The Bilingual Program at our school
Laajasalo Comprehensive school offers a bilingual program (Finnish-English). During the school year 2022-2023 bilingual program is offered in grades 1, 2, 3 and 4, growing further each year. Bilingual education in 7th grade will start in August 2023.
In grades 1-6 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. In grades 7-9, about 25%-50% of instruction is given in English.
Applying to Grade 1
Children wishing to enroll in the bilingual program must take an aptitude test either in Finnish or English.
The aptitude test is held annually in February. Signing up takes place at the same time with the general school sign up process. Instructions for signing up will be published on the school website in January. When signing up, the guardians choose whether the child takes the aptitude test in English or in Finnish.
Further information about bilingual education and applying is given in the parent's evening on January 10th. The link to the info evening will be published here closer to the date.
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.
Applyig to Grade 7
Bilingual education in 7th grade will start in August 2023. The aptitude test is held in January 2023.
Application is open to all students residing in Helsinki. Further information about the bilingual education and applying is given in the parents' evening on November 8th. The link to the info evening will be published here closer to the date.
Further information about applying can be found on Helsinki web page.
Further information about the bilingual program: Tiia Thurén (firstname.lastname@example.org)