Basic education is free of charge. There are 14 Finnish language and 5 Swedish language basic schools where basic education is arranged in the city of Vaasa. Furthermore, there are a few private schools; Vaasan kristillinen koulu and Vaasan Rudolf Steiner-koulu as well as a state-run school, Vasa Övningsskola in the City.
Compulsory education applies to children who are permanent residents in Finland in the year in which they turn seven years old.
Compulsory education ends when the children have completed the basic education syllabus or ten years have passed since they started in compulsory education. The period of compulsory education may be extended due to a disability or illness.
Adults may complete the basic education syllabus for example at Vaasa opisto or Vasa Arbis.
The school year 2019-2020 for Finnish-speaking and Swedish-speaking comprehensive schools will begin on Monday, 12 August 2019 and end on Saturday, 30 May 2020.
Support for learning and schooling reinforces education, healthy growth and development, so that the basic education can be completed.
Pupil welfare refers to the promotion and maintenance of matters related to a child’s good learning, good mental and physical health, and social wellbeing. Every child in preschool and basic education is entitled to pupil welfare.
Special educational line means that one learning area is emphasized, eg. music or languages.
The City of Vaasa arranges morning and afternoon activities for pupils in Grades 1 and 2 as well as for pupils in other grades who are eligible for special support.