The Educational System in Iceland
The Icelandic school system consists of four stages: preschools/kindergartens, elementary/primary school, high school/secondary school and university. Of these, elementary/primary school is compulsory and free of charge. Further information can be found on the Ministry of Education‘s website.
Day parents (dagforeldrar) provide care of children as young as six months old in private homes. Many parents choose this option for their children until they are old enough to attend preschool. Day parents are private operators who decide their own rates. Municipal authorities subsidise part of the cost if the day parent is licensed to operate by the authority. For more information, contact your local municipal office.
Further information and applications - Day Care Services in City of Reykjavik
Preschool (leikskóli). Children can attend preschool from 18 months of age until they start primary school at age 6. Some preschools accept children as young as 6 months. Municipalities subsidise part of the cost. Often there is a waiting list for a place at preschool; therefore parents are advised to apply as soon as possible. Applications can be submitted without the child's Icelandic ID number.
Further information and applications - Preschools in City of Reykjavik
Compulsory Schools / Primary schools (grunnskóli). By law, all children must attend primary school from age 6-16, or from grades 1 through 10. Primary schools are free of charge. Children are enrolled in the school nearest to their permanent residence, but parents may choose to have their children attend another school.
Further information and applications - Compulsory Schools in City of Reykjavik
Information on activities for kids, music lessons, recreational centres etc. can be found on City of Reykjavik website.
Leisure Card offered by City of Reykjavik for all parents who have legal residency in Reykjavík. They will receive 35.000 ISK subsidy per child for their children's practice fees, aged 6-18 years This subsidy is called the Leisure Activities Card (Frístundakortið) and is designed to encourage participation of children and youngsters in recreational activities regardless of socio- or economic background.
Secondary school (menntaskóli/framhaldsskóli). Everyone who has completed a primary school education (or equivalent) may attend upper secondary school, usually from age 16-20. Attendance is not compulsory but students must pay a fee to attend, which can vary from school to school.
Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð is a member school of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and offers a comprehensive pre-university curriculum that is taught in English and recognized by universities worldwide.
University (háskóli). Students wishing to attend university in Iceland must have an upper secondary school education or equivalent. There are seven institutions in Iceland that offer university-level education, including the University of Iceland. Fees vary between universities as some charge tuition fees while others charge only registration fees.
International Primary Schools in Reykjavik Area
Two international primary schools are operating in Reykjavik and one in Garðabær:
International Department of Landakotsskóli
Is a Camebridge accreditated school for children from the age five to sixteen.
Further information on the school, staff, accreditation can be found on the school webpage.
Reykjavik International School
Offers education for children from the age of one to eleven. More information on the school, staff, accreditation etc can be found on the school webpage.
International School of Iceland
Is located in Garðabær, a municipality in the outskirt of Reykjavik. The school is a privately operated school that offers an international educational program to children from age six to 12 years. All imperative information can be found on the school webpage.
Bringing your Pets to Iceland
Please notice, make an appointment in advance as the waiting list is long.