Why choose IB?

The IB programme offers students an excellent route to university studies both in Finland and abroad. You can choose six or seven subjects, one from each group. The subjects can be studied at different levels.

At least three subjects are studied at Higher Level (HL) and others at Standard Level (SL). There are nine courses in HL subjects, which means that each period has lessons in the subjects three times a week. The SL subjects are studied over six courses, i.e. in three periods during each actual IB year.

IB offers the opportunity to focus on particular subjects. A final examination is taken in each subject that has been studied. Experiments, critical thinking and social activity are an important part of studying at an IB school. Science studies include laboratory work, the CAS programme encourages students to participate in activities outside of school and the Extended Essay gives students excellent skills for completing written assignments at university level.

The three years at IB school contain cramming, writing and agonising, but also new friends, the school dance, the student party in the spring of the third year and study trips. Fabulous team spirit will keep you motivated and the studies include, among other things, a trip to London.

You will gain a strong proficiency in English and the Diploma will allow you to apply directly to numerous foreign universities.

Why choose IB?

School subjects:

Finnish

lessons at IB include discussions, debates and addresses on the topics at hand. Their aim is to teach students to think for themselves and to think critically. Students familiarise themselves with literature, while at the same time acquiring the all-round education needed in our ever more international world. The lessons also help students to learn about foreign cultures and transport them to the core of Finnish culture. IB’s Finnish lessons also teach students to become good writers and confident performers. In a small and familiar group, everyone has the opportunity to participate and learn through doing.

Students’ comments:

“When you’ve studied literature at IB you avoid many embarrassing situations during conversations.”
“Works that everyone should know are read in IB’s Finnish lessons.”
“Grammar is learned through writing, not by filling in a textbook.”

Psychology

is a subject for those who are interested in people – themselves and others. Psychology studies human behaviour and the way the human mind works in a scientific way. Nowadays, it is needed in all walks of life, in professions as well as private life. IB’s psychology classes also provide students with the opportunity to learn to understand people from other cultures, because teaching takes place in English and many of the students come from outside Finland.

Swedish

as an IB subject is intended for the students who have studied it since the upper level of comprehensive school. It can be studied at Standard Level. The main object is to acquire and develop diversified language skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. The interesting texts used familiarise students with the Nordic culture, and the texts’ vocabulary is studied through communication. The studies focus specifically on what a speaker of the language can achieve with the language. The assignments guide students in practicing the language in natural situations. Students are also guided towards recognising their own learning strategies, using them in a versatile way and continually developing their study skills.

Biology

The starting point for teaching biology is to give students the opportunity to build a scientific world view which includes knowledge about their own bodies and the organic phenomena that influence our planet. The studies include basic information about human physiology, genetics and cellular functions. Larger theoretical study entities comprise the theory of evolution and the operational foundations of ecology. In addition to lessons, teaching involves field and laboratory work and visits. In comparison to the working methods of standard upper secondary schools, the biology lessons at IB schools are a step closer to university teaching, in order to better prepare students for further study, for example, in the field of health care.

Economics

Oil is running out, there’s a shortage of water, people are starving and the number of billionaires in the world is growing. The earth’s resources are limited. What should we do with them, how can they be used efficiently and how are they shared between people and nations? Economics aspires to answer these questions and many more. IB Economics provides students with the basics of economics and a strong edge for those seeking further education. Standard upper secondary schools do not teach these things!

History

George Santayana has said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In IB history courses, we don’t just study history, but also analyse the reasons and consequences of events, learn to critically evaluate various sources and familiarise ourselves with wars, mad dictators and events that have changed the world. IB school offers students who are interested in history the opportunity to study even broad subject fields comprehensively and in detail.

Physics

Are you interested in the world around you and the phenomena in it? Why does a cold bottle of pop sweat in hot weather and how does a mobile phone work? These and many more questions you may have thought about will be answered during our physics lessons. Come and study physics at the IB World School! Examining phenomena and performing experiments yourself are a central part of studying at IB. These activities bring variety and make studying much more interesting than physics studies at a standard upper secondary school. Studying physics at an upper secondary level school, such as the IB school, is also a prerequisite if you want to become a physicist, engineer or, let’s say, a doctor. Completing our physics courses successfully only requires moderate basic knowledge about physics and mathematics, because good study motivation and endless curiosity are the most important ingredients for studying physics.

Mathematics

is required by both artists when considering perspectives and scientists when performing research. The three levels of IB mathematics are sure to provide a suitable level for all students. The choice is influenced by your abilities and interest, as well as your plans for future studies. The easiest of these three levels is intended for students who probably won’t need mathematics in their future studies. They familiarise themselves with the world of mathematics in less depth and begin from the basics, which means that their starting level does not have to be very good. The most advanced level, on the other hand, offers an excellent level of knowledge and skills for further studies in, for example, physics, mathematics and technology. For those interested in mathematics, the most advanced course offers plenty of new information and more in-depth skills in mathematics. The intermediate level lies between the two above and offers good skills for studying, for example, chemistry, psychology and economics.

Students’ comments:

“HL mathematics is fun and challenging!”
“When you know mathematics, you understand when you have just discredited a theory in real life – personal probabilities are never true.”
“It’s easy to study in a tight, small group and the atmosphere is relaxed!”
“The groups are small, so teachers have time to give you advice.”
“You are given many different means of solving things and it teaches you to be creative about solutions.”

B English

courses offer the opportunity to learn to use language precisely, fluently and efficiently in different situations. We use varied and diverse materials and student-centred working methods in these lessons. Students become acquainted with the English speaking world, different cultures, traditions, leisure, social relationships and global issues and many more things, for example, through various media and literature.

TOK

(Theory of Knowledge) exercises students’ critical thinking and conversational talents. Information, knowledge and questioning information are examined from the points of view of the knower, ways of knowing and areas of knowledge. Issues are approached through students’ own experiences and opinions.

CAS

During the Creativity, Action and Service programme students engage in activities they are interested in, involving creativity, physical exercise and service activities. The programme offers them an opportunity for experiential learning and individual growth. Its target is to facilitate the development of students’ personality and finding their personal strengths. In CAS, you can make good use of your old, familiar hobbies, or try something completely new. CAS activities usually take place outside of school, and students are expected to be involved in them for approximately three hours per week. A CAS supervisor organises and monitors the activities.

Students’ comments:

"I’m quite proud of myself for what I have done and learned."
"CAS has given me the opportunity to challenge myself."
"CAS has balanced out the stress related to school."
"Thank you, CAS Programme, for everlasting memories!"

Chemistry

studies provide good basic knowledge for further studies, for example, in the fields of science, technology, nursing and the food industry. An essential part of IB’s chemistry studies is laboratory work and, on average, one laboratory lesson per week is included. Excursions to a university and companies and bureaus working within the field are also incorporated.

EE

Extended Essay (EE) is a paper of 4,000 words, planned and implemented by students themselves, on a subject taught at IB. Students are free to choose the subject and theme, and the teacher of the subject in question tutors the writing process. In general, scientific experiments and data acquisition are valued in all experimental and social sciences: for example, an EE in chemistry involves chemical experiments and, in history, interviews. You can earn “bonus points” for your Diploma with the grade of your EE.

Russian

courses are intended for beginners who have not studied Russian before. The main object is for students to learn Russian for various everyday situations and to familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of Russian culture. Students also learn to understand the differences between the Russian culture and their own. After completing the ab initio Russian course, students are able to communicate clearly in practical situations both verbally and in writing. They are well qualified to continue their Russian studies independently at a later stage.

English A Language and Literature

course aims to introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres.

Students learn to understand how language, culture and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in texts. The course develops in students the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts. It also develops the students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication.

Spanish ab initio courses

are intended for beginners who have not studied Spanish before. The main object is for students to learn the basic structures of the spanish language and get to know the Spanish-speaking culture. Other important object in the courses is to emphasize students' oral skills. After completing the Spanish ab initio courses students are able to communicate easily in different situations both in writing and in oral. They are well qualified to continue their Spanish studies independently at a later stage.

The Visual Arts

studies provide you with the great opportunity to study different ways of making art. In two years you’ll get to deepen your artistic talents. You will also to learn how to analyse the visual world around you critically and you’ll get a better understanding of it.

In the Visual Arts lessons you’ll get to, for example, create different visual media contents, paint, photograph, edit videos, print graphic, make installations, get to know Architecture, Design, Art History, Newer Art and their backrounds.

Visual Arts is a subject that is learned by doing, exploring and analysing . Studies don’t stay in the classroom. There are visits and active exploring of what’s happening elsewhere.

Today there are more and more occupations in which visual thinking, creativity, ability to combine new things, courage to try, ability to take your ideas forward and to believe in them are important. In the Visual Arts studies you practice these skills.