SISU high school education prepares students to understand the complex interdependencies that exist in life and in the world, as well as to structure wide-ranging phenomena. SISU Scholars will be prepared to be accepted to their local colleges and universities and to those situated around the world.
SISU high school education consists of the values, knowledge, skills, attitudes and will that enable students' capabilities of critical and independent thinking to act responsibly and compassionately.
The SISU High School Program is based on academic excellence combined with a wide range of competencies called SISU Skills.
While studying along with the local high school standards SISU high school also offers Advance Placement (AP) courses. AP program is created by the College Board and it offers college-level curricula and examinations.
Strong Academic Competence and The Advanced Placement Program™
SISU Highs School meets the local curriculum standards and has a special emphasis on Math, Science and English Language. Those three subjects meet the Finnish and American International standards for providing strong academic competence.
This dual structure ensures that students are prepared for local universities but also offers an advantage in applying for the universities and colleges internationally.
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a challenging academic program designed to provide motivated high school students with college-level academic courses.
Research shows that AP students are better prepared for college than students who don’t take AP. They’re more likely to enrol and stay in college and perform well in their classes.
AP Program is considered a standard for academic excellence in the United States. AP courses with qualifying exam grades are accepted for credit, advanced placement or both, by most American colleges and universities.
AP courses develop students academic skills that students need for succeeding at college or at university.
SISU Students are also able to pursue an AP International Diploma that is globally recognized.
High school education promotes not only the academic achievement of each subject but also develops a wide range of competencies, SISU Skills.
SISU Skills form the common goals of all subjects:
Think and Learn
Multidisciplinary and Creative Competence
Express and Interact
Information and Communication Technology
Do It Yourself
Global and Cultural competence
Ethics and Environmental Competence
Extensive knowledge helps to direct the knowledge and skills learned in the subjects into practical life. SISU Skills refer to the cognitive skills, meta-skills and attributes needed for the study, work, and everyday life that underpin learning and competence. They also create the conditions for knowledge and skills to manage change in a digital and complex world.
English Language Arts
SISU Scholar language teaching develops a student's multilingual competence, which consists of different levels of mastery of mother tongue and foreign languages.
English language education strengthens the student's language awareness and parallel use of different languages, the development of multilingual skills and the ability to function in different language communities.
SISU Scholar students are encouraged to use different languages in a variety of ways, taking into account the different aspects of language skills and appreciating all language skills.
The English language learning is based on a broad understanding of texts, according to which texts are diverse, for example written, spoken, visual, audio-visual or combinations of these forms of expression.
Versatile language skills develop from a variety of texts and the interpretation and production of text types. The student progresses from basic skills to breadth and from everyday language to more academic language skills.
Objectives for English language learning are that
the student masters language proficiency that enables increasing interaction and mutual understanding
the student demonstrates knowledge, skills and a willingness to work constructively for a culturally diverse world
the student is able to effectively use different English language learning strategies and tools
Mathematics studies give the SISU students the ability to understand, apply and produce as well as evaluate mathematically presented information.
SISU students are instructed to understand the importance of mathematics in contemporary cultures and to recognize its necessity in various fields, such as technology, medicine, economics, social and natural sciences, and the arts.
SISU Students develop skills in calculating, creative thinking, and modelling, predicting, and solving problems. In studying mathematics, the students develop to utilize computer software and digital information sources in learning, research, and problem solving.
The teaching explores the connections between everyday life and mathematics, utilizes opportunities to strengthen the student's interest, self-esteem and information acquisition processes, and encourages the student to experiment and persevere.
The skills learned in mathematics are applied in decision-making, and it is considered how mathematics skills can be utilized in solving problems related to sustainable development and humanity.
This strengthens the student's social competence, ethics and environmental competence, as well as well-being competence. The starting points for teaching are chosen from topics of interest to students, phenomena and related problems that can be solved with the help of mathematics.
The general objectives in mathematics:
students understand mathematics both as a unique independent discipline and as a useful tool for modelling, managing, or predicting social, economic or natural phenomena
students will be building a mathematical foundation for their postgraduate studies
students practise processing information in a way that is characteristic of mathematics
students able to follow a mathematical presentation, read a mathematical text, discuss mathematics, justify arguments and evaluate the information provided in various forms
students practice modelling practical problem situations and utilize different solution strategies
Science is an integrated subject which comprises knowledge of biology, geography, physics, chemistry and health education and which includes the perspective of sustainable development. Viewpoints of both natural and human sciences are integrated into environmental studies.
In environmental studies, the students are considered a part of the environment in which they live. Respect for nature and a life of dignity in compliance with human rights are the basic principles in teaching and learning in the SISU Program.
The students learn to acquire, process, produce, present, evaluate, and appraise information in different situations. The instruction is founded on scientific information, and attention is paid to the development of critical thinking.
Environmental studies focuses to the ecological, cultural, social, and economic dimensions of sustainable development. A key objective of SISU Program’s Sciences studies is to guide the students to understand the impacts of choices made by humans on life and the environment, today and in the future.