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TOP-12 private schools in Ireland to get secondary education for international students

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Blackrock College Dublin Private School
Blackrock College Dublin Private School
Ireland
Dublin
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7.6
from 19700.00 € / year
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Villiers School
Villiers School
Ireland
Limerick
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2 reviews
7.5
from 21500.00 € / year
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from 21500.00 € / year
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Monaghan Collegiate School
Monaghan Collegiate School
Ireland
Monaghan
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1 reviews
7.5
from 10000.00 € / semester
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from 10000.00 € / semester
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St Andrew's College
St Andrew's College
Ireland
Dublin
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Pleasant
6 reviews
7.5
from 7050.00 € / year
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from 7050.00 € / year
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Drogheda Grammar School (Private School)
Drogheda Grammar School (Private School)
Ireland
Dublin
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2 reviews
7.2
from 27800.00 € / year
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from 27800.00 € / year
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Dundalk Grammar School
Dundalk Grammar School
Ireland
Dundalk, Louth County
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7.2
from 19800.00 € / year
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from 19800.00 € / year
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Sligo Grammar Private School
Sligo Grammar Private School
Ireland
Sligo
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5 reviews
7.2
from 20100.00 € / year
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from 20100.00 € / year
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Bandon Grammar School (West Cork School)
Bandon Grammar School (West Cork School)
Ireland
Cork
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7.2
from 25000.00 € / year
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from 25000.00 € / year
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Kings Hospital School Dublin (Kings Private School)
Kings Hospital School Dublin (Kings Private School)
Ireland
Dublin
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1 reviews
7.2
from 26700.00 € / year
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from 26700.00 € / year
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Rockwell College
Rockwell College
Ireland
Limerick
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7.1
from 25000.00 € / year
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Education information

Nowadays, the best private schools in Ireland for children, as well as public educational institutions offer high-quality educational services to those wishing from all over the world. With a sufficiently high quality of education in Ireland, not inferior to secondary school education in the UK, Switzerland and other countries, the cost of education in the best private schools in Ireland is much more affordable. Centuries-old educational traditions have been formed in Ireland today, combined with technological achievements in the field of education; this symbiosis has been successfully introduced into schools in Ireland. Irish schools offer classes in the main compulsory subjects, as well as in a number of subjects for students to choose from.

Irish system of secondary education is similar to many European ones and consists of three main blocks:

  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
  • High school.

In some educational institutions, there is an additional year between the cycles of secondary school – Transition Year.

The first educational stage, the junior school, accepts children aged 6 to 12 years. During this period, students are required to study mathematics, English and the national – Irish. Additionally, students attend music classes, art classes, sports classes.

The second stage – junior secondary school, lasting for three years, is designed for students aged 13 to 16 years. During this period, the range of academic disciplines becomes wider and reaches 10 subjects. At the end of this stage, the student can go to the Transition Year – a year when the student himself determines the list of subjects studied and his interests. In some schools, the transition year is mandatory, in others – the right to choose remains with the child.

Studying on these two stages of education constitute a mandatory educational minimum for Irish citizens. At the end of these two stages, children take the Junior Certificate exam – according to its results, they are enrolled in a senior secondary school.

Senior Secondary School is a two–year program aimed at preparing for admission to higher education. During this period, the student studies 6-8 subjects: English and mathematics are mandatory among them, the student chooses all other disciplines based on his future plans. At the end of their studies, students take an exam and, with good scores, receive a Leaving Certificate (LCE). LCE is an analogue of the British A-level and is recognized by all English-speaking countries. The graduates can apply to universities in Ireland, as well as American, Australian or English universities.

Private schools in Ireland – specifics of studying

In total, there are more than 800 schools in Ireland, of which about 20% are private. The public schools accept international students, but according to Irish law, a child under the age of 18 must have a guardian -an Irish citizen. If a student enters a private school in Ireland, the educational institution assumes guardianship. In addition, public schools for the most part appeared only in the 60s of the twentieth century and are significantly inferior to private ones in many respects.

Private schools in Ireland are educational institutions with a long history, proven teaching methods and excellent technical base. School campuses are full-fledged campuses with academic buildings, canteens, libraries, open/closed sports facilities and dormitories where students live under the constant supervision of staff. In Ireland, there are both separate educational institutions and private boarding schools of mixed type.

The foreign students aged 12 years old can enrol in English schools in Ireland. Although, many international students from other countries are limited only to the last 2 classes to prepare for admission to university. At any age, private schools offer students a surprisingly extensive program. Students study biology, physics, chemistry, geography, history, drawing, music, physical education, economics, basic accounting, art, etc. Special attention is paid to the harmonious development of the child: all schoolchildren are necessarily engaged in some kind of sport, as well as artistic or musical arts.

English schools in Ireland – enrolment process for foreign students

The requirements for the international students, wishing to enter the prestigious private school in Ireland, may vary depending on the chosen educational institution. As a rule, the package of documents includes:

  • A statement with estimates for the last 2 years. At least 40% of the ratings should be "excellent".
  • Recommendations from teachers of mathematics and English.
  • A cover letter about why the student wants to study at this particular school.
  • English language test results. The requirements depend on the school and the age of the student.
  • History of vaccinations and medical card.

It will also be useful to attach to the package of documents all the achievements and awards for the sports and creative achievements of the child. Some schools may ask to be interviewed via Skype, to take additional tests in mathematics or other disciplines.

Please note that documents must be submitted in advance. As a rule, most schools accept applications until January.

Private schools in Ireland fees for foreign students

The cost of studying in private boarding schools is democratic: on average, they are 20-30% lower than in neighbouring Great Britain or top US schools. At the same time, the technical and material equipment of schools and the quality of education in general often exceeds English and American. A year of study with accommodation and meals will cost about 10 000 – 15 000 €.

 

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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