General info

This guide introduces the bare bones of the Czech school system. There are three aspects of the system that are important for foreigners to keep in mind:

  • Except for the pre-school level, the Czech educational system is overwhelmingly public.
  • At all levels, from primary through secondary to tertiary, the public system is free of charge, while institutions in the private sector are fee-paying.
  • Educational institutions that offer teaching solely in a language other than Czech will be private, and hence charge fees. This also holds true for degree programmes at universities that are taught in English.

In the Czech Republic, pre-school facilities (optional) cater to children aged 3 to 6. Compulsory education begins at 5, and lasts until the age of 15.

This primary education level is divided into two stages, lower primary (grades 1 to 5) and upper primary (grades 6 to 9). Then comes the secondary education level, which lasts for 4 years.

Beyond this, there are two options: what is called the “upper specialized” level (two years, for education of a type given by community colleges) and the tertiary level (i.e. universities, offering standard Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral programmes).

Secondary schools are of three types: grammar schools (“gymnázium”, offering a broad, academic education as an ideal preparation for university studies), secondary technical schools (“střední odborná škola”, covering a wide range of specialized fields – e.g. chemistry or engineering; these usually lead to university studies – as well as business academies, agricultural schools, music and art schools and many others), and secondary vocational schools (“střední odborné učiliště”, offering practical training for future jobs).

What is confusing is that many grammar schools have expanded “down” the academic ladder into the territory of primary schools, becoming what is known as either an “eight-year” or “six-year” grammar schools program (“osmileté / klasické gymnázium”), which enable young people to enter them at grades 6 and 8 respectively. This type of school is the best example of the extreme selectivity of the Czech education system.

Pre-School facilities

Brno has a reasonable number of private non-Czech facilities catering to young kids in the pre-school age group (“mateřská škola”). In most cases, the language employed is English. One pre-school education centre offers a bilingual environment (Spanish and French), while another has an English and Czech combination.  All of these charge fees.

See the list of private kindergartens here. There is a number of private kindergartens offering various programs some of which are also in English.

International School of Brno

ISB provides Kindergarten to High School students from all over the world with the necessary tools to become committed, lifelong learners and responsible, engaged citizens of the world.

  • Čejkovická 10, Brno-Vinohrady
  • +420 544 212 313 +420 776 490 120
  • info@isob.cz
  • website

Monkey Matter

English Educational Daycare Centre in Brno for children 18 months -5 years old.

  • Dornych 47 C1
  • 770 130 119
  • info@monkeymatter.cz
  • website

Ponny

  • Krondlova 1
  • 616 00 Brno-Kraví Hora
  • Phone: + 420 543 245 580; mobile: + 420 777 137 232
  • E-mail: info@ponny-brno.cz
  • Web: www.ponny-brno.cz

An English-language pre-school founded in 2000. Professionally qualified teachers with experience in the UK and other European countries, and fully-qualified instructors for out-of-school activities. The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework for England, thus enabling the children to continue their primary education in International Schools. The six areas of EYFS are balanced with Czech Pre-school Curriculum in the last year of attendance to prepare the children for further education in the Czech or English languages.

Safírka

  • Pavlovská 16
  • 623 00 Brno–Kohoutovice
  • Mobile: +420 607 733 055 (school)
  •   +420 607 733 055 (Mgr. Marie Baltusová, headmistress)
  • E-mail: info@safirka.cz
  • Web: safirka.cz/en/index.php

A bilingual (Czech-English) pre-school whose teaching is based on the Regio-Emilia approach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Emilia_approach). Some teachers speak only English and some only Czech so the children are motivated to communicate in both languages with their teachers and the others in the group. The pre-school is part of the Saphira Centre, an art and language facility for adults and children.

Agentura Skřítek

  • Anotnína Slavíka 11
  • 60200 Brno – Černá pole (next to Luzanky park)
  • Mobile: +420 602 791 338 (Gabriela Beránková)
  • E-mail: info@agentura-skritek.cz
  • Web: miniskolka-skritek.cz/

Kindergarten, nursery, childcare, babysitting – A wide range of services for parents with little children. The agency on Antonina Slavika street takes children starting at the age of 12 months. English speaking teachers from this school have started a branch kindergarten for one of the big international firms. They can babysit at your house too.

Astra-Tomcat

  • Fryčajova 27
  • 614 00 Brno-Obřany
  • Tel: +420 545 163 190
  • Mobile: +420 603 798 910
  • E-mail: info@astrajs.cz
  • Web: facebook.com/pg/astratomcat
  • Contact: Kateřina Tomková (tomkova@phil.muni.cz)

Brno’s oldest English-language kindergarten (started 1993), with English as the exclusive language of communication. Teaching through direct method is done by qualified Czech and native speakers of English. The school’s founder, Kateřina Tomková, PhD, continues to work with the school.

Creative Kids

  • Poděbradova 127
  • 612 00 Brno – Královo Pole
  • Mobile: 605 750 270
  • E-mail: info@creativekids.cz
  • Web: www.creativekids.cz

The Creative Kids preschool is located close to Lužánky park, in a newly-refurbished building with a large garden. Activities support creativity, playfulness and a taste for discovery. A wide variety of activities to aid the development of your children’s intellectual and creative skills and talents. The main language of communication is Czech. There are daily activities in English with the aim of teaching children a foreign language in a natural and fun setting. The programme is aimed at children of all nationalities. The capacity for children up to ten years of age allows the maximum possible individual approach to children.

Dráček

  • Bayerova 25
  • 602 00 Brno
  • Mobile: 602 591 517
  • E-mail: kelarova.k@seznam.cz
  • Web: www.skolka-dracek.cz

The kindergarten is available to children aged 2 – 6 years. The educational programme is structured according to the Czech Educational Framework Programme for pre-school education and also includes elements of The Waldorf system as well as the Step by step programme “Beginning Together”. Opening hours of the school are 7:00am to 6:00pm. There are also programmes for weekends and holidays. The team is made up of pedagogical and health experts as well as native speakers. Children are approached as equal partners whose individual needs and ideas we respect and always try to support.

International Montessori Kindergarten Little Pearl “Perlička“

  • Hlaváčova 6
  • 61400 Brno – Obřany
  • Mobile: + 420 603 226 844
  • E-mail: info@msperlicka.cz
  • Web: msperlicka.cz/?lang=en

Little Pearl kindergarten offers an internationally recognized educational programme for children aged 2-7, based on the pedagogical approach of Dr. Marie Montessori. The programme includes: a moral programme “The Virtues Guide”, acquisition of the English language that is absorbed in a very natural way, a multicultural spirit.

Kids Garden

  • Gajdošova 7
  • 615 00 Brno-Židenice
  • Phone: +420 533 432 606
  • Mobile: +420 602 791 338
  • E-mail: skolka@kidsgarden.cz
  • Web: kidsgarden.cz/

A music-oriented English pre-school for children from 3 to 7, with all communication in English by qualified Czech teachers and native English teachers. The programme is built on the British curriculum Foundation stage 3-5 in combination with the Czech programme for pre-school education.

Kindergarten

  • Viniční 204
  • 61500 Brno-Židenice
  • Mobile: +420 734 484 388 (school); +420 776 003 003 (general questions)
  • E-mail: zidenice@KinderGarten.cz
  • Web: kindergarten.cz/

English-language pre-school forming part of a firm with branches throughout the Czech Republic. Children from 18 months to 6 years are welcomed. Qualified teachers, native speakers. A school bus service is provided to pick children up and take them home at the end of the school day.

Mateřídouška

Kindergarten offers an above-standard programme in English. Only 14 children (age 3 to 6 years old). A pleasant and cosy place for your child to learn and play, including the garden. Situated in the centre of Brno in a quiet neighbourhood. A new branch of the kindergarten was opened as of September 1, 2010 at Jaselská 15 (city centre).

Viki Kids Club

  • Vodařská 2
  • 619 00 Brno-Komárov
  • Mobile: +420 724 057 290
  • E-mail: info@vikikidsclub.cz
  • Web: vikikidsclub.cz/eng

An English-language pre-school facility with qualified and experienced Czech teachers as well as native English speakers. Language and sports facilities, a “Baby and Mum Club” as well as morning and afternoon clubs with activities fully independent and separate from the kindergarten.

Mary Poppins

  • Srbská 30
  • 612 00 Brno – Královo Pole
  • Mobile: 777 753 393
  • E-mail: info@marypoppins.cz
  • Web: www.marypoppins.cz

A private cosmopolitan facility for children from 1.5 years of age. It operates every working day 7.30 am to 18.00 for the entire calendar year.

Primary schools

(“Základní školy”)

At the primary education level, the options for those of you seeking a non-Czech education for your children are more limited. The only school that has English as its sole teaching language is the International School of Brno. A number of other schools where Czech is the medium of teaching offer enriched teaching of the English language; in some cases, they also offer a few classes in English (at upper levels) or extra-curricular activities in English.

Most schools where the teaching is in Czech will welcome non-Czech-speaking children and do their best to integrate them into the classroom teaching process. There is one school, however, that is more professionally geared to working with children of a non-Czech background. This is the primary school at Staňkova 14 in Brno-Ponava (near the Lužánky park), which has special Czech language classes for foreigners and includes intercultural programmes in the curriculum. It also offers individual consultations with parents as a means of overcoming potential problems and cultural misunderstandings.

International School of Brno

ISB is an 'IB World School' as well as a member of the Council of International Schools. It is also recognized by the Czech Ministry of Education as an international elementary school.

  • Čejkovická 10, Brno-Vinohrady
  • +420 544 212 313 +420 776 490 120
  • info@isob.cz
  • website

International School of Brno

The International School of Brno is the only school in the city providing a full international curriculum for primary education in the English language alone.

Primary schools with extra language teaching

Some primary schools in which Czech is the basic teaching language offer enriched English-language classes in early years and, in later years, a limited number of subjects taught in English.

Základní škola Bakalovo nábřeží

  • Bakalovo nábř. 8 Brno
  • Phone: +420 543  212  725
  • E-mail: vedeni@bakalka.cz
  • Web: bakalka.cz/

This is a state school in which English is taught as a subject from the first class, German or French from the sixth class. In addition, in the first five years special classes are devoted to the practical use of English in specific every-day situations; in the fifth and six classes, Information Science is taught in English. The school also offers special preparatory classes for the Cambridge language exams.

Anglická základní škola

  • Mendlovo nám. 4
  • 603 00 Brno – Staré Brno
  • Mobile: +420 775 337 008
  • E-mail: AnglickaZS@skolskykomplex.cz
  • Web: en.skolskykomplex.cz/

A private primary school with teaching of English from the first class, increasing gradually in subsequent years. English is also used in art classes and in classes focused on everyday situations. The after-school day-care centre also uses English.

The same building houses a kindergarten, a pedagogical secondary school, grammar school and a German grammar school.

Primary schools with an integration programme

Základní a Mateřská škola Staňkova 14

  • Staňkova 14
  • 602 00 Brno-Ponava
  • Phone: +420 541 219 992
  • E-mail: zss.stankova@volny.cz
  • Web: www.zsstankova.eu

The teaching language at the public primary school on Staňkova street is Czech. However, it gives special attention to the integration of children from a non-Czech background. It has adopted classes in Czech for foreigners designed as part of the international “School without Borders” project, and in addition puts great emphasis on cross-cultural initiatives as a means of promoting mutual interest and greater understanding in the multicultural classrooms found at the school.

Základní a Mateřská škola J.A. Komenského

  • Náměstí Republiky 10; Cacovická
  • 61400 Brno-Husovice
  • phone: 420 545 577 005
  • web: www.zsnamrep.cz

Elementary School and kindergarten that strives for an inclusive education with an extended language learning curriculum, including extra help for foreign kids to learn Czech.

Základní a Mateřská škola Chrlice

  • Jana Broskvy 3
  • 643 00 Brno-Chrlice
  • Phone: +420 545 219 112
  • E-mail: zschrlice@zschrlice.cz
  • Web: zschrlice.cz/ (Czech)

Elementary school and Pre-school in Brno Chrlice with extra Czech language classes for foreign children.

Secondary schools

(“střední školy”)

Until recently there was no school with international curriculum covered in English. However, the International School of Brno is offering Cambridge International A Level programmes since September 2013.

As for Czech secondary schools, Brno has to offer few bilingual grammar schools with Czech/French and Czech/Spanish or Czech/English curricula. These are all public schools, two of them with additional support coming from the French and Spanish governments respectively and a Czech/English school having project funded from EU. All classes are taught in Czech at first, later a selection is taught in one of the target languages. A pupil has to know Czech to study here but the advantage is to have schoolmates understanding a foreign language and the school supporting a multinational environment and supporting foreign students in learning the Czech language.

International School of Brno

ISB is an 'IB World School' as well as a member of the Council of International Schools. It is also recognized by the Czech Ministry of Education as an international elementary school.

  • Čejkovická 10, Brno-Vinohrady
  • +420 544 212 313 +420 776 490 120
  • info@isob.cz
  • website

Following the Cambridge Secondary 1 stage, Grade 9 and 10 students at the International School of Brno follow the Cambridge Secondary 2 Programme by taking the IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). The International School of Brno is now also offering Cambridge International A Levels. This allows the school to open the 11th and 12th grades, making it possible for students in Brno to complete an international high school education in English.

Cambridge International AS (11th grade) and A (12th grade) Levels have widespread international recognition as high school/pre-university educational qualifications.

American Academy

A network of American high schools. Provides students with practical education, the latest teaching methods from all around the world and most importantly, freedom

  • Dominikánské nám. 656/2
  • study@americanacademy.com
  • website

Gymnázium Slovanské náměstí

This proved grammar school with 560 students has bilingual classes with some courses fully taught in English (Geography, History, Physical education) while some courses (Biology, Chemistry) are in both Czech and English. In other classes, English terms are just supplementing the instructions. School has experienced having foreign students in the classrooms. Foreign students can take extra Czech language classes and all of the Czech students are extensively trained in English – hence creating an understanding environment.

Německé zemské gymnasium

  • Mendlovo náměstí 3/4
  • 603 00 Brno
  • Phone: +420 543 216 136, +420 541 233 590
  • E-mail: reditelstvi@skolskykomplex.cz
  • Web: www.skolskykomplex.cz/dg/

A grammar school, primary school and kindergarten under one roof. Gymnasium – Grammar school – runs a project on extensive language preparation for its students. Instructions in English and German supplement the Czech. The school is private.

Gymnázium Matyáše Lercha

  • Žižkova 55
  • 616 00 Brno
  • Principal: Petr Kovac kovac@gml.cz
  • Phone: 541 243 892
  • E-mail: sekretariat@gml.cz
  • Web: www.gml.cz

The Matyáš Lerch Grammar School is a state school with about 950 students, of whom around 225 are enrolled in the six-year Czech/French programme. After intensive French preparation in the first two years, virtually all the subjects from the third year on are taught in French. Student exchanges are carried out every year with a number of lycées in France; in addition, five students a year are selected to attend the Gymnase Cantonal du Bugnon. The school also hosts an international French-language theatre festival for secondary-school students.

Klasické a španělské gymnázium

  • Vejrostova 2
  • 635 00 Brno
  • Principal: Mgr.Ivana Shorná
  •             ivana.shorna@gyby.cz
  • Phone: 546 214 933
  • E-mail: info@gyby.cz
  • Web: http://gyby.netbox.cz

The Classical and Spanish Grammar School is a state school with about 800 students divided into 26 classes. The six-year bilingual Czech/Spanish study programme is run under the auspices of the Spanish Ministry of Education. It includes intensive acquisition of Spanish as a second language and from the third year five subjects (Maths, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry) are taught in Spanish. In their final year, students of this programme take a bilingual graduation exam valid in all EU member states. The school offers another Czech programme with extra hours of English language and selected subjects taught in English.

Gymnázium Globe, s.r.o.

  • Bzenecká 23
  • 628 00 Brno
  • Phone: 544 218 778
  • E-mail: gym.globe@bm.orgman.cz
  • Web: gymglobe.cz/en/

Private grammar school with additional English language lessons. Biology and history are partly taught in English. The school claims to be able to provide an English-speaking teacher of any given subject for individual education.

Admission exams

(for secondary schools / grammar schools)

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS

1. Gymnázium, Brno, třída Kapitána Jaroše 14

www.jaroska.cz

  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, FR, GER, RU, SPA
  • Admission:
    • 5th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 230/30)
    • 5th grade – focal area: mathematics (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 118/30)
    • 9th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 141/50)
    • 9th grade – focal area: mathematics (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 22/10)

2. Gymnázium Matyáše Lercha, Žižkova 55

www.gml.cz/en

  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, FR, GER, SPA
  • Admission:
    • 5th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 336/30)
    • 7th grade – focal area: French language (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 134/60)
    • 9th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 188/60)

3. Klasické a španělské gymnázium Brno-Bystr, Vejrostova 2

https://www.gyby.cz/

  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, FR, IT, LAT, GER, RU, SPA
  • Admission:
    • 5th grade – focal area: classical languages Latin and Greek (applied/accepted in 2013+2014:                    164/30)
    • 7th grade – focal area: English language (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 123/30)
    • Spanish language – some classes taught in Spanish (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 57/30)
    • 9th grade – focal area: English language (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 66/30)

4. Biskupské gymnázium Brno, Barvičova 85

www.bigy.cz

  • foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, FR, GER, SPA, LAT compulsory religion and latin classes
  • admission:
    • 5th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 268/60)
    • 9th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 159/89)

5. Gymnázium Slovanské náměstí, Slovanské nám. 7

www.gymnaslo.cz/en

  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, FR, IT, GER, RU, SPA, LAT some classes can be taken in English
  • Admission:
    • 7th grade – focal area: English language (accepted in 2013+2014: 30)
    • 9th grade – universal (accepted in 2013+2014: 30)
    • 9th grade – focal area: English language (accepted in 2013+2014: 55)

6. Gymnázium, Brno, Křenová 36

www.gymkren.cz

  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, FR, GER, RU
    • preparation for international certificates of German (DSD II.), English (FCE), French (DELF), and Russian (TORFL)
  • Admission:
    • 7th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 213/30)
    • 9th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 256/90)

7. Gymnázium, Brno, Vídeňská 47

www.gvid.cz

  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, FR, GER
  • Admission:
    • 7th grade – focal area: IT and programming (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 174/60)
    • 9th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 12/60)

8. Sportovní gymnázium Ludvíka Daňka Brno, Botanická 70

www.sportovnigymnaziumbrno.cz

  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, GER
  • Admission:
    • 7th grade – focal area: sports (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 79/30)
    • 9th grade – focal area: sports (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 114/59)

PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOLS

1. Gymnázium P. Křížkovského s uměleckou profilací,Kristenova 27

http://www.gymum.cz/

  • School fees:
    • 24 000 CZK per year
  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, LAT, GER, RU, SPA
  • Admission:
    • 5th grade – focal area: arts, 3 branches: musical/fine arts/literary-dramatic, incl. talent entrance exam (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 19/18)
    • 9th grade – focal area: arts, 3 branches: musical/fine arts/literary-dramatic, incl. talent entrance exam (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 6/6)

 

2. Moravské gymnázium Brno, Veveří 30

www.mgbrno.cz

  • School fees:
    • 16 800 CZK per year
  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, FR, GER, SPA
  • Admission:
    • 5th grade – focal area: English (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 27/26)
    • 5th grade – focal area: humanities (N/A)
    • 9th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 51/48)

3. Gymnázium J. G. Mendela + I. Německé zemské gymnasium, Mendlovo nám. 3/4

www.skolskykomplex.cz

  • School fees:
    • 16 000 – 17 000 CZK per year
  • Foreign languages they teach:
    • EN, GER, RU
  • Admission to Gymnázium J. G. Mendela:
    • 5th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 38/24)
    • 5th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 35/24)
    • 7th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 29/24)
    • 9th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 27/24) admission to I. Německé zemské gymnasium
    • 9th grade – universal (applied/accepted in 2013+2014: 28/24)

Universities

Over 90,000 students are enrolled in Brno’s five public higher education institutions, one state higher education institution and seven private higher education institutions, giving the city the distinction of having the highest per capita student population in the Czech Republic.

In line with the Central European tradition, there is no single all-inclusive higher education institution. However, the five public institutions taken together offer studies and research activities across the whole range of academic disciplines. These are Masaryk University (see a full list of all degree programmes offered in English), the Brno University of Technology, Mendel University, the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno and the Janáček Academy of the Performing Arts. In addition, seven institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences are located in Brno.

The concentration of so many higher education institutions in Brno has transformed the city into a major international research centre. This is reflected most clearly in the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), a newly-established research institution of regional scope funded by the European Commission that draws on the expertise of staff at Masaryk University, the Brno University of Technology, Mendel University, the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno and several institutes of the Academy of Sciences. Each of its interdisciplinary “core facilities” brings together scientists from across the participating institutions. The research potential in the city also lies behind the decision of the Mayo Clinic, America’s leading medical research group, to cooperate with St Anne’s Faculty Hospital in the creation of a joint biomedical research institute in Brno, the International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC).

According to Czech law, universities are forbidden to charge any tuition fees for degree programmes accredited to be taught in the Czech language. This means that even foreigners admitted to such programmes receive their university education free of charge.

In addition to their Czech-language programmes, Brno’s universities also offer a range of degree programmes taught in English. These can be found at all levels – Bachelor’s, Master’s and especially doctoral. For these programmes, the universities charge tuition fees, though in comparison with those in many other countries they are very reasonable.

Finally, in their lifelong-learning programmes, many of the city’s universities include courses or options in languages other than Czech.

Recognition of foreign degrees

For certain purposes in this country you may find it necessary, or advantageous, to have your university degree recognized as having the equivalent value of a Czech degree. This is a process the Czechs term “nostrifikace” – that is, “making it ours”.

This process varies depending on which country you took your degree in. With some countries, the Czech state has an agreement on mutual recognition; in these cases, it is fairly straightforward to have your degree recognized. Otherwise, there are a number of steps you will have to take, both in the country where you studied and here in the Czech Republic. Since the process also involves a Czech university expressing its approval of your qualifications, it is necessary to turn to one that offers a degree as close as possible to the one you have taken. So, if you are considering having your foreign degree recognized here, we recommend you turn to us in the first instance for advice.