Primary and Lower Secundary School

Danish primary and lower secondary schools are modern schools, where the focus is on providing students with a broad knowledge within subjects such as languages, science and social studies.

In addition, social skills, information technology, and knowledge about Danish and foreign culture are valued highly in the Danish public schools. Sports and outdoor activities are especially of high priority for young children, who are encouraged to participate in some capacity from an early age.

In Denmark, students and teachers are considered equals, meaning that students' active participation in the teaching as well as a critical point of view, is highly valued and seen as an important part of the learning process.

The Danish school system

The Danish school system consists of both public and private schools. There are ten years of compulsory education; however, there is no compulsory school attendance. Therefore, parents have the right to choose how their children should be taught. The majority of the Danish population chooses the public school, which is tuition free for everyone as the schools are financed via taxes. The classes are divided according to age, and both genders are represented. 

As a main rule a child must attend preschool the year of his or her sixth birthday. You register your child by using the self-service registration on Randers' webpage.

A minimum of language difficulties

When your child begins attending a Danish school, he/she may experience some language difficulties. However, in Danish public schools children can receive special tuition in Danish as a second language. At the same time, Danish children begin learning foreign languages at an early age, which will make it easier for your children to be able to communicate with their classmates.

Contact the school your child will be attending to enquire about potential language issues and the best way to deal with them.

You can also choose to let your child attend the international school in Aarhus.

Learn more about Danish schools