The International School of Prague (ISP) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1948. The school year extends from late August to mid-June.
Organization: The school is governed by a nine-member volunteer board of directors, eight of whom are appointed by the board, and one of whom is appointed by the U.S. Ambassador.
Curriculum: The international curriculum aims to meet the needs of learners from many different countries through a North American program model. ISP has an international, competency-based, mission-driven PK-12 curriculum, rooted in inquiry where learners are involved in posing and investigating questions. Our learning program offers students the lifelong understandings and skills that enable them to be successful at ISP and in their educational and professional pursuits in the future. Instruction is in English. The school offers the following modern languages: Czech, French, German, and Spanish. English-as-an-additional-language support is also offered. ISP offers students the opportunity to obtain International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) and/or IBDP course certificates while earning an ISP high school diploma. ISP is a candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program and Careers Related Program (CP) with the aim be authorized as a full IB Continuum School by January 2024. Committed to continuous improvement and ambitious aspirations, ISP is accredited by the New England Association of Schools’ Commission on International Education. ISP is also authorized by the Czech Ministry of Education to educate foreign nationals and Czech citizens.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, ISP has 224 total staff including 113 teachers, 60 of whom are U.S. citizens, 13 host-country nationals, and 40 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 927. Of the total, 172 were U.S. citizens, 162 were host-country nationals and 593 were third-country nationals.
Facilities: ISP is in a purpose-built facility set in the natural beauty of the Mala Sarka valley on the outskirts of Prague. The purpose-built ECF 3 to Grade 12 campus includes “The Hub” – a modern library with an attached, technology-focused “Idea Lab” – two gymnasia, a theater, a cafeteria with hot lunch service, age-appropriate playgrounds, outside basketball and tennis courts, and two all-weather playing fields. The entire campus benefits from Wi-Fi and technology integrated in the school curriculum, with iPads for lower elementary students and personal laptops available to students throughout middle and upper school.
Finances: In the 2022-2023 school year, the school’s income derives from regular day school tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: ECF3: 310,000 CZK; ECF4: 310,000 CZK, ECF5(kindergarten)-grade 5: 501,000 CZK; grades 6-8: 542,000 CZK; grades 9-10: 592,000 CZK, and grade 11-12: 610,000 CZK. Capital assessment fees (CAF) are 78,000 CZK for ECF5-grade 12. There is a non-refundable application fee of 9,000 CZK. In addition to the tuition and CAF listed above, new students pay a newcomers’ fee of 52,000 CZK (ECF5 through grade 12). New students entering Early Childhood Foundations (ECF3 or ECF4) do not pay a newcomers’ fee but will pay the newcomers’ fee in subsequent years when they move up to ECF5 (kindergarten).
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (2023 Special Needs Profile- Czechia, Prague) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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