Skip to content


Some schools in Helsinki offer weighted-curriculum education, which means instruction that emphasises a certain school subject, such as music, physical education or a language. Therefore, the school week in weighted-curriculum instruction can be 1 to 2 hours longer than in regular classroom instruction. A pupil can start in weighted-curriculum education in the 1st, 3rd or 7th grade.

To gain admission in weighted-curriculum education, a pupil must take an aptitude test. The aim of the aptitude test is to find out the pupil’s ability in the applied subject. Schools that offer the same weighted-curriculum subjects use joint aptitude tests that take place at the same time (except for the Helsinki Normal Lyceum, which has its own aptitude test in Latin).

Read more about the available weighted-curricula in Helsinki on the Schools offering weighted-curriculum page.

Learn more about applying to weighted-curriculum education starting from the third grade and seventh grade:

18.11.2021 17:35