If you are thinking of moving to Crete with children, their education will be an important factor
affecting you decision of whether or not to move.

There is one full time school in Heraklion (the European school - non fee paying) which teaches
lessons in English and two full time private (fee paying) school in Chania which follow the
American curriculum.

The European School in Heraklion
The School of European Education (SEE) opened in September 2005. It  was set up as an
international school primarily in order to provide schooling for the children of the multi-lingual
European employees of ENISA, The European Organisation for the Safety of Networks and
Information, and to offer all pupils a European oriented intercultural and multilingual education.

The European school provides Nursery, Primary and Secondery school education.  As well as
providing education for the children of ENISA employees, the school also takes other pupils as

- Children of the employees of International Organizations and Diplomatic services that are
based in Heraklion, Crete
- Children whose parents (at least one of them) are nationals of an EU member state.

The School aims at familiarising the pupils with a multilingual and multicultural education.

The school is actually based in a Greek school, the 3rd Dimotiko of Heraklion  in Ag. Triada,  on
Savathianou street. It is part of the public school system and there are no fees.

At present (2015 – 2016), all years in the Greek and English Section of Primary Education,
operate. In Secondary Education all the classes of the Greek Section and 5 classes of the
English Section operate.
For more information about  the European School see their website at
http://sch-eur-education.ira.sch.gr/index.php/ Tel. (0030) 2810 301780
Read an article about the European school

Chania - Theodoropoulos International School
Theodoropoulos School  is a private school in Korakies, Akrotiri, Chania which teaches the
Calvert Homeschooling Curriculum (American curriculum). It is authorised by the Greek Ministry
of Education. All international students are accredited, are eligible to study anywhere abroad
and the transcription from the school will be accredited by colleges and universities in the USA.

Fees start at €7,800 per year (2010)

School main Website:
Email: kostas(at)zita.gr

Chania - Mavromakataki - Mitera Private School
The Mavromatiki-Mitera school offers English instruction using the American Calvert
Homeschooling Curriculum.  For all other subjects,  the classes are integrated with the Greek
school system offering far greater immersion without requiring supplemental studies at home
for Primary School from Kindergarten through 6th grade.  

www.mmschool.gr/en/ (English)

Part time English Language Schools
In Chania the Cross Cultural Center offers part time English language and cultural programmes
aimed at bi-lingual or native English speaking children.

Cross Cultural Center
32 Athinon
Koun Kapi
Contact Tel. Alexandra Mihelakis -+30 6948364682, Carla Dolce-Stavrides- +30 6948364681
and Karen Sifostratoudakis- +30 6948364680.
A message can also be left at the following landline number 2821054364.

Lessons are  two to three times a week, in the afternoon, 2 hours per session. There are
classes for pre -school aged children, right up to teens.    

Greek School
Any child who lives in Greece can attend Greek school.
To register your child at Greek school or nursery  go along to the school in your residential area.
Some documentation showing  your local address (e.g. electricity or phone bill) is usually
required, to prove that you are living in the area. You will also need the child's birth certificate,
and you may be asked for details/proof  of your child's innoculation history.

How will your child adjust to Greek school?
In general, the younger the child, the easier it will be for him/her to adapt. Toddlers and small
children adapt and absorb  new language very  easily. Children who join a Greek school at a
very young age should progress normally (and with the help of extra lessons, as is the norm for
Greek school children) through the Greek school system.

Older children, and especially those coming up to, and in,  their teens  may have a very hard
time adjusting. They will be thrown into a strange language and culture and any child who is
not  fluent in Greek will be placed in a class with much younger children as they learn the
language. Note that this does not mean they will be taught Greek in class - they will be sitting
in on lessons which will be impossible for them to understand if they don't fully comprehend
Greek.. Imagine how your 12 year old will feel spending seven hours a day in a class of 8 year
olds, with whom he can hardly communicate...

You should carefully consider what effect a move would have on older children in particular, and
their future education. Children from another country with little or no knowledge of Greek, who
join the system mid way through are unlikely to graduate from high school as they will not have
the language skills. Think of  reading and debating Greek literature, for example,  or passing an
advanced physics exam in Greek, after just two or three years studying the language, and
having missed much of the curriculum.

Nursery Schools
The state nursery schools  'nipio' , start taking children who have reached their fourth birthday
by the start of the school year (September). There are two years of state nursery school, 'pro
nipio' and 'nipio', however some nursery schools have a shortage of teachers and so will only
take children in the second year (nipio) i.e. at 5 years old.
You should enquire at the nearest school to where you will be living.

Private nurseries in Crete are very reasonably priced, and many working parents send their
young children to one. The cost is around  250 Euros a month for 5 days a week, and you can
negotiate a better price for part time. It may be a good idea for a young child to go to one of
these nurseries, even part time, just to get used to the language. They generally accept babies
from a few months old, up to children of five.


Further reading
Wanting to move family to Crete on the forum.

If you have any other questions about schooling in Crete you can ask for advice on the
from members living in Crete, or on the Living in Crete
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