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Age and class: the primary cycle at the European School of Helsinki starts at the age of six and, as a rule, the following class levels follow chronologically. Sometimes it is advisable to apply to a class level for example one year lower. There is an indicative table of equivalences in use in the European Schools. 

Language 2: the first foreign language (L2) starts in the first class of primary. When applying to higher classes the knowledge of L2 should be on the respective level. If pupil's L1 is other than the language of the section then the language of the section must be chosen as L2 (Finnish cannot be L2).

If an applicant is accepted, for duly justified reasons, to a language section different from his/her mother tongue while such a section exists in the school, mother tongue tuition cannot be provided.

In their own school, the students of ESH have direct access from the lower secondary to the upper secondary school leading to the European Baccalaureate. There is no need to go through a separate application procedure, completion of the S4 class will be sufficient.