School Info Chart for Det frie Gymnasium

What is the name of the school? Det frie Gymnasium
What is the address of the school? Møllegade 26, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark
School’s phone number and website? Phone number: + 45 35 37 11 11 email: detfri.dk
School’s EUDEC contact person and e-mail? David Simonsen, dsimonsen at eudec.org William Byth, wbyth at eudec.org
What is the legal status of the school? Private school but 87,5 % is funded by the Danish government
When was the school founded? 1970
How many students are there? 700
Which student age groups are there? 14-30
How many (full-time equivalent) staff members? About 100
How many school hours per day and week? From 08.30-15.35 or 08.30-13.55
Interested in hosting interns? Yes
Interested in the EUDEC Diploma? yes
Interested in the EUDEC exchange program? Yes

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Does applicable law allow your school to follow the EUDEC definition of democratic education? (3-word answer) Partially, not the entirely free learning part.
Do students have free choice of whether or not to participate in scholastic and other activities? (3-word answer) No, due to Danish legislation we have to notate students' absence.
Can students easily initiate and suggest scholastic and other activities? (3-word answer) Yes
Can students offer, lead and run scholastic and other activities? (3-word answer) Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the school’s rules? (3-word answer) Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the consequences of breaking rules? (3-word answer) Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the use of spaces? (3-word answer) Yes
Are there any compulsory activities for students? (3-word answer) Yes the lessons are compulsory
Who decides on the compulsory activities and who must participate? (3-word answer) The ministry decides that students must attend classes, we decide the content/topic of the mandatory subjects.
Can students ‘vote’ on accepting and expelling other students? (3-word answer) No
Can students be involved in the hiring and firing of staff members, including educational staff? (3-word answer) In hiring, yes, not firing. Personal matters can't be discussed at the school meeting.
Can students and staff equally participate in the decision making process? (3-word answer) Yes
Does your school need to meet any curriculum imposed from outside of the school? (3-word answer) Yes the ministry decides the curriculum, but there is some level of freedom within that curriculum.
How is student performance and progress monitored and graded? (3-word answer) Evalutions in every subject every six months (both teachers and students get evaluated), and a grade six months within finishing your subject.
Can students ‘vote’ on managing and deciding the budget? (3-word answer) Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the infrastructure of the school? (3-word answer) Yes
Can students ‘vote’ on the management structure of the school? (3-word answer) Yes but a bord is required by the state (but they don't have any influence it's merely symbolic)

School Description

How often do school meetings take place? Once a week
Which decision making bodies are there? The school meeting, class meetings, division meetings, committees
Who decides who is in which decision making body? It's more or less up to the individual.
What is the parents’ role in school life? Nearly non-existing
What is the parents’ role in decision making? None
Who is financially and legally responsible for your school? The principal, the borad and the accountant
Who makes financial and legal decisions? The school meeting
What is the school building like? We have two buildings, very different. Lots of graffiti.
Is your school (partially or fully) a boarding school? No
From how far do most students come from? Depends from very nearby to very far away (up to 30 km)
In what kind of area is the school located? Near the city centre
How is the school funded? 87,5% is funded by the Danish government, the rest by tuition fees
Can students get a degree/diploma? yes
Is there any curriculum planning? Yes but mostly by teachers, students do, however, also participate in these.

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