Veteli Upper Secondary School is a small school in the countryside in a small municipality of Veteli. Our school follows the general curriculum of Finnish upper secondary schools with special emphasis on sports. In Veteli, it is possible to take part in a great variety of different sports and activities. Just a walk away from the school is the public library, gym, gymnasium and a swimming hall.
The small size of the school may seem to be a limitation on academic advancement, but small size comes with many positive sides. As we currently have a little under 70 students, the student body is very tightly knit. The small number of pupils also allows the education to be very individual and personal. As we have 18 teachers, the pupil-to-teacher ratio is a bit under 4.
Our school day starts at 08:45 and ends at 14:45. A school day is divided into four 75-minute classes, a 30-minute lunch break and two 15-minute breaks. These longer classes allow us to cover more content in depth and the feedback from the students has been very positive.
The Finnish upper secondary school is a non-graded and course-based school. The students usually graduate in 3 years but it’s possible to graduate in 2-4 years. At the end of their studies they take the national matriculation examination which must be taken in at least 4 subjects. Every student must take at least 75 courses, of which about two thirds are obligatory. Although our school is small, we have a great variety of courses to choose from, for example an astronomy course and a couple of different IT courses.