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kg051180
5/25/2016 09:21 EST

Hi, we are in the UK,, OH is taking on a job in Denmark and originally just he was going to move and I with our two daughter aged 11 and 6 were to stay in the UK.

However we decided that it be a good experience for the girls if we all moved.

I am a bit confused about the education system, understand it is form the age of 6 until 15 and happens in one school. does that mean all the children share the same cafeteria, school ground, classes?

I understand the school hours are from 8 until 12 for theses up to age nine or ten and 8 until 4 for these over that age.

Are there school uniforms, told some school have them.

Rather then start another thread, can I ask how common is smoking among Danish teens ie 11 upwards, I have been told it is very common, which worries me.

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Quickbooks
6/22/2016 06:56 EST

We emigrated with our teenage children, so my knowledge of the elementary grades is limited. My wife teaches at a private elementary school.

There are advantages to bringing your children with you from day one. Doing so means they qualify for Danish benefits in university. If they come later, I don't think they qualify. In major cities it is possible to obtain education in English at all levels, in government schools. There are many private schools that are government supervised, where the tuition is close to zero.

Uniforms are unknown here. They are counter to the cultural values of independence and flat administrative structure. Teachers are addressed by first name. The lower grades used to have half days as standard, but education reform a few years ago lengthened all the school days.

It is very common for all ages to share common facilities at a school, but they would not attend class together. They are also likely to be separated by floor or building wing.

The smoking rate is higher in Denmark than other educated countries, but it is still discouraged. It is not common to see young teenagers smoking. I have never seen my children or their friends smoking. At work, a small number of my colleagues smoke, but never indoors.

Denmark is a very safe and supportive place to raise children. Generally the social values are strong and we have never been concerned about our children exploring on their own or being out late at night. Students qualify for a flat rate unlimited travel pass, and they can explore quite far away.

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Expect to live in an apartment and not a home unless you have a very large budget for housing expenses. CIS and Rygaards are the only international schools I would recommend in any way. When setting a budget, double or triple it. And, lastly, rent through a rent manager and NOT directly with a home owner.

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