The STX program

Students in class at Rysensteen

THE GYMNASIUM (STX)
The focus in the STX programme is on general education and general study preparation. The academic standard is closely linked to aspects of the academic subjects, and the students are to achieve general education and study competence in the humanities, natural science and social science with a view to being in a position to complete higher education.

The structure of the three year programme

Basic programme for the first six months:
Compulsory subjects and levels: Danish, English, 2nd foreign language, history, physical education, an artistic subject, mathematics, a natural science subject and social science. The head of the school can also decide that instruction in Danish, English, 2nd foreign language, history and physical education should start at the same time as the specialized study programme proper.

Specialized study programme for the following 2½ years:
- Compolsory subjects and levels
- Normally three subjects constituting the specialized study programme
- Multi-subject coursework
- Electives
- Specialized study project

Facts about the STX programme
Compulsory subjects and levels: Danish A, English B, 2nd foreign language B or A, history A, classical studies C, physics C, physical education (PE) C, an artistic subject C, mathematics C, religion C, social science, and in addition at least two of the subjects biology, chemistry and natural geography at C-level.
As a main rule, each student must also complete biology, physics, chemistry or natural geography at B-level.
The compulsory artistic subject is chosen from among visual arts, drama, media studies or music.
The 2nd foreign language is chosen from among the following: French continued level B and A, German continued level B and A, French beginner language A, Italian A, Russian A, Spanish A or German beginner language A. (At Rysensteen, student can only choose between Frenc/German continued level or Spanish/Chinese beginner language)

Parts of the instruction are implemented as multi-subject courses within the framework of general study preparation, general language understanding and a natural science basic programme.
Apart from the compulsory subjects, each student chooses a specialized study programme and electives, and each student also writes a specialized study project in the third year within two or three subjects of their choice.

Number of periods: Each student completes a minimum of 2470 hours of 60 minutes each pr. year. There is, in addition, homework with written assignments, preparation of texts, research etc. as well as time for examinations. At Rysensteen, the students have an average of 18 lessons of 90 minutes pr week, with school days lasting from 8.15 AM to 3.25 PM.

Typical work methods: Various methods of working are employed, for instance classroom instruction, project work, individual and group based written work etc. Up to 25% of the teaching time can be spent on virtually organised teaching, where students and teacher are not necessarily in the same room.

Source: www.uvm.dk – The Danish Ministry for Education