In Hungary, mandatory school age is between age 6 and 16. The new Act on General Education allows for the starting date to be postponed and a one year extension period granted by the child's kindergarten, which determines whether the child is ready for school. In addition, if the children’s development and abilities allow, then the parents can request ann early entrance to school before the age of 6.

Basic education is provided in 8-grade single structure schools comprising primary and lower secondary education. Primary education comprises grades 1 to 4, while lower secondary education comprises grades 5 to 8. Subjects learnt in primary schools include literature, grammar, mathematics, music, art, physical education, environmental studies (from 1st to 5th grade), biology (from 6th grade), geography (from 6th grade), history (from 5th grade), history of art, physics (from 6th grade), chemistry (from 7th grade), as well as one or two foreign languages (usually either English, German or French).

Debrecen offers a wide range of primary schools in order to ensure that each student’s needs are met and their social, physical and intellectual development is addressed in the best possible way.

To find out more about the primary schools maintained by the School District Centre of Debrecen, the churches, public institutions, or various foundations, visit the official website of the city (only available in Hungarian) and their respective website.

In addition, the Elementary School section of the International School of Debrecen (ISD) offers an engaging, relevant and transdisciplinary curriculum for learners aged between 6–11. For detailed information about the ISD and its programme, visit the section on the ‘International School of Debrecen’ or the official website of ISD.

The array of educational institutions will be further extended with the opening of the Deutsche Schule Debrecen (German Primary School and Secondary School of Debrecen). The school will offer a German curriculum and a diploma that is equivalent to one that can be obtained in Germany.