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How to Enroll Your Children in School in Latvia

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you're a newcomer in Latvia and enrolling your children in school in Latvia, here's how:

Enrolling your child in a public school in Latvia can be a complex process, especially for expats who are unfamiliar with the country's education system. It requires careful preparation and submission of several documents, including your child's birth certificate, proof of residence, and health records. Additionally, you may need to provide proof of your legal status in Latvia. Understanding the steps involved can help make the process smoother and less stressful.

  1. Research Schools: Start by researching the public schools in your area. Consider factors such as the school's curriculum, language of instruction (Latvian, Russian, or bilingual), and proximity to your home. You can find information about schools on the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science website.
  2. Prepare Necessary Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. These typically include your child's birth certificate, proof of residence (such as a utility bill or lease agreement), and health records. If the documents are not in Latvian, you may need to have them translated and notarized.
  3. Apply for a Personal Code: In Latvia, every resident, including children, must have a personal code (personas kods). This is a unique identification number used in all interactions with public authorities. You can apply for a personal code at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.
  4. Submit Application: Once you have all the necessary documents and your child's personal code, you can submit an application to the school of your choice. The application process may vary from school to school, so it's best to contact the school directly for specific instructions.
  5. Attend Interview or Assessment: Some schools may require an interview or assessment before admission. This is especially common for older children, who may need to demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction.
  6. Receive Confirmation: After the school has reviewed your application and conducted any necessary assessments, they will notify you of their decision. If your child is accepted, the school will provide you with information about the start date, school supplies, and any other necessary preparations.
  7. Register for School Transport: If necessary, register your child for school transport. Some municipalities in Latvia provide free school transport for children who live a certain distance from the school.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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