Jyväskylä Upper Secondary School for Adults
Jyväskylä Upper Secondary School for Adults has about 700 adult
students with various backgrounds and various needs. We provide general
upper secondary education as well as comprehensive school education.
Some of our students study only individual subjects or courses. We also
enable students to improve their current grades or complement their
existent matriculation examination with new subjects as well as provide
education for immigrants.
General upper secondary education
General upper secondary school studies consist of compulsory,
specialisation and applied courses. Students must complete altogether 44
courses to receive the upper secondary school certificate. All students
follow their own personal study plans but usually this takes 3-4 years.
Towards the end of their studies students can take the national
matriculation exam. The exam can be taken either entirely in one
examination period (spring or autumn) or in parts within a maximum of
three different examination periods.
Studying at upper secondary level is free of charge. However, those
students who do not follow the whole curriculum but study only
individual subjects or courses have to pay a single fee of 70 € per
school year (1.8.2015-31.7.2016). At upper secondary level school all
students must buy their own course books.
General upper secondary education is also provided in the form of
online courses for those students who cannot attend evening classes
because of their work or for other reasons. Online courses are held
completely online with the possible exception of taking the course exam
at school. All the course materials and assignments are delivered
through our online learning platform.
Comprehensive school education
At comprehensive school level students can gain the Finnish
comprehensive school certificate. Currently we provide courses in
English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Civics,
History, Geography, Biology and Religion/Ethics.
Immigrants can learn Finnish from beginner’s level. They can also
study other subjects at comprehensive school level. If they already know
some Finnish, they can study Finnish as a second language at upper
secondary level. When their Finnish skills are up to the challenge, they
can study also other subjects at upper secondary level.
In order to study in our school, immigrant students need to be able
to read and write in their mother tongue as well as know the Roman
alphabet and Arabic numerals. All the courses are taught in Finnish.
The school year starts at the end of August and ends at the end of
May. The year is divided into six periods, each lasting for about six
weeks. Each course comprises five weeks of lessons (each 100 minutes in
length) twice a week and an exam. The lessons take place in the evening,
from 17.00 to 20.40, from Monday till Thursday.