Starting primary school

Compulsory school in Iceland is 10 years and all children 6-16 years of age have a guaranteed admission in primary school in Iceland.

Studies in Hafnarfjörður's primary schools is free for students. Students in 1st to 4th grade receive 30 lessons per week, 35 lessons in 5th to 7th grade and 37 lessons in 8th to 10th grade. That teaching takes the main primary school curriculum into account, but every school also has the possibility of optional teaching of individual subjects. Students borrow multiple-use textbooks that they return after use. Also, students receive disposable textbooks that they own, along with stationary and exercise books for free. Also, they have the possibility of staying at after school centres, after school ends, during the day, in 1st to 4th grade.

The main viewpoint in primary schooling is that all students receive education and teaching that is appropriate. This entails the idea that every student has an equal opportunity for studying and that the teaching is performed without distinction. That all students have access to school, independent of educational ability and other distinctions, such as disability, nationality, gender and other things. In some cases, parents request studies for their children in special schools and special departments within the primary schools, and the parties involved strive to oblige, based on the available resources and space at any given time.

Enrolment is open until February 1st every year, for schooling the following fall. Enrolment after that will decrease the number of available schools. Enrolling children in primary school in the municipality of legal domicile is the responsibility of parents/guardians. The primary schools in Hafnarfjörður are open to all children and parents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the operations of primary schools in Hafnarfjörður. Hafnarfjörður is a single school district divided into school areas and the domicile of the student determines the school they are entitled to attend. However, it is possible to apply for schools in other districts and other municipalities or schools. Special regulations apply to this, they are presented on the schools' website but you can also find them here.

Note that enrolment for children in Hafnarfjörður who will be attending 1st grade in primary school in autumn, starts in the beginning of each year and will be open until February 1st, parents will receive a letter concerning this from the Department of Education and Public Health.

As spring approaches, the school to which your child has been accepted will send the necessary information to parents/guardians about school activities ahead, such as leisure centre registrations and meal subscriptions, recreational courses for children aged 6 in August before school starts and other information you will need to know.