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Education in Croatia is available to all, under equal conditions, in line with their capabilities. Compulsory education is free of charge, as stipulated by law, while private schools and colleges/polytechnics can be established in accordance with the relevant legal framework. Primary and middle school education is obligatory. Public schools only teach in the Croatian language which can be very hard to adjust to.
Learning Croatian can be challenging. The language is South Slavic in origin and is classified as a “Category III” language by the U.S. State Department. These “hard” languages have large cultural and linguistic differences when compared to English. The Croatian proclivity for English seems to stem from the use of Croatian subtitles for television and films. In many other countries, English is dubbed into the local language.
For expat families that are considering relocating, international schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Croatia. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe such as internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Croatia with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Croatia. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French or German education system.
Split currently has 4 international kindergarten and elementary schools.
Zagreb currently has 10 international kindergartens, elementary and high school.
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"Bravo" Center was created in 2011 following the closure of the French School of Split which was an initiative of the parents of students and workers who regretted the loss of an establishment allowing their children to follow immersion education in French and English. Bravo offers programs for children from the 3 years and older.
"Fun2Learn" is a kindergarten and elementary school for early learning of foreign languages. "Fun2Learn" offers programs for children from the 2 years to 12 through playing, singing, and other stimulative games. Programs are offered in English, Spanish & German.
"Harfa" International School is a primary and middle school open for both local and foreign students living in Split. All courses are taught in English. The school’s curriculum follows a globally-recognized and well-respected curricular framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.
Web site: www.posh.hr
"Aspalathos" International School is a primary, middle & high school open for both local and foreign students living in Split. All courses are taught in English. The school’s curriculum follows a globally-recognized and well-respected curricular framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.
Location: Kninska 3329, 21204 Dugopolje
Web site: https://splitinternational.org
Bright Horizons Zagreb is a primary school that offers an international education in English for kids age 4 to 11 years old. The school offers a developmental curriculum in line with the UK National Curriculum enriched with the International Primary Curriculum.
BISZ is a primary school that offers an international education in English for kids age 4 to 13 years old. The school offers the English National Curriculum alongside the inquiry based International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
AISZ has separate English language Elementary, Middle, and High School programs. The curriculum follows an American academic program with subjects of Mathematics, Science, English, Social Studies, and more. The school offers the IB program.
Location: Ulica Damira Tomljanovića Gavrana 3, 10 020 Zagreb
Web site: https://www.aisz.hr/
"The Learning Tree" International Kindergarten is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sports in Croatia. It offers programs for children from the 2 years to 6.
Ecole Française de Zagreb is a primary, middle and high school that offers an international education in French language. EFIZ offers instruction in French and official French curriculum. It is actually a constituent of the German International School of Zagreb. Croatian students are accepted as well as international students.
DISZ school belongs to the network of German schools abroad which are funded by the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen or ZfA) on behalf of the Foreign Office. There is a kindergarten, Grundschule, and Gymnasium. Instruction is in German, with Croatian and English also used for instruction.
Kindie International Kindergarten (DV "Mala kuća") is an international kindergarten with an accredited kindergarten whose academic program has been approved and recognized by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport. Kindie provides half-day and full-day programmes for children from 1 to 7 years of age.
"Matija Gubec" International School is a primary, middle & high school open for both local and foreign students living in Zagreb. All courses are taught in English. The school’s curriculum follows a globally-recognized and well-respected curricular framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.
Kindergarten Horizons (Dječji vrtić Obzori) is an international kindergarten with an accredited kindergarten whose academic program has been approved and recognized by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport. Horizons provides half-day and full-day programmes for children from 1 to 7 years of age.
The Little Star Kindergarten program aims to provide quality education for children 3 to 6 years old. By incorporating history, geography, science, social studies, art, music and children's literature into everyday teaching, children are able to explore the English language and learn basic reading, writing and mathematical skills in a fun and intuitive way.
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