Founding of private kindergartens, elementary schools, high schools and adult education institutions in the Republic of Croatia

Kindergartens, elementary schools, high schools and adult education institutions in the Republic of Croatia are founded in accordance with the provisions of the Institutions Act and the provisions of special laws that apply to them.

A kindergarten is founded by a Founding Contract/Document passed by the founder in accordance with the provisions of the Institutions Act (Official Gazette 'Narodne novine', No. 76/93, 29/97, 47/99 and 35/08) and the Preschool Education Act (Official Gazette 'Narodne novine', No. 10/97 and 107/07).

A kindergarten may be founded by the Republic of Croatia, a local and regional self-government unit, a religious community and other legal and natural person.

The founder of a kindergarten must submit to the Ministry the following two requests:

a) request for the assessment of compliance of the Founding Contract with the law, also enclosing:

  • two copies of the Founding Contract signed by the founder, and
  • proof that the administrative fee in the amount of 200 kn has been paid 

 b) request for the endorsement of the work programme/plan, also enclosing:

  • kindergarten work programme/plan, and
  • stamp duty in the amount of 50 kn.

The Contract/Document on the founding of a kindergarten must contain the provisions prescribed by Article 13 of the Institutions Act and by Article 8 of the Preschool Education Act.

After the Ministry has reached a decision on the assessment of compliance of the Founding Contract with the law and has endorsed the work programme, the founder must submit a request for the start of activities/work to the county office, i.e. to the city office of the City of Zagreb in charge of educational activities, which will reach a decision on the start of performing a kindergarten activity.

After the county office, i.e. the office of the City of Zagreb, in charge of educational activities has reached a decision on the start of performing a kindergarten activity, the founder must submit an application for the registration of the kindergarten into the court register.

Elementary schools and high schools (hereinafter: school institution) are founded by a Founding Contract/Document passed by the founder in line with the provisions of the Institutions Act and the Primary and Secondary Education Act (Official Gazette 'Narodne novine', No. 87/08).

An elementary school may be founded by the Republic of Croatia, a local self-government unit, a regional self-government unit and other legal or natural person.

A high school may be founded by the Republic of Croatia, a regional self-government unit and other legal or natural person.

Before founding a school institution, the founder must obtain a positive opinion of the Ministry on the justifiability of founding a school institution (Article 90, Paragraph 4 of the Primary and Secondary Education Act).

After receiving a positive opinion, the founder of a school institution must submit to the Ministry a request for the assessment of compliance of the Founding Contract with the law, also enclosing:

  • two copies of the Founding Contract signed by the founder, and
  • proof that the administrative fee in the amount of 200 kn has been paid.

The Contract/Document on the founding of a school institution must contain the provisions prescribed by Article 91 of the Primary and Secondary Education Act.

After the Ministry has reached a decision on the assessment of compliance of the Founding Contract with the law, the interim principal of the school institution must submit to the Ministry a request for the start of work, no later than three months before the planned start of work of the school institution, also enclosing:

  • interim articles of association
  • list of experts implementing the educational programme/curriculum
  • information on the premises and equipment, and the way of osiguranja them
  • proof that the technical, health and ecological conditions for the performance of the activity have been met
  • opinion of the competent international association, i.e. organization, if the school operates in accordance with an international programme or an alternative school programme
  • proof that the conditions established by special regulations have been met if the high school is implementing a programme of a nautical or marine engineering course, and
  • proof that the administrative fee in the amount of 3,000 kn has been paid.

In order to conduct the procedure for establishing that the conditions for the start of work of a school institution have been met, the Ministry appoints an expert committee to establish via on-the-spot inquiry if the school institution meets the prescribed conditions for the start of work, and it reaches a decision on the start of work.

After the Ministry has reached a decision on the start of work, the founder must submit an application for the registration of the school institution into the court register.

An adult education institution is founded by a Founding Contract/Document passed by the founder in line with the provisions of the Institutions Act and the Adult Education Act (Official Gazette 'Narodne novine', No. 17/07).

An adult education institution may be founded by the Republic of Croatia, a local and regional self-government unit, and other legal and natural person.

The founder of an adult education institution must submit to the Ministry a request for the assessment of compliance of the Founding Contract with the law, also enclosing:

  • two copies of the Founding Contract signed by the founder, and
  • proof that the administrative fee in the amount of 200 kn has been paid.   

The Contract/Document on the founding of an adult education institution must contain the provisions prescribed by Article 13 of the Institutions Act.
After the Ministry has reached a decision on the assessment of compliance of the Founding Contract with the law, the founder must submit to the commercial court an application for the registration of the adult education institution into the court register.

After the commercial court has reached a decision on the registration of the adult education institution into the court register, the founder must submit to the Ministry a request for the approval of the programme implementation, also enclosing (Article 43 of the Ordinance on the standards and benchmarks and the way and procedure of establishing the compliance with the conditions prescribed for adult education institutions, Official Gazette 'Narodne novine', No. 129/08):

  • decision on the assessment of compliance of the Founding Contract with the law and an extract from the court register,
  • educational programme/curriculum and the opinion of the Adult Education Agency on the programme (in accordance with Article 21 of the abovementioned Ordinance),
  • information on the teachers participating in the implementation of the programme and on the education manager/head,
  • information on the premises at which classes will be held, and on the equipment, teaching aids and other material conditions needed for the implementation of the programme,
  • decision stating that the minimum technical and hygienic conditions at the premises have been met, and
  • proof that the administrative fee in the amount of 2,000 kn has been paid.

In order to conduct the procedure for establishing that the conditions for the implementation of the adult education programme have been met, the Minister appoints a committee to establish via on-the-spot inquiry if the adult education institution meets the prescribed conditions for the implementation of the programme, and the Ministry reaches a decision granting the adult education institution an approval to start with its activities.

Herewith enclosed please find a copy of a sample administrative fee payment order.

A sample administrative fee payment order can be found at the Internet site of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, on the menu Education – Joint programmes – Recognition of foreign school qualifications.

Since the amounts of administrative fees paid for the decisions reached by the Ministry differ, depending on the institution being founded, the payment order should be scanned in a way that the field/box into which the amount in the kunas is entered remains blank, otherwise the parties might draw a conclusion that the amount entered into the sample order on our web site (200 kn) refers to all cases, which is not the case.