Schools and education

Primary and secondary schools

Children in Norway start school in the autum of the year that they turn 6. Your child will automatically be registered at the local school, but you can choose to apply to another municipality school or one of the three private schools in Arendal.

Read more about schools in Arendal. (information in Norwegian)

Private schools:

Have you recently moved to Arendal, you have to contact your local school to get your child registered. You can also apply for one of the privat schools - you will find application form on their webpages (above). 

After school activity programme (SFO)

Before and after school hours, the school provides an After-school activity programme (SFO) for 1st to 4th grade children and for disabled children from 1st grade to 7th grade. You can get more information about SFO at the different schools.

Closing date for applications is 1st April.
Read more about after school programme (in Norwegian)

Arendal Adult Learning Centre

The school has three different departments where we offer

  • Norwegian language course for immigrants
  • Basic education and training at our primary school
  • Special needs education

Read more about the Adult Learning Centre.


Aust-Agder County Municipality is responsible for the highschools. In Arendal we have two highschools: