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Grades 1-9. International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) for grades 7-9. Admissions are open to children whose home language is English, or who have sufficient fluency in English to cope in the classroom. All pupils study according to the Finnish comprehensive school curriculum and the MYP programme. Tuition is free of charge.

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Mattlidens Gymnasium is a coeducational Swedish-speaking upper secondary school in Matinkylä. Of the 540 students, about 150 study in the IB section. The school prepares its students for the Finnish matriculation examination, and the ones in the IB section for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The language of instruction is Swedish and, in the IB section, English. The school also organizes the DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue francaise) exam in French and the DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom) in German.


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Students at international schools are from all over the world, including Finnish nationals. Student intake at government schools is limited and entrance examinations are usually required. Some schools offer admission from preschool age while others are limited to upper secondary school students. Teaching is primarily in the language of the school, but in some schools Finnish language and culture are also studied as part of the general curriculum. Teachers are often from, and accredited by, the country of the school.

Ressu is a city-operated school offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for grades 1-4, and Middle Years Programme for grades 5-9. The school is intended for students 7-15 years of age and has both Finnish and English-speaking classes. Those wishing to enrol in English classes must take an aptitude test. All pupils study according to the Finnish comprehensive school curriculum and the IB PYP and MYP programmes. Tuition is free of charge.

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: Classes in English are part of the school programme for pupils in grades 1-6, aged 7-12. They are intended for English-speaking children living temporarily or permanently in Finland and for Finnish children returning to Finland from abroad. Applicants must take an English aptitude test; these are held February and August. Tuition is free of charge.

:has International Classes for students aged 13-16 in grades 7-9, of Finnish or other nationality, who have received their elementary education in English - either in Finland or abroad. Students must take an English aptitude test if their competence is not otherwise proven. General testing is in January but students can also be tested and admitted throughout the year when moving into the country. Tuition is free of charge.

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Preschool, comprehensive school (classes 1-9) and High School. The curriculum follows the national guidelines, but places a special emphasis on both English and Finnish languages. Classes are taught in English or Finnish, depending on the subject. The High School prepares students for the Finnish Matriculation Examination as well as SAT and AP exams. Fees are charged for tuition.

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:English-Finnish stream for pupils in grades 1-6, aged 7-12. Tuition is free of charge.

:has Lower and Upper Secondary Schools. In the lower secondary grades 7-9 it is possible to study in Finnish, bilingual, and English classes. In the upper secondary grades 10-12, teaching is partially or completely in English. Aptitude tests are required for enrolment. Please for details and application procedures. Tuition is free of charge.

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The school offers a preparatory class for six-year-olds, comprehensive school, and higher secondary school. In addition there is a private day-nursery, Kalinka. The languages used are Finnish and Russian. The school is free of charge, but the day-nursery and afternoon-care that the school organizes are payable.