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The Bilingual Program at our school

Laajasalo Comprehensive school offers a bilingual program (Finnish-English). During the school year 2022-2023 bilingual program will be offered in grades 1, 2, 3, and 4, 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 for the bilingual program must take an aptitude test either in Finnish or English. The aptitude test for bilingual education, 1st grade, is held annually in January or February. The test measures the child’s language skills and readiness for bilingual education.

Enrolment takes place at the same time with the general school sign up process. 

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.

Supplementary application round for bilingual education 2022-23

In case the family has moved to Helsinki after January, bilingual education first grade vacancies can be applied for in the supplementary application round. A supplementary application round for vacancies in grades 2-9 will be organised at the same time and is open for everyone residing in Helsinki.
Vacancies in the Laajasalo Comprehensive School bilingual (Finnish-English) program:

1st grade: 3 (applications accepted only if the child has moved to Helsinki after January)
2nd grade: -
3rd grade: 1
4th grade: 2

The number of vacancies in each class may change during the summer months. An aptitude test will only be held if there are vacancies in the class.

Aptitude tests for children applying to bilingual basic education will be held on Thursday 4 August 2022. Apply for a school place by submitting an online form. If you do not have Finnish online banking credentials, you can apply using a PDF application form.
Infomation about the 4.8. aptitude test will be sent via e-mail.
Further information about applying and application forms: Helsinki web page.

Further information about the bilingual program: Tiia Thurén (

07.06.2022 12:17