Skip to content

Comprehensive school enrolment

Compulsory education for children born in 2014 begins in the autumn 2021. All children permanently residing in Finland must attend school. If a child does not know any Finnish or Swedish, they can enrol in preparatory education, which helps them gain the adequate language skills.

Information package for homes

The Education Division mails an information package Tervetuloa kouluun to the future first graders by the end of November and a compulsory education note in the beginning of January 2021.

Enrolment in school

In most cases the enrolment in school is done through an online enrolment form which will be open between 13 January and 29 January 2021. You will find more information about the online enrolment in the official compulsory education note and on this website in January 2021.

You can also visit your local school on 20 January 2021, 8 am – 10 am or 5 pm – 7 pm to enrol your child to school.

In certain situations, online enrolment is not possible. If you apply for permission to start school a year earlier or a year later than usual, your child has been granted permission for extended compulsory education, your child needs special education or you wish to switch from a Swedish-language school to a Finnish-language school, or vice versa. For more information, please see Enrolment at school.

If a child is attending preschool in a private or state-run school and starts first grade in the same school, the guardian should notify the local school’s principal. The local school is stated in the child’s compulsory education note.

Enrolment to weighted-curriculum education, bilingual education and basic education in English

Some schools offer weighted-curriculum education, bilingual education and basic education in English. In order to be accepted in these programmes, the child needs to participate in an aptitude test.

You can enrol to the aptitude test by filling in the enrolment form and submitting it by 29 January 2021. You will find detailed instructions and the enrolment form on this website by 14 December.

Please note that if the child is admitted to another school than the local school, they may lose the unconditional right to be admitted to the local school

Enrolling in school after the enrolment period

If the family moves to Helsinki after the school enrolment date and wants to enrol a child in the local school, the guardian should contact the school principal, who decides on the admission. You can check your local school by entering your home address or postal code on the Service Map.



16.11.2020 15:12