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Why Finnish?

The Finnish methodology is universally regarded as one of the most effective and successful education methods in the world. And for good reason - it offers transversal competencies like social and emotional learning, media literacy, cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, global citizenship, teamwork, creativity, and environmental stewardship: all the important aspects of 21st century life.

We are proud to be the only school offering the American curriculum combined with this progressive Finnish approach to holistic development. 



Goals of the recent curriculum reform in Finland that NYsKOOL follows include: "enhancing pupil participation, increasing the meaningfulness of learning and enable every pupil to feel successful."


Children are encouraged to take more responsibility for their schoolwork and are given more support in their studies. The pupils set goals, solve problems, and assess their learning based on set targets. The pupils experiences, feelings, areas of interest, and interaction with others lay the foundation for learning.

"The teacher's task is to instruct and guide the pupils into becoming lifelong learners by taking the individual learning approaches of each pupil into consideration.”

21st Century Skills for Your Child


The Finnish model places an emphasis on transversal competences in instruction. A changing society demands more and more transversal skills and capabilities. Therefore, it is important that each subject promotes these values.

Our transversal competence aims include:

  • Thinking and learning to learn

  • Cultural competence, interaction, and self-expression

  • Taking care of oneself and managing daily life

  • Multi-literacy

  • ICT competence (confident and critical use of electronic media for work, leisure, and communication)

  • Work life competence and entrepreneurship

  • Participation, involvement and building a sustainable future


Children participate in multi-disciplinary projects to develop transversal competences and knowledge of basic subjects.

(1) Finnish Education Model’s Main Features Compared to Others


According to one of the world’s top educational experts Pasi Sahlberg, Finland didn’t follow the main trends that changed most education systems in developed countries since the 1990’s. It has developed its own education model that is almost a direct opposite to those traditional educational systems found around the world.


School Competition vs. School Collaboration

OTHERS: “The basic assumption is that competition works as a market mechanism that will eventually enhance the quality, productivity, and efficiency of services. When public schools compete over enrolment with … private schools, they will eventually improve teaching and learning.”

FINLAND: “The basic assumption is that educating people is a collaborative process and that cooperation, networking, and sharing ideas among schools will eventually raise the quality of education.”


Standardized vs. Personal Learning

OTHERS: “Setting clear, high, and centrally prescribed performance targets for all schools, teachers, and students to improve the quality and equity of outcomes. This leads to standardized teaching through externally designed curriculums to ensure coherence and common criteria for measurement and data.”

FINLAND: “Setting a clear but flexible national framework for school-based curriculum planning. Encouraging school-based and individual solutions to national goals in order to find the best ways to create personalized learning opportunities for all.”

(2) Finnish Education Model’s Main Features Compared to Others


Focus on literacy and numeracy vs. a focus on the whole child and well-being

OTHERS: “Basic knowledge and skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and natural sciences serve as prime targets… Normally, instruction time of these subjects is increased at the expense of other subjects (such as arts and music).”

FINLAND: “Teaching and learning focus on deep, broad understanding, giving equal value to all aspects of growth of an individual’s personality, moral character, creativity, knowledge, ethics, and skills. Play is the right of each and every child.”


Test-based accountability vs. Trust-based responsibility

OTHERS: “School performance and raising student achievement is closely tied to the process of promotion, inspection, and ultimately rewarding schools and teachers. Teacher pay … is determined by students’ scores.”

FINLAND: “Gradually building a culture of responsibility and trust within the education system that values teacher and principal professionalism in judging what is best for students.”

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