Schooling in Denmark

In Denmark, children must be given ten years of schooling between the ages of six and 16.

This includes a one-year pre-school class followed by nine years of school and a 10th year which is optional. As a parent you have different options when choosing what type of school your child should attend.

Municipal primary and lower secondary school

Education in Denmark is free if your child attends the municipal primary and lower secondary school, and there are no specific admission requirements. Approximately 87% of all Danish children receive their schooling in the municipal primary and lower secondary schools.

The municipal primary and lower secondary schools are supplemented by special schools for students with special needs, including children with mental and physical handicaps. However, children with special needs are integrated in the standard schools to the greatest possible degree.

The school year in Denmark runs from August to June. There must be at least 200 school days in a school year, but the individual municipalities or schools determine the actual scheduling of school days.

In the municipality of Hedensted we have 21 local municipal schools. See the list of municipal schools here.

Read more how to enroll your child in municipal primary and lower secondary school.

Private and independent schools

You also have the option of enrolling your child in a private or private independent school. Private and private independent schools often give priority to particular values and provide an alternative to the municipal primary and lower secondary schools.
Enrolling your child in a private or private independent school is not free, and you must therefore pay a school fee.

In Hedensted there are 4 private schools. See the list here.

To enroll your child you will need to contact the school in question in order to learn more on how to enrol your child.

In Denmark, it is also possible to enrol your child in an international school, where teaching is carried out in a language other than Danish. Most international schools operate according to the rules for private schools and you must therefore pay fees.

Students in international schools include both Danish students who wish to be taught in a language other than Danish, and foreign students who do not speak Danish.

There are no international schools in Hedensted. The two closest international schools are in Viby J (southwest Aarhus) and Kolding. See the list here.

To enroll your child you must contact the individual school regarding its enrolment procedure.