The Norwegian school system is highly regarded as one of Europe's – if not the world's – best. This is how it works, and what you need to know.
One of the most sturdy pillars of the Norwegian school system is that it is both free and public. Schools are funded by the municipalities and county municipalities – not donations or tuition fees.
This results in a system where every child is enrolled in the school closest in proximity to its home. Standardized curriculums ensures that all pupils learn the same – no matter where in the country they attend school.
Children attend 10 years of obligatory school in Norway, and normally start the year they turn 6.
Years 1 through 7 are spent in elementary school, and the years 8 through 10 are spent in middle school.
After finishing middle school, further education is not obligatory. The vast majority enrolls in more specialized studies at high school, as the high school diploma is needed for higher education.
Every child in Norway has the right, but not the obligation, to attend kindergarten or preschool. It does, however, require application. Kindergartens in Norway are available for children of at least 1 years of age, and the offer is on the table until the child reaches school age.
Private kindergartens exist side by side with their public counterparts, but in either case, the municipalities organize the application process.
Under, you can find more information about kindergartens in the different municipalities. Unfortunately some of the web pages are only in Norwegian, so you might want to ally yourself with Google Translate.
Kindergartens in the Greater Trondheim region
TrondheimKindergartens in Trondheim (EN)
StjørdalKindergartens in Stjørdal (Click on "language" and choose)
Indre FosenKindergartens in Indre Fosen (Click on "language" and choose)
MalvikMalvik kommune (Use Google translate or contact Malvik kommune if you have questions)
MelhusMelhus kommune (Use Google translate or contact Melhus kommune if you have questions)
SkaunSkaun kommune (Use Google translate or contact Skaun kommune if you have questions)
OrklandOrkland kommune (Use Google translate or contact Orkland kommune if you have questions)
Midtre GauldalMidtre Gauldal kommune (Use Google translate or contact Midtre Gauldal kommune if you have questions)
In addition to the regular schools, Trondheim also has a few international schools, where the education is in English.
Birralee International SchoolEnrolls children from 3 to 16 years of age, and is a Cambridge International School – meaning it follows an English curriculum. Birralee currently has 290 students with over 50 different nationalities.
Trondheim International SchoolEnrolls children from 6 to 16 years of age. Trondheim International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized school, and has 200 students from different countries and cultures.
Fagerhaug International SchoolEnrolls children from 6-16 years of age and is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized school. Fagerhaug International school has 150 students from different countries and cultures.
Trondheim KatedralskoleAlso worthy of a mention on this list. Even though the school is not entirely international, it does offer an IB Diploma Programme, which is an alternative to the first two years of High School.