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How to Enroll Your Children in School in Lithuania

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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

Enrolling your child in a public school in Lithuania can be a straightforward process, provided you have all the necessary paperwork and information at hand. As an expat, you may find the system slightly different from your home country, but the Lithuanian education system is welcoming and inclusive. The key documents you will need include your child's birth certificate, proof of residence, and immunization records. It's also important to understand the school year structure, as well as the language of instruction, which in most public schools is Lithuanian. However, there are also several bilingual and international schools available.

  1. Research Schools: Start by researching the different public schools available in your area. Consider factors such as the school's reputation, the curriculum, the language of instruction, and the distance from your home. You can find information about different schools on the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science website.
  2. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your child's birth certificate, proof of residence (such as a utility bill or rental agreement), and immunization records. If your documents are not in Lithuanian, you may need to have them translated and notarized.
  3. Application: Once you have chosen a school, you will need to fill out an application form. This can usually be done online or in person at the school. The form will ask for basic information about your child and your family.
  4. Interview: Some schools may require an interview or assessment for your child. This is to assess your child's academic level and language proficiency. It's a good idea to prepare your child for this to reduce any anxiety they may have.
  5. Enrollment: If your application is successful, you will be asked to complete an enrollment form. This will officially register your child at the school. You will also need to provide any additional documents requested by the school, such as a medical certificate.
  6. Orientation: Most schools offer an orientation session for new students and their parents. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, see the facilities, and ask any questions you may have.
  7. Start of School: The school year in Lithuania starts on September 1st and ends in mid-June. Make sure your child is prepared with all the necessary school supplies and uniforms, if required.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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