One of the best Scottish private schools Dollar Academy is located in the same city, near the hilly area Ochil Hills - the road to Edinburgh takes only about 40 minutes, and to the international airport in Edinburgh from the Akademi Dollar can be reached by taxi in only half an hour (The distance from Klackmannshire county to London is 652 kilometers).
The city of the Dollar is a fairly well-known and lively tourist center: its main attraction is the ancient Campbell Castle, which annually attracts thousands of people, lovers of history and architecture. The prestigious "neighbors" of the Acadamy Dollar are the university centers of Sterling and St. Andrews: such a student atmosphere gives the students even more comfort and opportunities for persistent, purposeful learning. The educational institution manages to maintain a friendly, calm, chamber atmosphere - from the very first days of stay here, students feel at home.
Dollar Academy is the oldest day school in the world, a boarding school of joint type. The Akademi Dollar was founded in 1818: its rich history and traditions are revered by the teaching staff, which, nevertheless, is not afraid to introduce new teaching methods and innovative approaches to education, due to which the school is modern, comfortable, functional, Standards of education. Graduates of the school without special difficulties enter the leading universities in Britain and the world: Oxbridge, Edinburgh University, Glasgow University, Warwick, St Andrews, Durham, UCL, LSE, Bristol and many others. Access is facilitated not only by the highest quality of teaching: the Scottish educational system is highly valued in the world due to the breadth and depth of knowledge passed on to students. An important role is played by developed programs of cooperation and partnership with other students and established programs for student exchange.
Dollar Academy is open for boys and girls from 5 to 18 years old, joint training is practiced, students from all over the world can apply. The total number of pupils today reaches 1,227 people, of which about 90 are enrolled on a full board basis. The number of foreign students in the school is small - about 20% of the total number. Most students come from China, Russia, Germany, Spain and France.
Dollar Academy is divided into a Preparatory School for children from 5 to 9 years old, Junior (Primary 6 & 7 School) for children aged 9-11 years and Senior School for students 12-18 years old.
The Akademi Dollar is rightly proud of the academic successes of its graduates - in Scotland their academic performance is in the first place. About 95% of graduates successfully passed the Highers exams in three or more selected disciplines - for example, in 2007 for Scotland as a whole, this parameter was only 22%. Also high is the percentage of students who successfully enter selected prestigious and advanced universities - especially popular specialties are medicine, business, engineering and law.
Dollar Academy aims to stimulate everyone to high academic achievements, educate interest in pursuits and enthusiasm, to maximize the strengths of each. Education is built not only with the help of classical academic studies - students attend fascinating seminars, work in scientific laboratories, go on exciting trips and on sightseeing tours. This approach allows us to increase the level of self-confidence and in our knowledge, to raise ambitiousness and at the same time respect for the opinions of others, to awaken the craving for knowledge that students support their whole life. Particularly valuable is that senior pupils are given a sufficiently significant degree of freedom and independence: the teaching staff fully trusts their pupils, does not question their personal and moral qualities, the ability to take responsibility for words and deeds.
In their free time students Dollar Academy expects more than 70 clubs and communities, various groups and studios: this is an excellent opportunity to find a new hobby, to show your abilities and skills. Also, extra-curricular activities, organized by teachers and educators, help children demonstrate leadership qualities, develop communication skills, creativity and originality.
To be enrolled in the Akademi Dollar, the entrant is required to pass a competitive program:
Applications can be submitted at any time of the year, but the earlier you send your request, the more chances for successful consideration and Enrollment in the ranks of students of the Academy.
Primary school works for small pupils from 5 to 10 years. At this age, the main thing is not to give the child an extensive knowledge of many academic disciplines, but to instill in him the love of learning, the desire to improve as a person, to grow in personal and academic terms. Students learn the skills of effective and quality independent work, they learn the ability to receive and analyze information, think critically and analytically, work in a team, defend their point of view. Undoubtedly, there is an academic part in the learning process - but the main attention of the teacher is aimed at qualitatively preparing the child for a long and successful subsequent education.
Valid for children from 10 to 14 years old. At this age, students have a solid foundation of knowledge, as well as the ability to work effectively independently. A fairly wide list of educational disciplines is being studied: this helps not only to broaden the outlook of a small student, but also to give an opportunity at a young age to determine their interests and preferences. Knowledge of a wide range of disciplines will be enough to choose your own direction at 14 years and continue to study more deeply the chosen disciplines to obtain the desired profession.
At this stage of schooling, schoolchildren are expected to be between the ages of 14 and 18. At the age of 16, students take a specialized examination and receive a corporate certificate confirming the receipt of secondary education - an analogue of the British GCSE certificate. Also similar to the British are final exams that are surrendered at 17-18 years: Higher and Advanced Higher tests are quoted no less than the famous A-level.
Students take examinations in the disciplines (at their own discretion and personal choice) - for study is offered a fairly voluminous and complete list:
Dollar Academy has equipped three small and cozy residences for a comfortable stay of students, each of which has recently undergone extensive renovation.
All students who live in a boarding school receive full and varied meals. In addition, laundry services are available, such as laundry and ironing. The order in the buildings is provided by educators and curators, as well as student elders who enter the administrative structure of the educational institution - they all live together with students in each of the residences.
Dollar Academy proudly highlights its status as the most sports school in the UK. Students of the Acadamy Dollar have great opportunities for sports and active recreation thanks to the combination of the flat and hilly terrain of the region: various hikes and expeditions, horse riding, cross country crosses. The total area of the school territory is 28 hectares (70 acres). There is also free access to the pool, cricket fields, sports and fitness centers. You can play football and golf, do shooting, curling, badminton, athletics, try your hand at shooting, chess, gymnastics, rock climbing. In addition, students can dance and go fishing, surfing and skiing. Cricket, tennis, hockey and rugby are especially popular sports. There are even such exotic types of leisure as helicopter flying and falconry! Sports teams made up of the Dollar Akademi pupils often represent the country at national competitions, so the level of sports training of an educational institution is so high.
Artists and gifted children will not be left out: they have mugs and sections for photography, ceramics and sculpture, drawing and animation, and clothing design. Pupils of the Academy regularly win in national competitions, many of them annually enter prestigious colleges of arts, the educational institution constantly holds exhibitions of creative works and achievements.
The lessons of the drama club, the production of musicals are very popular - for this purpose the Akademi Dollar has its own theater.
The Academy also pays great attention to music lessons: five choral ensembles, three orchestras, two Jazz studios and ensemble of pipers, recognized as the best in Scotland. A special recording studio is opened for children, and a Christmas concert, which includes about 450 participants, is annually held in Edinburgh, in Usher Hall.
Pupils with great enthusiasm are engaged in the Cadet Corps of the Academy - CCF has won three years in national competitions in combat and drill training, and various awards have been awarded to a brass band and a team of drummers.
All clubs and interest groups in which students can borrow the Akademi Dollar in their spare time can not be counted:
The price includes:
Required documents, depending on the type of institution:
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