Children who live permanently in Finland are subject to compulsory education. Compulsory education begins the year the child turns seven and lasts for nine years.
In basic education, teaching, school healthcare, all study materials and school meals are free. Sometimes transportation to and from school is also free.
The City of Oulu Department of Education runs 51 basic education schools, two of which are for children with special needs. The state-owned Oulun normaalikoulu and privately-owned Svenska Privatskolan i Uleåborg, Oulun steinerkoulu and Oulun kristillinen koulu are also located on Oulu.
Oulu International School
The City of Oulu Department of Education also runs an international school (Oulu International School, OIS) for pupils in grades one to nine. Teaching and other activities are mostly provided in English. The curriculum is based on the local basic education curriculum and IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) programmes. For more information, please visit the OIS school website.