Enrolling Your Child in a New School

Information on the enrolment procedure in Greece...

Children who are five years and six months old on 1 October are entitled to register in the first grade for the upcoming school year. Registration for primary school (dimotiko) and kindergarten usually takes place from 1–21 June at the school itself. Children attend school in the district where they live. The Town Hall will be able to advise parents of their catchment area.

Enrolment at secondary school usually takes place at the primary school that the child is already attending. In Athens, children are generally assigned to a school, whereas in less densely populated areas there may be a choice of schools that the child may attend. Newcomers to Greece should contact their Town Hall for information on enrolment procedures.

To register a child for school, a parent or guardian will be asked to provide the following documentation for the student (this is a summary; additional documentation may be required):

  • Birth certificate
  • Records of vaccinations for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (Pertussis), Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tuberculosis
  • Record of dental examinations
  • Proof of residency, such as a utility bill

Any documents in a language other than Greek must be translated into Greek by an official translator.