Primary-school study is compulsory

  • Compulsory primary education means that children and young adults aged 6-16 must study in primary schools.
  • Parents must enrol their children in primary schools and ensure that they engage in study. Application forms and further information can be found on the websites of most primary schools and municipalities.
    Municipalities in Iceland
  • Children and young adults who experience educational difficulties caused by disability or social and emotional issues are entitled to special study support.
  • Primary education is divided into three levels: Years 1-4 (youngest), Years 5-7 (middle) and Years 8-10 (oldest, young adults).
  • Primary schools have continuous teaching days, with recesses and a lunch break. Pupils study for a minimum of nine months per year, 180 school days.
  • Pupils in the upper years of primary schools may engage in study or distance learning with upper-secondary schools alongside their primary education. Decisions on study are taken in consultation with school administrators. Further information on distance learning can be found on the websites of upper-secondary schools.
    Study for children and young adults in primary schools run by the municipalities is free.
  •  There are no waiting lists for primary schools.

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