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The Bilingual Program at our school

Laajasalo Comprehensive school offers a bilingual program (Finnish-English). During the school year 2019-2020 bilingual program is offered in grade 1, in 2020-2021 bilingual program is offered in grades 1 and 2, growing further each year.

In the bilingual program about half of the instruction is given through Finnish and half in English, and languages are taught mainly through the content of other subjects.

Children wishing to enroll the bilingual program must take an aptitude test either in Finnish or English. The aptitude test for bilingual education, 1st grade, is heldon 3.2.2021. The test measures the child’s language skills and readiness for bilingual education.

Signing up takes place at the same time with the general school sign up process, 13.1.-29.1.2021. Instructions for signing up will be published on the school website in January.

Children moving to Helsinki after January can apply by taking an aptitude test held on August.

Children wishing to apply to 2nd or 3rd grade can apply by taking an aptitude test in August. In this test, both English and Finnish skills are tested at a grade level.

Further information about the bilingual program: Tiia Thurén (tiia.thuren@edu.hel.fi)

Enrolment to bilingual education for future first-graders

You can enrol in the aptitude test by filling in the enrolment form and submitting it via Secure Email between 13 and 29 January 2021. Information about the aptitude test will be sent ot the e-mail address given in the enrolment form.

How to submit the aptitude test enrolment form using secure email

Download the enrolment form using the link above. Fill in the form and save it on your device. Please name the file as lastname_firstname, e.g. applicant_anna.

  1. Go to securemail.hel.fi
  2. Write your email address in the Lähettäjä field.
  3. Click Tunnistaudu. After this, use your online banking codes, mobile ID or Finnish ID card with a chip for identification.
  4. After identification, you should see a page with the title Uusi viesti.
  5. Write soveltuvuuskoe.koulutulokkaat@hel.fi in the Vastaanottaja field.
  6. In the Aihe field, write the name of your first school option
  7. Attach the enrolment form in the message.
    o Click Valitse tiedostot.
    o Choose the filled and saved enrolment form from your device.
    o Click Liitä to attach the form.
  8. Finally, click Lähetä to send the message

If submitting the enrolment form by secure email is not possible, you can also print out the form and send it by post to the school that is your first option. Schools’ addresses are available on their websites, which you can find via School search.

Please note! The printed Tervetuloa kouluun guide has incorrect information about the aptitude test dates. The correct date is 3 February 2021 for bilingual education.





08.01.2021 09:38