Education up to the age of 16 is compulsory and guaranteed by the state for Lithuanian citizens and residents as well as foreigners having a residence permit in Lithuania.
You can get a brief introduction on education system in Lithuania at https://www.smm.lt/web/en/education_1
Important! What do you have to know if you want to register your child for school?
Education in Lithuania is compulsory for children aged from 7 to 16 years. Education at municipal schools is free. Children of migrants (foreigners and citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, who arrived or returned from abroad to live and work in Lithuania, studying in general education classes) receive additional 30% funding to facilitate integration by providing more general education subjects / lessons than for the rest of class.
For a school you want to study at, you have to provide the following:
- Application form.
- A document certifying learning achievements (a document certifying a curriculum completed abroad or part of it), which must be translated into Lithuanian (the requirement to certify the translation by a notary depends on the internal order of each school).
- Other documents specified in the procedures for admission to school (each school establishes individual requirements, which documents to submit).
- Schools (primary, basic, progymnasium) give priority to children with a place of residence registered in the area served by the school, therefore a certificate of the residence place can be required.
- Up to the age of 14, the application form is submitted by one of parents (foster parents), and from the age of 14 a child must fill in the application form himself / herself (in individual cases, schools may establish different procedures).
- The elementary or basic education curriculum completed abroad or a part of it and a part of the secondary education curriculum is assessed by the chosen school. The school commission decides which part of the Lithuanian curriculum corresponds the presented documents. If necessary, the school organizes an examination of acquired learning achievements and provides guidance for further learning.
- Children who do not speak Lithuanian, before studying at general education school, can study Lithuanian in an equalization class. The level of Lithuanian language proficiency is assessed by the commission formed in the school.
- Admission takes place throughout the school year. However, since the admission procedure is established by each school individually, address a particular school for the list of documents submitted, admission dates, requirements for residence registration (Source: http://renkuosilietuva.lt/ ).
Primary Education is the first formal education program. It is carried out according a 4-year elementary education curriculum (forms 1–4). After finishing the program primary education certificate is granted. A child can become a student of primary school if reaches the age of 7 in that calendar year. In exceptional cases, a child can be accepted one year early.
After primary education, students study according to basic education program that lasts for 6 years. Basic education program is implemented in lower secondary, secondary, youth, vocational schools, schools, gymnasiums. Compulsory basic education program consists of two parts. Part I: 4 years (in forms 5–8), and Part II: 2 years (in forms 9–10, or in gymnasium I–II classes).
Secondary education is not compulsory, it lasts for 2 years (forms 11 and 12, or gymnasium forms III–IV). Secondary education program is provided in secondary schools, gymnasiums, and vocational schools.