IB Diploma Programme
At Jyväskylän Lyseo Upper Seconary School, it is possible to complete a distinguished International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), which provides national and international qualification for further studies. The IB Diploma is recognized by universities worldwide. The programme is administered by The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which is a non-profit educational foundation established in 1968. As of 1 November 2018, there are 3,293 schools offering the DP, in 153 different countries. Jyväskylän Lyseon Upper Secondary School has offered IB Diploma Programme since 2001.
IB students aim to become independent learners who know how to set goals, pursue their dreams and have the courage to achieve them. IB studies start with a preparatory year during which students will improve their English and learn other skills they need for the IB studies. Apart from the mother tongue, all classes are taught in English. In addition to the preparatory year compulsory courses, there still remains room for students’ own interests, such as language studies. During the preparatory year, students will choose six subjects for their two years of IB studies. In Lyseo, IB students can specialize in mathematics and sciences, social sciences or literature.
To study in the IB is to research, analyze and discuss. Core studies for all students support the IB studies, including a subject called Theory of knowledge, some academic research, and engagement in creativity, activity and service. The IBDP curriculum in Jyväskylän Lyseo constitutes of Mathematics, English (language and literature), Finnish (literature), History, Physics, Economics, Global Politics, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Environmental systems and societies and Visual Arts.
IB classes are taught in the Lyseo’s fully renovated school building at Gradia's Harju campus. IB students are a part of Lyseo student body and they take part in school events and traditions such as second year dances (vanhojentanssit) and seniors’ end-of-school celebrations (penkkarit) with other Lyseo students. In their graduation ceremony, IB graduates wear Finnish student caps to signal their achievement.
Lyseo was founded in 1858 and is the oldest Finnish-speaking upper secondary school.
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