School is compulsory for all children aged 7-16 living in Sweden. Tuition is free of charge and children at compulsory school are also given free lunch. A pupil can receive a special diet for medical, ethical or religious reasons if a certificate is presented from a doctor, registered dietician or school nurse. Most schools in the municipality have public activity without specialisation. Some units have special profiling.
A place is always reserved for children who live in the school’s catchment area and they always have priority to the school. Legal guardians of a child can choose to apply for a place for their child in a school other than the one assigned by the municipality, but the child can only be registered there if there are free spaces. The preschool pupils (six-year-olds) are integrated into the lower years of compulsory school.
Pupils in a preschool class or compulsory school are entitled to free school transport from their home to the school if certain distance criteria are met. If the legal guardian of the child applies for a place at a school other than the one assigned in the municipal school management area, he/she must pay for school transport himself/herself.
Pupils who live with each parent in turn can apply for school transport, under certain conditions. School transport for alternate accommodation is applied for, for one school year at a time.
Pupils with disabilities or other special circumstances, for example, medical reasons, may be entitled to free school transport if they have a doctor’s certificate to support their requirement.