Registration in schools and documents to be submitted
Education in Lithuania is compulsory for children from 7 (the calendar year when the child reaches the age of seven) to 16 years of age. Municipal schools are free of charge.
Upon returning from a foreign country, school-age children are admitted to schools in accordance with the general education curriculum following the general procedure applicable to any other child of school age residing in Lithuania. It should also be stated that the children of migrants (children of aliens and citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, arriving or returning from a foreign country to live and work in Lithuania, attending classes in a comprehensive school) are entitled to receive an additional 30 percent funding in addition to the student’s basket they are entitled to (a student’s basket is the allocation of funds per student earmarked by the state and distributed by municipalities). The additional funding for migrant children, allocated for no longer than one school year (or for a longer period in cases where student achievement is poorer than expected), should cover the expenses of specialists to help the student’s faster integration into classes of peers.
More specifically, you are required to submit the following documents to the school of your choice:
- Document certifying learning achievements (a document attesting completion of educational curriculum or part of it abroad), which needs to be translated into Lithuanian. (The requirement to have the translation approved by the notary public depends on each school’s internal procedures);
- Other documents as indicated in the school admission procedure (each school establishes its own individual requirements for the documents to be submitted). Schools (primary, secondary and progymnasiums) give priority to the children whose place of residence is registered within the area serviced by schools; therefore, you may be required to submit a certificate as proof of your place of residence.
For a child under 14, a request for school admission has to be submitted by one of the parents (guardians), and from 14 years of age, the child is required to write an application him/herself (in some cases, different procedures may be adopted by schools)
The curriculum of primary, basic education, or part of it and part of the secondary education curriculum completed abroad is assessed by the school of your choice. Upon the student’s submission of the documents certifying his/her attendance of foreign schools, the school commission decides which part of of the Lithuanian schooling program it corresponds to. If necessary, the school in question may test the learning attainments acquired by the student and make recommendations for further learning.
The children with no proficiency in Lithuanian, prior to attending general education school, have an opportunity to learn the Lithuanian language in a special levelling class to bridge the language gap.
Admission may be carried out throughout the school year. However, it should be borne in mind that admission procedures are set by each school individually, therefore you should contact the school with specific questions such as a list of the documents to be submitted, admission dates and deadlines, a certificate confirming the registration of your place of residence, etc.
E.g., a ffifteen-year old Ąžuolas had been living for six years with his parents in Spain. After the family returned to Šiauliai, the boy chose to continue his studies in the Šiauliai Lieporiai gymnasium. Even though Ąžuolas had been attending a weekend Lithuanian school in Spain, his parents are not sure of the boy’s proficiency in Lithuanian, concerned that his language skills are good enough to resume studies in the Lithuanian school.
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