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Comprehensive school enrolment

Compulsory education for children born in 2015 begins in the autumn 2022. All children permanently residing in Finland must attend school. If a child does not know any Finnish or Swedish, the guardian should enrol the pupil in preparatory education, which helps them gain the adequate language skills. You can enrol a pupil in preparatory education throughout the year. 

Information package for homes

The Education Division mails an information package, including a printed copy of the Welcome to school PDF guide, to the future first graders by the end of November. Your child's Compulsory education note will be sent to you electronically via Suomi.fi service 5 January 2022 onwards.

Compulsory education note

Information about your child’s local school is available in the compulsory education note and will be available online on Asti at asti.hel.fi for the period 5–30 January 2022. Logging in is required to access this information. Compulsory education notes will be sent out via the Suomi.fi service starting from 5 January 2022. If the child’s guardian has enabled Suomi.fi Messages for the child, their compulsory education note will be sent electronically. If this has not been enabled, the note will be posted to the child’s home address by mid-January.

Enrolling to comprehensive school

Enrol your child to school on the Asti online service during 5−30 January 2022. On Asti you will be able to accept a place in your local school based on your home address. Find instructions and learn more about the online enrolment here: Online enrolment.

You can also enrol your child by visiting the assigned local school on Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 8am−10 am

In some situations, you can enrol your child only by visiting the local school on Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 8am−10 am . These include situations such as:

  • you apply for permission for your child to start school a year earlier or a year later than usual
  • your child has been granted permission for extended compulsory education
  • 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.

In some situations, you can enrol only by visiting a school other than the local school school on 26 January 2022 at 8am−10 am . These inlcude situations such as:

  • The child continues in the Swedish-language immersion programme
  • You wish to apply to a school other than the local school due to the child's A1 language choice
  • You wish to apply to a school other than the local school for other reasons. 

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

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

The admissions for weighted-curricullum, bilingual education and basic education in English (5-30 January 2022) has ended. 

If your family moves to Helsinki after January, you can apply for a vacant place in the supplementary application round. The application period is open 2 May–22 July 2022 and the aptitude tests take place in August 2022. Learn more about current admissions on the Admissions page for basic education in different languages.

Apply to weighted-curriculum education, bilingual education and basic education in English by registering the child for an aptitude test. 

If a child applies to weighted-curriculum education, bilingual education or basic education in English, the guardian does not need to go to the Asti online service to enrol. If the child does not get a place in the study programme that they applied for, they have the right to go to their assigned local school. In this case a guardian should contact the local school principal.

Pupils moving to Helsinki

When your family moves to Helsinki, contact the principal of your child's local school. Find out what your local school is by entering your home address in the search field on the Service Map website.

Children who don't know any Finnish or Swedish usually start school in preparatory education. You can enrol your child in preparatory education as soon as your family has moved to Helsinki. 

If you are interested in basic education in other languages than Finnish or Swedish, read more about the different options and admissions on the Basic education in different languages page.

Grades in Academic year 2022-2023

  • Grade 1 — Pupil born in 2015
  • Grade 2 — Pupil born in 2014
  • Grade 3 — Pupil born in 2013
  • Grade 4 — Pupil born in 2012
  • Grade 5 — Pupil born in 2011
  • Grade 6 — Pupil born in 2010
  • Grade 7 — Pupil born in 2009
  • Grade 8 — Pupil born in 2008
  • Grade 9 — Pupil born in 2007





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