For 40 years, Michael Skolen has been successfully schooling pupils from preschool to 12th grade. However, this year, a significant change is happening, as the Danish state has granted the school status as a private ‘gymnasium’. This means that pupils completing its 11th and 12th grades, now officially an extended HF programme, will have the same rights to SU (state grants) and admittance to higher education institutions as students from regular ‘gymnasiums’. The status has been a wish of many Waldorf schools for several years, explains principal Jacob K. Nielsen: “The fact that we haven’t had that recognition has meant that our 12th-grade students haven’t been eligible for SU and have had some trouble getting into higher education.

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