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Primary and lower secondary schools

All children in Norway must attend school for ten years. The first ten years of the Norwegian school system is called ‘grunnskole’, which comprises primary and lower secondary education. Children start school in August of the year in which they turn six. All children staying in Norway for more than three months are entitled and obliged to attend school. If the child has not been in Norway for three months, but is likely to stay in the country for more than three months, the child is entitled to go to school. All public primary/lower secondary education is free.

If you are the parent of a child of primary/lower secondary school age, you must contact your local school or your municipality to register your child at the school.

Compulsory education is divided into two main parts. The first seven years (first to seventh grade) are called primary school and the next three years are called lower secondary school (eight to tenth grade).

Pupils attending primary or lower secondary school who have a first language other than Norwegian or Sami are entitled to special language tuition in Norwegian. This right applies until the child is sufficiently proficient in Norwegian to follow normal teaching at the school. 

Pupils who do not or are unable to benefit satisfactorily from ordinary tuition are entitled to special education. This applies regardless of why special education is required.


Help with homework

Pupils in years 1-4 are entitled to participate in free organised homework assistance. Participation is voluntary.

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