Forssa is also a town of students. The upper secondary school is a very diverse and high-quality institute that provides the youth with excellent opportunities for higher education. You can graduate as an engineer or nurse from the University of Applied Sciences as its fields in Forssa include Nursing, Information and Communication Technology and Sustainable Development as well as Bioeconomy engineering. The Forssa Vocational Institute (FAI) offers training for dozens of practical professions in the fields of culture, social sciences, business and administration, science, travel and food as well as economy, technology and logistics. The education centre for adults Faktia trains adult working life experts to new professions.
In the neighbouring municipalities, you can also find the Eerikkilän urheiluopisto sports training centre in Tammela and the Equine College in Ypäjä.
The Finnish education system consists of
- nine years of all-round basic education before which children have the right to participate in pre-primary education for one year
- education after the basic education, which includes general or vocational upper secondary education
- higher education that is provided at universities and universities of applied sciences
Adult education is available throughout the educational levels. Basic education is a free-of-charge all-round education for the entire age group. After completing basic education, the student has completed his or her compulsory education. Six-year-olds who are starting the basic education the following year are entitled to pre-primary education.
You do not receive a degree from basic education but it grants you the right to apply to further education.
The Education Department at the Town of Forssa works according to a so-called local school principle. This means that children’s growth and learning are supported in the local school. If the support activities in the child’s own school are not sufficient, the child may transfer to the small groups at the Tölö school. The Tölö school is a centre for special support in the entire Forssa region where a child can complete the entire basic education, if necessary.
Forssa has two continuous comprehensive schools that range from the first to the ninth grade. Both comprehensive schools have new students starting on the seventh grade, coming from other primary schools covering grades 1–6 in Forssa.
Education and Leisure Administration
Head of Education
Mr. Jarmo Pynnönen
+358 (0)3 4141 5290
Education and schools
There are seven primary comprehensive schools in Forssa and a large upper secondary school serving the entire region.
Heikan koulu (primary comprehensive), grades 1–6
Principal Mr. Olavi Ulmonen, tel. +358 (0)3 4141 5425
Keskuskoulu (primary comprehensive), grades 1–9
Principal Mr. Jari Marjamäki, tel. +358 (0)3 4141 5430
Koijärven koulu-päiväkoti (day care centre, pre-school and primary comprehensive), grades 1–6
School Director Mr. Tero Kaseva, tel. +358 (0)3 4141 5919
Kuhalan koulu (primary comprehensive), grades 1–9
Principal Mr. Atte Kolis, tel. +358 (0)3 4141 5440
Talsoilan koulu (primary comprehensive), grades 1–6
Principal Mrs. Auli Ottelin, tel. +358 (0)3 4141 5468
Tölön koulu, general education primary comprehensive classes 1–6 and special education classes 1–9
Principal Mrs. Minna Lintonen, tel. +358 (0)3 4141 5263
Vieremän koulu (primary comprehensive), grades 1–6
School Director Mr. Hannu Haapaniemi, tel. +358 (0)3 4141 5485
Each primary comprehensive school provides afternoon clubs. There is an attendance fee of €50 per month. For additional information, please contact Afternoon Activities Coordinator Mrs. Katariina Kulmala, tel. +358 (0)3 4141 5420
Upper Secondary School
In addition to basic and upper secondary education, the Southwest Tavastia region federation of municipalities for vocational education and training offers vocational education for young people through the many different degrees available at the Forssa Vocational Institute. In addition, Faktia, a company owned by the federation, produces vocational education and training services for adults. HAMK University of Applied Sciences’ Forssa campus provides higher education.
Forssa Vocational Institute (FAI) and Faktia
The Vocational Institute provides education and training in the following fields:
- Natural Sciences
- Catering and Domestic Services
- Social Services, Health and Care
- Technology, Communication and Transport
- Social Sciences, Business Economics and Administration
The Vocational institute offers vocational education and training to both young and adult students in various forms, including regular daytime studies, blended learning, online teaching and apprenticeship training.
Faktia offers diverse opportunities for individual learning and for the development of skills needed for working life. At the core of the services are basic, occupational and specialised occupational diploma courses, which are acknowledged and respected by employers. At Faktia, it is also possible to achieve various further qualifications and specialist qualifications.
HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Forssa campus
The Forssa campus offers degrees in Nursing, Information and Communication Technology, Sustainable Development as well as Bioeconomy engineering. There is also a library to support the studies in these subjects, and it is open to everyone.