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Klassikka in a nutshell
Kuopion Klassillinen lukio, commonly known as Klassikka, is a non-graded upper secondary school in Eastern Finland. It is also one of the 15 upper secondary schools in Finland with the Olympic committee Sports Academy programme.
Our students are 16-19 years of age. There are a bit over 600 students in the school, including 190 athletes, and some 38 teachers and 15 trainers.
Studying at Klassikka
At Klassikka there is a great variety of courses to choose from. In addition to a wide selection of courses in natural sciences and languages, it is also possible to study entrepreneurship, robotics or stress management.
To balance the theoretical subjects there is a choir and a band where students can develop their musical skills. In addition, our students have access to the latest technology, including up-to-date computers, a 3D printer and virtual reality headsets.
The students are required to complete at least 75 courses in three or four years. During their final year the students undergo the nationally graded matriculation examination (Ylioppilastutkinto). Further information on upper secondary education in Finland can be found on the Finnish National Agency for Education website.
The famous Klassikka spirit plays a major role in our everyday life. It can be seen in our classrooms, our traditions, and in the fellowship among students and teachers, past and present. We take great pride in being members of the Klassikka community.
The Sports programme
At Klassikka the students have a unique opportunity to pursue both academic and athletic achievements. The sports programme started in 1990 and after four trial years the programme was made permanent. The curriculum structure facilitates top-level training and the extensive classroom video materials enable studying even for those who travel frequently.
Klassikka offers a great range of different sports to train in. The largest groups are in ice hockey and various ball games but athletics, swimming, dancing, skiing and ski jumping are also popular.
At Klassikka we value our international connections greatly. We are active in taking part in different projects both near and far. Each year we also have exchange students and teachers from around the world studying and teaching in our school. We strongly feel this broadens the horizons of all involved.
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History of Klassikka
The history of Klassikka begins shortly after the Winter War in 1940 when the classical lyceum in Vyborg was dissolved and the Kuopio classical school was established in its place. The new school had some of its teachers and accessories move in from Vyborg.
In the beginning Klassikka and was an all-boys school with only 37 students but by 1965 that number had grown to 400. 1965 also saw some major changes – Klassikka moved to its current location and became a mixed-gender school. Additionally the students could now choose to study other languages instead of just Latin.
Today Klassikka in attended by some 630 students and 38 teachers making it one of the largest upper secondary schools in Finland. The school building was thoroughly renovated in 2005-2006. It stands in a convenient location right next to the Kuopio hall, and near the Puijo sports centre, Niirala ice arena and Niirala swimming pool.
Klassikka goes international
Jolanda Varis reporting: During this school year Klassikka has participated in multiple Erasmus+ projects. These projects are Robot Dance, On your Bike and C.H.A.L.L.E.N.G.E. What are these projects about? What do the participating students think of these projects?...
Our dear exchange students’ year
Ella Mustonen reporting: In a few days this school year will end. Especially our third-year students will celebrate finishing their studies on the first of June. Other students will continue at Klassikka in the autumn – except our exchange students. I interviewed our...
An enchanting performance
Haidar Al-Morayed reporting: On February 15th, the annual Vanhojen tanssit celebration was held in Kuopion klassillinen lukio. Vanhojen tanssit (the Finnish version of prom) is a ball held the day after the oldest students have left the school to study for their...
Change of headmaster
Ella Mustonen reporting: Who’s a person who takes care of everything but whose work nobody seems to notice? In Klassikka this person is the principal. Jukka Sormunen has been the principal of Klassikka for over sixteen years. He came to Kuopio as a physical education...