Questions About Otkrivatel Montessori School

When the school year begins?

A school year consists of school terms, school days and school holidays. Each school year has duration of 12 months and starts on 15 September and if 15 September is a holiday, it starts on the next working day. For the Toddlers and Primary students the school year is between 1 September and 30 July. Otkrivatel is closed for National holidays and the period between 23rd of December and New Year, and August every year. The Elementary school program includes the school days between 15 September and 15 June, as well as opportunities to take part at sports, green and forest school programs during the summer – between 15 June and 30 July. For each school year, the Minister of Education determines with an order the beginning and the end of school holidays, except for the summer holiday, non-attendance days and Otkrivatel Montessori school complies with them.

Is Otkrivatel Montessori School licensed by Ministry of education?

Otkrivatel Montessori School has been accredited by the Ministry of education and science in Bulgaria, since the school first opened its doors in 2013. In 2016 the Elementary program (1st – 7th grade) is licensed by the Ministry. In 2017 Otkrivatel Montessori School is licensed as Innovative School by Bulgarian Council of Ministers. We fulfil and exceed the national standards set by the State for every level.

Does Otkrivatel Montessori School provide lunch and snacks for children?

Every child can benefit from a menu/lunch or have a lunch box from home. A variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, water and herbal tea are offered throughout the day. The School menu for Toddlers and Primary students includes 5 meals a day and is tailored to the specific needs of children. Every elementary child can sign for a School lunch or have a lunch box from home. The school lunch offers nutritionally balanced diet which represents a vital part in the healthy growth and development of children. The menu is balanced, nutritional and delicious which contributes to children’s energetic and full-spirited wellbeing. Healthy food means a healthy body and a healthy brain. Otkrivatel recognises this link and complies fully with nutritional standards. It is prepared by a child nutritionist and executed by a licensed kitchen that has all the necessary sanitary permits. Students participate in preparing some of their food / drinks. We encourage our children to respect the food, to be excited about food and develop good eating skills and table manners. Children are given plenty of time to eat and enjoy the social interaction attached to mealtimes.

How Otkrivatel Montessori School supports the connection of children with nature?

Our children have the opportunity to play in the fresh air every day throughout the year. We strive to educate them in healthy lifestyle and encourage them to be as physically active as possible every day. There are many occasions where we use the nature as an extension of our classroom. When the weather is appropriate we organise nature walks to our nearby parks, excursions and picnics to the mountains, nature trails, horse riding and animal farms. Regularly we organise nature walks, hikes, picnics and camps in the mountain.

What are the school’s hours?

The Core School Day is between 8:00am and 4:30pm and there is a possibility for Extended School Day until 6:00pm.

What is the qualification of the teachers in Otkrivatel Montessori School?

In additional to their university degrees, all teachers from the Toddler, Children’s house / Primary and Elementary school level hold diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the organisation founded by Dr. Maria Montessori, and are qualified AMI Montessori teachers. The Assistants teachers are also AMI trained. Every year, teachers attend a variety of refresher courses to support their professional development and participate regularly in international conferences. We know that the best way to ensure children learning is to hire and retain good professionals whose desire to meet students’ needs is only matched by their dedication to continuous professional growth. Consequently, we invest heavily in professional development and in program development in accordance with the latest innovations in education.

Do you offer sports?

All children are physically active every day. Students choose age appropriate activities by their interest in Extended school day. We have a variety of clubs and classes – football, tennis, swimming, dancing, yoga, physical education. Activities are inclusive and accessible to all students who want to participate.

What is Otkrivatel’s health and illness policy?

Children’s healthy index is monitored on a daily basis. It is our policy that children who are sick remain at home. It is most important that children who are sick are not sent to school. This is for your child’s good as well as for the welfare of the other children in the class. Sick children do not benefit from being in school, and can cause other children to become ill.

What sets you apart from other independent schools?

We have the knowledge, skills and experience to apply Montessori principles according the highest international standards of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Otkrivatel Montessori School is a sample school of Montessori Society Bulgaria, affiliated to AMI, and we are mentoring future Montessori teacher on their journey to support child natural development. We are the only place in Bulgaria providing a quality Montessori education for children aged 14 months through 14 years. Regularly we have an international external supervision, ensuring that our Montessori setting meets the global best practices in applying Montessori pedagogy.

Every aspect of our organisation is set up to support children’s natural growth. Each and every one of our team, regardless of his/her job title, is dedicated to the superb education of our children, and when it is necessary to decide on something, it is enough to ask: “Is it good for the child/children?” If the answer is positive, we do not need anyone’s approval because we do the best for our children and families.

Our first commitment is to the development of the true potential within the child. Cognitive development and a solid academic foundation are important, yet they represent only one dimension of our aspirations for every child. Equally important is the child’s social, emotional, spiritual and physical development.

The child moves from the Toddlers community to the Children’s House and then into the Elementary School community, and at each stage the educational environment supports his development needs. As the child enters the elementary years, there is a new plane of development characterised by tremendous imagination, critical thinking, questioning mind, a strong sense of morality and justice, and a strong need for peer relationships. The leaning environment sparks natural curiosity and encourages the children to follow their interests and personal passion by developing their talents and turning them into enviable academic knowledge, leadership skills, self-discipline, responsibility, independence and initiative. Interaction and cooperation, joy, self-driven learning and the hunger for knowledge are sensed in the air. progress is individually-paced for allowing students to explore their interests and acquire the mastery of basic skills and knowledge. The children feel supported to develop into adults who possess the intellect, integrity, compassion, strength of character, skill, and creativity needed to seek common ground and establish mutuality with others. Otkrivatel helps parents to raise children who are socially, morally and emotionally prepared for real life. We believe in the unique potential of the child. Otkrivatel provides the child with the necessary guidance so that his unique personality develops to its full potential and grows up as a capable and valuable person.