Children Innovating the Future
What is the KEIS curriculum?
Our 21st-century curriculum is the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), one of the most highly acclaimed, inquiry-based educational programmes in the world. To implement the highest quality of the PYP in Košice, we provide internationally-experienced IB PYP Teachers, English native-level teachers, Specialist subject Teachers, and Slovak language teachers. KEIS is a Candidate IB PYP World School.
The PYP is a curriculum framework for young learners aged 3–12 (for older kids we start in 2021/22 Transition Year – Year 7 – to second step in IB Programme – Middle Years, which serve students up Year 10). Founded on a philosophy that recognises a child’s natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect. The PYP generates a stimulating and challenging learning environment, nurturing the development of the IB Learner Profile attributes and a lifelong love of learning in every child. Our programme is transdisciplinary, meaning that single subject disciplines do not stand alone. Students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas that construct a holistic meaning and understanding of our world.
Does the curriculum have a specific set of standards?
In the PYP, there are three main aspects to the programme: The Written Curriculum; The Taught Curriculum and The Assessed Curriculum. Each specific discipline of learning as a set of developmental learning phases and they are embedded within six transdisciplinary themes that guide units of inquiry. They are:
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organise ourselves
- Sharing the planet.
Units of inquiry interweave subject areas of: Mathematics, Language, The Arts, Science, Physical, Social and Personal Education, and Social Studies. This approach encourages students to make their own connections between what they learn in core subject areas and how it relates to, and be applied to, the world around them.
Each subject has a set of developmentally appropriate phases of learning. These subject-specific achievements enable the Learner, Learning and Teaching, and the Learning Community to support students consolidating and mastering curriculum expectations, in a broad, balanced, holistic and transformative learning context.
What are the advantages of our education?
- IB World Schools (the only schools authorised to offer IB programmes) are subject to a strict accreditation process monitored by the IB, ensuring that schools provide a high-quality education.
- IB teaching methods and curricula are research-based and draw from the best educational practices from systems around the world.
- IB teachers are required to participate in many professional development opportunities to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and apply new thinking and skills.
- IB students develop a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it.
- IB programmes are recognised internationally and ease the educational transitions of mobile students so that their education is not adversely affected if families relocate.
Do KEIS teachers receive special training?
Absolutely! Our educators are lifelong learners. PYP teachers receive annual IB professional development from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the PYP and Košice International School firmly supports its teachers in their continuous professional development.
Does implementation of international curriculum at Košice International School means my child will not receive Slovak language grammar and literature education and/or education about the home country?
Slovak is the home country language and at KEIS we have Slovak Language teachers. At KEIS Slovak language is part of the transdisciplinary Programme of Inquiry and lessons are delivered by an experienced and certified Slovak teacher who can fulfil the Slovak language curriculum requirements. Our Programme of Inquiry will be enriched by the transdisciplinary nature of the PYP, providing a deeper engagement into our local, national and international context.
Will my child have to transition to a normal Slovak school?
Our long-term goal is to provide a full IB continuum through to university.
For where we are in place and time, our school curriculum is designed for students aged 6 to 12.
KEIS is looking towards the future hoping to open the IB Middle Years programme (MYP) (lower secondary) for students aged 11-16. This year 2021/22 we open Transition Year – Year 7 for all families willing to continue in IB education.
Due to high interest, in 2022/2023 we will open the Early Years PYP for ages 3 to 5.