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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 9 students / class
Maximum 15 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €9,500
to: €14,900
This school has more than one campus in Ljubljana:
Campus S20: Ages 9 to 18

Address: Selanova ulica 20 1000 Ljubljana Slovenia

Campus R5: Ages 3 to 9

Address: Rakovniška ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an Additional Language (EAL) support classes are offered to students who require additional assistance with acquiring or solidifying their English language skills.

Additional language classes offered by the school

German, Spanish, French

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

The use of technology is integrated across the curriculum and is a part of the school’s culture. Technology includes interactive boards, laptop computers and a variety of advanced software to enrich the academic curriculum and facilitate interactive learning experiences among students and teachers.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?


External examinations or assessments available


Results in these examinations

It varies from year to year.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, when needed.

Approximate hours of homework given

PYP-15-30 minutes per day
MYP-1 hour per day
FYP-2 hours per day

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

The SEN teachers and Counselor provide support and accommodations for students with IEP's

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The mastery learning educational model allows for differentiation and more individualized instruction. Grades 11 & 12 have the opportunity to Advanced Placement classes and Exams for University credit.

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students

Placement test and interview

Brief description of entry evaluation required

- LIS uses the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) computerized adaptive test to provide initial placement data.
- Students ages six and older will take the MAP entrance test to evaluate the student’s knowledge in Reading, Mathematics, and Language Usage. All three tests are administered in the English language.
- Students ages eight and older also complete a piece of writing or a written essay, depending on their grade level.

Waiting list

Not currently

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We have an open enrollment.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time

3:30 Monday-Thursday
1:00 on Friday

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available


School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

There is a vegetarian option.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Sports, music, languages

Sports activities included

Physical Education

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Not currently

Facilities at the school

Science lab, Gymnasium, Library

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium will open in December of 2023

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

LIS Values, Social-Emotional Development, and Child Protection

Success is so much more than receiving a grade of an “A” and a “B”. We understand how important it is for students to develop the many good habits and skills that lead to being successful. LIS strives to have all students grow in leadership, confidence, creativity, and in their capacity to collaborate with others. We teach and help students to be empathetic, kind, to appreciate beauty, trustworthy, inquisitive, humble, and to have resiliency as they mature. We call these our LIS Values. 

EMPATHY - Showing concern for others as a part of a larger, diverse community. 

KINDNESS - Using polite language, tone and behavior towards others. 

BEAUTY - Noticing and appreciating the beauty around them, both inside and outside of the school. 

TRUST - Being honest and forthright. 

INQUISITIVENESS - A willingness to discover as much as they can about things. 

HUMILITY - Remembering that they are a part of a world that is “bigger than themselves” and that what they study or observe has meaning. 

 RESILIENCE - Doing their best, especially in the face of a challenge. 

LIS is committed to teaching children, habits and skills that help them to build character, manage emotional and social situations, and to keep themselves safe. Currently, we offer a full range of lessons on Child Protection which are taught to children of all ages. We are also developing specific, age-appropriate lessons to encapsulate the LIS Values and to assist with students’ social-emotional development.

IB Learner Profile

In addition to our very own LIS set of values, students are exposed to the ten attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile. We aim for our students to be inquisitive and knowledgeable thinkers who communicate effectively and act with principled integrity, embracing diversity with empathy, taking calculated risks and seeking balanced growth while reflecting on their experiences to become caring lifelong learners.

The IB learner profile is a set of ten attributes that the IB aims to develop in students to foster their intellectual, personal, emotional, and social growth. These qualities are designed to help students become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who contribute positively to society. Here is a summary of the IB learner profile:

Inquirers: They are curious, eager to learn, and ask meaningful questions to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Knowledgeable: They acquire and apply knowledge across a range of subjects, seeking to understand and explore ideas beyond their immediate experiences.

Thinkers: They use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze complex issues and develop innovative solutions.

Communicators: They express themselves effectively in multiple ways, confidently sharing ideas and information with others.

Principled: They act with integrity, honesty, and a strong sense of fairness, taking responsibility for their actions and their impact on others.

Open-Minded: They embrace and respect diverse perspectives and cultures, demonstrating empathy and a willingness to consider different viewpoints.

Caring: They show empathy, compassion, and respect for others, and they take action to help others and make a positive difference in their communities.

Risk-Takers: They are willing to take calculated risks and embrace new challenges, showing resilience and determination in the face of setbacks.

Balanced: They strive for a well-rounded lifestyle, seeking physical, emotional, and intellectual balance in their lives.

Reflective: They thoughtfully evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, learning from their experiences and actively seeking self-improvement.

The IB learner profile is an integral part of the International Baccalaureate educational framework and serves as a guide to develop internationally-minded individuals who contribute positively to a better and more peaceful world.

Teaching approach of the school

At Ljubljana International School, we use the Mastery Learning Model of instruction. Mastery learning is a research-based teaching and learning strategy that focuses on ensuring students fully comprehend a specific topic or skill before moving on to more advanced material. The main goal is to ensure that every student achieves a deep understanding and proficiency in the subject matter, rather than just meeting a certain time-based requirement.

Mastery learning operates with several key principles that aim to optimize a student’s learning experience. In a mastery learning setting, students are granted the freedom to progress at their own pace, allowing them to dedicate more time to a topic until they have demonstrated mastery before moving on to the next concept. Teachers employ formative assessment techniques throughout the learning process to continuously evaluate students' understanding, identifying areas of strength and weakness to tailor instruction accordingly.

When a student faces challenges with a specific concept or skill, mastery learning offers targeted remediation and support. This could involve providing additional resources, one-on-one guidance, or extra practice to help the student master the difficult material. The approach has been associated with higher levels of achievement among students, as it emphasizes establishing a strong foundation in fundamental concepts that facilitates comprehension of more complex topics.

Moreover, mastery learning contributes to the development of increased self-confidence among students, as they experience success in mastering each concept. This positive reinforcement acts as a powerful motivator for continued learning. Additionally, mastery learning has the potential to narrow achievement gaps between students with varying learning abilities. By accommodating individual learning styles and pacing, the approach ensures that all students have the opportunity to succeed.

In the context of Mastery learning, continual progress tracking supersedes traditional grading systems. This focus on mastery, rather than mere letter grades, allows parents and teachers to monitor a student's progress more accurately. Consequently, they can readily identify areas that may require improvement and celebrate the student's achievements along the way.

Incorporating Mastery learning into a child's education can yield several benefits, including a deeper understanding of subjects, enhanced self-confidence, and a more positive overall learning experience. To maximize these advantages, collaboration between parents, teachers, and students is crucial. By working closely with teachers and ensuring that their unique needs are met with appropriate support and resources, students can thrive academically and foster a lifelong love for learning.

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