Primary school for children and youth is free of charge and provided by the state. In Slovenia, primary education is compulsory and lasts 9 years. It is divided into 3 three-year cycles. In the first cycle (1st-3rd grade) most of the subjects are taught by a single class teacher. In the 1st grade, in addition to a teacher, there is also an educator.
Parents have to enrol children in the 1st grade of primary school in the calendar year in which their children reach the age of 6. Children are to be enrolled in February for the following school year in the school district of permanent or temporary residence.
The school year begins on the 1st of September and ends on the 31st of August of the following year. Classes are held 5 days a week and one lesson lasts 45 minutes. Apart from summer holidays, lasting about 10 weeks, pupils also have autumn holidays, Christmas and New Year holidays, winter holidays and the first of May holidays. Furthermore, no lessons are held on public holidays.
For foreigners there are several different options for primary school education both state and private with a publicly recognised education programe for foreign children.
Detailed information on the primary school programe and accompanying activities please contact us.