English-Language Schools in Prague
A beginner's guide to international education in the Golden City
Finding a school for your children is one of the biggest challenges you'll face if you relocate to a foreign country. Prague, however, is well served by English-language schools, to the extent where the range of options can be confusing. When choosing a school, it's helpful to remember that each establishment offers a slightly different cultural focus. Most of Prague's English-language schools follow the British model, channeling their students towards IGCSEs - the international version of the UK's General Certificate of Secondary Education - usually via the guidelines laid out in the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Parents looking for American-style education have two options. Though only the International School of Prague offers US-style PSAT, SAT and ACT testing, The Riverside School seeks a balance between the British and American systems, offering an American High School Diploma alongside IGCSEs.
Excluding specialist preschool and elementary school options, here's a beginner's guide to Prague's English-language schools, offering a brief overview of the main options:
British International School of Prague
K lesu 2, Prague 4
Phone: 226 096 200
Age Range: 18 months to 18 years
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), International Baccalaureate
European Council of Independent Schools, Council of British Independent Schools in the European Communities / British International Schools Worldwide
Annual Fee: 10,600-14,900 EUR
An independent, English-language day school, which, as the name suggests, closely follows the British education system. BISP teaches the English and Welsh national curriculum to the age of 14; 15- and 16-year-olds study for the international equivalent of British GCSE qualifications; over-16s follow an International Baccalaureate program. The school was founded in 1992.
Na okruhu 395/1, Prague 4
Phone: 261 912 368
Age Range: 18 months to 14 years
IGCSE, International Baccalaureate
Memberships: Council of British Independent Schools in the European Communities / British International Schools Worldwide, The College of Teachers
Annual Fee: 350,600-382,700 CZK
EISP is owned by Nord Anglia Education, a British public limited company that also operates international schools in Slovakia, Russia, Poland, Hungary and China. The school offers a curriculum "based on the UK model," leading to IGCSE and International Baccalaureate exams. A second location, the Green House Site in Prague 4-Kunratice, caters for children between 18 months and 5 years old.
Nebušická 700, Prague 6
Phone: 220 384 111
Age Range: 3 years to 19 years
Graduates receive an American high school diploma and may take the full International Baccalaureate program
Council of International Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Annual Fee: 17,075-20,075 USD
Founded in 1948, ISP is the Czech Republic's oldest international school. It is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program is offered to all students in grades 11 and 12. Graduates from ISP go on to attend colleges throughout the world, but primarily in the UK, North America, and continental Europe.
Roztocká 9, Prague 6
Phone: 224 315 336
Age Range: 3 years to 18 years
Qualifications Offered: IGCSE, Riverside High School Diploma
Association of Christian Schools International, European Council of International Schools Riverside offers education with an "underlying Christian ethos" but also welcomes students from other faiths. There's a focus on foreign languages: students are taught Czech until the age of 7, then either French, Spanish or Czech from 7 onward. High School students study for IGCSE exams and also receive an American-style High School Diploma.
Sokolovská 320, Prague 9
Phone: 283 893 113
Age Range: 13 years to 19 years
Qualifications Offered: IGCSE, International Baccalaureate
European Council of International Schools, Council of British Independent Schools in the European Communities/British International Schools Worldwide, Central and Eastern European Schools Association, Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference, The College of Teachers
6,540 GBP Run as a non-profit organization, ECP is a six-year secondary school straddling Czech and international curriculums. In the first two years, students complete their Czech schooling, before moving on to study for IGCSEs and International Baccalaureates. The Prince of Wales and former Czech president Václav Havel are both patrons.
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