Senior secondary school in Tampere, Finland

Over 600 students and 40 staff members.

Senior secondary school in Finland is a 2-4-year educational institution which prepares for studies in universities and polytechnics. After having finished the Finnish comprehensive school (9 years), more than half of the 16-19-year-olds attend senior secondary school. The rest go to different vocational schools or start working straight away.

Senior secondary school is non-graded: to graduate a student has to complete a minimum of 75 courses. The academic year is divided into five or six periods and the students themselves decide which courses they take in each period. The school-leaving exam is called the matriculation examination. It is made up of a minimum of four separate exams in different subjects.

Kalevan lukio is located in the centre of Tampere, the second biggest city in Finland with its 220 000 inhabitants. The school was founded in 1952 and is a private institution following the national curriculum and being funded by the state, which is the case for all ’lukio’-schools in Finland.
5203 students have graduated from Kalevan lukio by 2015.

Subjects studied

Obligatory: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, History, Civics, Religion, Philosophy, Finnish and Literature, Music, Art, Physical Education, Health Education, Psychology and Student Councelling

Language program
Obligatory: English (advanced), German (advanced) and Swedish (intermediate)
Optional: German ( elementary and intermediate), French (elementary and intermediate), Spanish (elementary and intermediate) and Italian (elementary)


Salhojankatu 33,
33500 Tampere,