International Classes of Maunula Secondary School
Our International Classes are an English-speaking section of the otherwise Finnish-speaking Maunulan yhteiskoulu lower secondary school. This means that most subjects are studied in English, but still following the Finnish National Core Curriculum. To ensure that Finnish is also acquired in depth and the students integrated into school life on a larger scale, optional subjects are studied in mixed groups together with Finnish-speaking students.
The International Classes form a tight unit where mutual understanding and support among the students are an essential tradition. Students are encouraged to take part in a variety of activities, such as debate teams, event organisation and HELIMUN, which all help in creating a sense of togetherness among the students. In this atmosphere, our students grow into responsible, independent and motivated individuals who are always ready to take up new challenges.
Who can attend the International Classes?
- Students between 13-16 years of age in grades 7-9.
- Children of Finnish or other nationality who have received their elementary education in English – in Finland or abroad.
- The most important requirement is that the student has a very good command of the English language.
Free of Charge
There is no charge for tuition or study materials. Students are given a warm lunch every day, with consideration to special diets. The school offers the students free health care services and dental care. Study guidance, psychologist and councellor services are also available for our students.
Parents receive information on matters concerning their child’s education through an Internet portal Wilma (yvkoulut.inschool.fi). At the start of the school year, the students’ guardians receive their own student-specific user ID for Wilma.
Our school has several partner schools in different European countries. Many Erasmus+ (previously Comenius) projects have taken place over the years and students have participated in various exchange programs.
Admittance to school
All students are taken in through an entrance exam, where only English skills are tested (reading, listening, writing, vocabulary). A good applicant has excellent skills in the English language and is willing to adapt to a Finnish educational setting.
General testing for 7th grade English-speaking class takes place on Wednesday 26th of January 2022 at 9.00, and will take about 90 minutes. There will be no separate invitation sent to applicants, so please mark down the date and arrive to school on time. All applications must be handed in by the 15th of December 2021, either by mail (address: Kuusikkotie 3, 00630 Helsinki) or by email email@example.com.
The students who have been accepted into our school will be sent a letter of approval on Friday 18th of March 2022.
You can ask for more information from Inkeri Miekkavaara, coordinator of the English-speaking classes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and applications available in Finnish: https://www.mayk.fi/tietoa-meista/hakuohjeet/