International kindergartens, elementary and primary schools in Croatia

International kindergarten in Zagreb
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In Croatia, there are both public and private schools. In the private sector, there are 12 international schools that offer programs in foreign languages including Chinese, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

For parents who have moved to Croatia with their family, enrolling your child in a school that teaches in your native language may be preferable over public schools who only teach in Croatian.

In addition to the wide variety of languages offered by these schools, some offer intensive internationally-recognized curriculum based in technology, sports and arts.

In this post, we go over all 12 international kindergarten, elementary and primary schools in Split and Zagreb including what they offer, what it costs and how to find them.

Split

Split currently has 2 international kindergarten and elementary schools including:

#1 Fun2Learn

Fun2Learn is a kindergarten and elementary school for early learning of foreign languages. Children learn English, German and Spanish through playing, singing, story-telling, cartoons, toys, and other stimulative games and requisites.

Fun2Learn’s programs promote respect and understanding towards other cultures, nations, languages and traditions.

Languages

  • English (primary)
  • German
  • Spanish

Programs

  • Playschool – 2-6 years of age
  • Pre-primary – 2-6 years of age
  • Primary – 7-12 years of age
  • English Through Science – 7-12 years of age
  • Primary Plus – 7-12 years of age

Costs

  • Playschool – 850 kuna per month
  • Pre-primary – 38 hours for 2500 kuna
  • Primary – 38 hours for 2500 kuna
  • English through science – 38 hours for 2500 kuna
  • Primary Plus – 390 kuna per month

Contact information

Locations: Kralja Zvonimira 48, Trondheimska 25, 21 000 Split
Phone: +385 (0)95 111 13 33
Email: [email protected]
Web site: https://fun2learn.hr

#2 Bravo!

Bravo! is a cultural center that offers foreign language programs for children from the 3 years of age and older. Their programs help children to develop their social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional skills.

The curriculum covers classes from the alphabet, numbers, shapes, weather, colors, geography, science, and everyday life. They approach children through singing, reading, writing, drawing, storytelling, and rhymes.

Languages

  • English
  • French

Programs

  • CNED program
  • Full day program (English & French)
  • Half day program (English & French)
  • 1 1/2 hrs of French all week (school aged)
  • Evening program (school aged-English)

Costs

Contact school directly

Contact information

Location: Križine 4, 21000 Split
Phone: +385 (0)91 568 0354; +385 (0)97 654 4262
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Web site: http://www.bravo-centar.com/en/

Zagreb

Zagreb currently has 10 international kindergartens, elementary and primary schools including:

#1 American International School of Zagreb

American International School of Zagreb – AISZ was founded in 1966. Their new campus at Bundek is the most energy-efficient building in Central and Eastern Europe. The school currently has 274 students of 36 nationalities enrolled. The average class size consists of 18 students and 54 mentors are employed.

AISZ employs a licensed doctor of general medicine and a physical trainer for athletics. The school offers a bunch of sports, academic and cultural activities for its students. It is equipped with 2 libraries, full-size gym, fitness room, dance studio, music room, 3 art rooms, 2 adventure playgrounds, a football pitch, a handball court and 4 tennis courts.

Languages

  • English – basic
  • Croatian – instructional
  • French, German – optional

Programs

  • Lower school (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st – 5th grade)
  • Middle school (6th – 8th grade)
  • High school (9th – 12th grade)

Costs for the school year 2019-2020

  • Pre-kindergarten – 6.700 €
  • Kindergarten – 16.100 €
  • Lower school – 16.100 €
  • Middle school – 17.235 €
  • High school – 17.750 €

Contact information

Location: Ulica Damira Tomljanovića Gavrana 3, 10 020 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 7999 300
Email: [email protected]
Web site: https://www.aisz.hr/

#2 British International School of Zagreb

The British International School of Zagreb – BISZ began in 2013 as a sister school of Kreativan razvoj private primary school, which has bee operating for 24 years.

It is the first school in Croatia to offer a Cambridge Secondary and Advanced qualification, which enables students to enroll into any university in the world. BISZ’s teaching is organized in small classes to encourage student’s creativity and talents.

Extra-curricular activities include table tennis, yoga, basketball, swimming and soccer. The school provides 3 meals during the day. All students wear school uniforms.

The international environment is made of students representing more than 50 different nationalities. BISZ is located in a valley only 5 kilometers from the city center of Zagreb, surrounded by green areas and sport courts.

Languages

  • English – basic language
  • Croatian, Italian, German – additional languages

Programs

  • Preschool
  • Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2 of the primary school
  • Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11
  • Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13

Costs for school year 2020-2021

  • Preschool – 41.500 kuna
  • Primary section (years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) – 83.000 kuna
  • Middle years (years 7, 8, 9) – 91.000 kuna
  • Secondary section (years 10, 11) – 99.000 kuna
  • Full boarding program including annual tuition fee (11 to 18 years old) – 120.000 – 150.000 kuna

Contact information

Address: Dedići 102, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 4611 007
Web site: https://www.britishschool.hr/

 

#3 British International School of Zagreb Bright Horizons

The British International School of Zagreb Bright Horizons – IBSZ Bright Horizons is a modern school with large, bright classrooms located at Sveti Duh. It offers international education based on UK educational standards with a challenging learning environment.

School children wear unique uniforms to prevent discrimination based on dissimilarities.The school promotes both modern and traditional values.

Some of the extracurricular activities offered are robotics, theater, music, art, drama, zoo visits, eco trips, chess club, bridge club, and tennis lessons.

IBSZ offers bus transport for their students. They also provide a lunch service and additional nutritious snacks during morning and afternoon breaks.

Languages

  • English – basic language
  • Croatian, Spanish, German – additional languages

Programs

  • Years 1-6
  • Year 7-8

Costs for school year 2020-2021

  • Registration/enrollment fee – 3.000 kuna
  • Years 1-6 – 5.900 kuna per month / 59.000 kuna per year
  • Year 7-8 – 6.900 kuna per month / 69.000 kuna per year

Contact information

Location: Sveti Duh 122, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 37 45 146
Email: [email protected]
Web site: https://britishschool-zagreb.hr/

 

#4 Deutsche Internationale Schule Zagreb

Deutsche Internationale Schule Zagreb – DIZS belongs to a network consisting of 140 German international schools. The school’s focus is on the German language and literature, education, meetings and exchanges.

DIZS collaborates with École Française de Zagreb, and together they form the Eurocampus. They share school building and implement joint programs.

The school laboratory is the center for activities from the STEM field. They offer computer education from the 3rd grade and every student gets their own laptop. Other available activities include drama workshops, afro-latino dance, astronomy, rugby, origami, etc. The school has a small library and a school kitchen.

Languages

  • German – basic language
  • Croatian, English, French – additional languages

Programs

  • Kindergarten
  • Primary school
  • High school (gimnazija)

Costs for school year 2019-2020

  • Enrollment (one-time cost) – 4.500 kuna
  • Kindergarten – 30.000 kuna
  • Preschool – 34.000 kuna
  • Elementary school (grade 1-4) – 48.000 kuna
  • Elementary school (grade 5-8) – 49.000 kuna
  • High school (grade 9-12) – 49.000 kuna

Contact information

Location: Fratrovac 36, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 2347 655
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.deutscheschule.hr/hr/

#5 Ecole Française Internationale de Zagreb

Ecole Française Internationale de Zagreb – FISZ (French International School of Zagreb) was founded in 1996 and offers French education within the Zagreb Eurocampus. Within this international campus, French students are able to interact with students from the German International School and other international schools in Zagreb.

Students have the opportunity to participate in after-school activities from sports, language courses, outings and trips to recreation, lunches, parties and evening events.

FISZ is attended by 120 students of 20 different nationalities. Some of the extra curricular activities include comic workshops, English club, German club, tennis, origami, soccer, and basketball.

Languages

  • French – basic language
  • Croatian, English, German – additional languages

Programs

  • Ecole Maternelle (kindergarten) – 3-6 years of age
  • Ecole Elementaire (primary school) – 6-11 years of age
  • Collège – 11-14 years of age
  • Lycée (secondary school) – 14-18 years of age

Costs for school year 2019-2020

  • Ecole Maternelle – 31.500 kuna
  • Ecole Elementaire – 41.500 kuna
  • Collège – 51.500 kuna
  • Lycée – 41.500 kuna

Contact information

Location: Fratrovac 36, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 234 77 10
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.efz.hr/en/

#6 International Kindergarten “Mala kuća”

“Mala kuća” is an international kindergarten that offers an English curriculum for children from 1 to 7 years of age. They offer half-day and full-day programs as well as extracurricular activities.

The kindergarten is equipped with modern facilities, a garden and a small vineyard. Teachers work with children on music and drama activities, cooperative learning, art activities, role play, multimedia activities and field trips.

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Kindergarten – from 1 to 7 years of age

Costs

Contact school directly

Contact information

Location: Vrhovec 81, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 390 6669
Email: [email protected]
Web site: https://www.kindiezg.com/

 

#7 Little Star kindergarten

Dječji vrtić zvjezdica (Little Star kindergarten) is a part of the Croatian-American Society in Zagreb. Their teachers are highly-educated with experience teaching in Croatia or abroad. Many of them are native English speakers and speak several languages.

The kindergarten’s program encourages children to develop their intellectual and social skills from early ages. It teaches them about world history, arts, geography and other fields of general culture. Classes are made up of small groups of 10 children.

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Kindergarten

Costs

Contact school directly.

Contact information

Location: Petrova 119, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 2422 356
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littlestarkindergarten/

#8 Kindergarten Horizons

Dječji vrtić Obzori (Kindergarten Horizons) is intended for children who come from international, diplomatic, business and Croatian communities. From 2012, Horizons has been a part of a multicultural project whose aim is to work on pedagogically-relevant projects with other European schools.

Within the project Active in Europe, they collaborate with kindergartners from Slovenia, Greece, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Hungary. They offer extracurricular activities such as dance, arts and crafts, Spanish club, theater, zoo trips, and ski school.

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Kindergarten

Costs

Contact school

Contact information

Location: Kraljevečki ogranak 14, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 457 8702
Web site: https://kindergarten.hr/

#9 Matija Gubec International School

Matija Gubec International School offers education based on lifelong learning and globally relevant concepts. It is the only school in Croatia that works according to the International Baccalaureate, an extensive international program for primary and middle school.

In addition to standard classes, the school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities. Available activities include cheerleading, creative studio, coding, debate club, extra sport, food technology, free climbing, photo group, piano, reading club, chess, and tennis.

Languages

  • English – official
  • English, Croatian, German, French, Italian, Chinese – language acquisition courses

Programs

  • Preschool (PYP0)
  • Primary years (PYP1-PYP4)
  • Middle years (MYP 0-3) – from 11 to 16 years

Costs for school year 2020 – 2021

  • Preschool – 41.000 kuna
  • Primary years – 41.000 kuna
  • Middle years – 41.000 kuna

Contact information

Location: Davorina Bazjanca 2, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 383 6571
Email: [email protected]
Web site: https://os-mgubec.eu/

#10 The Learning Tree International Kindergarten

The Learning Tree International Kindergarten was established in 2004. Its staff are experienced professionals in early childhood education and English as a second language.

The kindergarten has a nature-inspired playground and a high-tech security system that guarantees safety. Their program includes early math and science, art and crafts, geography, social studies, blocks and construction, and early literacy. Music and gym classes are offered optionally.

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Kindergarten

Costs

Contact school directly

Contact information

Location: Lovćenska 38, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 464 6566, +385 (0)91 464 6666
Email: [email protected]
Web site: https://www.tltkindergarten.com/eng/page00.htm

 

Is your child enrolled in one of these schools? If so, share your experience in the comments.

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Does Croatia have international schools? Yes, Croatia has 12 international kindergarten, elementary and primary schools. There are 10 in Zagreb and 2 in Split.

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4 thoughts on “International kindergartens, elementary and primary schools in Croatia

  1. Maud Marie Lasić
    September 1, 2020 @ 4:35 pm

    Thank you so much to talk about our association in your article 🙂
    Maud from Bravo center

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  2. Felicia S
    September 1, 2020 @ 6:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing these. Although, unbelievable the cost of AISZ- wow!

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