Levels of education
The elementary school (grades 1–6) has approximately 400 students. The students’ ages are between 7 and 12. The students are taught by class teachers and, in some subjects, by subject teachers. Some of the classes have an emphasis on music where the students study music more than the other classes, and music is also integrated in other subjects. Our elementary school offers a wide range of languages to study, e.g. English, German or French in addition to Swedish, which is compulsory.
Principal Kirsi-Liisa Koskinen-Sinisalo is responsible for the activities at the elementary school.
Junior high school
The junior high school (grades 7–9) has approximately 300 students. The students’ ages are between 13 and 16. Because we offer studies in specialized areas, students from other areas around Tampere also apply to our school.
Students are taught by subject teachers and each class has a homeroom teacher who is responsible for the students’ administrative (attendance, etc.) and other issues.
The junior high school specializes in music and circus art. Teaching in circus art is implemented in collaboration with the local circus company, Sorin Sirkus. Classes that study according to a specialized curriculum receive more instruction in the area of specialization than the other classes and it is also integrated in other subjects.
Principal Pekka Poikajärvi is responsible for the activities at the junior high school.
The high school affiliated with the Tampere University Teacher Training School has approximately 250 students. The students’ ages are, for the most part, between 16 and 19. Students generally complete their high school studies in three years, but completing them in 2.5–4 years is also possible.
Each high school student studies according to their own personal study plan. In Finland, high school teaching is course-based and there are no classes as such. Teaching is organized according to subject and the teachers are subject teachers. The size of the groups in each course depends on the subject. The size of most of the groups is about 27 students.
The high school offers two areas of emphasis: economics and business and circus art. Each year, one third of the new students are chosen for the economics and business track. They form their own group and their studies include varied advance courses in social studies. Teaching in circus art is implemented in collaboration with the local circus company, Sorin Sirkus, which is a local youth circus. Each year, ten to twelve new high school students are chosen for the circus art track.
Upon completion of their studies, high school students complete a matriculation examination. The examination comprises four or more tests, which students may do three consecutive examination times. There are two examination times per year. Once a student has completed the courses required to receive a diploma and the matriculation examination, (s)he is entitled to continue on to higher education studies.
Principal Arja Aalto-Laaksonen is responsible for the activities at the high school.