How does the European School system compare to other school systems?
The European School Copenhagen is a so called Accredited European School (AES). This means that the European School Copenhagen follows the pedagogical and curricular requirements laid down for the European Schools but within the Danish national school framework. Students who successfully complete the final year exams at the European School Copenhagen are awarded the European Baccalaureate (EB), an educational diploma recognised in all member states of the European Union as well as in many other countries in the world. Please see the attached guide for a comparison of the European Schools system with other school systems. You can read more about Accredited European Schools on the website of the Office of the Secretary-General of the European Schools.
What languages do you offer and which language section should I apply for?
In the European Schools system, there is a very strong emphasis on language learning. The European School Copenhagen has three language sections/tracks – English, Danish and French. The language of the section/track is known as L1 and this is the primary language of instruction in the language section. In order to be admitted to a language section, the child must speak the language of the section fluently and the language must be anchored in daily life.
Students start their first foreign language (known as L2) in Primary 1. The L2 options depend on the L1 (the options are English, German or French). The choice of L2 is particularly important, because from Secondary 3 students will be taught some of their subjects in their L2.
In Secondary 1, students must select a second foreign language (L3) and from Secondary 4 students can also choose a third foreign language (L4).
Due to the multilingual nature of the EB education, students are fully proficient in minimum two languages and have a good command of 1-2 additional foreign languages when they graduate.
How many language sections can I apply for i.e. if my child is bilingual or multilingual?
You can only apply for one language section. It is therefore important that you consider your choice of language section carefully. In doing so, we recommend that you consider the following:
- Your child’s language proficiency. Which is your child’s strongest language? We require that your child is mother tongue level proficient in the language of the section and your child will have the best chances of admission if he/she can pass the screening. The language should be used daily by the child and supported at home. The teachers in the language section will communicate with the child and the parents in the language of the section.
- Other circumstances. If your child is bilingual or multilingual, you may want to consider other circumstances, e.g. do you plan to stay in Denmark, or will you be moving again? If your child is bilingual, he/she may be able to select one language as L1 and the other as L2, the child’s first foreign language (the L2 options are English, German or French). From Secondary 3, some of the subjects will be taught not just in the L1 but also in the L2.
What classes can I apply for – I hear you haven’t opened all year levels and language sections yet?
The European School Copenhagen opened in August 2014 with two nursery classes and two Primary 1 classes. Since then, the school has been expanding rapidly and today the school has 28 classes across three language sections/tracks – Danish, English and French in Primary and Danish, English and Danish/French in Secondary.
In August 2021, the school will open three new nursery classes (one in each of the three language sections – Danish, English and French) as well as a new Secondary 1 class in a French or Danish/French language section and three new classes in Secondary 5 (English and Danish only).
What is the process for applying to existing classes?
You can apply for the school’s existing classes through our ‘rolling admissions process’ at any time during the school year. You can find the online application link on our website under Nursery class, Primary or Secondary, depending on the class you wish to apply for. In the application, you can also enter your requested start date.
The applications received during the year are only assessed if/when spaces become available (in December and May). Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee a place at the school. Admission is based on criteria set by the Municipality of Copenhagen, a language screening and availability of spaces in the class applied for. Not everyone will be invited to a screening. At the end of the school year, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. Applicants who are unsuccessful can reapply the following year.
What is the process for applying for new classes?
Each year, in August, the school opens three new nursery classes, and in the 2021/22 school year, the school will also open a new Secondary 1 FR class and two new Secondary 5 classes – see the attached table of existing classes and new classes opening in August 2021. Applications close in January each year (except Secondary 5 where applications close 1 March). After the application deadline, the applications are reviewed and those who best meet the admission criteria are selected for screening. All applicants are notified of the outcome of their application in April 2021.
What grade level should I apply for?
This document shows the school’s minimum age requirements for admission in each year level and is a guide to help you understand the European School system in relation to the Danish, French, UK and IB school systems.
How old does my child have to be to attend nursery class?
According to the Danish Primary Education Act, compulsory school attendance begins 1 August of the calendar year in which the child turns six. This means that the children who attend the European School Copenhagen are between 5-6 years old when they start in nursery class. The cut off date is 1 October – students starting in nursery class must turn 5 before 1 October the year they start school.
Can I schedule a visit to the school?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer individual visits to the school. Each year, we organise an information evening in November before we open the admissions process for new classes in primary and secondary. We also have an information evening regarding our upper secondary/gymnasium in January. Read more here.
What does the screening involve?
The screening for nursery class and Primary involves an assessment of the child’s language skills, school readiness and academic level, and takes approximately 20 minutes with a teacher. Parents are invited to attend for the first few minutes, after which the teacher undertakes the screening with the child.
In Secondary, the screening is a 30-minute written test in the language of the section applied for and in the child’s first foreign language (see language choices above). Both tests will consist of a text accompanied by a few questions. In Upper Secondary, the screening involves a language test and a test in maths.
Where can I read more about the European Schools system and curriculum?
You can read more about the European Schools on the website https://www.eursc.eu/. Please click here for information about the curriculum and syllabuses in the European School system.
What are the school fees?
The European School Copenhagen is funded by the Municipality of Copenhagen and the education, including books and educational materials, is therefore free of charge. We also do not charge application fees.
The fee for the After School Care programme is currently DKK 1,420 per month for residents in the Municipality of Copenhagen (fees may vary if the child resides in another Municipality). It is possible to apply for reduced fees or free after school care depending on your household income and there is also a reduced fee for siblings. Please click here for more information about fees and subsidised child care in the Municipality of Copenhagen. For more information about the After School Care, please contact Uri Harlam, Head of After School Care, at HG5V@kk.dk.
Who do I contact if I have any questions or issues with my application?
If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact the school at +45 3614 0190, Mondays from 9-10 am (GMT+1). For data protection, we do not recommend that you send sensitive personal information to the school’s email address.
If you experience technical issues while completing your online application, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +45 2132 6456 between 10am – 12pm (GMT +1) on weekdays.