The American International School of Zagreb (AISZ) is a private, coeducational, day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1966. The school year consists of two semesters, extending from August to June.
Organization: The school is governed by a seven-member school board. The U.S. Ambassador appoints the chairperson of the board and two additional members; there are two parent representatives and two additional members are appointed by the board. The school director serves as an ex-officio member of the board. AISZ’s status is determined by a bilateral agreement between the U.S. government and the Croatian government on the status of the school.
Curriculum: The curriculum ranges from prekindergarten to the twelfth grade. Learning for the youngest students in prekindergarten is informed by the Reggio Emilia approach and follows New York State Prekindergarten Standards. Grades K-10 are anchored in the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards using an inquiry framework. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB/DP) is offered in grades 11 and 12, and students consistently score above the world average. Students may choose the American high school diploma pathway that may include IB certificates for university admissions. The academic program is structured around power standards and a collaborative approach where students have choice and are trained to become experts in their own learning. AISZ maintains the posture of neutrality on all matters relating to religion and politics.
Faculty: For the 2021-2022 school year there are 78 staff members, including 51 full-time teachers. The teaching staff represents a diverse group of nationalities, including the U.S., Austria, Canada, U.K., France, Ukraine, Belgium, and China. All teaching faculty maintain a teaching certificate or credential.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, enrollment was 306 students of 38 different nationalities (pre-kindergarten-grade 12).
Facilities: AISZ opened its doors to the new campus beginning of October 2018 on the south bank of the river Sava near Bundek Park. It is recognized as an award-winning green building, utilizing geothermal water and solar energy. Students’ learning environment include 40 classrooms, three science labs, lower and upper school libraries, music room, theater, recording studio, dance studio and aerobics, gymnasium, and fitness room. Two developmentally appropriate playgrounds are designated for use by lower school students. Sport facilities include fields for soccer, handball, and volleyball; four tennis courts; and a 60m sprint track. The school also uses a nearby swimming pool and Bundek Park when possible and appropriate to enhance the program. Wireless technology is available in all classrooms with fast fiber optics connection. The school has sets of Chromebooks, Android tablets, and iPads for elementary classroom use. One-to-one Chromebook and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) laptop program is available to all students from grades 5-12. In addition, classrooms are well equipped with document cameras and wireless projectors. The school has a central printing solution, access control, video surveillance, and digital signage system. All staff members have laptops for everyday use.
Finances: In the 2021-2022 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: Pre-Kindergarten: €6,800; Kindergarten-grade 5: €16,340; grades 6-8: €17,500; grades 9-10: €18,015; and grades 11-12: €18,315. The school also charges an application fee for all new students for PK of €500, and K-grade 12 of €1,500 as well as for grades K-12 an annual capital fee of €2,700. These fees are payable in euros or U.S. dollar equivalent. Croatian nationals pay in the local currency, kuna. (All fees quoted in euros.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Croatia, Zagreb) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are accurate as of September 2021 and provided by the school.