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Monnet International School is the first school complex in Poland offering the International Baccalaureate Organization programmes at all levels: kindergarten, primary school, middle school and secondary school. The continuation of the programme and well qualified staff provide the highest quality of international education.
This school, which is located in Warsaw, was founded in 1992. It was one of the first in Poland to offer an international education from kindergarten to high school, consistent with the standards of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Monnet’s mission is to educate students to be citizens of the world, and to teach them to be knowledgeable and astute critical thinkers. At the same time, it aims to teach crucial values such as tolerance, empathy, and social responsibility. Moreover, in addition to traditional academics, education focuses on social, physical, emotional, and cultural development. Monnet uses the core curriculum of the Polish Ministry of education and the International Baccalaureate program. Classes at the school are conducted in two languages: English and Polish.
Monnet International School is a private school in Warsaw founded in 1992, one of the first schools in Poland to offer children and youth - from kindergarten to high school - international education in accordance with the highest standards of the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization, thus ensuring continuity of the IB system. The mission of the school is to educate world citizens, widely educated, critical and open to knowledge, as well as tolerant, empathetic and socially responsible. In the education process, the school represents an interdisciplinary approach and focuses students' social, physical, emotional, and cultural development. The school comprises three educational institutions: Paddington Bear International Kindergarten, located on ul. Górska, Private Primary School No. 95 at ul. Stępińska 13, and Jean Monnet Private High School No. 32 at ul. Belwederska 6a. They implement the Polish core curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at all its levels: kindergarten and primary school up to the second grade of high school - Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP), as well as high school classes 3 and 4 - the IB Diploma Program (IB DP), thus preparing high school students to obtain an international high school diploma. Classes are conducted in two languages - English and Polish.
Our Kids speaks to Hanna Buśkiewicz-Piskorska, the founder and principal of Monnet International School
Monnet International School in Warsaw, founded in 1992, is one of the oldest private schools in Poland. It’s the first Polish school to offer the IB programme at all levels (and it still does): from preschool to elementary school to high school. Its Diploma Programme started in 2003, Middle Years Programme (MYP) in 2011, and Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2010. The school’s graduates continue studies at universities in Poland and many other countries, such as Austria, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, Romania, Sweden, the UK, USA, and Italy.
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Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts
Such an approach to curriculum shares with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tends to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. The goal isn't to prepare students for vocational life, but rather to encourage an appreciation of the benefits of education itself, including academic and personal development. There is an emphasis on knowledge acquisition as well as theoretical and academic learning, but the real focus is on cultivating the intellect.Secondary Curriculum: Academic
|Arts: Visual arts|
Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
A school with a "rigorous" academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards - and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum - are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called "rigorous".
|Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation|
|Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties|
Formal adjustments are made to the delivery of lessons to help mitigate the learning difficulty or exceptionality. The underlying content and expectations remain unchanged with accommodations, however. (Example: allowing a student to write tests in a quieter room).
The underlying content and expectations are modified and/or simplified for the sake of the student. (Examples: allowing student to use a calculator on a test when other students can’t; allowing students to bring word-banks or “cheat sheets” into certain tests, etc)
Research-based therapeutic measures that target and ameliorate the underlying weakness.
|ADHD (moderate to severe)|
|Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)|
|Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)|
|Language Processing Disorder|
|Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)|
|Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit|
|Behavioral and Emotional|
|Troubled behaviour / troubled teens|
|Drug and alcohol abuse|
|Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)|
|Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)|
|Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)|
|Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)|
Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)
|Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)|
|Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)|
|Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)|
|Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)|
|Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)|
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|Nursery (12 months) to Gr. 12||Varies|
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When in 1992, I founded the school along with some friends, it was an act of defiance. I had already had thirteen years of teaching experience in a state school. Gradually, over those thirteen years, I formed an image of an ideal school; a wise and pleasant school, where time is not wasted, where discipline favours efficiency of work and is not an objective in itself.
The school of my dreams would be a meeting place for youth with vibrant personalities, who are taught by sensitive and well educated teachers who enjoy their work and teach in a way that interests, inspires, develops and respects the individuality of young people.
I have not forgotten about that defiance and those dreams. The IB programmes help me in remembering these, as it turned out that the programmes are coherent with my own doctrine of teaching.
We are the first school team in Poland offering International Baccalaureate Organization programs at all levels of education, from kindergarten to high school.
At the same time, we are one of the oldest private schools in Poland. We are 25 years old. Diploma Program - Since 2003, Middle Years Program (for young people) - Since 2011, Primary Years Program (for children) - since 2010. Already 12 years we prepare for the IB diploma, and our graduates are studying at the best Polish and foreign universities.
We identify with the philosophy of IBO, which assumes holistic human development. Its symbol is Student Profile IB - a set of ten personality traits, whose strengthening is the goal of IB programs ( Learner Profile ). PYP, MYP and DP on the one hand standardize the requirements and effects of education, guaranteeing a very high level of content. On the other hand, they give immense freedom to students and teachers, inspire self-reliance, creativity, experimentation, cognitive courage and critical thinking.
The strength of IB programs is the combination of standardization and freedom. It captivates us. The student in our schools is confident that he will achieve a high level of educational competency, but also becomes an authentic, not just a declared, subject of the educational process.
We invite you to visit our school to learn about our Kindergarten, Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma program, and get to know the teachers and work methods. Please call or email us today.
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