Enrolling your child in school

Children aged between 6 to 16 can attend the city's public schools (Folkeskole) for free.

Education is mandatory for children aged between 6 to 16 in Denmark. During the year before your child turns 6, you will receive a letter from the school in your district asking you to enrol your child in school.

Non-Danish speaking children

Before you can enrol your child in a public school, you and your child need to have a registered address in Copenhagen and your stay in Copenhagen needs to be for a period of more than 6 months. Your child does not need a CPR-number to start school – the process of the enrolment can start immediately when you have a registered address.

How to enrol your child in school

Contact the local area office (see map below) according to your address.

The local area office will ask for the following information:

  • Name of the child
  • Date of birth or CPR-number
  • Address
  • Parents' contact information (email and/or telephone number)
  • Country of origin
  • The child's most fluent language

The coordinator from the local area office will then invite you and your child to a meeting to uncover your child's needs, skills, languages as well as literacy and numeracy – all this to make sure that your child will have the best individual offer for school.

After this, the teacher and the coordinator will recommend either a normal class with extra language support or a reception class.

Search for your address and click on the map to see which area office you belong to: