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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. 

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Goals of the education 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

The Finnish education methodology emphasizes a child-centric approach, focusing on holistic development rather than rote memorization. It prioritizes creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration, with an emphasis on learning through play, inquiry, and project-based activities through an emphasis on transversal competencies.


Finnish schools also offer highly personalized education and support, facilitated by small class sizes and highly qualified teachers, ensuring that each student's educational needs are met in a supportive, stress-free environment.

Unique to the Finnish approach, 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.

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