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Admissions Process

 

Duhovka Elementary Admissions Process and Enrollment Requirements for School Year 2018/2019
 

Admission of Children to Grade 6.

Admission of Children to Grade 6 is going to take place at Duhovka Elementary, June 18th starting at 8.30am till 12.30pm.

The first round of admission process to the Grade 6 will be held on June 18, 2019. 

Those interested in having their child admitted to Grade 6 submit applications for admission any time during the year (however, for admissions for the following school year no sooner than Mid-November of the previous year). The date of the submission of the application is not relevant in this case.

 

What to expect during the day of admissions process?

8:30 - 9:10    Welcome and introduction
9:10 - 9: 50    Testing of Study skills
9:50 - 10:00    Snack break
10:00 - 10:30    English Language Test
10:30 - 12:00

   Individual Interviews with a Psychologist and an English Teacher

 

The following criteria will apply for the admissions process:

a)   Assessment of the child during a one-day test stay - the assessment will include academic (Czech, English, mathematics tests) as well as social skills of the child necessary for the study in the Montessori bilingual school.  When assessing the knowledge of the Czech language, the child’s long-term stay abroad, if any, and their different mother tongue shall be taken into account.

b) A previous attendance of a Montessori school

c)   Bilingual children who speak Czech and English at the native speaker level or at least at such a level enabling them to communicate fluently and spontaneously with native speakers without much effort on both sides.

d) Siblings of children attending any Duhovka school.

e) An individual meeting with the parents of the child, usually attended by the school director and one of the school founders. The aim of this interview is to clarify whether the educational offer of the school is identical to parents' expectations, i.e. that the parent accepts and is interested in what our school offers. The meeting will take place before the enrolment date. (The precondition for the admission of the child is merely the fact that the meeting is held, its course and results will have no effect on admission.)

Download Application here.

 

Admission of Children to Grade 1.

1. The Open House Days take place on November 20, 2018 and March 1, 2019. Visitors can come and see the school, they can glimpse into a class and meet and talk to our faculty and staff, children, school administration and owners of the school. The program of both Open House Days is identical.   

2. Another opportunity is prospective parents meeting with the owners and the school director: January 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. At this meeting, you will find out more about the philosophy and the concept of our school, our educational services and style of work, specific requirements, etc.

3. From November 20, 2018 on, the Application Form can be submitted at any point in time. The application is a key document for a child to be registered and invited to the Enrollment (without a submitted application the child cannot be put on the enrollment list and therefore accepted). The submission date of the Application is one of the enrollment criteria! All applications shall be submitted by March 31, 2019. Late applications will only be considered if there are any spots left after the official Enrollment.

The Enrollment in the First Grade is held on April 3 and 4, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (in case of a high number of parents interested that would exceed the allotted time in the morning, meetings will be held in the afternoon as well). All registered children will be divided into small groups (5-10) and invited to come to school at a specific time. During an approx. 60-minute-long session with our teachers, the child will be assessed in terms of his or her school readiness and basic skills. Should the teachers register any significant manifestations of school unreadiness, they will recommend examination at a pedagogical and psychological counseling center on the basis of which the child’s start of the compulsory school attendance can be postponed.

4. The decision about a child’s admission to compulsory school attendance in Duhovka Elementary will be based on the following admission criteria:

a) The result of the Enrollment: Within the framework of this criterion the following areas are assessed: social and emotional competence, physical and movement maturity and independence, basic math, language and communication skills. It is necessary to score at least the minimum number of points in the area of school readiness or readiness for the Montessori educational system in order to be accepted (i.e. this is an elimination criterion).

b) Prior experience with Duhovka Preschool (this criteria is only considered if parents turn in the application by January 31, 2019 at the latest and the child has been attending the Preschool for the minimum of 12 months prior to the Enrollment). The number of points gained by the prior attendance of Duhovka Preschool will directly correlate with the period of time spent there.

c) Bilingual children who have mastered Czech and English language on a native speaker level or at least on such a level that they are able to communicate with native speakers fluently and spontaneously without any special efforts on either side.

d) Siblings of children attending any Duhovka school

e) Permanent residence in Prague 6 (will be verified during the Enrollment when you will be asked to present an ID or another document containing your permanent address)

f) The submission date of the application (early applications gain more points)

g) Signature of the contract for provision of educational services between the school and the child’s legal guardian within 30 days of having received the proposal of acceptance from the school director via email (signature of the contract is a condition of the child’s acceptance)

h) An individual meeting of the child’s parents with the school director and one of the owners of the school. The purpose of the interview is to make sure that the educational services that our school offers are identical with the parents’ requirements. The meeting will take place before the date of Enrollment. (It is one of the conditions of a child’s acceptance that the meeting takes place. The contents of the meeting or the result do not influence the admission decision.)

Parents will receive the result of the admission process in the form of a proposal of acceptance or a decision not to admit a child within 5 working days after the Enrollment via email. At the same time, the results are published on the school’s website (under the children’s number codes). The admission decision will be issued when the contract is signed, 30 days after the Enrollment at the latest. The decision not to admit a child is hand delivered by post to the legal guardians.

Should there be any spots left or become available later on, parents whose child placed next in the order of applicants will be contacted with regard to a proposal of acceptance immediately.

Download Application here.
 

Admission of Children to Grade 2.-5.

The admission process to 2nd-5th grade begins at a time when a space becomes available in a class. This is mostly the case at the end of the school year, or in the mid-term. Since the school is currently full at capacity, the admission of children during the school year is very exceptional.

Those applying for admission of the child to an upper grade submit their applications any time during the year (however, for the next school year not earlier than mid-November of the previous year). By filing the application the child is ranked on the waiting list. The rank affects the admission only partially, another criterion is the result of the test school stay, which the child must undergo usually for the period of one week. The test school stay is agreed upon by the school and the parents at a time when a space becomes available. The purpose of the test school stay is to check whether our form of education is suitable for the child, while also checking their basic English skills and their ability to communicate correspondingly to the respective year (the upper the year, the more important the ability to communicate with the English teacher for the overall mastery of the subject). The last condition for the admission of the child is a personal meeting of both parents with representatives of the school management.

Admission to an upper grade is usually a transfer from an elementary school (be that a child attending school in our country or abroad). As regards the elementary school in the Czech Republic, the parents will inform it about the transfer only in the case of the admission of the child to Duhovka. Documentation concerning the child shall be sent by the current school to the new school based on an official request by us confirming that the child has really started attending our school.

Download Application here.

 

Scholarship

The Duhovka Education System offers a possibility to apply for a scholarship. The scholarship may contribute towards the tuition as well as towards other fees.  Below, please find more informationa and also scholarship application.
Scholarship application, please, send to email [javascript protected email].

Scholarship Approval Process here
Scholarship application here

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