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A growing trend of inward migration since the millennium has fuelled the development of a fledgling international school sector in Croatia’s capital Zagreb.
The American International School of Zagreb, which was founded in 1966, has expanded steadily over the period and opened a brand new campus in 2018. It offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma alongside an American school-leaving diploma.
The French-medium École Française Internationale de Zagreb, which opened in 1996, teaches the national curriculum of France to students aged three to 18 culminating in the French baccalaureate. From September 2020, grade six students will take a bilingual programme in English and French leading to the baccalaureate international option.
The Deutsche Internationale Schule Zagreb, which delivers the German national curriculum from kindergarten to high school, opened its doors in 2005 on a dedicated EuroCampus shared with the French school. The two schools also share after-school clubs, extra-curricular activities and social events to promote multi-cultural understanding.
The British International School of Zagreb, which offers the English national curriculum and International Primary Curriculum leading to GCSEs and A-levels, was launched in 2013 and opened a boarding house in 2018.
Croatia has four IB World Schools, which all teach in English. They include three state schools. Accrediting bodies active in the country include the Council of British International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Education is compulsory from age six to 14 and public schools are free up to age 18. Eight years of primary education are followed by four optional years of secondary education at gymnasium or vocational school.
In 2017, net enrolment was 68 per cent in pre-primary settings, 88 per cent at primary level and 92 per cent for secondary education. Croatia has 55 tertiary institutions with gross enrolment of 79 per cent for women and 57 per cent among men.