Ski - Town and Municipality

The rail road came to Ski in 1879 and a town grew up around the rail road.

As of January 1st 2010 Ski has 28023 inhabitants and it is the biggest municipality in the Follo region, which is one of the three main regions in the county of Akershus. Slightly less than half of its inhabitants live in Ski.

Many of Ski's inhabitants work in Oslo, which is easily accessed both by car and train, although there is heavy rush hour traffic. There are a lot of job opportunities in Ski, especially within the line of service. Additionally Ski is rich in agriculture and forest.

One of the oldest settlement findings in Norway, Stunnar, has been made in Ski, dating back from approximately 7500 B.C. Today this place lies almost 170 meters above sea level, but for a period in the Stone Age Stunnar was situated close to the sea. Ski has two stone churches in Roman style dating from the Middle Ages, Ski church and Kråkstad church, both from around 1150.

Since the 1950ies Ski has participated in cultural exchange programs with towns in other Nordic countries: Gladsaxe in Denmark, Solna in Sweden, and Pirkkala in Finland.

School History

The history of the school starts in 1921, but it did not become an upper secondary school until 1938. Today's school building was built in 1968. The name of the school, Ski videregående skole (Ski sixth form college/high school), dates from 1976.

Originally the school was a lower secondary school with two classes running for three years. The pupils had completed compulsory primary education. After lower secondary they could continue in upper secondary, but then they had to commute to Oslo.

In 1938 Ski got its first upper secondary classes – one in Arts and one in Science. The classes were popular and the biggest one had 47 pupils. In 1939 the first school building was built. This building became too small after a while and the school had to rent class rooms elsewhere.

The present day school building was completed in1968. To avoid the traditional long corridors, this building consisted of an attendance hall with a stage - with the hall in the middle and the class rooms surrounding it. This big hall was used for different kinds of occasions and arrangements, both during the day and in the evenings, and it was a good place for the pupils to gather during the school day. But during the reconstruction of the school in 1999, the hall was made into a library in stead.

The upper secondary education system has gone through several reforms during the last 40 years. In 1970 Ski became one of the so-called reform schools. Hence the pupils where given a lot more options than what was normal in a traditional upper secondary school.

Since 1976 the school has been named Ski videregående skole. An upper secondary school can be both vocational (trade school) and non-vocational with different theoretical study programs. (“utdanningsprogram” in Norwegian.) Ski has largely remained a theoretical school but offers today both theoretical subjects as well as physical education and arts (music, dance and drama). Since 1969 the school also offers evening classes for adults, and in 1986 special courses for foreign pupils were added to the list.

Study Programmes

The school offers three different educational programs:

The Study Programme for Specialization in General Studies

The Study Programme for Physical Education

The Study Programme for Music, Dance and Drama

The Study Programme for Specialization in General Studies previously offered a specialised study program for speakers of minority languages. However today these pupils are expected to follow the regular curriculum, but they are entitled to follow special classes with fewer pupils within the core curriculum. They may also receive extra hours in English and Norwegian.

School admission requires a valid residence permit. The applicant must also have completed primary and lower secondary school or the equivalent from their native country, and they must have a basic knowledge of Norwegian.

In addition to the three-year study program, the school also offers a one year introductory course for the speakers of minority languages. These classes aim to prepare the pupils for the three-year study programs. This course focuses mainly on subjects such as Norwegian, Social Science, Mathematics, English, Natural Science and Physical Education. Furthermore the pupils are given a thorough introduction into the possibilities of further education and job opportunities.

Foreign Pupils

Since 2006 Ski videregående skole has been a resource centre for foreign speaking pupils/refugees. Here the counsellors try to ensure that the pupils who do not master the Norwegian language get a good learning experience and a good learning process. These counsellors also keep in contact with primary and lower secondary when necessary.

For the foreign speaking pupils and their families information about the school and the school's rules and regulations can be found online, in addition to introductory information in many different languages.

Counselling Services

Our counsellors mainly work in two areas. They offer educational welfare counselling and career counselling. Their object is to help pupils with school related problems or with personal or social related issues. They can, for instance, create an individual subject syllabus for pupils with special educational needs. If possible the counsellors will contact the pupil's contact/main teacher and parents/guardians as well as support systems within or outside school. The counsellors are also able to assist the teachers with their learning/class environment if needed.

Educational welfare service:

  • individual guidance, individual training programs, close contact with teachers, parents/guardians, therapists and institutions outside school such as PPT (i.e. The Educational and Psychological Counselling Service)
  • career/educational counselling of pupils with an individual subject syllabus
  • guides teachers in their work with individual pupils or groups with special needs with particular emphasis on the class' learning environment

Career councelling:

  • offers career counselling and information about higher education for groups or individuals
  • facilitates the work between the secondary school and institutions of higher education and other institutions of various kind
  • The Educational and Psychological Counselling Service (PPT):The Educational and Psychological Counselling Service is instituted by law. They are a group of pedagogues and psychologists who offer help and guidance to pupils, parents and school staff. PPT makes professional diagnostic evaluations in order to offer further help and assistance.

The School Drop-Out Follow-Up Service:
The School Drop-out Follow-Up Service (Oppfølgingstjenesten) offers counselling to school drop-outs between 16 and 20. OT works together with the local unemployment office, the municipalities and the secondary education system to give help and guidance on apprenticeships, school programs, job training or employment.

Adult Education

Adults who have completed 9-10 years of compulsory primary and lower secondary education, but who have not completed upper secondary, have the right to upper secondary education after the age of 25 – free of charge.

At Ski we therefore offer evening classes in the following subjects/core curriculum: Mathematics, Natural Science, English, Norwegian, History and Social Science.

Examination: for further information concerning your rights and obligations, please contact the school.

The School Library

The library is a place of study and a good source of information for all the pupils. The library offers a broad variety of encyclopaedias, factual literature, novels, comic books, films and audio books. The pupils are welcome to use the library and may be assisted in their search for useful and reliable information for their various projects and subjects. They may also relax with board games or a magazine.

Opening hours are: Monday-Friday 08:00-15:30.

Pupil's Activities

Every January our first-year pupils go on the school's annual three-day trip to Geilo, a skiing resort in the Norwegian mountains.

The second-year pupils of English go on a one-week study tour to Ealing, just outside London. They lodge with English families and go on a variety of excursions with their teachers. The trip to Ealing is very popular with our pupils and has become somewhat of a school tradition.

Music, Dance and Drama:
Every year our third-year pupils go to London to see plays and dance performances of various kind. They also go to the city of Voss in Norway to study folk music, in addition to staging various performances themselves.

Physical Education:
Our pupils in the Physical Education program go on several trips throughout the year (canoeing, skiing, digging snow huts etc.).