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The secondary cycle at the European School of Helsinki (ESH) aims to promote European cultural diversity whilst simultaneously fostering an inclusive and supportive school community. Like in the nursery and primary cycles the secondary cycle consists of three language sections, the English section, the Finnish section and the French section. 

The Curriculum 

The secondary cycle at ESH begins at level S1 and continues for seven years until the students gain the European Baccalaureate in S7. The curriculum encompasses all general academic subjects from Mathematics and the Sciences to Humanities and Modern Languages. Students with an interest in Art and Music can develop their skills working with a syllabus which is in-depth and challenging. ESH offers an inspiring and holistic curriculum. 

Inclusive School Community 

The benefits of attending the secondary cycle at ESH are many. At ESH we value our diverse and multicultural educational surrounding and students get the opportunity to thrive in such an environment. The school community is of high importance, the secondary students have the opportunity to affect decision making in the school by running for election in the student council. 

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 

The secondary cycle features a continuous tutorial syllabus as part of the curriculum. Tutorial hours give students the chance to receive general support from a trusted member of teaching staff, or tutor. In S1 and S2 students with common language section are combined in tutorial groups. In later years, language sections are combined and students enter a more diverse community. 

Students attend classes together with their language section initially, in later years students are integrated in some subjects like History, Economics and Geography into groups working with the students' second language as the language of instruction. This change promotes using the second language in a working environment, combining content and language integrated learning.