There are about 120 private schools in Denmark with approximately 41.000 students. Denmark has a 200 year old tradition of private schools. Private schools offer the same level of education as in Danish “folkeskole”, but the education often takes place in a more liberal way.
Private schools are private, self- governing institutions, but if they fulfil the general quality requirements from the Ministry of Education, then they are entitled to a subsidy that covers up to 85% of their expenses. The rest is to be financed by user’s fee.
The teacher’s background:
Most of the teachers in private schools possess the same level of education as teachers in the “folkeskole”. It is normally an education of 4 years duration at a teachers college or a similar education from another country. Private schools often employ teachers with another background as well. Foreign language teachers are often native speakers.
School fee payment, incl. books, text books and material, but not expenses covering excursions, make up approximately DKK 1.000 a month.
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