Basic education

Currently a total of 59 children and young people with a mother tongue other than Finnish are studying in the comprehensive schools operated by Varkaus City.  The biggest group is Russian-speaking children and youth, followed by Arabic and Turkish.
Additionally, instruction in Swedish is provided by Svenska skolan i Varkaus and English tuition by Könönpelto School.

The Könönpelto School offers the opportunity to receive instruction in English. The subjects taught in English include mathematics, environmental studies, natural sciences and other subjects as appropriate. Actual English studies, which would otherwise start in the second year, begin in the first year, initially one lesson per week. Applications for the English programme are accepted from all districts within the city limits.