Welcome to the Admissions Office at the International School of Bucharest. Our office acts as a central inquiry point for prospective students and their families.
ISB serves the educational needs of the international community in Bucharest as well as the educational needs of the Romanian students who are committed to access an international education curriculum in English. We welcome boys and girls of all races, religions, and cultures and we consider applications throughout the year based on space availability.
We invite you to visit our vibrant school campus and see for yourself our wonderful students and teaching staff working together in a friendly and warm school atmosphere.
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.
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. English is taught using the Talk for Writing methodology. Teachers share the main features of a genre of writing eg – narrative fictional story, report, persuasive writing; children learn the structure of each type of writing through modelling and then adapt this to write their own work independently. We invite children to participate in the Cambridge Young Learners English programme for second language learners. The children may be assessed as Beginners, Movers or Flyers. They complete the course over the year and then take the exam in the summer term. The qualification is accredited by Cambridge. Primary students have the opportunity to learn their first language for two sessions a week. The first languages included in the programme are Arabic, Mandarin, Romanian and Turkish.KS2 students take Swimming lessons in the autumn and spring term, as part of the Physical Education Programme led by professional swimming coaches. The lessons are differentiated to match the abilities of the students.As part of the Computing curriculum, all children gain experience of coding. In addition to this, there is an enrichment activity (Robotics) to supplement this learning.
Secondary School: 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 rapid pace. Careful assessment, linked to international standards, allows 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, 2 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.
Cambridge IGCSEs: The IGCSE is the international version of the examination sat by almost all students in England and Wales. It is studied over 2 years with final examinations taken at the end of Year 11. It is the most popular qualification for international students aged 14 to 16 and is widely recognised by universities and employers. Students at ISB follow an IGCSE diet which is broad, balanced and individualised. All students study English, Maths, Global Perspectives and an additional language. They must also choose a science subject and a humanities subject. The remaining 2 courses can be a mixture chosen from the arts, humanities and sciences. The IGCSE programmes of study are academically rigorous and help students develop subject knowledge, deep understanding and academic skills. The IGCSE is a valuable qualification in its own right but also provides an excellent stepping stone to the International Baccalaureate.
IB World School: The International School of Bucharest is proud to have become a member of an ever-growing global community of over 4000 schools offering the International Baccalaureate in 147 different countries. The IB Diploma programme combines academic rigour with critical thinking skills and personal growth to produce a programme which truly prepares students for university study and professional life after school. At ISB, students can select their required six subjects from a choice of 24 different options. In addition, they follow a dedicated course in Theory of Knowledge, write a 4000 Extended Essay on a subject of their choice and complete a programme of Creativity, Activity and Service which can be linked to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and completed making use of extensive opportunities for them within or out with the school. The IB Diploma is accepted and respected by universities in Romania and around the world and is an exciting improvement to our already successful pre-university education.
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