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Welcome to school guide

Find more information about starting comprehensive school in the sections below:

To go the school search website to find the schools’ websites for school-specific information on parents’ evenings and other information events. Schools that offer weighted-curriculum education publish information on the aptitude tests and test dates on their websites.

Important dates

  • 16 November 2020–21 January 2021
    Schools may hold information events for guardians. Due to the coronavirus, the events will be held as online events. If the national coronavirus situation allows, schools may hold information events in the school premises, following the National Institute for Health and Welfare’s safety and hygiene instructions, as well as instructions regarding gathering restrictions. The dates and times can be found on the schools’ websites at
  • 13 January–29 January 2021
    Electronic enrolment for school. More information about the ways to enrol and schedule can be found in the compulsory education note posted to homes in the turn of the year.
  • 20 January 2021 8 am–10 am and 5 pm–7 pm
    Enrolling to school at your local school.
  • 29 January 2021
    If a family moves to Helsinki after the enrolment period, and want a place for the child at their local school, the guardians must contact the principal of the local school who makes the admission decision. The local school is assigned based on the family’s home address. You can check your local school on the Helsinki Service Map by entering your home address in the search field at
  • 14 January–29 January 2021
    If applied for, a hearing for a special support decision is held for the pupil and their guardians at the local school within this period.
  • 12 March 2021
    The school will send the admission decision and the decision for special support (if applied for) to the pupil’s home by post.
  • 22 March−23 April 2021
    The application period for afternoon activities.

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Welcome to school! Guide for first-graders' guardians

PDF guide for parents and guardians whose child will go to first grade in the school year 2021-2022.