Compulsory education in Austria
Children residing primarily in Austria are required by law to attend school. Children who are age 6 by September 1st are required to begin formal education at school for a mandatory period of nine years. Parents can opt to send their child(ren) to a public school or to a private school.
Compulsory schools are as follows:
- Grades 1 – 4: primary school (Volksschule)
- Grades 5 – 8: choice of either a lower secondary school (Neue Mittelschule) or the lower level of an academic secondary school (the “Unterstufe” at an “Allgemein bildende höhere Schule” (AHS)
- Grade 9: enrollment at a polytechnic school or the completion of an advanced level academic secondary school, or a middle or advanced-level secondary vocational school.