An Upper Secondary Level Comprehensive School
Fjölbrautaskólinn í Garðabæ (Garðabaer College) is an upper secondary level comprehensive school offering 2 years and 4 years' programs of general study with special emphasis on various fields (languages, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics and physics, economics, marketing, music, arts and crafts, physical education).
The students are generally in the age range from 16 to 20 and the school is roughly comparable with tertiary level schools in Britain and the last two years in High School and the first two years of College in the United States.
The Icelandic School system is centrally organized, and a large part of the curriculum is prescribed by regulations of the Ministry of Education. Graduation from a 4 year program in an Icelandic upper secondary level school, the Icelandic University Entrance Examination (Stúdentspróf), qualifies for the entrance to the University of Iceland and is recognised by most European and North-American universities.
Garðabaer College is organised on a unit-credit basis. The school year is divided into two terms of 14 weeks of instruction plus two weeks of examinations each. A course covered in two weekly lessons of 40 minutes each for one term normally carries one credit. (Most courses are two or three credit courses). Each course is given a three-digit code, where the first digit indicates the placement of the course within a study sequence; i.e. a course numbered in the 100s is the first course in a subject offered by the school, eventually followed by a 200-course etc. The middle digit distinguishes parallel or alternative courses, and the last digit denotes the number of credits.
The grading system:
is on a 1 – 10 scale. Below are listed together with their interpretation the approximate equivalencies on the alphabetical scale used previously in Garðabaer College and many other Icelandic schools:
||Passing without a unit credit (only given in the last course in a sequence)|
||Not satisfactory |
Although the normal period of study for graduation is four years, gifted students can graduate after 3 ½ years even 3 years. There is also flexibility in the other direction: Students may extend their studies a year or two beyond the normal four years.
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