Enrollment in school
Compulsory education begins the year a child has his or her seventh birthday. Basic education will last for nine years. You can enroll your child in first grade through the online Wilma system. Identifiers to the Wilma system will be mailed to your home address in January together with the compulsory-education notification.
The notification of compulsory education will be mailed to first-graders' home addresses in January
A notification of compulsory education, as well as school-enrollment instructions, will be mailed to a new student's home address when the matter becomes topical. You can enroll your child in first grade through the online Wilma system. Identifiers to the Wilma system will be mailed to your home address in January together with the compulsory-education notification.
When a child has been enrolled in school, the district manager designates a school for him or her. This school is called the student's local school, even though it is not always the school geographically closest to the student's home. A guardian can make a request that siblings be admitted to the same school, by filling in the appropriate section of the enrollment form. In addition, a guardian can make a request that friends be admitted into the same class.
Applying for basic education in English
Students can complete their basic education entirely in English. English language instruction is for those students, whose mother tongue is English or who have sufficient fluency in English to complete their studies.
Important dates for children beginning Finnish school
- The notification of compulsory education will be mailed to first-graders' home addresses in January
- March 30, 2023: The decision on the local school will be announced over Wilma
- April 13, 2023: Application for secondary school (the decision will be mailed to your home address by April 19, 2023)
- May 30, 2023: Online application for after-school activities
- May 28, 2023: Application for school-transport subsidy
- May 10, 2023: Introduction day to school
- August 10, 2023: The first school day
Applying for secondary school
A student can apply for a secondary school if he or she is not satisfied with the school designated for him or her. Deliver the application for a secondary school to the school where you want your child to study. The principal of the school in question makes the decision on admission based on city-wide joint principles.
Priority is given to children living in Vantaa. Available places will first be given to students with medical or other special reasons, and next to students who want a place at the same school where their siblings are. The rest of the places will be given to other applicants. If there are more applicants than available study places, the students will be chosen by drawing of lots.
A secondary school is not the local school stipulated by legislation, and therefore the students are not usually entitled to school-transport subsidies.
If you are applying for a secondary school, you can also apply for schools located in Espoo, Helsinki and Kauniainen. In this case, however, please consider that the student is not necessarily entitled to all support services and the guardians will be responsible for the school-travel costs.
Applying for personalized studies and options
Moving to Vantaa
When a family is moving to Vantaa, the district manager will specify the local school for the child. In order to specify the local school, please email the following information to email@example.com: the child's name
- the child's identity number
- the address where the child moves in Vantaa
- the date of the move
- the date of beginning school
- the child's grade
- the guardian's contact information
- the municipality from which the family moves to Vantaa
Guardians of those who have recently arrived in Finland can contact their local basic education district coordinator to clarify their local school and educational arrangements. Preparatory instruction is meant for students whose Finnish or Swedish proficiency is not sufficient for them to study in a basic education group.
Preparatory education is intended for 6–17-year-old children who do not yet speak Finnish well enough to begin their basic education. In preparatory education, the main focus is on learning Finnish and becoming familiar with the Finnish school system. An individual education plan is created for every pupil.