Note on Schooling in Czech Republic
Czech Republic introduced compulsory school attendance in 1774. Today, literacy rates are over 99 percent, and the country’s students tend to do fairly well in international benchmark tests. Public schools are free including university, and the school year runs from early September to late June .
Public school is free for all children, not just citizens, as long as they are residents of the country. Registration takes place in January after a few months of open house days usually just one day per school – where parents can visit in person to find out more about the school. Parents are supposed to register only with the school of their choice, although placement is not guaranteed – and preference is given to children in the same area as the school. It is always a good idea to visit schools; they can vary widely, and some are more amenable to and equipped for having foreign students than others. If you do not select one yourself, the state will assign a school to you.
Children are tested to determine school readiness according to their social and physical capabilities (not literacy or academic knowledge) and parents can also request that their children start school a year late.
In general, public schools place an emphasis on factual knowledge, literacy, maths, science, languages and penmanship. There is often not as much of a focus on critical thought as in private international schools.
There are plenty of nursery schools for children up to three years old and pre-schools for children up to six years old, after which they will enter compulsory schooling. Nursery schools and pre-schools can be public or private; public nurseries are free, while public pre-schools usually incur small fees. School is compulsory up to the end of elementary school, usually when the child is 15. High schools are either vocational/technical schools offering six to eight years of training, or traditional academic schools
In addition to the state schools, there are several Czech-language private schools and several international schools in the Czech Republic, especially in Prague. Most international schools follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, the American curriculum or the British curriculum, or some combination of two of these.
International schools in Prague can be expensive, costing up to 20,000 EUR a year.
There are a number of universities and colleges in Czech Republic offering various programmes.Compared to countries like the US or UK, the school fees are relatively low.
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