The secondary education cycle consists of grades S1-S7 when the pupils are between 11-19 years old. The European School Copenhagen follows the curriculum set by the European Schools and the secondary cycle completes with the European Baccalaureate diploma.
The secondary cycle at the European School Copenhagen opened in 2018/19 and currently has the following grade levels and language sections:
- S1-S7 in the English language section
- S1-S7 in the Danish language section
- S1-S4 in the Danish language section with the option of French as L1
The European School Copenhagen follows the curriculum set by the European Schools. In S1-3 pupils follow a common curriculum and most subjects are taught in the pupil’s mother tongue (L1 – the language of the section). In S1 the pupils begin to study a second foreign language (L3).
In S3, all pupils study human science in their first foreign language (L2). In S2, Latin is offered as an option. In S3, pupils who chose Latin in S2 can continue to study it. For the other pupils, ICT is offered as an option.
In S4 and 5, the compulsory course in integrated science is subdivided into physics, chemistry and biology, and pupils may choose between the advanced or the standard course in mathematics. Complementary courses include music, art, ICT, economics and Spanish.
In the European Schools system, S6 and S7 form a unit which leads to the European Baccalaureate. However, in Denmark S5 is equivalent to the first year of high school/gymnasium and at the European School Copenhagen we therefore consider S5-S7 together as the upper secondary years.