Gjøvik videregående skole
Ludvig Skattumsgate 23, Gjøvik, Norway
Gjøvik videregående skole (Gjøvik Upper Secondary School) is a combined Academic and Vocational High School located in Gjøvik, Norway. It is the second largest Upper Secondary in the county of Oppland, with approximately 1150 students and a staff totaling around 220 people. The school is a public school fully owned by the administrative region or county of Oppland
Gjøvik Upper Secondary offers vocational training in the fields of Building and Plumbing, Health Care, Youth Care, Skin Care, Hair Dressing as well as Sales and Services. As the Norwegian Education System for vocational training is based on a combination of two years schooling and two years apprenticeship for most professional diplomas, somewhat more than a third of the students follow these programs.
The Academic Programs of the school are dominated by the standard Norwegian "videregående" program, which culminates with the Norwegian equivalent to a High School Diploma. In this program, the students have a base of core subjects and then adds to this core with elective courses.
In addition, there are a number of alternative possibilities to achieve the academic diploma through special programs focusing on additional core subjects but still fulfilling the national standards. At Gjøvik these are the programs for Music and Theater, for Media, and two programs combining academic and vocational subjects thus qualifying for further studies at colleges and universities, i.e. one for Health Care and one for Computer Science ICT.
Finally, the school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for those students that want a choice outside the standard Norwegian School System.
Gjøvik Upper Secondary School dates back to the late 19th century. The school as it is today is the result of merging several vocational schools and the academic school into one large school. The final merger happened in 2005, moving all the programs together in a partly new school building. The new merged school has since then established itself as a solid and popular school with good academic results and offers lots of activities for the students as well as strict standards for the interaction and well-being of staff and students alike.
In 2015, Gjøvik Upper Secondary School was awarded the Queen Sonja School Prize, a national award instigated by the Queen in 2005, for excellence in the practice of equality and inclusion the teachers involved have participated in international development projects related to innovation and the environment.
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