Education in Lithuania
Education for residents in Lithuania is free and compulsory for all children between the ages of 7 and 15. At school students learn Polish, Russian, and even Yiddish. Students are offered the choice of learning either English, German, or French as a second language. The education system covers: preschool, general secondary, vocational, junior college, higher, and adult education. After 10 years of schooling students may continue for the final two years or enter vocational junior colleges or manual training schools.
Although private schools in Lithuania are quite expensive, the best choice for expats is to send their children to private schools, as they are mostly international and expat-oriented. The majority of private schools are in Vilnius – the capital city of Lithuania. Enrolment procedures vary from school to school. Tuition tends to be expensive, based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning in smaller class sizes, with first-rate facilities and extracurricular activities. There are several private institutions, attractive to expats, such as “Vilnius International School”, “The American International school of Vilnius”, “Vilnius Montessori Pre-School”, and “Vilnius Lyceum”. There is also a French international school called “L’Ecole Francaise de Vilnius”, and a German international school called “Saules Gojus”.