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EUDEC Member School:

"AIST" (Stork) Family School


Address: pr. Yunosti, 9 Vinnytsia, Ukraine, 21021

Tel.: +30 8 432 433826

Fax: +30 8 432 433826

Email: aist at mail.ru trtp22 at yahoo.com

Website: www.aist.vn.ua

Name of contact person: Taras Tkachuk

Year founded: 1990
Number of students: 180

Age range of students: 3-17

Number of staff: 35
Type of funding (government/private): private

School Info Chart - AIST

Innovation activity

In what way is the school innovative?

  1. It is the first private family school in Ukraine.

  2. A school within the school. The starters’ school working by Maria Montessori system which is one of the world’s most popular system of educating young children. It is based upon the idea of creating an educating environment, in which children can gain knowledge by themselves. The main motivation is the children’s natural curiosity about the world they live in.

  3. Elementary music performing by Lev Vinogradov’s system. The system was worked out by a well-known educator from Moscow. It helps very young children to learn how to play different instruments, develops good ear for music and the sense of rhythm without involving complicated theory.

  4. Project system (integrated programs): historical and cultural epochs:

    Learning of large topics through individual, class or all-school immersion into different cultural and historical epochs. A creative team of teachers integrate their subjects in such topics as Mesopotamia, Ancient, Greece, Trypillian Culture, Ukrainian Baroque, Pushkin’s Liceum and others.

    UNESCO Calendar: Stork School is an Associated UNESCO school, hence we participate in worldwide projects marking special international dates and events is one of them. Among the most popular events with our kids are the International Mail Day, when everybody at school exchanges letters and parcels, takes part in a handmade postage stamp contest, etc. and the International Peace Day.

    School festivities and special events:

    One of the greatest festivities is a grand fair of St. Andrew’s Day. All members of the school come together, and every class gives a short performance. The actors receive “payment” in school in a special currency which can be spent at the bazaar on cakes, candies, home-made traditional stuffed dumplings and entertainment.

  5. School Theatre:

    One of the school traditions is an annual theatre festival, during which every class performs a play, often with parents and teachers acting along with the children. The chief director is Yevgenia Amosova, who graduated from Lunacharsky State Theatre Institute. She has staged almost 150 plays at school (roughly 10 plays a year). Plays in our school have been performed in 4 different languages.

  6. Logic (in elementary school), taught by the author of the method. The method has been authorized by the Ministers of Education and science.

  7. Organization of school life and administration:

    • democratization of management (cooperation, analyzing, responsibility):
      • trustees
      • council of directors
      • teachers’ collegium
      • class teams
      • pedagogical consultation
    • humanization of education (individual approach rather than conventional uniformity)
    • structure of the academic year (5 terms)
    • increased share of humanities and aesthetic subjects within the limits of the variable part of the officially authorized program in order to widen the opportunity of each students and parents to follow their own pattern of growth
    • creating of our own experimental programs, methods, textbooks and aids
    • creative workshops where 5th, 6th and 7th graders work in mixed age groups by their own free choice

  8. Class supervision (working in pairs, having the elementary class teacher stay with their class for the first year of middle school) and class creative teams.

  9. Participation of the parents in their children’s school life and education:
    • seminars with parents, practical training;
    • parents’ participation in projects;
    • different ways of cooperating with parents during different stages of schooling (starters’ school, elementary school, middle school and high school).