Middle School

The purpose of middle school at AISZ is to prepare learners to be confident owners of their learning, to develop the skill sets necessary for a growth mindset, the resilience to advocate for themselves, and the power to contribute to their community.

Middle School Curriculum

The middle school curriculum is driven by the following 

  1. Highly trained teachers with international experience.
  2. AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards. 
  3. Curriculum indicators approved by the Middle States Association (MSA) for accreditation. 
  4. An inquiry framework based on The Power of Inquiry by Kath Murdoch
  5. A standardized criterion based assessment model 
  6. Power Standards to ensure that each student is prepared for the essential understandings of each grade level and course. 

Counseling and Guidance

There are two learning support counselors (one that also serves as a socio-emotional school counselor and an EAL (English as Additional Language) teacher to support the middle school. They are all members of the Student Services Team. Their purpose is to work with the academic team, families and students to provide appropriate supports for socio-emotional and identified academic needs at the school. The SST utlizes the Response to Intervention (RTI) model of support. If you would like to learn more information, please contact us at US-SST@aisz.hr

English As Additional Language

As a small school, we strive to design an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program tailored to individual student needs. 

Prior to acceptance as a full time student at AISZ, students may be required to take the Versant placement (an English proficiency assessment) test to determine if the prospective student's English level is sufficient for the coursework and entry to the school. 

The expectation for the coursework is that students will do grade-level appropriate work with minimal alterations. Students who need more support will have a combination of in class and outside of class enrichment with a teacher. (Please note these adjustments may impact scheduling of classes). 

As the student progresses with English, the support will decrease until that student is able to work independently with class material. This will be determined by conversations with the EAL specialist and teachers as well as by their English proficiency scores. 

If AISZ cannot provide adequate services for the student's level of English, he/she may not be admitted to the school. 

How to apply

Contact Admission Officer and make an appointment

To begin the application process families should contact the Admissions Officer. Where possible, the applicant and his or her family should make an appointment for an interview and tour of the school campus. Such a visit is most informative and often helps to reduce anxiety and answer questions about the family’s transfer to a new location.

Complete the Application forms

Complete the application forms and submit school records for the last two years. An official English translation of the records is required before acceptance. These documents should be returned to AISZ as soon as possible to facilitate a decision by the school administration and ensure that ample notification of this decision is given to you.

Assessment of applicant's level of English and/or Math

If there are questions about, for example, the applicant’s level of English or differences in the educational systems, the student and parents will be invited to come in for an interview and assessment (language, math, etc.). When possible, a student applying to middle or high school will be invited to be a visitor for one or two days in order for the school to gather data through observation.

Students who are non-native English speakers, or do not come from a school where the language of instruction is English will be given an ESL and/or placement test to assess their level of English and/or mathematics. At the elementary school levels, these tests do not affect the admission decision. All high school students will be given an English and a Math placement test, and the results of these assessments may affect the admission decision.

Payment of non-refundable Admission Fee

Students eligible for admission according to the above standards will receive an acceptance letter and must pay a non-refundable Admission Fee before their names will be placed on the class list.

Fees and funding

Middle School - Grades 6-8  
Tuition Fee 16,980 €
Tuition Deposit (Private payer only) 500 €
Admission Fee (New students only) 1,500 €
Capital Fee 2,300 €

* Other fees apply as well.

Financial Assistance

The American International School of Zagreb (AISZ) offers a tuition reduction program to families in need of financial assistance (FA). Families in grades 1-12 are eligible to apply for tuition reduction.