Lower primary classes are for children aged 6 to 10, and they include the 1st through 4th grade of primary school. In this programme, students are empowered to actively guide their own learning and, thus, develop independence, curiosity and readiness to take responsibility for their own progress.

The aim of this approach is the development of a person, who will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to take action for their own well-being, as well as the well-being of their community.


Lower primary classes curriculum is based on a transdisciplinary approach, going beyond the confines of individual subjects and allowing for a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of concepts by making connections between different subjects, topics and areas, which is necessary for the development of the students’ full potential and the continuation of their education at higher levels.


The programme combines the outcomes of Croatian subject curricula and six transdisciplinary topics appearing in the IB Primary Years Programme:







Expanding upon these topics each year, the students acquire content in mathematics, language, science, visual arts and music, and physical education.

Each department has two dedicated class teachers, who alternate according to their preferences, expertise and experience, all the while taking into account the students’ interests.

Other advantages of the programme

All students have the option of taking additional or remedial classes, where they are provided with continuous learning support or enrichment of content covered during regular classes, and they are also offered the possibility of participating in extracurricular and out-of-school activities, so as to further develop their proclivities and talents.


Student progress and activity is registered and presented to parents on a daily basis, and much attention is given to documenting activities and descriptive monitoring of student progress throughout the year.


At the end of the school year students are awarded a diploma that contains numerical grades.

Our teachers

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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