Itäkeskus comprehensive school is a “language oriented” school for the children of eastern Helsinki in grades 1-10. The foreign languages, starting in grade 1, are English, French, German or Chinese. There is an aptitude test for students applying to study Chinese.
English enriched learning started in the autumn 2019 from the first grade on. This means that 10-25 per cent of teaching is in English.
Grades 3-9 have a special focus on learning foreign languages and getting acquainted with different cultures. There is a great variety of optional subjects in both lower and upper grades.
The school buildings built in the 1960s were totally renovated during the years 2004-2015.