Q+A: Knightsbridge Schools International Montenegro
Knightsbridge Schools International (KSI) Montenegro is a day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to18. Here the school answers our questions and takes us on a guided tour…
What happens when parents visit the school?
At KSI Montenegro parents are always welcome to make an appointment to talk to the Admissions Officer and take a tour of school. They will hear all about the school’s history, the programmes that the school follows, its admissions procedures, the fees and anything else the parents might need to know. They will also be able to talk to some of the teachers, as well as the Head of School, if needed.
How old is the school?
Knightsbridge Schools International (the KSI Group) was established in 2008 by the founders of Knightsbridge School in London. It now operates a network of international schools with locations in Montenegro, Turkey, Colombia, Panama, Portugal, Switzerland and London. KSI Montenegro was established in September 2010.
How many students do you have?
Currently KSI Montenegro has 90 students from 17 different nationalities. There are 42 boys and 48 girls, aged 3 to 18.
Can you give me a breakdown of where your students come from? (nationality)
We have 17 nationalities represented at KSI Montenegro, with 40% coming from Russian-speaking countries, 25% from Montenegro, 7% from the US, and the rest from France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Turkey etc.
What Accreditations do you have?
KSI Montenegro is an IB World School, and is fully licensed by the IB organisation for the Primary and Middle Years’ programmes, as well as for the Diploma programme. KSI is the first and only IB school in Montenegro, and the only school in the country to provide fully licensed boarding.
The school has Ministry of Education of Montenegro authorisation, and is currently pursuing CIS (Council of International Schools) membership.
What facilities do you offer?
KSI Montenegro is located within Porto Montenegro, a luxury marina development in Tivat, on the Bay of Kotor. The school is housed in a newly refurbished facility, and continues to undergo expansion and development.
The facilities include an indoor gymnasium and outdoor volleyball and basketball courts. The school is located alongside the town’s largest park, and classes make use of this when needed. The teachers also work closely with Porto Montenegro to make use of the local recreational facilities, such as those for swimming and water sports.
Why should I send my child to your school?
- KSI Montenegro belongs to a global network of international schools united through a shared ethos and curriculum, with all of the KSI community being encouraged to live by our KSI Code. Modelled on both the successful features of Knightsbridge School in London and the international standards expected of high-quality schools across the globe, KSI Montenegro offers a unique and compelling approach to education in the beautiful Bay of Kotor.
- As every child learns differently, KSI Montenegro pays individual attention to every student. Classes are small, with the teacher/student ratio being one to four. The low number of students means the students can thrive academically in a family atmosphere.
- The teachers are all professionally qualified and experienced in their fields of work.
- The boarding house is new and spacious, with a great team working on board. A variety of options for indoor and outdoor activities are available for the boarders.
What curriculum do you follow?
At the heart of KSI Montenegro is a commitment to inquiry-based teaching, multilingualism and technology.
We are an IB World School, and licensed to provide the Primary Years Programme (for students aged 3–11), the Middle Years Programme (for students aged 11–16) and the Diploma Programme (for students aged 16–18).
How large are classes in your school?
As the school is small with just 90 students, we currently operate combined year groups, for instance Year 1 and 2 students are taught together in one classroom, as are Year 3 and 4 pupils, with a maximum of 15 students in a group. As the number of students grows, the year groups will be taught separately.
What languages do you offer?
Students are taught German and French as additional or mother-tongue languages. They also learn Montenegrin, to enable them to integrate into the Montenegro community, and to develop a better cultural understanding of the country.
How are pupils with English as an additional language supported?
As English is the primary language of instruction, the help we provide to EAL students to master the English language is crucial. Students in the Primary Years Programme have a special English language teacher, who provides hourly lessons every day, and works on their vocabulary and grammar. Students in the Middle Years Programme have an additional teacher in their English lessons, who helps them overcome any difficulties they may have with the language. There are also after-school English language classes held twice-weekly.
How often are parents invited to attend assemblies?
Parents are always welcome to attend assemblies. The school organises two big assemblies at the end of each term for all year groups, and also two smaller mid-term assemblies for the Primary students.
They are also invited to attend the various activities held throughout the school year, such us talent shows and sports days.
What opportunities exist for parents to speak to their child’s teachers should they have any worries or concerns?
KSI Montenegro considers parents to be a highly important part of the school community.
At the beginning of every school year we organise an Open Day for both current and possible future families, when we introduce our Head of School and the teachers to the new families, and talk about the IB programmes and our plans for the upcoming school year.
During the year we organise two meetings for parents to discuss their child’s learning progress with the teachers. In addition, parents can contact teachers at any time by email to ask questions or arrange a meeting with a specific teacher.
What extra-curricular activities do you offer in the Junior/Prep school?
The After-School Activities Programme aims to provide meaningful and rewarding co-curricular activities. We hope to engage children in interesting and enjoyable learning experiences. Instructors can be professionals, parents, teachers, assistants or others who are willing to contribute to our KSI Community.
The activities, which vary from term to term, include chess, football, dance, arts and crafts, cooking and Junior Drama Club.
What extra-curricular activities do you offer in the Senior School?
At the start of each term, students can choose from a variety of after-school activities, including chess, choir, arts and crafts, Drama Club, Gardening and School Beautification Club, Running Club, Outdoor Adventure Club and many more.
Do you have a swimming pool on site?
No, however, as KSI Montenegro is within the Porto Montenegro, we are able to use its beautiful open-air swimming pool during the summer months.
Do you do much work in the community?
At KSI Montenegro, community involvement, actions and projects are considered to be a highly important part of school life.
The school traditionally participates in Tivat’s Holiday Charity Bazaar, with students and staff making various products together to sell at the bazaar. The school’s Charity Fun Run has become an annual event; begun by a group of students, it has now grown into a large event involving the wider community.
Other community projects KSI students take part in include beach cleaning, park cleaning, an art exhibition focusing on environment issues, the Holiday Charity Bazaar in Podgorica, an anti-smoking campaign and helping out at the local dog shelter.
How do most children travel to and from school?
The majority of our students live in the Tivat area or nearby cities like Kotor (20 minutes from school), Budva (30 minutes) and Herceg Novi (35 minutes). Currently there is no school bus, but in some places, like Budva, parents have organised a small bus that takes children to school and back.
What leisure opportunities are available for children who are in boarding?
The Boarding House parent organises an afternoon of activities every Wednesday for our boarders, with additional activities provided for full-time boarders on Saturdays. These include swimming, waterskiing, paddling, sailing, hiking, bowling, visiting museums, going to the cinema, cooking, board games and more, depending on the weather.
How often can boarders go home each term?
Those who are full-time boarders go home for school breaks. The school has four breaks a year: fall, winter, spring and summer.
Do you have a cafeteria?
Yes, the school has its own professional kitchen and cafeteria, where children are served healthy snacks, such as different fruit options, and a hot lunch.
Do you have a wide range of food options?
Yes, we offer a different meal every day and then the menu is repeated after three weeks. Every meal includes a variety of vegetables, as well as salad.
During the week we offer soup, stews, schnitzels, kebabs or Italian food. There is also a vegetarian option. One day a month, on our Casual Day, we offer fast food for lunch.
How do you cater for children with special dietary requirements?
If a child has any food allergies or eats only vegetarian, vegan or halal food, we can accommodate that.
Do you arrange for guest speakers, such as authors and experts to come to the school?
Yes, KSI always welcomes individuals or professionals in their field of work, who would like to share their experiences and knowledge with our students.
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