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International School of Belgrade

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Dr. Nicola P. Kodzas, Director
International School of Belgrade
MAIL: c/o Embassy of Sweden
(for International School Belgrade)
Pariska 7
11001 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Tel. 381-11-651-832
Tel./Fax 381-11-652-619
E-mail isb@eunet.yu


The International School of Belgrade is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from kindergarten through grade 8 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from September 4 through January 26 and from January 29 through June 22.

Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member School Board, 3 members of which are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador. Two Americans and 2 non-Americans are elected by the Association of the International School of Belgrade, the sponsor of the School. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is incorporated and has received U.S. tax-exempt status. Being without a School Board since March 1999 and in order not to violate the Charter, the school has temporarily formed a School Advisory Forum, composed of members of the Association and staff. The forum meets regularly to discuss school-related matters.

Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. general academic public schools. The primary objective of the School is to provide an organized learning environment to stimulate the minds of the students and teach them the skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, reasoning, computing, and finding and using information. Instruction is in English. French is taught as a foreign language. Other course offerings include English-as-a-Second-Language, art, music, physical education, and computer literacy. The School has no facilities to serve learning disabled students. Most outstanding is the warm family attitude of the School. The School received full reaccreditation in 1996 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS).

Faculty: There are 14 faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 2 U.S. citizens, 6 host-country nationals, and 6 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 42 (Kdg.-grade 5: 29 and grades 6-8: 13). Of the total, 2 were U.S. citizens, 12 were host-country nationals, and 28 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, all were dependents of private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The school buildings, consisting of a remodeled villa and adjacent buildings, are located in a residential area of Belgrade. All buildings are rented. The School also has access to a nearby swimming pool.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 98 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rate is as follows: Kdg.-grade 8: $11,500. If the enrollment reaches 80 and above students, the School Board allows a discount of 15% for the second and 20 % for the third and subsequent children attending the School from the same family. This fee is payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.