Friday, November 23, 2012


Maggie has been visiting different videragående skoler (high schools) this week. After 10th grade, pupils in Norway apply to high schools, each with a different focus, perhaps science, art, music, dance, aquaculture, video, farming, etc. The programs are competitive and run for 3 years, 11th-13th grade. Some 95% of children in Norway attend VGS, and about 2/3 of those graduate.

She is most interested in the International Baccalaureate program at Katedral Skole in downtown Trondheim. It is the most academically intensive program and the only program offered in English. A diploma from this school would pretty much guarantee her a place in any university in Europe. She is also interested in the forestry or the large animal programs, but those schools are outside of town and she would live in a dormitory.

The past two days she's spent shadowing a class at Katedral Skole and really likes the environment there. The pupils call the school "Hogwarts". She'll need to get straight A's this year if she wants in, though she thinks she'd be just as happy though out in nature. I think she's really a Norwegian at heart.

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