Ostrovok Primary School is a licensed bilingual school. Along with the state license, our school passed the certification and obtained a Cambridge International School license.
Interesting facts about Cambridge International Schools:
- over a million students in 160 countries across the globe
- over 150 years of experience in the development of international educational curriculums
- Cambridge International Schools are part of Cambridge University
From their first day at school, our students study based on two curriculums:
- The State standard of elementary education of Ukraine – NUS (the New Ukrainian School) (Ukrainian is the language of instruction)
- International Cambridge Primary Curriculum (English is the language of instruction)
After graduating the elementary school, children receive a government-issued certificate, as well as take international Cambridge Primary Checkpoints examinations in three subjects: English, Science, and Mathematics.
Mission and values
Students are the center of the educational process at Ostrovok Elementary.
The personality and interests of each child are the most important here.
We believe that cultivating a love of education and self-improvement, encouraging intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, and artistic traits are the key to a successful life.
It is important for each child to know what they are doing and why.
It is important for each tiny victory to be a result of personal discovery.
We believe that this is the only way to ensure that children have the most important traits – the ability to set goals independently and work on self-development throughout their lives. Understand why – set a goal – work hard – achieve
Teachers are the driving force.
Our teachers guide, while the students move forward. Teachers are not ahead, they are nearby. Active learning is an independent search for answers to questions that the students ask. Each student goes along their own unique path in the process of learning, and the teacher’s task is to be a steady support on this path.
Our teachers do not dictate rules but rather make every effort to get students to create these rules themselves. Only this way can the rules be memorised and become useful.
This is possible only with appropriate qualifications. Our teachers are trained based on Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (Cambridge PDQs) in the following spheres:
- Teaching and Learning Educational Leadership
- Teaching Bilingual Learners
- Teaching with Digital Technologies
Parents as our partners.
We know that parental involvement in the educational process is a key success factor.
We offer the following tools for partnership with parents:
- Weekly online progress reports.
- Individual student-parent-teacher meetings.
- Interactive online tasks and tests at the end of each week.
- Detailed lesson plans and notes.
Ostrovok Elementary operates based on the typical educational curriculum edited by R.B. Shyyan, as well as according to Cambridge Primary Curriculum (Hodder Education). Education is integrated and based on two curriculums simultaneously. Students get an opportunity to study subjects from various angles and gain knowledge in different languages.
Each student goes their own way, while the educational process is never linear; training rather consists of “jerks” and “skidding”. A jerk is a personal discovery, a rule that was created independently. You need to spend time and effort and to work hard. The teacher’s task here is to thoroughly control the process, dedicate more attention and support in case of difficulties, but also give a chance and the time required for independent progress.
We carefully observe each student’s progress, with special attention in the educational process dedicated to monitoring academic success.
Internal ongoing control is the system of tests and assessments in the process of education. At the initial stage of education, children do not get grades (i.e., they are not communicated to children) – we do not compare students to each other. At the same time, teachers assess the children and record grades, which parents and teaching staff see every day. Parents receive all grades with comments in the electronic diary, which also includes the possibility to communicate with any teacher, ask questions, or receive a consultation.
External control is monitoring on the part of Cambridge Assessment International Education. Upon completion of the second and fourth grades, children take international examinations in English:
Cambridge English Young Learners: Starters, Movers.
In addition, after graduating from elementary school, children take international Cambridge Primary Checkpoints examinations in three subjects: English, Mathematics, and Science. International examinations are administered and checked by representatives of the Cambridge Assessment International Education. Parents receive not just grades, but also a detailed description of the child’s knowledge and recommendations for their further education.
Each teacher has a team of methodologists and programmers behind them. Every teacher knows that no perfect program exists, which fits every student. Therefore, depending on the peculiarities of the class and each student individually, we create mobile apps and interactive exercises, which complement the New Ukrainian School and Cambridge Primary Curriculum.
If children don’t understand the principle of congruence of numbers? The interactive library contains over 10 exercises in three languages (Ukrainian, English, Russian), which will help the child understand the principle and form a congruence rule.
If a child is sick and missed classes? All lesson plans, worksheets, electronic textbooks, and interactive apps on a given topic can be found in the personal profile by choosing the desired week.
Do you travel a lot? No need to interrupt the educational process. With distance schooling, you can continue your studies with maximum professional support and supervision from school teachers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Children study at the school for 5 years: from 5 (zero grade) to 10-11 (fourth grade)
Subject to availability of space, education can be started from the first grade. In this case, the child is admitted to the school based on results of an interview and testing in English.
When entering zero grade, we meet a child to assess the readiness of the future student for education (psychological, pedagogical, and physiological readiness). When entering 1-4th grades, students take additional tests in major subjects.
Ostrovok Elementary is a full-time school (8:30 am – 6 pm). Classes take place in two cycles: the Ukrainian one and the English one. This means the child’s day is divided in half (the Ukrainian half and the English half).
There are two master teachers per class (NUS teacher and Cambridge Primary teacher). In addition, an assistant/educator is always present in the class, too. Thus, 3 teachers work with the children every day. There are also other teachers who teach art, physical education, and gymnastics.
There are up to 16 children per class.
Tuition includes 6 meals: breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner. A walk (of at least 30 minutes) takes place within the guarded territory in the afternoon, right in between the Ukrainian and English education cycles.
Even though the educational process is very interactive, studying based on two curriculums is a busy process. Therefore, we pay very careful attention to getting to know our future students and their parents. After all, the health and happiness of children is always a priority for us.
Tuition is UAH 100,000 per year (the price is broken down by 10 months each costing UAH 10,000). In addition, there is an annual fee payable for textbooks of UAH 2,700. The school runs from September to late June.