Specialised schools, lines and weighted curriculums
All general upper secondary schools in Espoo have a general line (programme) as well as different weighted curriculums, lines and specialisations. Weighted curriculums are reflected in the extended number of optional and applied courses. Contrary to specialised schools and lines (programmes), there aren't special admission criteria to weighted-curriculum studies.
General upper secondary lines/programmes and weighted curriculums
On a general upper secondary line/programme, instruction of certain subjects has been broadened, deepened and more courses are offered on the subject. Students are selected on the lines/programmes according to separate admission criteria. The criteria are found from each school's website. The line/programme is marked as a separate application preference from other studies in the general upper secondary education.
Lines/programmes and weighted curriculums:
- Etelä-Tapiolan lukio, economics- and social studies-weighted curriculum
- Espoonlahden lukio, language-weighted curriculum
- Haukilahden lukio, sports line
- Kaitaan lukio, pictorial arts line
- Kuninkaantien lukio, information technology- and media-weighted curriculum
- Leppävaaran lukio, sports line
- Otaniemen lukio, theatre and media line
- Viherlaakson lukio, art line
Students studying in specialised schools can leave out some national obligatory courses and instead choose courses/studies from the school's field of specialisation. The students are selected according to specific admission criteria found from the each school's website. The specialised school's special lines are applied to separately from other studies in the school.
- Otaniemen lukio, mathematics and natural sciences general upper secondary school
- Tapiolan lukio, music general upper secondary school
- Etelä-Tapiolan lukio, IB-programme
- Mattlidens gymnasium IB-programme
Schools with the IB-programme (International Baccalaureate) offer teaching on a two-year IB-line, preceeded by a one-year preparatory grade. IB-instruction is given partly in English already on the preparatory grade. In the second and third years, the language of instruction is English (excluding mother tongue/Finnish and foreign languages). The IB-certificate gives the same eligibility for further studies as the Finnish matriculation examination.