In Norway, all children between the ages of 6 and 19 years old have the right to an education lasting a total of 13 years. This right is valid from the first year of primary school to the last year of secondary school. This is often known as basic education. Children not only have this right of education, but it is compulsory until secondary education commences.  In Haram we have 11 elementary schools (years 1 - 10).  Two of these are private.

Elementary school

The first 10 years of the norwegian education system are known as "grunnskule" (elementary school). Elementary school is free. The first seven years of elementary school (years 1 to 7) are known as "barneskule" (childrens school - or primary school). The last 3 years (years 8 to 10) are known as "ungdomskule" (youth school - typically middle school in other countries).
To register your child for a place at school, you should contact your nearest school directly, or alternatively contact the municipality.


Skulefritidsordninga (after-school programme) is an arrangement at schools for children in years 1 to 4. It differs from the normal school or nursery programme and does not include structured teaching. SFO is intended to be a safe place for children outside normal school hours, where they can be cared for and supervised, providing a suitable environment for playing, cultural and recreational activities, to suit the needs of the children and also of the parents (who may be at work at that time). For more information about SFO, visit:

Secondary School

Children who have completed elementary school or the equivalent, have the right to attend secondary school. Secondary school in Norway is usually 3 years, or for industry-related courses they may be 2 years at school and 2 years placement in industry. Completion of secondary school will give you either the basic qualification required for further study in higher education or a vocational qualification.

For more information about secondary education, visit : vilbli.no eller haram.vgs.no

Higher Education - High Schools and University

To gain entry to a high school or university, as indicated above you need the necessary qualification from secondary school. On completion of studies at a high school or university, one can attain a bachelor or masters degree or doctorate (PhD).  For more information on studying at unversity and admission requirements etc, visit : samordnaopptak.no


"Pedagogisk-psykologisk teneste (PPT or PP-tenesta)" - The Educational and Psychological Service is a municipal or county counseling service. Its function is to help children, youths and adults with developmental problems or those who have difficulties with learning.

PPT shall advise and provide guidance to schools to help the children and young people that need it, and help the schools to modify their teaching to better suit pupils with special needs. PPT also helps adults who need elementary school.  You will find more information here:  udir.no

Important points to consider for your children's education

  • All teaching is in the Norwegian language. Consequently it is essential that your child learns Norwegian as quickly  as possible.
  • Children learn a language through many mechanisms, including social interaction with friends and outside school hours.
  • In order to quickly gain Norwegian friends, it is recommended that children participate in organised activities outside school times, for example: football, handball, swimming, brass band ("korps") and events organised by performing arts organisations locally.
  • In Norway your child will get homework from school. Even though you may not yet be able to speak Norwegian yourself, we recommend you listen to your child reading aloud.
  • The cooperation between schools and parents is very important, particularly to ensure that your child has the best opportunity to progress. As a result, you must ensure that you are well informed about what is happening at school and that you participate in school events to which parents are invited or are expected to attend.
  • Correct diet is important for the development of a child and for studying effectively. Consequently it is important that your children eat a healthy breakfast before beginning their day at school, and that they take a good packed lunch with them to school.  For advice and tips, you can read more here: helsedirektoratet.no
  • It is very important for schools that you ask questions if you are unsure about anything, and that you request a meeting if you need further clarification.