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What accreditation and authorization does Maria International School have?

Maria International School of Bucharest has been authorized since August 2013. It received COBIS (Council of British International Schools) compliance in spring of 2019.

What is the minimum age you accept for Early Years?

We accept children as young as 24 months.

What is the minimum age for a child to enroll at Maria International School?

We accept school children as young as 4 years old from Reception onwards.

What language is used for teaching at Primary School?

English is the primary language used for teaching at MISB. We also offer language classes in Romanian for all levels and German for KS2.

For those interested in MiniPreschool and Preschool, our teaching assistants also speak Romanian, but it is used only for special circumstances surrounding our young learners. We encourage all students to speak in English and require it from Reception onwards.

What items should the child have in their school bag?

For our Early Years (Mini Preschool and Preschool) programme, we kindly ask that every child bring a bag containing:

  • One complete change of clothes;
  • Pampers, wet wipes (if necessary);
  • An indoor pair of slippers;
  • Every Monday, the children registered for the afternoon program need to bring pyjamas for nap-time; on Fridays, they will be sent home to be washed.

For our Reception class and Primary programme, students are only required to bring a pair of indoor shoes or slippers and a change of sports clothes (on days when the sports class meets). If they wish, students may bring their own morning snack.

All school supplies are provided by the school.

What happens if a child has an “accident?”

Every once in a while, “accidents” may happen, either because children tend to become very involved in what they do and forget to go to the toilet until the last moment or because they accidentally spill food. In any case, teachers are trained to help students cope emotionally, reassuring them that accidents like this can occur and guide them as they react. Our nurse will also assist with cleanup.

For these reasons, it’s helpful if parents provide one complete change of clothes in their student’s cubbie hole (for children in Early Years up to Year 2).

What happens if a child cries when the parents are away?

A child’s emotional needs are as important as any other developmental area. We do our best to soothe and keep them calm, helping them learn to cope with missing mom and dad. For Early Years children, we can use their personal things or familiar words and phrases. For Primary students, we help them learn how to self-guide their emotions, and ensure that they feel safe and supported in their classrooms.

How can I help my child adjust?

MISB has an induction procedure, aimed at helping children adjust to school at their own pace. It is a gradual process that involves increasing the time the child spends in school from one day to the next; but families can also help by setting a consistent schedule for their student. It’s very important that children arrive to school on-time each morning to set a routine. Children thrive on routine and feel safer knowing what to expect.

Additionally, child/parent communication is also very important in this situation. Therefore, we strongly advise you to assure your child that you will come and pick him/her up and be as consistent as possible with your pick-up times. Once a child adopts to a new schedule, they will begin to see school as a fun part of their everyday!

Another helpful tactic is to bring school back home. Students that cope the best are the ones that talk to their families about their school day and continue to practice what they learn at home. These students return to school the next day excited to learn more and continue to show their parents!

My child doesn’t speak English, Romanian or German. Could that be a problem?

In our Early Years programme and in early Primary (Years 1 & 2) this is not a problem. Almost all of the children enrolled are going through the same situation. From the very first day spent in their class, they will be listening to native speakers and their peers, which significantly helps when picking up a new language.

If your child is entering MISB in KS2 (Primary Years 3 and upward), not having a strong foundation of English will simply create an adjustment period. Remember, the mind of a child is like a sponge! Even if a student struggles during the first few weeks of school, they are absorbing everything around them. With native English-speaking teachers and small class sizes, we are able to support these students as they navigate a new language in a new school.

In this case, we recommend to parents to help students cope with any frustrations (socially or academically) at home, too. With encouragement from teachers and families, students will see that each day gets better!

Are the parents allowed to view the recorded footage of the surveillance cameras?

Our institution provides a surveillance camera system, which can only be accessed from the office computers. Parents can see the CCTV footage only if a serious incident occurs in the building involving their child.

What documents are required for enrollment?

Enrollment is simple! You will need to provide the following documents:

1. Application form

2. Vaccination Certificate (copy)

3. Nasopharyngeal exudates

4. Coproparazitologic examination (Giardia test)

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