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Ikast-Brande is proud to host a full continuum of accredited international education possibilities for our ex-patriate parents and their children. A choice can be made between the International School Ikast-Brande (ISIB) offering the Cambridge Int. Curriculum, and Ikast-Brande Gymnasium, offering the IB Diploma Program for the older students. Parents can also choose one of the Danish local schools and learn Danish at Sprogcenter Midt.

Children in classroom


    Danish schools

    If your child speaks Danish, you can choose between: 

    • State schools (in Danish: folkeskole) 
    • Private schools (in Danish: frie grundskoler/friskoler), where parents pay for the tuition.  

    Curious to see how the Danish Education System is structured? You can get an overview at the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

    Go to The Ministry of Higher Education and Science (opens in a new page)

    The State schools provide public education for children between the ages of 6 and 16. In Denmark, there is 10 years' compulsory school education. Children start school in August of the year they reach age six. The first year is kindergarten, and is followed by nine years' schooling which may be supplemented by an optional year in 10th Grade. 

    How to enrol?

    Your child automatically belongs to a school in the school district in which you live. When your child is approaching school age, you will receive a letter from the school informing you how to enrol your child and inviting you to visit the school. You can choose a different State school or a private school (Friskole or Fri Grundskole), in which case you have to make contact with the school yourself. Once you have found a suitable school, you can arrange to be shown around by the head of the school.

    Each school has its own set of practical rules, such as whether children must change shoes when they enter the building, where they may gather during breaks, lunch scheme, etc. These practical rules are found on the individual school's website.

    Overview of schools in Ikast-Brande Municipality (in Danish)

    When a bilingual child begins primary and lower secondary school, an assessment is carried out to determine whether the child needs help with Danish as a second language.

    If necessary, the child can receive special tuition in Danish as a second language, either all day or during Danish lessons. This is called a "modtageklasse" or receiving class, and it is available to children from the pre-school class right up to the 9th Grade, if needed.

    In Ikast-Brande Kommune, three schools offer receiving classes. These are Præstelundskolen in Brande, Vestre Skole in Ikast and Ejstrupholm Skole.

    In Ikast-Brande Municipality, children can be looked after at after-school care schemes (SFO) until they finish the 5th Grade. Here, children can play with their friends, do homework and take part in various other activities.

    There is an SFO connected to each of the state schools in Ikast-Brande, and in order to enrol your child you will have to fill out a form that you can get from either the local school or the SFO.

    You must bear some of the costs for this care service, unless you are given a free place. You can apply to your municipal authority for a free place.

    In addition to state schools, there are private schools (in Danish: frie grundskoler) where parents pay for their children's education. Private schools may be based on a different philosophy than state schools, but the academic subjects and social skills taught are the same.


    Schools with instructions in English

    English speaking children can study all of their education in Ikast-Brande Municipality at:

    • International School Ikast-Brande (ISIB) and
    • Ikast-Brande IB School

    Both schools are located in Ikast.

    Most international schools are established in accordance with the rules governing Frie Grundskoler and receive grant aid from the Danish State. There are also school fees, which vary from one school to the next.

    How to enrol?

    Visit the website of the requested school for further information. See links below.

    International School Ikast-Brande (ISIB)

    The curriculum of The International School Ikast-Brande is patterned on the Cambridge Educational System. ISIB has students between the ages of 3 and 16. The school is located right next to Ikast-Brande Gymnasium where the International Baccalaureate (IB) is offered thereby making this a center for international education all the way until the students are ready for university. For information about school fees and enrolment, please visit the website.

    Visit International School Ikast-Brande (ISIB)
    Students from Ikast-Brande IB School

    Ikast-Brande IB School

    At Ikast-Brande IB School, we can offer you a great programme with lots of opportunities for personal growth in a small and tight-knit school atmosphere where you will easily come to know all of your peers, both inside and outside of the diploma programme. With only 600 students at our school, you will have a distinct and important role in the school community. As an IB student, you will be challenged both academically and personally. For enrolment, please see website.

    Visit Ikast-Brande IB School
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    Further education in English

    Aarhus University and VIA University College have divisions in Herning with study programmes in English within Engineering, Business and Fashion.

    Visit Study in Herning

    Learn Danish at Sprogcenter Midt

    Speaking Danish will help you integrate in your local area. It helps you find new network and friends, understand the Danish culture and integrate in sports and association activities.

    Learn more about learning Danish