Kalasatama School has been established since 2016, and is one of the schools of ‘City Of Helsinki’. The school is now undergoing redevelopment to be able to accommodate 700 pupils – in lower and higher grades in elementary school.
At this time, there are 235 pupils in grades 1 through 9, and that number is growing every year by at least 60 pupils. Kalasatama “smart city” neighborhood is located in the Eastern Center in downtown Helsinki, and is a growing new living area with up to 25000 residents. The school building won an architect contest in 2010, during its planning process.
The School’s main characteristic is the architecture – with open landscape learning environment with no home classrooms. The school is inclusive and offers places for mainstream students, and those with special learning needs. The interaction between the pupils of different or similar ages, and mixed groups, is to be the primary focus for a scientific study conducted by the University of Jyväskylä.
The School is developing phenomenon based learning. Kalasatama school is one of the international visiting schools in Helsinki. All visits are coordinated by education designers because of the high interest.