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Alppila Upper Secondary School, Helsinki

Alppila Upper Secondary School was founded in 1959 and is situated near the city centre. Not all students live in Helsinki, as quite a few come from the nearby towns. The first-year students come here from more than 40 comprehensive schools in the metropolitan area. One reason for this is the ideal location of the school, as it is very convenient to come here by public transport.  There are about 750 students and 40 teachers in Alppila Upper Secondary School. The students are 16 to 19 years old.

Finnish upper secondary schools have a non-graded system. This means that the studies have been divided into courses each of which contains about 20 lessons of 75 minutes. There are 47 to 51 compulsory courses and each student must complete at least 75 courses within 2 to 4 years. At the end of their studies, the students must take the matriculation examination, which is a nationwide examination.

The students are admitted on the basis of their previous academic achievement. Today Alppila Upper Secondary School is a popular upper secondary school in Helsinki.

In our school, the academic year has been divided into five school year periods. At the end of each period, there is a so-called exam week when students may have exams in up to seven subjects. The school year begins in mid-August and ends at the beginning of June.

Alppila Upper Secondary School values all-round educational abilities. We consider it important that students have many different options and that they can plan their studies independently and in this way find their own strengths and favourite fields. Therefore the school offers a variety of interesting subjects and specialisation courses, including several foreign languages.

For further information, contact our teachers of English:

  • Mr Pertti Seppälä, pertti.seppala@edu.hel.fi
  • Mr Timo Jaatinen, timo.jaatinen@edu.hel.fi
  • Mrs Krista Kindt-Sarojärvi, krista.kindt-sarojarvi@edu.hel.fi




03.04.2020 08:53