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Primary and lower secondary school

 

Primary and Lower Secondary School

Are you wondering how the Danish education system works? 

Here is a general overview - relevant if you are in the process of mooving here with your child:

At age of six, Danish children begin their formal schooling.

The vast majority of parents choose "folkeskolen", but there are other options such as attending a "friskole", private school or homeschooling.

Typically the pupils spend quite a lot of time working in groups and are taught social skills as well as to be creative and challenge the established way of doing things.

Teachers are called by their first names and the emphasis is on problem-solving, not memorisation.

After ninth grade, your child has the opportunity to take a higher education.

However, many also attend the 10th grade to improve on some subjects before the transition to a higher education. Or they seek to become more clarified about which educational to shoose.

Many choose an "efterskole" for the 10th grade. The young students live at the school and are with teachers and students around the clock.

 

 

Marstal Skole

Ærø Friskole


All children in Denmark have access to the tuition-free "folkeskole" (people's school) until they are 16 years old, but parents do have the right to decide how and where a child is getting educated.


As a general rule, your child must start in pre-school - we call it 0. klasse or "nulte" - in a "folkeskole" or an alternative to the "folkeskole".

The obligatory education starts from the month of August the year in which your child turns six years old. This applies to children who live in Denmark for at least six months.

If you want your child to start earlier, you must contact the "folkeskole". If you want your child to start later, you must contact the municipality's school administration.

The obligatory education ends when your child has received 10 years of education.


The municipal council is responsible for ensuring that the child is enrolled in the "folkeskole", which is the municipal primary and lower secondary school, or receives an education that is commensurate with what is generally required in the primary and lower secondary school.