The Village School in Houston is one of the most popular educational institutions of a non-religious type. Every year it accepts students from 40 countries of the world. The school was founded as a kindergarten. Subsequently, it has been increased in size, has changed its location and, nowadays, it continues to actively develop. In 2006, The Village School became a part of Meritas family network. First graduates of the Village School entered the most prestigious universities and colleges in the United States. Today's students are preparing to enter high-rated universities of San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas.
The institution attracts foreign students with high-quality of academic preparation and convenient location. The boarding school is located in a city famous for its energy and space industry. Also, Houston is known as the cultural center of the region. It is full of theaters and museums. As for the visiting card of the city, there are numerous mass events (mainly theatrical, music festivals).
Academic preparation at The Village School is provided at the highest level. The boarding school offers studying of standard pre-university programs. Very well combined curriculum provides great opportunities for creative development of students. Art is studied in the boarding school at all levels of preparation. In addition, students have a wide range of individual lessons.
Preparation at this stage is conducted in a complex way and provides for the child's social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development. In the same way, the study of disciplines of exact and humanitarian courses is envisaged, a balance is maintained between mathematics and social subjects. All children at The Village School study music, Spanish and computer programs. Training on motor skills provides a harmonious work of muscles and excellent physical development of the body as a whole. Teachers take care that the kids in the school feel at home: confident, comfortable and protected.
Teachers in this period of training begin work on the personal development of the child, identify and support the talents and abilities of the student. Also, the skills needed to continue studying in high school are being developed. The development of spheres of interests occurs on extra-curricular lessons. It is desirable to attend an athletics course or a sports circle.
The complex of attestation courses (Honors courses), several subjects of Advanced Placement (preliminary enrollment) and selective electives are the basis of the AP. This course thoroughly prepares for university life and is recognized by colleges as pre-university.
The program provides for the writing of the final qualifying work and the accumulation of 26 annual attestations (credits). Optional subjects will require 8 credits, 4 students receive credits for social studies and English courses. The courses of mathematics and natural disciplines provide for three necessary annual attestations each. Two loans can be obtained for a foreign language, and lessons in physical culture and fine arts are evaluated for 1 loan. Benefits for the school community should be at least 100 hours during the program.
In high school, students can choose a two-year program of preparation for higher education. The diploma IB will allow to enter any higher school of peace. The complexity of the program is in the scientific direction. Of the six subjects necessary for studying, the main are the TOK (ways and methods of obtaining knowledge), the writing of scientific work (4 thousand words) and CAS (150 hours of creativity and socially useful activity). Three subjects students are exploring with the standardized specification (SL), and three - capitally (HL).
If the student has not completed the full program or passed the exams, he does not receive an IB diploma, but a certificate indicating the credits received and the grades in the examinations.
At The Village School, the International Baccalaureate course is divided into 6 specializations. The first group includes a list of humanitarian subjects and is called "Language + Literature" (type A). The group includes English, Chinese and Spanish. Group 2 also aims at learning languages (type B) and involves the development of English, French and Spanish. The third group is "Man + Society". The students who chose it get acquainted with psychology, economic theory and historical subjects. Natural science subjects were included in group number 4. This direction consists of biology, an ecological complex of sciences, chemistry and physics. General and higher mathematics is included in the group number 5. The last group is complex and provides for a combination of subjects in the field of art and disciplines from groups 2 to 4. The sixth group is called "Art + Sample Items" and allows for the study of theater, music, visual art and dance.
The Village School students live in comfortable residences in apartments for 2 to 4 people. In each residential building there are kitchens, laundry, spacious equipped relaxation rooms. Students are under control around the clock. With any question, boarders can contact the school staff in 24/7 mode.
Students get full board meals. The menu is usually international, also students can choose vegetarian dishes. Accommodation on campus is available for students from 9th grade, for an earlier age it is necessary to live with parents and relatives.
The boarding school is known for a high level of technology. Here, to ensure the educational needs of students, there are computer classes, interactive whiteboards, wireless Internet, multimedia, graphic tablets, videoconferencing. In the academic building there are scientific laboratories, a library with 20,000 books and a huge electronic information bank. Also, students are offered sports resources. To ensure creative development, there are auditoriums, clubs for interests, music, dance halls. At the school there is a medical center with highly qualified personnel, modern equipment.
The school year consists of two semesters. The Village School assumes, upon admission, a number of additional payments: visa support for the school, registration at the school, support of the school guardian (curator) and enrollment in the chosen programme - 3000 USD (If the visa is denied, the deposit is returned). There are compulsory payments (technological fee, telephone charges, books, uniform, accommodation during the holidays) - 6000 USD. All these types of payment must be paid additionally.
Required documents, depending on the type of institution:
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