Primary school, grades 1–10

Rofabær 34
110 Reykjavík


Is your child starting primary school?

On this page, you will find useful information about starting primary school. As, for example, what the children have to take with them to school and whether the children will get food during school hours.

Árbæjarskóli school calendar

Here is the school calendar for Árbæjarskóli. The school calendar lists the planning days as well as other important information for parents and guardians.

Primary school meals

Most primary school students take part in the lunch program. The cost of school meals is the same at all schools. And, you do not need to pay for school lunch for more than two children from the same household.

About Árbæjarskóli

Árbæjarskóli is one of the largest primary schools in Iceland, located in the unique environment of Elliðaárdalur. The school boasts a rich history of over 50 years. From 1956 to 1966, the school operated in a community center in Árbæjarblettur, teaching in three divisions. In the autumn of 1967, the school moved to a new building with 421 students.

Today, Árbæjarskóli is a primary school for grades 1 to 10. The school has a single-session schedule and 700 students. The school is an consolidated school for lower secondary education after students from Árbæjarskóli, Ártúnsskóli, and Selásskóli transfer there. About 100 employees work at the school in a variety of positions for the benefit of the students.

The management team consists of the school principal, two assistant principals, two heads of division, student council, and school council.

The after-school program Töfrasel is for children in grades 1 to 4 at Árbæjarskóli, and the youth center Ársel offers diverse and enjoyable activities for children and teenagers.

Child prosperity

The Act on the Integration of Services in the Interest of Children’s Prosperity has come into effect. The goal is to ensure children and guardians receive the right assistance, at the right time, from the right parties. Families and children in need of early support have guaranteed access to a contact person in the child's immediate environment, such as in preschool or primary school. The contact person offers information and guidance on services and ensures that children and guardians have unhindered access to these services. Children, youth, and guardians can contact the school contact person to request integrated services.

The contact person for Árbæjarskóli are: Elínborg Þorsteinsdóttir and Þórdís Eva Sigurðardóttir

For more information about the legislation and services, visit the website at farsaeldbarna.is

School activities

Study blocks for arts and vocational subjects

Here you can see the study blocks for the arts and vocational subjects for grades 1 - -8.

Plans, policies, and reports

What's ahead for Árbæjarskóli? You can find several items in the operational plan, including the school's policy for the previous year, teaching planning, and much more.

School council

Primary schools must have an active school council that serves as a forum for consultation between the principal and the school community on the school operation. The school council participates in shaping policy for the school and defining its unique character.

Árbæjarskóli School Council 2023–2024:

Administrators’ representative:

Teachers’ representatives:

Staff representative:

Parent representatives:

Student representatives:

  • Jón Kristófer Ólason, 10. bekk
  • Iga Nowicka, 9. bekk 
  • Atli Atlason, 7. bekk
  • Magdalena Rós Ásgeirsdóttir, 6. bekk 

Local community representative:

Representative from Ársel Recreation Center:

Parent cooperation

We are all in this together, and as the proverb goes it takes a village to raise a child. Reykjavík City schools make targeted efforts to consult with and increase parent involvement in school activities. Every Reykjavík City school has an active parent association.

Árbæjarskóli boasts an active parent association, working to support the school's efforts, enhance student welfare, and reinforce connections between homes and schools. Each school's parent association defines its own rules of operation, including the election process for its board and the selection of representatives to the school council.

Board of the Parent Association:

  • Hildur Jóna Friðriksdóttir, Chair
  • Vera Sveinbjörnsdóttir, Treasurer
  • Ester Hlíf Sigurðardóttir
  • Elísabet Eydís Leósdóttir
  • Andri Már Sigurðsson
  • Ásta Skúladóttir

Email: foreldrafelarb@gmail.com

Exemption from school attendance

Here is a request form for student school leave of 3-5 days.

Here is the request form for leave exceeding one week.

Árbæjarskóli school district

Reykjavík has many school districts, and the child's registered address determines their district school. Your child gets priority in their district school. Nevertheless, all parents have the choice to apply to any school in the city for their children according to the rules on school districts, applications, and admission. Here is information on which streets belong to Árbæjarskóli's school district.