Education for children

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

Pre-school education. Pre-school education in Lithuania is not compulsory. Pre-school institutions accept children from birth to 6 (in exceptional cases up to 5) years old, until they start attending a pre-primary group (also known as a preparatory or “zero” group).

Important! What do you have to know if you want to register your child for a nursery?

  • The procedure for admission to pre-school education is determined by the municipality;
  • Information on registering children for nurseries has to be searched on particular municipality’s website or in the education unit of the municipality administration.
  • Pre-school and pre-primary education programs in Lithuania are carried out in Lithuanian. At your request and with a sufficient number of those who wish, national minority nurseries can provide education in Russian and Polish.
  • To register a child in a pre-school educational institution, first fill in the application form. It is usually filled online, especially in major cities, or filled in personally at nurseries.
  • The child’s health certificate must be provided in advance, which must be submitted when attending a nursery.
  • The price of a nursery of the municipality is calculated on the basis of factually attended days, but on average it can reach about 60 Euro / month.
  • Your child may attend a private nursery. Admission to private nurseries is open all year round. To give a child private nursery schooling is enough to sign a contract with nursery administration. Private nursing cost ranges from 120 to 400 Euro / month. The municipalities of Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipeda compensate the fee to parents of all children attending private nursery up to 100 Euro per month for each child. Regardless of the income earned by parents, compensation may be received if at least one of the parent’s declared and actual place of residence is in the territory of the municipality. In Vilnius and Klaipeda, an application for fee compensation can be filled in through a private nursery that you signed the contract with. Compensation is not changed throughout the school year (Source: ).

Pre-primary education has been compulsory since September 1, 2016. One of the goals of pre-primary education is to help with preparation for successful schooling. Pre-primary education takes one year before starting primary school. Pre-school education in Lithuania is usually conducted in nurseries and less often in schools.

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: ).

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.

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