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WELCOME TO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BUCHAREST Established in 1996, authorised by the Romanian Ministry of Education and accredited by the Council of International Schools, the International School of Bucharest provides a complete educational programme for students from aged 2-18. We are proud of the high academic standards attained by our children, and encourage them to achieve their best in all aspects of the curriculum. We promote the values of caring, self-discipline, respect, humour, a love of learning and a sense of discovery which are all so important to the adults of the future, who will soon be shaping our world.

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MISSION AND AIMS LEARN, RESPECT, SUCCEED The International School of Bucharest provides each student with a broad, balanced education in a safe and supportive environment. We promote an enjoyment of learning, creativity and excellence whilst working in close harmony with our diverse community. We enable students to reach their full potential and develop skills to become independent, respectful and caring adults who will be successful and contribute to the global society.

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LEARN


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OUR CURRICULUM In the Early Years Foundation Stage, our Curriculum is based on the broad and structured UK Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and it is taught through a multi-sensory, play-based approach. In the Primary School, ISB offers a British style education supported by the Cambridge Primary Curriculum in English, Maths and Science and adapted to suit the needs of our international students as well as those from our host country, Romania. In the Secondary School, ISB students receive a British style education enhanced by the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme in English, Maths and Science. This leads to Cambridge IGCSE examinations at age 16 and culminates with A levels at 18 as preparation for university entrance. Our students achieve great success in these external examinations and gain entrance to respected universities around the world. The school is currently a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.

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EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE Early Years Foundation Stage provides a safe and secure environment in which very young children can grow and learn. In the Early Years, children learn through a combination of teacher-pupil initiated activities and, of course, play. Children’s learning areas are large, well planned and appropriate to the age and needs of the children. Classrooms are set up to encourage young children’s natural play behaviour and allow free access to a wide range of resources. Developing learning needs are taken into consideration with regards to environment, resources, challenges set and daily routines. Close relationships are built with parents, teachers and assistants to ensure each child has the best preparation for the next stage of their education.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL At primary school level learning often takes place through cross-curricular topic-based study. Reading, Writing, and Maths are tied together with elements of Science, Geography, History, ICT, and Art. For example, pupils gain appreciation of a History topic, such as Ancient Egypt, by writing an instructional text on the process of making a mummy in Literacy, and crafting their Egyptian plaster masks in an Art lesson. By placing children at the center of the learning experience we encourage them to investigate, discover and to learn how to harness their abundant natural curiosity. There is a strong emphasis on learning to work independently and in groups, whilst making use of the latest ICT tools available.

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The certainties of childhood give way to the questions and doubts of young adults, as our students grow and thrive in an atmosphere of independent learning and guided study. A blend of practical experiences and experimentation, books, discussions, lectures and new technology allows students to learn at a new technology allows students to learn at a rapid pace. Careful assessment, linked to UK standards, allow us to be sure that everyone is reaching their potential. Real time online reports to parents provide reassurance and maintain the link between home and school, while encouraging students to reflect on their own work and to believe in themselves. All subjects are taught by specialist teachers, making use of an extensive range of facilities: science laboratories, computer rooms, two art studios, a theatre, a gym and rooms for music, all ensure that our students learn through experience. Technology complements learning, with classrooms equipped with projectors and interactive whiteboards to help teachers bring learning to life. We take pride in our students’ achievements, and teachers are committed to helping each individual succeed. This is at the heart of our community. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BUCHAREST

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SIXTH FORM Pupils study the AS/A2 International A level programme in Year 12 and 13. International A level is recognised worldwide as a requirement for entry into higher education. Study and examination at A Level give students in-depth knowledge and lifelong skills that prepare them for success in higher education and employment. At the International School of Bucharest, almost any combination of the wide choice of subjects available can be accommodated. Students have the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them - either follow a broad course of study, or specialise in a particular area. The International School of Bucharest is a candidate school for the Diploma Programme. Our school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School and hope to be able to offer IB Diploma from September 2017.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (CLUBS, TRIPS) ECAs are an essential, vital and extensive part of education, the development of the skill of working in groups, the cultivation of hobbies and interests, the musical productions and plays, and participation in inter-school competitions, present many opportunities for students to discover and develop their talents. Our intention is to provide each student with a chance to develop an area of interest, and to enhance their experience of school life overall. The main objective of Extra Curricular Activities is to develop leadership abilities, interpersonal relationships, a sense of responsibility, a generosity of spirit, personal discipline and selfless cooperation.

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BOARDING Only a 5-minute drive to ISB, inside the new purpose built campus of the International Computer High School (ICHB), our boarding house offers our male students excellent accommodation facilities in newly furnished rooms with kitchen, sports and social facilities such as Wi-fi internet access, study rooms, mini-cinema, artificial football pitch and basketball courts. 24 hour security guards and supervisors make the boarding a very friendly, secure and comfortable environment for our students.

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GIFTED AND TALENTED When a student is naturally gifted, we want to make sure we stretch and challenge them. We ensure our teachers are fully aware of how to work effectively with exceptionally able students and get the best from them. We also run specialist sessions for students to advance their higher- level thinking skills.

PUPILS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS SEN or Learning Difficulties encompasses a wide range of learning barriers. At ISB we have a team of caring professionals to help identify and manage these learning barriers with the help and guidance of a multi-professional team, depending on the specific need. With the help and input of the whole team we individualise each learning difficulty, and implement a manageable individual education plan which aims to differentiate discretely through mainstream and inclusive teaching.

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STUDENT CARE The aim of the International School of Bucharest is to further the academic and personal development of every student during their time with us at the school. Our Student Care system seeks to provide the advice and guidance which will enable students to foster the skills required to become successful, respectful and independent adults. In Primary, this is achieved through the Class Teacher and weekly Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons; within Secondary it is achieved through the Form Tutor and weekly PSHE lessons. Within the Primary School, PSHE is delivered via the curriculum especially Humanities and Science lessons, using Circle Time activities and assemblies. The Class Teachers are supported by Heads of Year, Key Stage Deputy Heads and a PSHE Subject Leader, as well as the support staff and medical team. At Senior level, each form is supervised by a form tutor with whom they register in the morning

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and afternoon, in addition to also receiving a weekly PSHE timetabled lesson. Form tutors are overseen by the Head of PSHE, and in the case of years 12 and 13, the Head of 6th Form. In this way, all of our students receive the individual attention that supports them to succeed. The Student Care programme is based on a commitment to equal opportunities for all pupils and celebrates cultural diversity, to prepare students for life in a global society. The programme addresses a wide range of issues which are age appropriate, including: • Health and Wellbeing • New beginnings • Dealing with difficult situations • Friendship and bullying • Environmental Education •C  itizenship: intrapersonal and interpersonal skills • Living in the Wider World •C  areers Education and University application preparation We also have a school doctor and a school counsellor available to all students. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BUCHAREST

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PUPIL VOICE At the International School of Bucharest we are proud of our students. We encourage them to be articulate and responsible citizens and to this end, we seek to provide opportunities for students to give feedback on issues that concern them. In Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, form representatives attend School Councils that meet regularly and provide a forum for pupils to raise and discuss issues of concern to them; in Key Stage 5, the Head Student and Prefects team meet with the Head of Sixth Form on a weekly basis for similar purposes, but also to arrange fundraising events and other activities.

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PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION There is a strong sense of community amongst our population of parents, staff and students, many of whom frequently give up their own time to support the school in numerous ways. There are countless opportunities for new families to get involved in ISB - some are on a very informal basis, whilst others involve joining the Parent eacher Association and attending regular meetings or events. The PTA is a link between the parents and teachers within the school with the common aim of wanting to create the best possible learning environment for the children, which stimulates, nurtures and encourages their development academically, socially and personally.

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SUCCEED At ISB we provide the students with all the opportunities to develop their skills, to reach their full potential, and to strive to academic excellence. Our very dedicated teaching staff inspire the students to love learning which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Through hard work and determination, and under the guidance of their teachers, our students achieve excellent results both in IGCSE and A level examinations every year. For the past six years, 42% of our students achieved A*-A grades in the IGCSE and the A Level examinations. 80% of our students achieved A*-C grades in the IGCSE examinations and 75% achieved A*-C grades in the A Level. Success rate is 98% in IGCSE examinations and 93% in A Level examinations.

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1R, Sos. Gara Catelu Str, Sector 3, 032991, Bucharest, Romania

(+40) 21-306 95 30 info@isb.ro www.isb.ro

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