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Search for the best international schools in the Czech Republic; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.
A developed country with the highest economic growth rate in Europe, the Czech Republic has a great literary and scientific heritage and a highly-educated population. It is home to a well-established international school sector centred on Prague.
English-medium, coeducational day schools predominate but there is also a handful of boarding schools, a Montessori school and a French school, the Lycee Francais de Prague. Other towns and cities with an international school include Brno, Ostrava, Karlovy Vary, Olomouc and Ceske Budejovice.
There are 13 IB World Schools, which all offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Teaching is in English at 11 of these schools, while two provide bilingual instruction in English and Czech. The International School, Prague, which was founded in 1948, follows an international curriculum that leads towards both the IB Diploma and a US high school diploma.
The International School of Brno and Gymnázium PORG Ostrova were authorised to offer the IB Diploma in April 2017, while Park Lane International School and Soukroumé osmileté gymnázium DINO-HIGH SCHOOL in Prague gained approval in February and January 2018, respectively.
A high school boarding education focused on the IB Diploma is offered by the Carlsbad International School in Karlovy Vary, which opened in 2013, while the through-train Riverside School provides US, UK and IB study programmes and exams.
Accrediting bodies active in Czechia include the Council of International Schools (CIS), the Council of British International Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Agency for French Education Abroad.
Education is compulsory from age six to 15. In the public sector, Czech-medium education is free from primary to post-graduate level. Elementary education is divided into a five-year primary stage and a four-year elementary stage.
Senior secondary education is offered by academic lyceums and grammar schools, as well as professional, vocational and practical schools. Students must pass the Maturita exam to enter university. In 2015, gross enrolment exceeded 100 per cent at pre-primary, primary and secondary schools and was 65 per cent at tertiary level, according to UNESCO.
If you are looking specifically for International Baccalaureate World Schools in the Czech Republic, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.