First grade applications for Tallinn schools can be submitted from March 1

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First day of school ceremony at an Estonian school. Source: Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR

From Monday (March 1) parents can submit applications for children entering the first grade of a Tallinn municipal school in September 2021.

Applications will be accepted until March 15 via eKool and on paper at the Tallinn Education Department. Parents are reminded to prefer e-service if possible, due to the situation of increased risk of COVID-19.

Applications are accepted from parents whose place of residence according to the Estonian Population Register is Tallinn. In the case of an application submitted at eKool, the parent will receive a notification to the e-mail address no later than May 20. If the application was submitted on paper, the parent will receive the notice by post to the child's population register address.

In determining a child's school of residence, Tallinn takes into account the proximity of the student's place of residence to the school and the enabling of siblings to study in the same school. If possible, parents' requests are taken into account.

If there are more children living in the area of a school than there are places in the school, the time of entering the residence data of the persons in the population register may be taken into account, giving preference to those whose entry in the register is earlier.

The school is assigned to a child even if the application is not submitted, in which case the basis is the data of the population register. However, it is worth submitting the application, as it provides important information for determining the school, including the child's language of instruction and the siblings' studying at the same school.

All children living in Tallinn according to the Estonian Population Register are guaranteed a school place in a municipal school. Schooling is compulsory for a child who turns 7 by October 1. At the request of a parent, a 6-year-old child can also enter school. In this case, the parent is required to submit a document proving the child's preparedness for school with the application. 

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