The early years programme is perhaps the most important in the continuum of all education programmes, since early childhood is a dynamic period during which the foundation for all subsequent developmental stages is set. Learning experience at this age should be highly effective, diverse, fun, open and adapted to a child’s needs and abilities.

Central to the early year programme learning process is play, since students learn through play about who they are and how to connect with their environment, as well as gain insight into how the world functions by forming, testing, confirming and revising their perceptions and ideas.

Our programme for kindergarten-age children is focused on social, physical, intellectual and emotional development, and it follows the standards of the IB Primary Years Programme for preschoolers. The programme is based on children’s curiosity, playfulness and sincerity.

Kindergarten activities are based on:




In this way, the child develops a healthy relationship with:




The programme is delivered exclusively in English, and a key determinant is building trust between the child and the adults they interact with on a daily basis. In that way the foundation for a child’s healthy and wholesome social and emotional development is created.

The role of parents in the early age programme

An important pedagogical component in our institution’s work is cooperation with parents. A child’s development is dependent on mutual cooperation of all those who participate in their education and share a common goal – the child’s welfare. In our school, therefore, different forms of cooperating with parents are encouraged, and much attention is given to timely and regular sharing of information about a child’s progress. The kindergarten organises individual meetings with parents, parent-teacher conferences, open days, different joint activities for parents or other members of the immediate family, workshops for parents, etc.

Our educators

The school’s quality is dependent upon the openness and readiness of teaching staff to learn and implement best education practices. A good teacher is also a good student, and this is definitely true for each member of Adria’s teaching staff. Their strengths are the result of their rich and diverse working and life experience, as well as exceptional competence and dedication to working with students.

Frequently asked questions

You can find more information about enrolment criteria here: Admissions.

No, excellent mastery of English is not required. Students’ linguistic abilities are evaluated upon enrolment into a programme. The school provides English learning support for students who demonstrate insufficient knowledge thereof.

The tuition covers almost all expenses that may occur during the year (e.g., costs of the enrolment process, nutrition, school uniform, textbooks, notebooks, teaching material, field work and school trips, commute (optional), extracurricular activities, and other). For an approximate calculation of the tuition please visit the following link: Tuition fees.

Enrolment documentation is different for each programme and subject to statutory regulations of the Republic of Croatia. Information about the necessary documentation and enrolment procedure are available at Admissions or on request.

Detailed information about the amount of the tuition and items therein can be found here: Tuition fees.

Yes, students learn one other obligatory foreign language (German or Italian) and they have the option of learning an additional foreign language (Italian, German, Spanish) as part of their elective courses or extracurricular activities. Foreign students are required to learn Croatian as a foreign language, and the school strongly encourages learning of one’s mother tongue both within and outside the school.

The school year calendar is aligned with the Decision on the Start and End of the School Year issued each year by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, and it coincides with the operating calendar of other schools in the country.

Yes, parents have the option of full-day classes in the kindergarten and school, where an additional meal and structured learning activities and games are prepared for the students. Children can remain at the school until 5pm each working day. This option is paid extra.

IB graduation exams are recognized as state exams (Državna matura) and students apply for study programs at universities in the Republic of Croatia in the same way as students following national programs.

More at the link: IB graduation exam and state graduation exam

You can see the academic year calendar here.

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