Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasieskole

Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasieskole

Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasieskole is a self-governing, private institution with a primary school (700 pupils aged from 6 until 15) and an upper secondary school (Gymnasium). Our Gymnasium consists of 4 classes on each year, a total of 300 students.

At IJG we value a high professional level, creative activities and nurture and care for each student.

The size of IJG makes it possible to create a close and safe student environment. The foundation for this is a well-functioning teamwork between teachers and students, as well as a close relationship between students across the different year groups.

Tolerance and intellectual freedom are key concepts at IJG and we consider the professional and personal development of the students as equally important.
Our school is situated in the heart of Østerbro, Copenhagen in a busy street with lots of shops, cafés and restaurants. We are surrounded by many green spots, theatres and music halls with whom we have a good relationship and several cooperative activities. It’s a very popular area with a lively atmosphere.

About Ingrid Jespersen

Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasieskole was founded by Ingrid Jespersen in 1894. Ingrid Jespersen was born on the 24th of January in 1867. She graduated in 1889 from N. Zahles Seminarium. In 1894, she founded Ingrid Jespersens School for girls in Ndr. Frihavnsgade, Østerbro, Copenhagen.

In 1905 the school obtained recognition as an upper secondary school, and the first students graduated in 1908. Ingrid Jespersen was both a very talented principal and also a very talented Danish teacher and a brillant linguist who loved teaching and gave many exellent, powerful speaches as a school leader. She wanted girls to study hard, become independent young women and take responsibility. She required hard work and discipline, but she was also very democratic and said that “this school belongs to the students”. Ingrid Jespersen created the first Danish school science lab with focus on Physics and Chemistry and created several creative and practical subjects for the students, such as arts and crafts and household courses.

Ingrid Jespersen died on the 22nd of November, 1938. Her urn is buried at Egebæksvang Cemetary in Espergærde.

From 1960 IJG was no longer just a school for girls, but a mixed school.

IJG today – the STX programme (upper secondary) at IJG

The STX programme is a three year programme consisting of

  • An introductory programme for the first three months.
  • A specialized study programme for the following 2 2/3 years.

In the first three months, the introductory programme is common for all students. Towards the end of the introductory programme, the student chooses a specialized study programme and elective subjects. A specialized study programme consists of 2-3 specialized study programme subjects as well as compulsory and elective subjects.

The introductory programme consists of 3 months of introduction to the subjects, work methods and specialized study programmes at IJG. The introductory programme forms the basis of the students’ choice and completion of the specialized study programme.

An exceptional offer at IJG

At IJG, you have the opportunity to provide your upper secondary school leaving examination with an extra dimension. We offer 4 programmes within the creative and scientific field: Theatre, Music, Journalism and Science.

Some facts:

  • 1000 students (primary and upper secondary)
  • 90 teachers and other staff
  • Address: Nordre Frihavnsgade 9-11. 2100 Copenhagen Ø.
  • Selfgoverning, private school, managed by a school board, but operates within the national curriculum, and is mainly funded by the state.
  • Many traditions, fx the school’s birthday sept 1st (125 years this year), the annual school musical with more than a hundred participants, Christmas tradition where young and older students make Christmas decorations together.



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