Comprehensive school enrolment
Compulsory education for children born in 2011 begins in the autumn on 2018. The Education Department mails an information package to the 2018 first graders in the beginning of January in 2018. This package contains a compulsory education note and a guidebook for new pupils.
Enrolment in comprehensive school is done either by visiting the school on 24 January 2018 from 8–10 or from 17–19, or online during 8–24 January 2018 on wilma.edu.hel.fi. Online enrolment is not possible in certain situations (see Enrolment at school).
You should bring the compulsory education note, which bears the name of the child’s local school designated according to the child’s home address. Enrolment should be done at the main school. Necessary forms and advice on various practical matters can be obtained from the school.
If the child seeks to enroll in any other than the local school, or in weighted-curriculum or bilingual instruction (see the bottom of the page), enrolment takes place on 24 January 2018 at the school of the child’s choice.
If the child is admitted to another school than the local school, he/she may lose the unconditional right to be admitted to the local school.
Further information and assistance in online enrolment is available from the Education Division’s information.
Children of immigrant background with permanent residence in Finland must attend school. If a child’s language skills are not adequate to attend school, he/she may be enrolled in preparatory education.
If a child is enrolled in pre-school education at a private or state school and starts first grade at the same school in the autumn, the child’s guardian is requested to report this to the principal of the local school. The local school is stated in the child’s compulsory education note.
If the family moves to Helsinki after the school enrolment date and hopes to enroll a child in the local school, the child’s guardian should contact the principal of this school. The principal makes the decision on admission. The local school can be located on the Service Map.