We aim to create an educational environment in which children become naturally equipped with the mindset and skills needed to lead a happy life.
Yes, happiness is closely related to personal success - but who knows what the future holds, and what success will look like in 2040? What we do know is that critical thinking, creativity and a curious mind are what make us future-adaptive in a competitive environment. We believe, these are also the skills a school should foster.
So we decided to design a school system where these skills, alongside collaboration, growth-mindset and cooperation are in the frontier of the education curriculum.
Our task is to educate students’ whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.
'Learning' in our school is a system which is being constantly improved by educators and tech professionals. Basically anything goes that has the potential to make the children happy and successful in 2040. We are all born to be curious, and we're willing to learn what we really want. We just need purposeful challenges, exciting questions, safety, support and opportunities.
The grownups' job is to make it all happen.
When children of mixed ages coexist in a group they naturally help each other: older kids learn responsibility and can teach the younger ones what they already know (remember, teaching is the best way to learn something!), and the young ones stretch themselves to catch up to the older ones they look up to. Add to the mix teachers, adult volunteers and activities that cut across age and skill levels, and you get yourself an environment everyone can thrive in.
Education is not 'one size fits all'. All students are individuals with distinct learning needs, interests and aspirations, so they need different experiences and challenges in school to bring out the best in themselves.
Our teachers don't just teach facts - they teach critical thinking and a wide range of techniques to deal with different situations on paper (or screen) and in real life. Social and emotional skills, entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and growth mindset are the skills that will get you further in life.
Knowledge is naturally connected, so instead of artificially separating information into subjects, we teach in blocks using different tools (like languages, science and storytelling) to work on one theme that has connections to all. And since children have different gifts, our system lets them explore and see how things connect at their own pace.
Since various ages and subjects have been combined in this model teachers can also combine their knowledge and help one another in a physical classroom and via the web around the world. Instead of the lone teacher per subject model, teaching too becomes collaborative, and thus much more creative.
Teachers become coaches, rather than gatekeepers of knowledge and gain a much more personal understanding of each student.
Learning happens fastest when the students trust the setting so much that they aren't afraid to take risks, make mistakes or do something dumb - and learn from it.
One of the main tasks of the school is to enable kids living in the society of the future. Therefore we believe we should put the kids together in a way as it best represents the colourfulness of the society.
Go to a job interview and tell an employer that you can recite the 17 times table; they don’t care. Why are we still teaching it?
We would like to empower our students to be self-directed learners. But also to know when to ask for help. Our job is to feed their curiosity, teach them the growth mindset and help them develop the needed social and emotional skills. We don't want our students to memorize the content of whatever test is coming up. We want them to understand the material and be able to apply what they learned, even outside of the classroom. This prepares them to tackle complex challenges in a smart way, whenever they need it.
We agree with the research: social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical to student success in school and in life.
expressing needs and preferences
Researches show that it’s the way that they think about their ability that really counts.
This area includes cognitive procedures, reasoning and creativity.
working with data
We want each child to have the experience of going deep in their area of interest.
science and the environment
Budapest School is a member of Council of International Schools (CIS) since June of 2020.