Kids in school environment.

Photo: Maskot Bildbyrå AB / Johnér

Schools and education

In Umeå knowledge matters. With two universities and Sweden’s highest share of PhDs – education is a priority.

In Umeå, we value the quality of our schools, all the way from preschool to higher education. The students are provided with a safe environment for learning, were respect, equality and connection to others are a priority. Compared to other regions, students from Umeå are preforming second to best in the country and the share of qualified teachers are high.

The cultural life in Umeå are also a big part of the student’s everyday life. Umeå are investing in children being able to find cultural activities fitting for both school and extracurricular activities to a higher degree than other cities in Sweden. Students in Umeå can take part of different cultural expressions like newcircus, theatre, music, handicraft, film and a lot more.

We know that physical wellbeing are a key to healthy students and a deeper learning. This is the focus of the pilot project “Physical literacy on your way to school”. The project emanates from the physical literacy theory and the project aims to transform the children’s walk to school into an experience, in effort to give the children the possibility to develop lust and abilities to be more physically active on their way to school.

Kids running to school

Photo: Viktoria Henriksson / Johnér

Elementary Schools

The school purpose is to create the right conditions for the students, to be able to learn and develop social competence, empathy and understanding. We call it learning for a sustainable development and learning for life.

Umeå have got over 50 elementary schools, both public and private. All of the public schools maintain a high quality and are driven by an dedicated and qualified staff. The private schools have different profiles and pedagogical orientations which you can read more about on their websites.

High Schools

We provide knowledge and a safe environment for learning. There are several public and private high schools both inside and outside of the inner city . Our schools can offer qualified teachers, special education needs coordinators, school nurses, school psychologists, curators, school doctors, student counselors, IT- technicians, sports centers, school libraries and everything else needed in effort to provide your child with the means to grow.

If you want to continue on to higher education after high school or choose a vocational program, or perhaps combine high-level athletics with your high school studies, you can. In Umeå there is an education for everyone. Riksgymnasiet at Dragonskolan can offer a customized educational progam for people with a physical disability, where the school, habilitation and dormitory are working together.

Adult education

The center for adult education (Komvux) is a place where you can find information about studies, professions and the labor market. They also manage guidance counselling, applications and admissions. Komvux can offer both theoretical courses and vocational programs.

You can study at elementary- or high-school level and choose between distance studies or on location. The center for adult education also provides studies in the Swedish language to immigrants.

Komvux vocational programs are a response towards a direct demand from the labor market and are run in collaboration with employers.

Elementary schools External link, opens in new window. – information and links to the elementary schools.

High-schools External link, opens in new window. – information and links to high-schools in the Umeå region.

Special schools External link, opens in new window. – information and links to the schools for students with special needs.

Kulturskolan External link, opens in new window. – information and links to the school of culture.

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