Hamrahlid College

Hamrahlid 10 IS-105, Reykjavik
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+354 5 955 233

Hamrahlid College (Icelandic: Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð) or MH is a gymnasium (Icelandic: menntaskóli) in Reykjavík,Iceland. The school was founded in 1966 by the Icelandic Ministry of Education; the first graduating class occurred in 1970. The school was based on the traditional class system from 1966 to 1973, when a points-based system was adopted, which allowed students to choose their own courses and earn points towards graduation. Each course awards points relative to its difficulty, with students averaging 17–20 points per semester. Graduation requires 140 points, so it typically takes four years to complete the entire program of study. This system was soon adopted by several other schools and is widespread in Iceland today. The points system has advantages: it gives students more control over their schedule and the order in which they take their courses. MH was the first school to offer evening classes catering to older students, and is the only school in Iceland to offer students theInternational Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program, which is a two- to three-year intensive program taught in English. The school's first rector was Guðmundur Arnlaugsson. Hamrahlid College is one of the most selective upper secondary schools in the country.[1]It prides itself for its services to students with disabilities and students whose mother tongue is not Icelandic, who also enjoy priority in the selection process.

Some famous Icelanders that once attended MH include Björk, Paul Oscar and Jón Gnarr, the current mayor of Reykjavík.

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