EUROPEAN SCHOOL COPENHAGEN
Admission criteria and process – Nursery and Primary

The criteria for admission to the European School Copenhagen have been set by the Municipality of Copenhagen. Applications for admission to our Nursery and Primary classes in the school year 2018/19 have now closed.

Please note that due to a large number of applicants, some applicants may experience a delay in response time.

The European Schools must first and foremost ensure schooling and education of children of EU institution staff members. At the European School in Copenhagen, this means that approximately 20% of the places are assigned to this group of applicants. The remaining places are allocated according to the admission criteria below.

Presently, the European School Copenhagen has two language sections: a Danish language section and an English language section.

The European School Copenhagen primarily admits pupils for school start in nursery class (børnehaveklasse). According to the Danish Primary Education Act, compulsory school attendance begins 1 August of the calendar year in which the child turns six. According to the law, a child may be admitted to nursery class in the calendar year in which it turns five before 1 October, if the parents request it and the child is considered ready to start school.

It is also possible to apply for Primary. However, the number of places here are limited.

Note: The European School Copenhagen only enrols pupils at the grade levels presently established at the school, and it is NOT possible for the child to be placed on a waiting list.

The European School Copenhagen is funded by the Municipality, and the school is therefore free of charge.

The deadline for applications is 15 January in the calendar year of school start.

In order to be admitted to the school, the pupil must speak the language of the language section in question fluently, and the language must be anchored in everyday life.

Below, you can read more about the admission criteria and process:

 

Admission criteria

Admission of pupils to the European School Copenhagen takes place according to the following criteria, in order of priority:

a. Children of EU institution staff members are entitled to admission.

b.1. Children of whom one or both parents are international employees who have come to Denmark with the purpose of working in Danish or international companies, organisations and educational institutions.

b.2. Children of whom one or both parents are returned Danish employees working in Danish or international companies and organisations, and who have had a permanent workplace outside Denmark for a total of one year within the last five years.

b.3. Children moving here from another European school.

b.4. In case of extra places, these may be offered to local applicants who meet the necessary language requirements for admission.

Siblings of pupils already enrolled in the European School Copenhagen, who meet the above criteria, are always invited to a screening and will be assessed in each category (b.1.-b.4.) on an equal footing with the other applicants. Siblings cannot skip a category. If, for example, there are qualified siblings in b.2., they come before other b.2.s but not before b.1.s. If the applicants meet the language and other requirements, they can be admitted to Nursery class. Siblings can also be admitted in the other grades if they meet the academic requirements and if the school considers that there is room in the relevant class.

 

Step 1: Application

If your child is in the target group and you wish to apply for the school, you must submit an application and provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Copy of passport or birth certificate of the child
  • Copy of passport or birth certificate of the parents/legal guardians
  • Proof of employment (copy of contract, letter from employer and/or pay slip)
  • Copy of school report from last school/kindergarten attended by the child (template available here)

The application and supporting documentation must be submitted to the European School no later than 15 January 2018 using the link on the school’s website. For questions, please write to admission@escph.kk.dk.

 

Step 2: Selection

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available at the school, the applicants who are considered most ready for school and best qualified linguistically are recommended for screening, based on the criteria outlined above.

The assessment hereof is based on the indicated language level and the school report from the last kindergarten/school attended. The assessment is made by an admission committee in January and February.

 

Step 3: Screening

The applicants selected in Step 2 are invited in for a screening which tests their language, maturity and academic level.

Screenings are performed in February and March.

 

Step 4: Admission

Based on the screening, the European School’s admission committee decides which children are best qualified linguistically and academically. The final evaluation and selection also takes into consideration the child’s age and maturity, desirable pupil composition and class formation.

Applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their application in early April.

 

CALENDAR AND NEWS
  • Europaskolen
    Mon 19.11.2018 / kl. 16:30
    European School Copenhagen, Ny Carlsbergvej 99, 1760 Copenhagen V
    Orientation Evening – Nursery and Primary
    All interested parents are invited to the school's Orientation Evening for Nursery and Primary.
  • European School
    New school brochure
    The European School Copenhagen has published a new school brochure. The brochure is available online or from the school's Administration.
  • European School
    Children’s art exhibited at Vigerslev Bibliotek
    Artworks created by the school's Primary 2 and 3 students are on display at Vigerslev Bibliotek in Valby until the middle of April 2018.
  • Mon 29.01.2018 / kl. 17:00-19:00
    Sankt Annæ Gymnasium, Sankt Annæ Salen Balcony, Sjælør Boulevard 135, 2500 Valby
    Orientation Evening – Opening of Secondary Department
    All interested parents are invited to an Orientation Evening regarding the opening of the school's new Secondary department in August 2018. The school will open for admission to Secondary 1-2, English and Danish section on 1 February 2018.
  • European School
    Season’s greetings from European School Copenhagen!
    The European School Copenhagen is wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



  • European School
    New school building in Carlsberg City district tops out!
    We have reached another important milestone towards our move to the Carlsberg City district! On Monday 18 September, Carlsberg Byen A/S held a ceremony to celebrate that the builders have ‘topped out’ and placed the highest structural feature on our new five-storey school building in the Carlsberg City district. Topping out ceremonies are held to celebrate construction progress and are an opportunity to thank the builders, designers and engineers for their work to date.
  • European School
    Successful first book fair
    The European School Copenhagen hosted its first book fair at the end of August. The purpose of the book fair was to encourage and inspire a love of reading in the children, so it was great to see that they all really enjoyed attending the storytelling and browsing through the many books.
  • European School
    First school day for our new Nursery pupils
    On 10 August, we welcomed our new English and Danish Nursery classes. The first day of school is a special day for children and their parents, so all stops were out to ensure they had a happy and memorable day!
  • The year in review…
    Sankt Annæ Gymnasium has published its 2017 Year in Review (SAG Årsskrift), including a look at the events and activities of the European School Copenhagen.
  • Europaskolen
    Tue 14.11.2017 / kl. 17:00-19:00 hrs
    Sankt Annæ Gymnasium, Concert Hall Balcony (Sankt Annæ Salen), Sjælør Boulevard 135, 2500 Valby
    Orientation Evening
    All interested parents are invited to the school's annual Orientation evening, which is an opportunity to hear more about the school and meet our management, teachers and parent representatives from the School Board.