In the reception class your child will learn to understand and speak basic Danish so that your child will have the sufficient language skills and be ready to attend an ordinary class in a public school.

The reception classes do not only teach Danish, but also the curriculum which corresponds to your child’s grade level. The duration of a school day in a reception class corresponds to the duration of a school day in an ordinary public Danish school according to grade.

The reception classes are part of the public school system in Denmark and are therefore free of charge. Your child can attend a reception class from the age of 6 to the age of 17.

There are fewer children in the reception classes compared to the regular classes. Therefore, the teacher has more time for each individual pupil.

Also, reception classes have children of many different nationalities.



If your child has little or no knowledge of the Danish language when you move to Aarhus and if you wish for your child to be enrolled in a Danish public school (folkeskole), your child must first attend a reception class.


If your child already speaks and understands some Danish when you move to Aarhus, your child will need a language screening.

The language screening will form the basis for a determination as to whether your child needs to start in a reception class or can start in an ordinary class in a public school.

Contact the Competency Centre for Danish as a Second Language (in Danish: Kompetencecenter for dansk som andetsprog) if you have questions about language screening. 


The reception classes are located at various public schools in Aarhus municipality.

You can find an overview of the schools that have reception classes in the PDF below.

The age of your child, prior schooling, where you live, and classroom availability are all factors that determine where your child will start in a reception class.


Reception classes are seperated into steps according to the age of your child.

Children in Denmark start school at age 6 in grade 0. This means that children aged 6 start at step 0 in a reception class.

Step in a reception class Grade in an ordinary Danish public school
Step 0 Grade 0
Step A Grade 1-3
Step B Grade 4-6
Step C Grade 7-9
Step C+ Grade 8-9
Step D Grade 10


It is not possible to determine how long your child must attend a reception class before he or she is transferred to an ordinary class. This will differ from child to child. How long your child must attend a reception class depends on your child’s age and the acquired Danish language skills of your child.

However, your child will attend a reception class for a maximum of two years.


When you have moved to Aarhus Municipality you will need to complete an enrolment form and send it to Kompetencecenter for DSA:

Your child can start school in a reception class without having been issued with a CPR number. 

If your child hasn't been issued with a CPR number, yet and your child is taking up residence in Denmark on the basis of EU regulations or if your child is a citizen from outside the EU/EEA you must submit the following documentation:

  • If your child is taking up residence in Denmark on the basis of EU regulations:
    • Documentation that you have applied for an EU residence document for your child
  • If your child is a citizen from outside the EU/EEA:
    • A copy of your child's application for a residence permit, or
    • A residence permit 

This documentation must be sent to Kompetencecenter for DSA along with the enrolment form.

You will be contacted by Kompetencecenter for DSA if they have any questions related to the enrolment form. 

If you have more than one child who needs to starts in a reception class, Kompetencecenter for DSA will attempt to place the children at the same school. However, the ability to accomplish this will depend on the age of the children and availability in the classes. 

You will receive a letter in your digital postbox from Kompetencecenter for DSA which will outline where your child will start school. 

If you are not signed up for digital post yet, you will receive a regular letter by post.

You will automatically receive digital post from public authorities when you have been issued with a CPR number. 

If your child is enrolled in a school outside your local area, the transportation of your child to and from school will be paid for. 

  • Pupils in grades 0-4 usually ride in a taxi.
  • Pupils in grades 5-10 are usually provided with a bus pass so they can use public transportation

The letter you receive from Kompetencecenter for DSA will contain information about whether your child is provided with transportation to and from school. 

The school will invite you and your child to an enrolment interview within two weeks from the date of enrolment. 

The school will need relevant information from you about your child and its prior schooling. 

Of course, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions. 

The enrolment interview will provide you with pratical information related to starting school, including:

  • What does it mean to attend a reception class?
  • What is taught in the reception class?
  • What will the class schedule look like?
  • What will my child need to bring?
  • Agreements about starting school and information about the rules 
  • Transportation

You can also get more information about signing up for afterschool care, called SFO (grades 0-3), and club (grades 4-9). These are before- and after school opportunities for school-aged children. You will need to pay the cost of SFO and club yourself. 



Once you have been to the enrolment interview at the school, your child is ready to start school. You will arrange wih the school the date on which your child will start as a pupil in the class in question.

The teacher will continously monitor how your child develops his/ her Danish language skills in order to determine when your child is ready to start in an ordinary public school class. 

The teacher will keep you updated in relation to your child's learning, well-being, and development. If you have questions, you can always contact the teacher.