Croatia, Zagreb: The American International School of Zagreb

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Date: 11/28/2011 Location: Zagreb Croatia Description: The American International School of Zagreb - State Dept Image



The American International School of Zagreb is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from junior kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1966. The school year consists of 4 terms, extending from August to June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 5-to 7 member School Board. The Chairperson of the Board and 2 additional members are appointed, 2 members of the Board are elected by members of the Parent/Teacher Association, and up to 2 additional members may be appointed by the Board. The School director serves as ex-officio member of the Board. Meetings are open to parents and staff.

Curriculum: The curriculum is modeled after private, college-preparatory schools in the United States. Instruction is in English. English Language Learning support is provided in the elementary and middle school. The full IB Diploma program is offered in the final two years of high school. All students who have completed the IB Diploma program have done very well and received an IB Diploma. French and German are taught as foreign languages in grades PK-12. Croatian culture is taught in grades 1-6. In grades 7 and 8 an introduction to Croatian language for non-native speakers is offered and Croatian language for native speakers is taught in grades 1-12. A theater enrichment program is provided at the elementary school level. At the middle and high school levels, students have the opportunity to take drama classes which culminate in a public performance. After school enrichment activities are offered in areas such as Lego robotics, arts & crafts, cooking, educational computer games, board games, strategy games, computer graphic design, home-work support, science activities, photography, aerobics and various sports. AISZ is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the European Council of International Schools, the Council of International Schools and the Central and Eastern European Schools Association.

Faculty: For the 2011-2012 school year, there are 41 full-time and 10 part-time teachers and instructional assistants.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 238 students of 36 different nationalities (Junior-Kindergarten.-grade 12).

Facilities: AISZ occupies a leased building near the city center, with an adjoining playground area. Facilities include 21 classrooms, a library, 2 computer laboratories, an art studio, 2 science labs, a multipurpose room, workrooms and a cafeteria. The School also uses local facilities, including a gymnasium, theater, auditorium, swimming pool, ice rink and tennis courts when necessary and appropriate to enhance the program. Wireless technology is available in all classrooms in addition to the 2 state-of-the-art computer labs, and there are 2 mobile classroom sets of notebooks. In addition, the school is well equipped with Elmos (document cameras), Flip cameras, Mimios (interactive whiteboards) and Ipads.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Jr. Kdg.: €5,500; Sr. Kdg.-grade 5: €14,000; grades 6-8: €14,700; and grades 9-12: €15,150. There is an additional admission fee for all new students of €500, and an annual capital fee of €1,500. These fees are payable in euros or U.S. dollars equivalent. Croatian nationals pay in the local currency, kuna. (All fees are quoted in euros) 

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