The natural sciences track of Turku Finnish Co-educational Upper Secondary School has a special task granted by the Ministry of Education. It is possible to emphasize natural science subjects – physics, chemistry, biology and geography – at the upper secondary school, and on certain conditions to leave out eight mandatory courses from other subjects, respectively. It is also possible to focus on one or two natural science subjects according to postgraduate study ambitions. Students at the natural science track get a versatile base for higher education studies.
The marine study track of Turku Finnish Co-educational Upper Secondary School emphasizes mathematical and natural science subjects, the Baltic Sea, sea environment and marine research, as well as seafaring and entrepreneurship. Also seafaring and tourism courses are offered as special courses.
Turku Classical Upper Secondary School is a national upper secondary school of expressive arts (arts/communication). The expressive arts studies are composed of theatre, dance and media courses. Approximately 30 expressive arts courses are available annually. The syllabus of expressive arts is 12 courses. Students who complete the entire syllabus may leave out a maximum of 8 mandatory upper secondary school courses from their curriculum.
In the music study track of the upper secondary school it is possible to add plenty of music courses of all sorts. Available are, for example, choirs, an orchestra, singing and instrument lessons, bands, composing, music expression and conducting. The selection varies annually.
The upper secondary school conducts international co-operation and the students get valuable experiences from tours abroad and while hosting return visits.
Earlier studies or courses that have been completed in some other education institution will be accepted as part of upper secondary school studies as far as they correspond with the contents of upper secondary school courses. You must always negotiate the course equivalences and accreditations with the upper secondary school to the studies of which you wish to add the earlier studies or courses completed elsewhere.
Stress is familiar to many upper secondary school students. Stress means that there are challenging things happening in your life that are requiring your attention and activating your body for action. Your heart and blood circulation, lungs and respiratory system, muscles and nerves, as well as your brain are preparing for the incoming situation. Your body is preparing to act as well, fast and strongly as possible.
Life is a balancing act
Studying in upper secondary school is one part of your life. You decide for yourself how important it is and how much time you spend on it. You need to divide your time between many aspects of life. Where you are present and what you spend your time on tell about the things that are important to you. For example, if you contact your friends often, it says that friends are important to you.
Looking for a new profession or planning to update the old one? Both are possible at the Turku Vocational Institute. Turku Vocational Institute is one of the biggest vocational upper secondary institutions that offer vocational upper secondary and further education for youth and adults.
The goal of upper secondary school education is to give students wide-ranging all-round education. The upper secondary schools in Turku put emphasis on common responsibility for everyone and co-operation and interaction with the students' guardians.