Enrolling in pre-primary education and comprehensive school in Espoo begins on 8 January

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2020-12-10 8:00

Children born in 2014 shall be enrolled in the first grade of comprehensive school in Finnish or Swedish by their guardians by 20 January 2021 at the latest. Enrolling in the 7th grade of comprehensive school in Finnish shall be done by 18 January 2021 at the latest.

If the child is able to study both in Finnish and Swedish, the guardians may themselves choose in which to enroll the child. Scroll down for more information about Swedish-language education in Espoo.

 
Enrolling in pre-primary education between 8th and 20th January 2021

The registration period for pre-primary education for the school year 2020–2021 is 8–20 January 2021. Please register using the electronic pre-primary education application form which will be published online on espoo.fi/preprimary on 8th January.

Pre-primary education day-care centres and schools offer early childhood education in the morning before the start of pre-primary education and in the afternoon after pre-primary education. The early childhood education is subject to a charge. Early childhood education connected to pre-primary education is applied for using the same application form as for the pre-primary education place. Exceptions to this are some of the pre-primary education places offered by outsourced and private day-care centres.

Pre-primary education places in 2020-2021 will be published here.

 
Enrolling in the 1st grade of comprehensive school between 8th and 20th January 2021

Children born in 2014 shall be enrolled in the first grade of comprehensive school by their guardians through the electronic Wilma-service between 8th and 20th January 2021. Also the children whose school start has been postponed in the school year 2020–2021 shall be enrolled in the first grade.

All guardians of school newcomers living in Espoo will receive a notification of beginning of compulsory education, which contains a key code for creating a personal Wilma account. With the notification, guardians will receive a brochure Welcome to school!, which contains information on applying to school and important dates.

Additional information on enrolling in the local school and/or applying for other forms of education (such as montessori education, bilingual education, english-language education or swedish-language immersion education) is available in English on our webpage School Admissions.

More information on https://espoo.fi/schooladmissions

Enrolling in the 7th grade of comprehensive school between 8th and 18th January 2021

Enrolling in the 7th grade of comprehensive school takes place through the electronic Wilma-service between 8th and 18th January 2021. In questions related to Wilma accounts, the guardians may contact the pupil’s current school.

The guardians will receive information from their child’s school. Additional information on enrolling in the local school and/or applying for other forms of education (such as weighted-curriculum education, English-language education and bilingual education) is available in English on our webpage School Admissions.

More information https://espoo.fi/schooladmissions

Applying for weighted-curriculum studies in the 3rd grade between 15th December and 15th January

Pupils in weighted-curriculum education study the weighted subject more than those in mainstream education. Pupils in the 2nd grade can apply for weighted-curriculum studies in mathematics and science focus and/or in music between 15 December 2020 and 15 January 2021. Guardians are advised to familiarize themselves with the page Weighted-Curriculum education before filling in the application form.

More information about Weighted-Curriculum education.

 
Applying for afternoon activities by 10 May 2021 at the latest

Afternoon activities in basic education are after school group activities in which one adult instructs a group of 15 children. The application period to Espoo Finnish-speaking basic education's afternoon activities is 8 January–10 May 2021.

Pupils in 1st and 2nd grade as well as pupils with a special needs education decision can apply for the activities. The application process takes place electronically through Wilma.

Afternoon activities are, in general, arranged in the pupil's own school. Guardians of pupils in special needs education can choose in the application whether they apply for afternoon activities in the pupil's own school or in another school near home.

More information Applying for afternoon activities

English-language education in Espoo

Espoo offers versatile foreign-language education: English-language education in Espoo International School and bilingual education (Finnish-English) in several comprehensive schools. It is possible to apply for foreign-language education already from the first grade.

Espoo International School follows the Finnish National Curriculum and delivers basic education in grades 1-6 and offers the Middle Years Programme (MYP) within a three year period to grade 7-9 students. Furthermore, Espoo International is an International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized school. Read more on school's website.

More information on Foreign-language Education.

Swedish education in Espoo

In Espoo there are 11 Swedish-language pre-primary education places and 11 basic education schools. The curriculum is taught entirely in Swedish.

The application period for Swedish pre-primary education and basic education is between 8th and 20th January 2021. Application period for afternoon activities in Swedish is 8 January – 26 April 2021.

If you wish to enroll your child to Swedish-language pre-primary education in Espoo please contact the unit for Swedish Education and Culture Services by e-mail dagis@esbo.fi or phone 09 8162 7600 (Mon 9 am –11 am, Tue, Wed and Fri 9 am -11:30 am).

If you wish to enroll your child to Swedish-language basic education in Espoo please contact us by e-mail skolanmalan@esbo.fi or phone 09 8162 7600 (8-20 January Mon-Fri 10 -12 am).

We are happy to help you in English!

More information (in Swedish):

Pre-primary education: https://esbo.fi/forskola
Basic education: esbo.fi/skola

Important dates of the joint application

Admissions to vocational education and training and general upper secondary education take place though the joint application. Application period takes place between February 23rd and March 23rd 2021 3:00 pm. Possible entrance and aptitude tests are in April-May 2021. In Omnia there are no entrance or aptitude tests held.

Results will be announced earliest by June 17th 2021 and accepting the study place must be confirmed latest by July 1st 2021. The supplementary application round for free study places begins after the results for the joint application have been announced.
The electronic application form is submitted in English at www.studyinfo.fi.

More information about joint application.