Primary Schools


Children start compulsory primary school in the year they turn six. They will be placed in their district school, and the guardian will have to confirm the enrollment electronically.

Is your child starting primary school?

If your child turns six during the year, you will receive an email from the City of Reykjavik asking you to confirm your child's enrollment in your district school. But what is a district school?

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

Please note that you need to apply specifically to an after-school center for children ages 6 through 9.

School Meals

Most primary school students take part in the lunch program. School meals cost the same in all schools. You do not need to pay for school lunch for more than two children from the same household.


Schooling in Another Municipality

You can apply for your child to attend school in another municipality, even if the child is legally resident in Reykjavik. The application must be sent before April 1 of each year.

Transferring Between Primary Schools

In Reykjavik, there is a choice of primary school, but if the number of pupils in individual schools has to be limited, students have priority in their school district.