Research projects

One of the key distinguishing features in our school is the research project methodology. It departs from traditional ways of teaching children. The method impacts how students identify, search and solve problems. Students gain the ability to define their goals, methods of action, take responsibility for their work, evaluate achievements and draw conclusions. By making choices, the personal sense of action and control improves, along with the self-esteem. The student gains a sense of success. The research project method focuses on a student who initiates subject for research and then engages in the educational process, plans it out and finally implements and evaluates the outcomes. The student becomes an active researcher who seeks, explores, decides, makes hypotheses and draws conclusions. The teacher's task is to choose topics consistent with the interests and experience of the student, and to give the student's efforts a framework of specialist knowledge. As such the teacher has a supporting and arranging function only.

Typical research project lasts about a month. In the course of the project the classrooms is equipped with Research Centers. Theme-specific excursions, guest experts and public presentations at the project's end become an integral part of the overall project experience.