General information

The school philosophy

1st International School of Ostrava is a school that provides quality education reflecting the modern needs of our time. Our motivational training programme places high demands on student’s intellectual effort, creativity, willpower and moral strength. The school sees its students as people who will soon participate fully in the support of the quality of life on Earth.

1st International School of Ostrava – mezinárodní gymnázium, s.r.o. is an authorized school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and is a part of the world school community as an IB World School.

What we offer

  • the chance to gain a secondary school education, with an emphasis on the development of soft skills and key competencies. Students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills they acquire in practice whilst using proficient levels of English
  • emphasis on working with sources, making logical judgments and defending their own procedures, presentation of results and opinions
  • a wide range of assessment, which includes a variety of activities and methods of evaluation according to a predetermined and known point system
  • pleasant school environment with modern equipment in their home classrooms with specialized facilities for science teaching (laboratories), art and music, library and reading room, with meals in the dining room
  • Maximum class size is 20 students
  • support the development of the English language through extra hours EAL lessons (English as Additional Language)
  • adaptation course before the start of the new school year
  • school clubs in the afternoon
  • Edookit information system for the registration of marks, absences, plans of events and changes in schedules, school G-mail

How we study

1st International School of Ostrava – international gymnázium is included in the network of schools and school facilities of the Ministry of Education. The school has a permission to teach certain subjects in foreign languages, in our case, English.
Ref MSMT-22721 / 2014-1

In connection with the above decision, our gymnázium is permitted to offer a different graduation exam, in effect from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2020. This means, the profile part of the graduation examinations are run in the language that the class is taught, i.e. classes taught in Czech have an exam in Czech, with the same being true for classes taught in English.
Ref MSMT-21468 / 2016-2

Study field: 79-41-K/81

eight-year gymnázium

Subjects taught in English at eight year gymnázium: mathematics, social sciences, physics, chemistry, natural science (biology), information technologies, music and art (aesthetic education), physical education, compulsory optional subjects in the seventh and eighth grade, and then from the fifth grade also history and geography.

Study field: 79-41-K/41

four year gymnázium

Subjects taught in English at four year gymnázium: social science, history, geography, biology, information technologies, art, physical education, optional subjects – humanity seminars, introduction to the world economics.

Maturita exam at ISO

In its current form, the maturita exam consists of two parts: state and profile (school part).

In the state part, students have the opportunity to choose from at least two subjects (Czech language and either foreign language or mathematics). Language exams have three parts: didactic test, written exam and oral exam. From these parts, an overall evaluation is created, which is expressed in percentages, success percentile and a classic Czech grade. Pupils also have the opportunity to register for the Mathematics+ selection exam.

In the profile (school) part, exams consist of at least two subjects of the students‘ choice. Furthermore, students can choose one of the given subjects as optional. The form and structure of the maturita exam differs for individual subjects. In addition to the oral and written exams, students can prepare a graduation thesis, which they defend in front of the graduation committee at the end.

After successfully completing all parts of the maturita exam, students will receive a maturita certificate with the clause No. MŠMT-21468/2016-2 on consent to a different way of ending education with a maturita exam in the profile part. Specifically, it will be stated here in which language the exam was conducted.

Why are we here?

Concept and framework of the school:

  • learn competencies, soft skills and application of teaching units and lessons (why-how-what)
  • use different forms of teaching, depending on the activities in the lessons – group teaching, project teaching, research-based teaching, experiential learning and pedagogy and service learning
  • to take the individual needs of students into consideration and differentiate instruction
  • focus on the personal and social development of students
  • when teaching, respect the needs and requirements of universities, employers and the labour market
  • be an open community institution offering quality general international education and other activities outside the scope of the standard of teaching to a wide community
  • offering education for everyone regardless of ethnic, religious, social and ethnic nationality, native language, gender or special educational needs


Rodiče vítáni / Parents Welcome – School open to parents, parents open to school

Parents appreciate it when the school treats them in a friendly and partner-like way. Teachers wish, their students‘ parents to pull together with them and be open to mutual communication. We believe that cooperation and partnership communication between schools and parents pays off for both sides. And that’s why the Parents Welcome, a symbol for schools open to parents, was created.

Our school went through the certification process and had to meet all the basic and several optional criteria to obtain the certification and the label. The school has been fulfilling these criteria for a long time.

Basic requirements – these requirements are mandatory, and the school must meet them in at least one of the following ways for basic level certification. Even the basic requirements allow the school to meet them in different ways to the satisfaction of both parents and school staff.

Optional requirements – in addition to the basic requirements, the school must meet at least two additional requirements, chosen from the optional requirements.

Světová škola / Global school

Sixty-three Czech kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and almost two hundred other schools from Europe currently take pride in the Světová škola (Global school) award. The basic philosophy supports the education and preparation of students for real life in a globalised world and is based on a simple three-step methodology: learn – investigate – act. The individual phases are detailed in the Světová škola project guide, which is freely downloadable on our website. Active students supported by teachers are the foundation of the degree effort.

Světová škola is a place, where:

  • Global issues are a natural part of education and school life;
  • students, led by a team of teachers, actively engage with world affairs and keep up with current events in the developing world;
  • students, teachers and the wider public learn about global issues;
  • students identify local problems with global implications and work towards their solutions;
  • an event is organised at least once a year in cooperation with a local partnered organisation;
  • the common goal is to contribute to the solution of a selected problem.