Helsinki is divided into school admission areas. The City places every child in a comprehensive school of his/her area. This school is the so-called local school. The local school may not be the nearest school to a child’s home. The local school can be found on the Service Map or requested from the Education Department’s information desk.
The local school primarily admits pupils from its own area. In case of vacancies, the school can admit pupils from other areas. If a pupil is placed in some other school than the local school, his/her guardian is responsible for the costs of school transportation.
A child is entitled to attend some other school than the local school for certain specific reasons. These reasons include language studies, language immersion, and health-related and other special circumstances.
Extended admission areas have more than one Finnish-language comprehensive school. These areas are Kannelmäki, Käpylä, Pihlajamäki-Pihlajisto, Puistola and Vuosaari. Here the City designates one of the area schools as the child’s local school.
Weighted-curriculum and bilingual instruction
Schools can offer weighted-curriculum and bilingual instruction. Pupils are selected for these types of education on the basis of aptitude tests and can come from any part of the city.
If a pupil in these types of education wishes to switch back to his/her local school, he/she can only be admitted to the local school if the school has vacant space.