This page will provide you with essential information on education for the children of foreign nationals – both for pre-school children aged 3–6 years (the last year of nursery school is compulsory), and compulsory primary education for children aged 6+ years. We will give you the necessary information you need to know about school attendance and about nursery and primary schools. Most of Brno nursery and primary schools also provide catering (prices differ slightly in each school).
Information on education of children – foreigners
Provision of education to pupils from other countries in nursery and primary schools is based on the Czech Education Act. The language of instruction is Czech in public schools. Individual support is provided to children whose mother tongue differs from the language of instruction – e.g. in the framework of subsidy programmes funding adaptation coordinators.
Foreign pupils are entitled to free-of-charge preparation for their inclusion in primary education, which includes lessons of Czech language adapted to these pupils’ needs. This is usually provided by a school in cooperation with the South Moravian Regional Office. Brno schools provide such preparation for foreign pupils who attend them within their compulsory primary education, too.
There are three primary schools in Brno that focus on the education of foreign pupils in the long term – with an emphasis on the teaching of Czech language in cases where there is a low level of knowledge of the language:
- ZŠ a MŠ Brno, Staňkova 14, p. o. (Primary and Nursery School Brno, Staňkova 14, contributory organization),
- ZŠ a MŠ Jana Broskvy 3, p. o. (Primary and Nursery School Jana Broskvy 3, contributory organization),
- ZŠ J. A. Komenského a MŠ Brno, nám. Republiky 10, p. o. (J. A. Komenský Primary School and Nursery School Brno, nám. Republiky 10, contributory organization).
Education in English is offered by the private International School of Brno at Čejkovická 10 and some other private primary schools. We do not list them here as new ones are emerging continuously. If you are interested in your child attending such a school, search for them on the Internet and contact them directly.
Support possibilities for pupils, students and other persons with granted international protection
Those who are granted international asylum protection or subsidiary protection are entitled to a free course of Czech language of 400 lessons. The course is intended for children from the fifth grade or higher and also for students and other persons with international protection. The course is provided by the Czech as a Foreign Language Teachers’ Association.
Assessment of foreign pupils
The knowledge of Czech language is reckoned as an important factor influencing foreign pupils’ performance. Therefore, their knowledge of Czech is taken into consideration and their individual progress is assessed using individualized criteria – their performance is not compared with that of other pupils in the class!
How does enrolment in nursery school work?
- You need an application, which is downloadable/printable from the nursery school electronic enrolment page at zapisdoms.brno.cz from 1 April,
- according to the Education Act, enrolments in nursery schools are held from 2 to 16 May (schools decide about their own specific date/s themselves).
There are 137 public, 2 church and approx. 24 private nursery schools (with new ones still emerging).
Which documents will be required by the nursery school when enrolling?
- parent’s passport,
- child’s passport,
- proof of residence document with specified address in Brno (issued by the Foreign Police Department). This is important because of the school intake areas (defined by a municipal decree) which have to be followed during the nursery school enrolment.
How does enrolment in the 1st grade of the primary school work?
- You need an application, which is downloadable/printable from the primary school electronic enrolment page at zapisdozs.brno.cz from 1 March,
- according to the Education Act, enrolments in 1st grade are held from 1 to 30 April (schools decide about their specific date/s themselves).
There are 65 public primary schools, plus 1 church school and approx. 16 private primary schools.
Which documents will be required by the primary school when enrolling?
- parent’s passport,
- child’s passport,
- proof of residence document with specified address in Brno (issued by the Foreign Police Department). This is important because of the school intake areas (defined by a municipal decree) which have to be followed during the 1st grade enrolment.
The compulsory pre-school and primary education in the Czech Republic, and hence in Brno as well, can be performed also as individual education (= home schooling, attendance in a private nursery/primary school, etc.). There are various obstacles in home schooling, e.g. the needed knowledge of Czech language, but if you are interested in it, please contact the nursery or primary school where your child will be enrolled formally for more information.