Read about the curricula, exams and tests commonly encountered at international schools, including the UK and US systems, International Baccalaureate and International Primary Curriculum.
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Romania has a thriving international school sector centred on the capital Bucharest that offers opportunities to follow the curriculums of Britain, Germany, France, the US, Japan, Lebanon and the International Baccalaureate Office.
With a handful of schools scattered across other cities including Cluj, Timisoara and Iasi, the sector also encompasses Christian foundations and bilingual schools that teach the Romanian curriculum alongside international programmes. Coeducational day schooling is the norm.
There are seven IB World Schools, of which five teach in English and two in Romanian and English. A total of five schools are authorised to teach the IB Diploma, while two, the American International School of Bucharest and Mark Twain International School Bucharest, follow all three IB programmes.
Celebrating its centenary in 2020 is the French-medium Lycée Francais Anna de Noailles, which follows the national curriculum of France, while the new French International School of Bucharest, which offers trilingual instruction towards the French baccalaureate international option, opened its doors in September 2019.
The highly selective International Computer High School of Bucharest, which teaches STEM subjects in English and offers the Romanian baccalaureate, is a regular winner of maths and computing Olympiads. Accrediting bodies active in Romania include the Council of British International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Education is compulsory for 11 years from age six to 16 and state schools are free. Five years of primary education are followed by four years at gymnasium. A further four years at high school leads to the Romanian baccalaureate.
In the seven years from 2010, the number of children not in school soared by more than 500 per cent to 126,456. In 2017, net enrolment was 82 per cent at primary level and 83 per cent at secondary level. Gross tertiary enrolment was 55 per cent for women and 44 per cent among men.