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IB Preparatory Year Entrance Exam Cancelled (April 22, 2020)

Due to the present health emergency of the Coronovirus, SYK must cancel its IB Preparatory year entrance exam, scheduled to take place on April 22, 2020. After having consulted the Finnish Board of Education, SYK has decided that cancelling the entrance exam is an unfortunate yet necessary step to take.  Because of travel restrictions and other restrictions, not everyone could attend, and we wish to make sure that the admission process is equal for all applicants.

Admission decisions in 2020:

Applicants living in Finland and applying with Finnish Basic Education School Leaving Reports: Admission decisions will be made based on GPAs (grade point averages) of theoretical subjects.

International Applicants (and those living in Finland but applying with International School Reports): Admission decisions will be made based on application documents and school reports. If you did not submit these by the deadline (March 10, 2020), please email any missing application documents to SYK IB Coordinator ( minna.ankkuri@syk.fi  ) by April 5, 2020.

The admission decisions are likely to be available on June 11, 2020. Our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Ms Sari Tiitta, Head of School and Ms Minna Ankkuri, IB Assistant Principal

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IB-pääsykoe (22.4.2020) on peruttu

Vallitsevan koronavirusepidemian vuoksi SYK joutuu perumaan kevään 2020 IB-pääsykokeet. Olemme olleet asiassa yhteydessä myös Opetushallitukseen ja päätyneet siihen, että pääsykokeen peruminen on harmillinen, mutta välttämätön toimenpide.

Valintaperusteet 2020:

Suomalaisen perusopetuksen pohjalta yhteishaussa hakeneet hakijat: Valintapäätökset tehdään  lukuaineiden keskiarvon perusteella (perusopetuksen päättöarviointi).

Harkinnanvaraiset hakijat (ulkomailta hakeneet sekä Suomessa asuvat mutta kansainvälisellä todistuksella hakeneet):  Valintapäätökset tehdään hakulomakkeiden sekä koulutodistusten perusteella. Mikäli hakija ei ole toimittanut hakulomakkeita määräaikaan 10.3. mennessä, pyydetään puuttuvat hakuasiakirjat toimittamaan viimeistään 5.4. 2020 sähköpostitse IB-apulaisrehtorille (minna.ankkuri@syk.fi)

Pahoittelemme poikkeustilanteesta aiheutuneita muutoksia. Muutoksilla varmistetaan hakijoiden yhdenvertainen kohtelu vallitsevassa erityistilanteessa, jossa osa hakijoista olisi rajoituksien vuoksi estynyt saapumasta pääsykokeeseen.

Sari Tiitta, johtava rehtori ja Minna Ankkuri, IB-apulaisrehtori

We welcome applications both from applicants who complete the Finnish Comprehensive School and as well as from applicants currently living abroad. Normally students are accepted for preparatory year (10th grade). New students may also be accepted directly into IB1 (11th grade), if places become available. The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging pre-university course for students aged 16 to 19.
  1. The common application at www.opintopolku.fi must be submitted by March 10th, 2020 at 3 pm. The application form opens on February 18, 2020.
  2. All applicants will be invited to participate in the first round of entrance exams on April 22nd, 2020. The first round assesses mathematics skills. The mathematics test is followed by a test in English. Those students who pass the mathematics test will stay for two interviews during the afternoon.
  3. The applicant entrance exam scores will be submitted to the national board of education where they will be added to the grade point average of theoretical subjects of the applicant’s comprehensive school leaving certificate.
  4. The 23 students achieving the highest score are invited to join the SYK IB preparatory year programme.

Applicants from abroad should note that SYK is a day school, and the school does not provide any boarding facilities. All admitted students should have a legal guardian with them in Finland.

  1. The common application at www.opintopolku.fi must be submitted by March 10th, 2020 at 3 pm. The application form opens on February 18th, 2020.
  2. Additionally, the applicant must send to the school a copy of ‘Student application for admission IB preparatory year’ -form and ask the current school to send to SYK a copy of ‘Appraisal of the applicant to the IB programme/preparatory year’ –form accompanied by a copy of the applicant’s most recent report card by the same deadline.
  3. All international applicants are invited to attend the entrance exam at SYK on April 22nd, 2020.
  4. Up to 7 applicants achieving the highest score are invited to join the SYK IB preparatory year programme.
A student who has successfully completed the SYK preparatory year will move on to IB1. If a student’s teachers determine that he/she does not have the necessary aptitude to be successful in the IB programme, the student can continue his/her studies in SYK’s Finnish section towards the Finnish Matriculation Examination (although this requires a good knowledge of the Finnish language). This also applies to students who decide not to continue with the IB programme at the end of the preparatory year.

Students applying for admission without having taken the preparatory year can be admitted, if places are still available. Applicants from abroad should note that SYK is a day school, and the school does not provide any boarding facilities. All admitted students should have a legal guardian with them in Finland.

Applicants to IB1 must

  1. send a Student Application for Admission/IB1 form to SYK by March 10th, 2020 and
  2. send an Appraisal of the Applicant to the IB Programme/IB1 form to SYK by the same deadline. This form must be completed and signed by the applicant’s current head teacher, English teacher, and homeroom teacher. Special attention is paid to the applicant’s marks in English, the mother tongue/first language, and mathematics.
  3. send a copy of their latest school report to SYK together with their application form, and a copy of their spring term school report as soon as they receive it.
  4. In some cases a phone interview may be arranged. (No entrance exam)

Timetable 2020

SYK IB Open House

Prospective students and parents are invited to attend an IB programme presentation on January 14th, 2020 at 14.00 (in Finnish and in English) or on February 4th at 18.45 (in English). There will be an opportunity to ask questions, meet students, and tour the facilities.

Applicants living in Finland

  • March 10th by 3 pm: The Common Application Form (yhteishakukortti) must be filled.
  • April 22nd at 9.30: All applicants will be invited to participate in the first round of the entrance exam process at SYK.

Applicants living abroad

  • March 10th: SYK must receive A Student Application for Admission IB preparatory year -form, An Appraisal of the Applicant to the IB Programme/Preparatory Year -form and a copy of the applicant’s latest school report.
  • March 10th: The Common Application Form (yhteishakukortti) must be filled.
  • April 22nd at 9.30: All applicants will be invited to participate in the first round of the entrance exam process at SYK.

Applicants for IB1

  • March 10th by 3 pm: SYK must receive A Student Application for Admission/IB1 -form, An Appraisal of the Applicant to the IB Programme/IB1 -form and a copy of the applicant’s latest school report.