Kyiv of­fers range of schools for ex­pat kids

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - BY DENYS KRASNIKOV [email protected] PSI’s web­site: BIS’s web­site: british­ Deutsche Schule Kiew’s deutschesc­ web­site: KIS’s web­site:

While most Ukrainian schools are still try­ing to emerge from a Sovi­et­style ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem, a small num­ber of newer schools have never had to make that ad­just­ment.

Many were set up to teach the chil­dren of ex­pa­tri­ates (mainly those of diplo­mats or busi­ness­peo­ple work­ing in Ukraine) ac­cord­ing to West­ern stan­dards – and many at West­ern, pri­vate school prices.

So as the Ukrainian state ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem slowly pre­pares for re­forms pro­posed by Ukraine’s Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry – a 12-year school­ing sys­tem, and the in­tro­duc­tion of new cur­ric­ula – the coun­try’s pri­vate schools are con­tin­u­ing as be­fore, of­fer­ing classes in a num­ber of for­eign lan­guages, and fol­low­ing in­ter­na­tional cur­ric­ula that pro­duce in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Here are the best-known schools in Kyiv for English-, French- and Ger­man-speak­ing chil­dren. They are widely known to be ex­pen­sive, al­though most re­fer to them­selves as non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, and refuse to re­veal the prices they charge.

Pech­ersk School In­ter­na­tional

Pech­ersk School In­ter­na­tional claims to be the largest in­ter­na­tional school in Ukraine, with a par­ent-elected board lead­ing the school.

It teaches about 400 chil­dren from ages three to 18. Thirty per­cent of them are Ukraini­ans, while re­main­ing 70 per­cent of all class­room places “are held for ex­pa­tri­ate stu­dents.”

The lan­guage of in­struc­tion at PSI is English at all grade lev­els.

All PSI teach­ers are na­tive speak­ers and fully cer­ti­fied, with more than 60 per­cent of them hold­ing ad­vanced de­grees, from Mas­ters to PhDs.

The school has ob­tained ac­cred­i­ta­tion from two or­ga­ni­za­tions: the Coun­cil of In­ter­na­tional Schools (CIS) in Europe, and the New Eng­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges (NEASC) in the United States.

The school has been fully au­tho­rized to teach three study pro­grams de­signed by Swiss ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB). The pro­grams are the Pri­mary Years Pro­gram, the Mid­dle Years Pro­gram and the Diploma Pro­gram.

The United States has the largest num­ber of IB pro­grams (2,010 out of 5,586) of­fered in both pri­vate and pub­lic schools.

Howard Gard­ner, a pro­fes­sor of ed­u­ca­tional psy­chol­ogy at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, said that the IB cur­ricu­lum is “less parochial than most Amer­i­can ef­forts” and helps stu­dents “think crit­i­cally, syn­the­size knowl­edge, re­flect on their own thought pro­cesses and get their feet wet in in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary think­ing.”

The school is lo­cated in the Holosi­ivskyi res­i­den­tial district, not far away from the Demi­ivska metro sta­tion.

Ly­cée Anne de Kiev

This school was founded in 1994 for French ex­pats in Kyiv and was soon dubbed the “lit­tle French school.” Later, it ex­panded to in­clude a grade school and a nurs­ery, and it now teaches around 300 kids.

Ly­cée Anne de Kiev is the first ed­u­ca­tional cen­ter in Ukraine to be rec­og­nized by the French Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry. In 2005, it was rec­og­nized by Ukraine’s Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry as well.

It’s one of 420 schools lo­cated out­side of France that teaches in ac­cor­dance with the French na­tional cur­ricu­lum de­signed for for­eign schools, which is su­per­vised by Agence pour l’en­seigne­ment français à l’étranger, or Agency for French Ed­u­ca­tion Abroad.

Chil­dren at the school study two cur­ric­ula and earn two sets of qual­i­fi­ca­tions: French and Ukrainian.

The school is lo­cated in Kyiv’s Shevchenki­vskyi district.

Ly­cée Anne de Kiev’s web­site:

Bri­tish In­ter­na­tional School

The Bri­tish In­ter­na­tional School has been pre­sent in Ukraine for 20 years, pre­par­ing chil­dren for en­try to for­eign uni­ver­si­ties and aim­ing to “en­able stu­dents to com­mu­ni­cate con­fi­dently and ef­fec­tively in English within the class­room and the wider school com­mu­nity.”

The school teaches chil­dren from three to 18 years old, and of­fers the IB Pri­mary Years Pro­gram and IB Diploma Pro­gram cur­ricu­lum, as well as a cur­ricu­lum in line with the English Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum Key Stage 3 and 4.

Stu­dents study tra­di­tional sub­jects, such as English and other lan­guages, math­e­mat­ics, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, so­cial stud­ies, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, and var­i­ous arts sub­jects.

This school is a mem­ber of the Coun­cil of Bri­tish In­ter­na­tional Schools (COBIS) rep­re­sent­ing over 265 mem­ber schools in 75 coun­tries. This means stu­dents of the BIS re­ceive the same train­ing as stu­dents in the United King­dom, the United States, France, Ja­pan or South Korea.

Its in-school poli­cies in­clude anti-bul­ly­ing, aca­demic hon­esty and lan­guage poli­cies.

Stu­dents are as­sessed us­ing the Cam­bridge Check­point ex­ams, and the Cam­bridge IGCSE, A-Level and IB Diploma Pro­gram ex­ams. The BIS in Ukraine is able to of­fer a dual cur­ricu­lum pro­gram for par­ents who wish their chil­dren to study for Ukrainian cer­tifi­cates as well.

It op­er­ates from three cam­puses in Kyiv, and one in Dnipro.

Deutsche Schule Kiew

Deutsche Schule Kiew is a Ger­man in­ter­na­tional school opened in Kyiv in 2008 that in­cludes a grade school, gym­na­sium, and a high school.

It’s of­fi­cial­lyrec­og­nized as a Ger­man school lo­cated out of Ger­many, and is su­per­vised by the Zen­tral­stelle für das Aus­landss­chul­we­sen - part of Ger­many’s Fed­eral Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The first chil­dren who stud­ied in the school were the kids of Ger­man ex­pats in Ukraine. Later, the school was also rec­og­nized by the Ukrainian Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, al­low­ing for chil­dren to study for both Ger­man and Ukrainian cer­tifi­cates and to con­tinue study­ing in ei­ther of two coun­tries’ school in the fu­ture.

The school’s main sub­jects are taught by Ger­man na­tive-speak­ers.

The school is lo­cated in Kyiv’s Podil district, the nurs­ery is in Shevchenki­vskyi district. The Kyiv In­ter­na­tional School is a part of Qual­ity School In­ter­na­tional, an ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides school­ing in 30 coun­tries.

QSI started from the Sanaa In­ter­na­tional School, launched in Ye­men back in 1971 by Amer­i­can James E. Gil­son. It started its ex­pan­sion in 1991, soon ap­pear­ing in Ukraine.

Since its launch here 25 years ago, it’s been of­fer­ing ed­u­ca­tion in English for stu­dents from three years of age through sec­ondary school, whose “par­ents of many na­tion­al­i­ties have come to (Ukraine), usu­ally for a lim­ited stay of a year or more,” the school’s web­site reads. Some stu­dents are per­ma­nent res­i­dents or cit­i­zens of the host coun­try, how­ever.

“The school is stu­dent per­for­mance-based rather than ‘time-based’ or ‘cal­en­dar-based,’” says the school’s web­site. The aca­demic pro­gram is ac­cred­ited by the U.S. Mid­dle States As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools.

The KIS is also a mem­ber of Cen­tral and East­ern Euro­pean Schools As­so­ci­a­tion (CEESA).

It of­fers ed­u­ca­tion in English, in­clud­ing a DP In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate pro­gram and ad­vanced place­ment cour­ses. Chil­dren learn English and lit­er­a­ture, math­e­mat­ics, sci­ence, cul­tural stud­ies, and cre­ative and ap­plied arts.

The school has out­side play ar­eas, an in­door swim­ming pool, a gym, a cafe­te­ria, a snack cafe, a fine arts com­plex, an early child­hood cen­ter, a doc­tor’s of­fice, and sci­ence labs.

The premises of the school are lo­cated in a park-like set­ting not far from the Svy­atoshyn metro sta­tion.

Stu­dents of Pech­ersk School In­ter­na­tional draw dur­ing their art classes. (PSI)

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