Children start school in the year they turn 6. See a list of Gentofte Kommune’s schools and find out how to enrol your child for school.
Good to know
In Denmark, children start school in the year they turn 6, and education is compulsory for children aged 6 to 16.
Gentofte has eleven municipal primary and lower secondary schools and six private schools. It is free to go to a municipal primary and lower secondary school.
You enrol your child for a municipal primary and lower secondary school by e-mailing Gentofte Kommune’s school enrolment service.
As long as there are places available, you can choose which primary and lower secondary school you want your child to attend.
At the end of the school day, your child can attend an after-school or leisure club.
Kindergartens and schools in Gentofte Kommune work closely together and with you to ensure that you and your child experience peace of mind and continuity in the transition from kindergarten to grade 0. The pamphlet below gives details of what daycare and schools provide and what you can do to help with a smooth transition to school life.
School enrollment 2024 The school enrollment for the coming grade 0 opens on Monday the 6 of November at 8.00 (am).
Education is compulsory in Denmark. This means all children who live in Denmark must be taught from the age of 6 to 16 (Classes 0 to 9).
Teaching can take place in a primary and lower secondary school, a private school or at home. What matters is that the child is taught the same as is taught in primary and lower secondary school.
Your child has to start school the year he/she turns 6. The school year starts in August. Children proceed directly from kindergarten to Class 0. In other words, Danish primary and lower secondary schools don’t have pre-schools.
In some cases, a child can start school at age 5. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to start school, please contact your kindergarten for a chat. If your child doesn’t go to a kindergarten, you can talk to a headmaster. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Municipal primary and lower secondary schools are open to all children in classes 0 to 10. All children in Denmark have the right to a place in a primary and lower secondary school. Gentofte Kommune is responsible for primary and lower secondary schools and there is no charge for a child to attend. There are eleven municipal primary and lower secondary schools in Gentofte.
Private schools are privately owned schools and you have to pay for your child’s schooling at private schools. The private schools in Gentofte have international lines too. The schools have nothing to do with Gentofte Kommune, so you have to contact them yourself.
Your child is being supported in preparing for school life at kindergarten. Your role in your child’s transition to school life is important and you can support your child’s successful transition to school life in a variety of ways. Read more in the pamphlet below.
Yes, your child can go to a Danish primary and lower secondary school even if he/she doesn’t speak Danish.
To learn the language, your child will be in a “ViTo” reception class for children between the ages of 6 and 14. The purpose of the class is to teach pupils enough Danish to participate in the teaching in primary and lower secondary school.
Children will receive 30 hours of tuition a week in this reception class. Your child can participate in this class for between four weeks and two years, depending on the child’s background and language abilities.
When the child is ready to switch to a primary and lower secondary school class, this will be arranged in close cooperation between Gentofte Kommune, ViTo and you as parents. The reception class is taught at Skovshoved Skole and Bakkegårdsskolen.