Academics and Learning

We offer holistic learning. Principally, it is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world and to the humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. Holistic education aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning (Ron Miller).

We offer holistic learning.

So it is, especially at our school rooted in the Christian faith and tradition. Knowledge and educational quality goes hand in hand through dialog, social activities and experiences, and freedom from the stress of formal exams.


For the 2016-2017 school year, the Folk High School North Norway offers 6 different classes and foci.

This year we offer a new focus: all classes and students are challenged to travel!

These travels are lined with varied experiences. Just as important as exciting adventures, is the possibility of genuine engagement: closeness to other people, as close as is possible to “walking in their shoes”. Thus students and teachers alike are challenged, attitudes and values are tested.

Participants come to know themselves in new settings, in new ways.

Even though each of the classes is different, each student and personal development is in focus.

Usually classes are taught four days a week – unless there are additional projects and alternative learning offered.

The specialty teacher is also school counselor for each individual student in his or her class. In the course of the school year, every student is expected to participate in three personal counseling sessions.


Common Courses and Saturday Seminars


In the common courses, and the Saturday Seminars, all students participate. Themes vary greatly – they often are related to the school’s profile, such as community in the north, indigenous peoples, diversity, inclusion, the creative person and the likes.

The school aims to stir curiosity and provide learning and encouragement – to be engaged in shaping society and discussing values and what it means to be a human being. Thus it is paramount that the student actively engages and lets his or her voice be heard – whether it be voicing their opinion, or expressing uncertainty and wonderment. By doing so, the student gains from the courses, and contributes to common learning.

Morning gatherings


Each day starts with a 15 minutes long common gathering. Information about the day and week is given, and both staff and students are challenged through a “word of the day”. Some days it may be spurred by shared news, other days one meditates on one of life’s many mysteries.

Special Focus evenings


Saturday evenings students and staff gather around a certain program or focus. Sometimes the students themselves – whether it is students from one specific floor in Student Housing, or those who have enrolled in a specific class – are the ones responsible for the contents of the evening.

These evenings provide a variety of opportunities: sometimes a skit or musical expression from the stage or organizing varied activities in the gym or around the campfire. It’s all up to the students’ imagination and initiative.

These special focus evenings prove very popular, as students and staff offer of themselves, sometimes even to the point of great vulnerability. This is a safe and supportive community.

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