Our team believes that inspiring and igniting a child’s love for learning leads to future academic and life-long success. Our spiraled liberal arts and sciences curriculum is designed to utilize children's curiosity, energy, and ability to take it to the next level. We believe that education must be expertly led by thoughtful, creative, and passionate teachers. Our educators create a learning environment where coming to school is a joyful and rewarding experience, and one that purposely maintains the integrity of each child’s imagination and curiosity. From preschool to senior year, our academic program consists of six sections: the Early Years, the Primary Years, the Bridge Years, the Intermediate Years and the High School Years.
THE EARLY YEARS
DISCOVERY & FOUNDATION: Preschool and Kindergarten are both taught in self-contained classrooms. Each classroom has an assigned Lead Teacher and a Teaching Fellow. Our teachers facilitate opportunities for children to interact with materials in a thoughtful and intentional manner, encourage them to use their imagination and creativity to ask questions and learn from the world around them. These years begin to lay the foundation for success in school. This success is based not only on the acquisition of foundational concepts but also on adopting scholarly habits and immersion in a culture that values learning above all other endeavors. Our Early Education Specialists primarily speak English and the Early Education Teachers are able to assist students in both English and Czech. (more about our preschool program)
THE PRIMARY YEARS
TEACHING TO LEARN: A content-rich curriculum and hands-on experiences create scenarios for students to acquire knowledge that contributes to their English language fluency. In Grade 0, our students are no longer in a self-contained classroom. Rather, a Subject Expert Teacher (SET) who specializes in one of the disciplines (Math and Science, English Humanities, Engineering, Fine Arts, Czech Humanities, etc.) teaches the students in a subject classroom. Across all courses, a Lead Teacher (LET) co-teaches with the SET. The Lead Teacher's role is to make sure that students understand the material and that every student is working to the absolute best of their ability. Lead Teacher focuses on pedagogy and travels with the students from class to class as they rotate from subject to subject. Thus, the Lead Teacher takes on the role of both the SET and LET, depending on the course. The synergy of the SET and LET facilitates a relatively rapid transition from instruction in foundational skills and knowledge to independent thinking and active learning in the primary grades.
THE BRIDGE YEARS
FROM CONCRETE TO ABSTRACT THINKING: In Grades 4 and 5, our students are taught exclusively by SETs, many of whom have advanced degrees in the field they teach. The model builds on the skills from the Primary Years and allows students to acquire independence and increased responsibility for their education. The Bridge Years also transport students from the foundations to an intermediate program focused on mastering basics for our college-preparatory curriculum. In particular, instruction focuses on attaching abstract thinking to concrete lessons: students transition from comprehension to interpretation, from data collection to analysis, and from mathematical calculation to mathematical reasoning.
THE INTERMEDIATE YEARS
KNOWLEDGE AS A TOOL: During these years, our students complete a rigorous schedule of pre-Advanced Placement (AP) courses in all core disciplines, including the three sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), Economics, and Logic. In these Intermediate Years, our students come to understand knowledge as a tool. The spiraling curriculum allows them to master challenging topics in the sciences by revisiting them each year as their mathematical reasoning skills become more sophisticated. They learn that amassing skills and facts is a step toward the more creative thinking required of the college-level coursework they will tackle in high school.
THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
THINKING FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING: The High School curriculum builds on the experiences students have gained in their previous studies. Students continue to deepen their ability of analytical, creative, and independent thinking. They also focus on self–studying and working on their own projects. All of this is necessary to successfully complete studies and pass the BASIS final and international exams.
BASIS graduates finalize their studies with a state-recognized final exam. In Grade 12, they take the BASIS final exam, which will consist of Mathematics, English and a second language (Czech or a selected foreign language) and 2–3 optional subjects.
Grade 13 at BASIS Prague is considered the preparatory year for university studies. Students take Capstone Courses, which go beyond high school study requirements and the students can focus on a specific field they want to pursue. However, they also devote themselves to their own research project (Senior Project), which is a three-month independent project developed under the guidance of a school counselor and an external professional in a field chosen by the students themselves.
In this final year, students also have the opportunity to take international tests (Advanced Placement or Cambridge IGCSE), which are recognized by universities in the admission process around the world.