Private schools, residential continuation schools and private independent schools are non-public schools, which is why they do not offer free education.
Private and private independent schools often give priority to particular values and provide an alternative to the municipal primary and lower secondary schools. Most private and private independent schools offer schooling from grade 0 to grade 10.
If you enrol your child at a private independent school, please note that it is only partly funded by the State, and that you will therefore have to pay school fees.
Private schools provide an alternative to the municipal primary and lower secondary schools. All in all, the private schools have many different educational and religious attitudes.
The private schools take an academically oriented approach to education, and the majority of their teachers have graduated from teacher training college or have another form of higher education. All private schools offer the Danish Folkeskole school leaving exam.
About 12% of all Danish pupils attend a private school.
Private independent schools
Private independent schools also provide an alternative to the municipal primary and lower secondary schools. The schools are often founded on the initiative of a group of parents.
At private independent schools, it is not a requirement that teachers have graduated from teacher training colleges, and the schools are not required to offer the Danish Folkeskole school leaving exams. The far majority of the schools do, however, do so.
According to the Act on Private Independent Schools, the education offered at private independent schools must compare with that offered by the Danish Folkeskole.
Residential continuation schools
In Years 8-10, your child can attend a residential continuation school. Continuation schools cater for children aged 14-18.
Most continuation schools teach the same range of academic subjects as those taught at the municipal lower secondary schools. In addition, the continuation schools typically offer a number of practical and creative subjects which vary according to the school’s profile. As continuation schools are self-governing institutions, they charge school fees