Welcome to the Lower School at the American International School of Zagreb, where children begin their journey toward becoming joyful, lifelong learners. Since our founding in 1966, the AISZ community has worked together to educate children in an environment that challenges and inspires.
I am so excited to be a member of the AISZ community at such a crucial juncture in the school’s history as we explore the possibilities of what education can be and create a concept school for the future. In developing the AISZ Learning Ecosystem, we’ve framed our work within the three main pillars of the Common Ground Collaborative: conceptual learning, competency learning, and character learning. By incorporating inquiry-based methodologies and an integrated approach, our commitment to innovative education comes to life.
In the Lower School, our talented faculty and staff are passionate about creating authentic learning experiences that are child-centered and personalized. We believe that children learn best when they feel challenged, encouraged and nurtured. Guided by what research tells us are best practices, we prepare students through a rigorous, inquiry-based academic program from Pre-Kindergarten for three-year-olds through Grade 5.
At the foundation of our program are the core academic disciplines of literacy, numeracy, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we believe that art, counseling, music, and physical education are vital to educating the whole child. We also embrace the well-known benefits of language learning by providing instruction in Croatian and a family’s choice of French or German.
As an educator and as a parent, I believe in the power of inculcating in our children a sense of responsibility for the world around us and for each other; it is their leadership and stewardship that will shape the future. Now more than ever we have a responsibility to educate and develop the global citizens of tomorrow. With our community’s international outlook and rich, cultural diversity, we are well-positioned to prepare our children for this role. I look forward to partnering with you on this journey.