The Åland elementary school is nine years old. The
schools are well spread across Åland and therefore quite
small. You try to maintain full school education even in the
archipelago, and each archipelago municipality has its own
high school, which can have as few as three pupils. A
three-year high school that gives admission to university
and college studies is located in Mariehamn. Academic
courses are offered at Åland University, partly in
collaboration with the Turku Academy in Finland. The
maritime education has ancient origins in Åland; already in
1853 a school was started with education in i.a.
astronomical navigation, which today survives in the Åland
Maritime Studies. In addition, there are other qualified
vocational programs as well as the 100-year-old Åland Folk
High School (in Finström).