Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet, the "Hvitfeldtska High School" (gymnasium), is in Gothenburg, Sweden. The school was founded in 1647 by Queen Kristina. It was originally called "Göteborgs gymnasium" and later known as "Göteborgs högre latinläroverk" before receiving the name after its benefactress, the norwegian-swedish noblewoman Margareta Hvitfeldt (1608–1683), who left the larger part of her estate to the school.
The school has approximately 1,800 students, ages 15 through 19.
It attracts students from all over Gothenburg, lower to upper class. Some students come from other regions in Sweden. There is a small but significant international student population.
Hvitfeldtska offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) and several of the national Swedish secondary education programmes, including "Naturvetenskapsprogrammet" (natural sciences), "Samhällsvetenskapsprogrammet" (social sciences), "Hvitfeldtskas Affärsprogrammet" (business), "Estetiska Programmet" (music), "Handels- och administrationsprogrammet" (management).
The school runs a variety of student clubs, its student union being the best in Sweden in 2016. It serves as one of the limited number of exam centres in Sweden for the SAT, ACT and Oxbridge admission tests. Some of Hvitfeldtska's alumni (also known as gamla Hvitfeldtare) have been accepted to top institutions worldwide.
Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet is known for the events that occurred there during the Gothenburg Riots of the EU summit of 2001. This did not involve the staff or the students as such, since, in the summer holidays, the school buildings were used for housing the participants of a youth convent.
The school is divided into three buildings: one northern (the main building), one western and one southern. The library is in the southern building.
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