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About Copenhagen Youth School

Copenhagen Youth School was founded in 1942. It is locally financed and rooted in the local community. Our field of work is to support and involve young people in educational activities and to assist young people at risk in transition from basic school to further education or job.

Copenhagen Youth School’s activities comprise two main areas: general education and full-time education. The target group is all young people aged 13 to 18 (21) in Copenhagen, but the Youth School has a special commitment to young people who find it difficult to choose an education and gain a foothold in society.

Full Time Programme

The students are between 14 and 21 years. Many of these are “drop outs” with low self-esteem and a lack of social and academic skills. They are all in need a second chance in order to continue into further education or a job. Students are referred to the full time programmes through the Youth Guidance Centre of Copenhagen. 

Copenhagen Youth School has 5 different Second Chance schools and a 10th grade programme with different target groups and contents:

The four schools Youth School Hindegade (UiH), Daycourse, 10. Pulse and City High School are aimed at young people who left school with poor or no exams, dropped out of the youth educations or for other reasons are not capable of continuing into further education. The schools offer training in academic subjects aimed at the leaving examinations of primary school and also works with the development of social and personal competences.  UiH is specifically aimed at young immigrants and focuses on improving Danish skills and City High School offers training in creative subjects alongside with the academic subjects. 

The school 8+9th grade is an alternative for young people who evade teaching
in the final classes of primary school. The school serves as an opportunity to pick up on young people who might otherwise leave primary school without any formal qualifications and / or are in risk of becoming involved in crime. As above, the school offers training in academic subjects aimed at the leaving examination of the primary school and also works with the development of social and personal competences.

New Pathways is a guidance-based educational programme designed to instruct and reabsorb unsettled young people in an exposed position. The focus is on clarification of the individual student's opportunities and the development of social, personal, and basic academic skills. Work placements, bridging courses in vocational education and visits to other schools are part of the programme.

Amager 10th grade is an educational offer for young people, who after finishing their primary school (9th grade), feel the need for additional acade­mic qualifications and clarification of their further educational oppor­tunities before being able to com­plete a youth educati­on.

Educational and youth guidance for all students
Individual and collective guidance of the young has always been and still is a crucial point in full-time programmes. All second chance programmes have a guidance counsellor among their staff. The object of the guidance is to support the pupil on his way through the course of education and help turn the student´s life and choice of further education in the proper direction. 

General education - leisure time

The objective of the leisure time courses at the youth school is to strengthen the proficiency and skills of the young people and especially personal, cultural and democratic education. At the same time, encouraging the youngsters to involvement in communities and promoting fellow citizenship is considered important.

One of the keystones in the task portfolio of the youth school is to reach out to the broad group of young people in order to support, assist, and involve them in relevant and educational activities. 

The essential focus on subject knowledge is accompanied by a focus on instructing and training the youngsters in the soft competencies, which are demanded in a society characterized by variability and an increasing need for innovation and creativity.

The youth school has five local youth school in different parts of the city, which specifically offers leisure time courses.

Content of the teaching
The instruction takes place in the afternoons and in the evenings, and the youngsters can freely sign up for the subjects and courses they desire. The instruction takes places all over the city, primarily at elementary schools, from which the youth school borrows classrooms.

Leisure time courses consist of:  

  • Academic subjects  (e.g. languages and science)
    The academic subjects account for half of the total supply of courses
  • Creative subjects (e.g. drama, dance, and arts)
    The creative subjects account for one fourth of the total supply of courses
  • Leisure time subjects (e.g. sports, scooters, and cultural subjects)
    These subjects account for one fourth of the total supply of subject.

By the start of the season in the autumn approximately 500 courses are offered.

International dimension

The youth school works to strenghten its international and intercultural dimension by cooperating with other schools and organizations in Europe such as E2C (European Association for Cities, Institutions and Second Chance Schools).

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