesday, May 11th, 2021. The video will be assessed the following way:
- The applicant is able to receive max. 2.5 points for English language and max. 2.5 points for Finnish language (AI or S2).
- Minimum points required for admittance is 2.5.
Detailed instructions for making the video have been sent to all applicants by email. Please contact us if you have not received the email.
Please email a link to the video to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, May 11th, 2021. Write your name as the title for the email. Make sure that you have shared the necessary rights to watch the video and that the video is viewable until at least the end of June, 2021.
We look forward to receiving your videos! Best of luck with the video production!
The English School High School Virtual Open House
Please join us on a virtual Open House tour and to hear about The English School high school! This Open House is meant for 9th grade students applying to high school this Spring, 2021.
https://youtu.be/adPPEinDYT0 (recording from Thursday, January 14)
Hear thoughts about the school from the student’s & teacher’s perspective here: https://youtu.be/Im2Bij4I6K8
Instruction is offered in both English and Finnish. Our unique bilingual program enables out students to graduate from high school truly fluent in both languages, while the courses taught in Finnish provide the necessary terminology to complete the matriculation examinations successfully. If a student's official native language is not Finnish or Swedish, we offer an excellent Finnish as a second language program.
In addition to the Finnish matriculation examination and after taking the preparatory mathematics and English courses offered by the school, students are able to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), which prepares them for the SAT.
Solid academic level
Our teachers are dedicated, and they ensure a high-quality academic level at our school. Most of our students advance to well-known universities in Finland and abroad. Moreover, we provide personalized assistance in seeking education abroad after high school, if requested.
The pedagogic continuity in most subjects helps the teacher to perceive and develop each student's unique talents. Since our student body is small, we pride ourselves on close interaction between the teachers and students.
Flexibility in course requirements
Students have the opportunity to focus on subject areas that they find important and of special interest to them, thus, courses in other subjects may be dropped, with the exception of Finnish and English.
The guidance counselor assists all students in creating their own personal study plan and a long-term strategy for their future studies. The counselor, group advisor, and also subject teachers, are dedicated to supporting the progression of each student´s studies.
Art and music diplomas
The number of music courses at our school is considerably higher than required in the Finnish curriculum. In the visual arts, we also offer an additional applied course. Furthermore, students that are particularly gifted and dedicated may also complete the Music Diploma, as well as the Visual Arts Diploma.
Englantilaisessa koulussa opiskellaan sekä suomeksi että englanniksi (noin puolet opinnoista on englannin kielellä). Lukiossamme painotetaan englannin kieltä, englantilaisen kielialueen kulttuuria ja kansainvälisyyttä, sekä suomen kieltä, opiskella voi myös suomea toisena kielenä. Englantia opettavat syntyperäiset englanninkieliset opettajat ja opiskelija voi halutessaan syventää englannin kielen taitoaan myös muilla englanniksi opettavien aineiden kursseilla. Lukiossamme noudatetaan englannin kieltä lukuun ottamatta suomalaista opetussuunnitelmaa. Ylioppilastutkinnon lisäksi opiskelijat voivat suorittaa SAT-kokeeseen valmistavat kurssit englannissa ja matematiikassa sekä joidenkin aineiden Cambridge A Level -kursseja ja -kokeita. Lukiossamme voi myös suorittaa kuvataiteen ja musiikin lukiodiplomit. Englannin lisäksi lukiossamme voi opiskella vieraina kielina B2/B3 ranskaa ja saksaa sekä B3 espanjaa.