Aalborghus Gymnasium is located in Aalborg, the fourth largest city in Denmark. The school’s profile includes an emphasis on sports, music, natural sciences and languages.
About the school and our study programmes
Aalborghus Gymnasium is situated in the outskirts of the city Aalborg in the northern part of Jutland, Denmark. Aalborg is the fourth largest city in Denmark.
Aalborghus Gymnasium was founded in 1958; hence the school was able to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008. The school has approximately 1000 students and 110 teachers which makes it one the largest schools in the Northern region of Denmark. Each year we welcome approximately sixteen new classes who attend one of two overall study programmes: the gymnasium and the hf-course. (You can learn more about the two study programmes and the Danish School system in the section below).
The school’s profile includes an emphasis on sports, music, natural sciences and languages.
About the two study programmes
The Danish gymnasium is roughly equivalent to the English upper secondary school. This education takes three years.
In the Danish school system, a gymnasium offers different tracks of studies. The students choose a track of studies, when they first sign up for the school and this choice places them in a certain class.
At Aalborghus, we have several different tracks of studies to choose from. These can be divided into four groups: natural science studies, social science studies, language studies and creative studies.
Hf is a two-year programme, which like the gymnasium prepares the students for their further education. Students following this programme are often students who have started a different education and found out that they wanted something else. They are usually slightly older than the students at the gymnasium.
At Aalborghus Gymnasium the two programmes are integrated. The school is not divided into two different sections, even though the school contains both programmes and the fact that both programmes are available at the school, contributes to a versatile work atmosphere.
All students have subjects that are obligatory and subjects that are optional. The optional subjects depend on the track of studies which the individual student chooses.
The obligatory subjects are e.g.: Danish, English, general language studies, mathematics, social studies, physics, biology, chemistry, physical education, geography, history, religious studies and classical studies.
The optional subjects are e.g.: German, French, Italian, Spanish, music, drama, visual arts, psychology and economy. However, all students must also choose a foreign language other than English as obligatory subject.
The individual student also has the possibility of upgrading several of the subjects to a higher level.
After school activities
At Aalborghus, we make every effort to integrate the students into the school, thereby making sure that they feel welcome and that they enjoy spending time at the school, as we believe that such efforts will also make the students take pride in their school and in their school work.
One of the ways of integrating the students is by offering different after school activities, which the students can attend on a voluntary basis.
Among such activities are: workshops where teachers offer homework help; the school choir, the school band, voluntary drama lessons, voluntary art lessons and various athletic activities.
Buildings and facilities
Aalborghus Gymnasium has several facilities at its disposal. The school has three gyms, a fitness room and a large sports ground with fields for football and beach volleyball. In the basement of the school, there is a large canteen, where students as well as employees can buy their lunch or a snack. The canteen also has room for the students who like to spend their breaks there. On the ground floor, the school has a large assembly hall with a stage for performances of any kind. The assembly hall is a very beautiful room and has been decorated with large paintings made by artist Sys Hindsbo. On the ground floor, the school also has a library where the students can borrow books to help them with their studies. Our librarian is always willing to help the students with any kind of questions they may have and to help them order books from other Danish libraries. The school also has nice facilities for the creative subjects music, art and drama.
In the middle of the school, there are two small green gardens, where students and teachers can enjoy their breaks in the summer time.
The use of computers and other technical equipment is part of everyday life at Aalborghus Gymnasium.
The students’ schedule is accessible on the internet, which makes it possible for teachers to make changes to the schedule and to send messages to the students anytime. The students’ homework is written into their schedule so that they can see what they have to prepare at all times and so that the teachers can change things if they find it necessary as they are preparing classes. Wireless internet access is available in all areas of the school and in certain areas, computers and printers are available for the use of the students.
Each teacher has also borrowed a portable computer from the school and many teachers prepare much of their teaching on the computer. In the teachers’ room, printers are available for teachers’ convenience.
The administration also handles many things via computers. Accounts of teachers’ working hours, students’ absence and marks, communication and many other aspects of the day-to-day business at the school are administered via information technology.
The international aspect
Aalborghus wants to be an international school and works hard to make arrangements with schools all over the world. At the moment, the school collaborates with International High School of New Orleans and with Kopernikusschule Freigericht in Germany. Furthermore, the school has recently joined a partnership with Convitto nazionale Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome, Italy and is also working on exchange programmes in France.
In addition, Aalborghus has individual exchange students visiting each year from all parts of the world, e.g. Australia, India, Thailand, Mexico, Canada and the United States.
We find that it is of great importance that the students are able to act in the global world and therefore we work hard to promote the learning of languages. Each year, we also take a day or an afternoon out of the students’ schedule and spend the afternoon focusing only on languages – their similarities and differences, in a way which is fun and interesting to the students in the hope that this event will open the world of languages to the students.
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