Education is compulsory for all children permanently living in Austria from the age of six. Schooling is compulsory for nine years in Austria (from six to fifteen years of age); public schools are tuition-free.
After children have successfully completed their first four years of compulsory primary school (Volksschule/Grundschule), they may attend: a main general secondary school (Hauptschule/Gymnasium) that offers upper levels as well, a new secondary school (Neue Mittelschule) which does not incorporate upper levels, or a secondary academic school (Unterstufe der Allgemeinbildenden Höheren Schule).
For their ninth year of schooling, children may attend a pre-vocational course (Polytechnische Schule), a vocational intermediate school (weiterführende berufsbildende Schule), the upper level of a secondary academic school, or the upper level of a secondary grammar school (Oberstufengymnasium). The pre-vocational course (Polytechnische Schule) prepares the student for vocational placements and professional theory training for apprenticeships and/or vocational schools.
Following completion of their ninth year of schooling, young people have the option of professional training in the form of an apprenticeship (vocational school and apprenticeship – dual training system), continuing their education at a secondary school, or entering the workforce.
Graduation from an academic secondary school or intermediate-level secondary technical/vocational school and passing the corresponding Matura examination entitles students to enroll in educational colleges, universities of applied sciences, academies, colleges, universities, etc. *
Cost: free (public school)
After school care in the afternoon (Hort): EUR 169,28/month
Food fee: EUR 65,35/month
Study help: courses for free: https://www.vhs.at/de/k/gratis-lernhilfe