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Comprehensive school enrolment

Compulsory education for children born in 2014 begins in the autumn 2021. All children permanently residing in Finland must attend school. If a child does not know any Finnish or Swedish, they can enrol in preparatory education, which helps them gain the adequate language skills.

Information package for homes

The Education Division mails an information package, including a printed copy of the Welcome to school PDF guide, to the future first graders by the end of November and a compulsory education note in the beginning of January 2021.

Enrolment in school

Enrolment in school is carried out online at between 13 and 29 January 2021. Instructions and further information about the online enrolment will be posted to homes along with the compulsory education note in January 2021. Learn more about the online enrolment here: Online enrolment.

In some situations, you can enrol your child only by visiting the local school. If you apply for permission to start school a year earlier or a year later than usual, your child has been granted permission for extended compulsory education, your child needs special education or you wish to switch from a Swedish-language school to a Finnish-language school, or vice versa. For more information, please see Enrolment at school.

You can enrol by visiting the school on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 8−10 am or at 5−7 pm.

If a child is attending pre-primary education in a private or state-run school and starts first grade in the same school, the guardian should notify the local school’s principal. The local school is stated in the compulsory education note.

Enrol at school online or by visiting the school (PDF)

Enrolment to weighted-curriculum education, bilingual education and basic education in English

Some schools offer weighted-curriculum education, bilingual education and basic education in English. In order to be accepted in these programmes, the child needs to participate in an aptitude test. You can enrol for the aptitude test by filling in the enrolment form and submitting it via Secure Email from 13 to 29 January 2021.

Once you have submitted the enrolment form for an aptitude test, you do not need to enrol online on Asti or visit the school. 

Enrolment form

Download the enrolment form in different languages in the links below. The links open in a new tab.

How to submit the enrolment form using secure email

  1. Download the enrolment form using the link above. Fill in the form and save it on your device. Please name the file as lastname_firstname, e.g. applicant_anna.
  2. Go to
  3. Write your email address in the Lähettäjä field.
  4. Click Tunnistaudu. After this, use your online banking codes, mobile ID or Finnish ID card with a chip for identification.
  5. After identification, you should see a page with the title Uusi viesti.
  6. Write in the Vastaanottaja field.
  7. In the Aihe field, write the name of your first school option.
  8. Attach the enrolment form in the message.
    • Click Valitse tiedostot.
    • Choose the filled and saved enrolment form from your device.
    • Click Liitä to attach the form.
  9. Finally, click Lähetä to send the message.

If submitting the enrolment form by secure email is not possible, you can also print out the form and send it by post to the school that is your first option. Schools’ addresses are available on their websites, which you can find via School search.

Please note! The printed Tervetuloa kouluun guide has incorrect information about the aptitude test dates. The correct dates are 2 February 2021 (basic education in English) and 3 February 2021 (bilingual education). 

Correct dates and more in the Welcome to school PDF guide.

Pupils moving to Helsinki

When a family moves to Helsinki, the child’s guardian should contact the principal of the family's local school. To find out what your local school is, enter your home address in the search field on the Service Map website.

If a child does not know any Finnish or Swedish, they start in preparatory education. You can enrol your child in preparatory education as soon as your family has moved to Helsinki.

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