Academics
Accreditations

Exupery International School’s program and premises have been nationally accredited to the fullest extent possible (six years) by the Latvian Ministry of Education. This means that our students are assured an education that is, first and foremost, formally recognized by both national and international institutions. Local recognition of the program’s efficacy is only one component of the larger picture, however. We believe that with every accreditation our program receives, the school’s diploma will become more universally valid and prestigious for our graduating students. With this in mind, EIS is currently in various stages of accreditation and membership admittance with a variety of prominent international organizations, including the International Baccalaureate (IB). Our goal is to be classified as an IB World School in the near future. IB World Schools share a common philosophy — a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education — that we believe is important for our students, allowing them to pursue higher education or postgraduate programs with ease.

Also underway is Exupery International School’s authorization process with the Council of International Schools (CIS), which embodies our commitment to global citizenship and intercultural dialogue. The CIS is renowned for providing cutting-edge guidance for teacher training, offering continual assistance with improving its member schools, and validating all new staff members to ensure that they are properly qualified for their position. These outside accreditation processes guarantee that EIS — as a team, a school, and a vision — is always evolving in the framework of well-vetted, rigorous systems for the benefit of the students.

Finally, we prioritize the professional development of our entire teaching team to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our students and the world at large. All of our elementary school teachers have been certified to work with the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Program (PYP), which represents a progressive, practical model of education. Through PYP, our students are able to integrate their learning in subjects such as English, Mathematics, and Science to create meaningful, real-world projects. We believe that this forward-thinking approach will enable our students to better improvise and succeed in today’s interconnected environment.”

Timeline For IB PYP/DP & CIS
CIS Membership Evaluation Vizit
IB PYP Authorization vizit
EIS 1. Grade 9 added to EIS
2. Consideration Phase for IB DP
EIS / CIS / IB 1. Host CIS Self-Study Team
2. Approved for CIS accreditation, Grades 1-9
3. IB makes decision on candidacy for DP
EIS EIS issues Grade 9 graduates conveys — EIS transcript (CIS), or Latvian Frade 9 diploma
IB EIS hosts DP verification visit for IB
IB IB grants authorization for DP
CIS Approved for accreditation, grade 12
EIS Commencement of first graduation class of EIS; EIS issues graduates conveys — IB diploma or an EIS diploma or an EIS diploma (CIS)
Аcademic approach

Strong academic basis combined with subject specific skills. We implement with all our passion and perfection Project Based Learning (PBL) in order to develop interdisciplinary skills - communication, leadership, metacognitive and analytic skills as well as strong character traits.

PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.

To implement this approach at EIS we incorporate PBL within the PYP and Middle School curriculum planning process and have two full project immersion weeks in June. In these weeks, the usual subject centered learning merge into a real-life oriented, student-initiated projects, which will evolve into the products of students' creativity, research and analysis. Students share their learning experience with schoolmates, parents, teachers, and the local community. We also participate in international interscholastic projects when available.

Student Support
Anastasia Metlova

School psychologist provides consultations for parents. You can make an appointment with a school’s psychologist, if you have any queries about your child’s life in the school. Consultation can be on the following topics — study difficulties, relationships in the classroom, relationship with parents, self-regulation and self-development of your child. It is necessary to register for a consultation in advance — please use this link. First session will start at 8:15 on Mondays and Tuesdays; at 8:30 on Thursdays.

School psychologist also works with children in groups and individually, provides well-being program for primary and secondary school, participates in creating individual educational plans for students.

Students’ achievements

At the end of February, the Semerah Hotel Lielupe held an international children's and junior chess tournament, Rudaga-Kaissa 2019, in the lovely city of Jurmala. In the group for beginners (which had 26 participants), a 6th grade student, Andrei Ugolev, represented Exupery International School. Over the course of 7 games Andrei managed to score 6 points and take first place. Andrei's coach at EIS, Nikolai Kovshun, is a candidate master chess master and FIDE Instructor. Andrei also advanced to the fourth class in chess. Congratulations!

Exupery’s Grade 5 team has received the prestigious award of 2nd Place in this year’s Science Day competition! The team members competed against fellow students from all across Latvia. Their tasks included constructing an ecosystem’s food chain, working with buoyancy, producing chemical reactions, and solving a computer-based logic puzzle.

Our students recently won first place in the 2018 Hip-Hop Daugavpils Open Contest! The Exupery team, led by the fantastic choreographer and teacher Linda Paulauska, has received first place among beginners from 15 teams!

The school day 08:30 — 17:30
Group: 16 children
Sub-group: 8 children
3 teachers in a group
Vision & Philosophy
Directors of PreschoolAlain Roland & Nicolas Mathieu
Exupéry Preschool and secondary school embraces an international environment, both by integrating numerous languages into the curriculum as well as welcoming students from all cultural and academic backgrounds. We are dedicated to ensuring the success of every student by providing individualized support, offering an academically rigorous curriculum, and using an interactive approach to teaching and learning. Children are our most important resource now and in the future. We strive on a daily basis to make decisions based on common sense, empathy (as we are parents ourselves), and your child’s wellbeing. We truly look forward to meeting you soon!
OUR COMMITMENTS
The success of our academic progress relies on the 3 commitments we pledge to our students and their families:

1. Individual support

We use a variety of pedagogical approaches and offer individualized support to meet the learning needs of each student. We achieve excellence through language proficiency groups, English and French immersion programs, and unique national and international academic opportunities.

2. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere

The efficient teacher-to-student ratios, custom-built facilities with communal spaces, and transparent administrative and security policies aid us in ensuring a safe and friendly environment for learning.

This year, Exupéry International School welcomes students in preschool (starting at the age of 18 months) and school (Grades 1-8), where the learning process is organized in small groups that help to provide personalized education and encourage social interactions. The classrooms are spacious, well- equipped, and use only natural materials.

Preschool classrooms are all located on the building’s ground floor, in an exclusive area of the school premises built to suit small children’s needs. The rooms are distributed around a large, multi-functional space where children are able to come together and participate in a variety of recreational activities.

Our modern and innovative building offers a healthy environment for your child. We partner with a local award-winning restaurant named ’36. Line’ to provide our students with unique and healthy menu choices four times per day. For children with allergies, special meals are provided.

At Exupéry Preschool we work hard to support each child in making a fast and easy adaptation from home to preschool, and in making a successful transition from preschool to primary school.

3. International Curriculum

Exupéry welcomes students and professors from all around the world. Thanks to our exclusive pedagogy and our experience in multi-lingual education, we offer outstanding language instruction in French, English, Latvian, and Russian.

We offer numerous extracurricular activities in order to encourage students to develop their lateral thinking, as well as their artistic, athletic, and social skills. Beyond academic excellence, our goal is to train world citizens committed to the values of respect, sharing, and diversity.

Our curriculum is far more than the subjects that are taught; it is the whole range of learning opportunities that students have access to throughout their studies at Exupéry. The education we provide will form the basis of their lifelong learning and success. We aim to make learning exciting, challenging, and fun so that all students develop the knowledge, skills, and interests that will enrich their lives.

We constantly review and develop our curriculum so that students have access to subjects that will expand their learning and future options. We want students to be enthusiastic about their learning and prepared for the 21st century. The Exupéry Learning curriculum is based on knowledge of theory and research in early childhood education, coupled with an understanding of best practices.

In developing our curriculum, we consider the whole child – cognitively, socially, and physically. By incorporating the latest research on early childhood, Theory of Play, active exploration, and the most current learning practices, we have created a truly balanced, innovative, and interest-driven curriculum for children.

Preschool Groups
There are special themes for different age groups:
Baby Class (from 18 months) TPS (2.5 — 3 y.o.) PS (4 y.o.) MS (5 y.o.) GS (6 y.o.)
“Four Seasons” Antonio Vivaldi “Three Bears” Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm “Little Red Riding Hood” Charles Perrault “Gargantua” François Rabelais “Extraordinary Journeys” Jules Verne
“Hop-o'-My-Thumb” Charles Perrault “Cinderella” Charles Perrault “The Three Musketeers” Alexandre Dumas “Peter Pan” J. M. Barrie

Learning process

The groups are divided by age and there are not more than 16 kids in each group. The learning process is guided by three experienced teachers for each learning group.

French and English are the languages of communication in our preschool. It allows kids to easily acquire new languages as well as adapt to an international environment.

Comfortable and friendly atmosphere

The classrooms are located in an exclusive area that is built to suit small children’s needs. The bedrooms are spacious, well-equipped, and use only natural materials.

Preschool Schedule
Baby Class (from 18 months) TPS (2.5 — 3 y.o.) PS (4 y.o.) MS (5 y.o.) GS (6 y.o.)
Motor skills
Gross and fine motor skills
French Language
English Language
Art
Choreography
Gymnastics
Library
Math
Latvian Language
Russian Language
History
Geography
Robotics
Chess
Projects

Drone Flight

Walking into one of the classrooms of Exupery preschool, we can find various educational and digital tools, in addition to the black board and chalk. Children discover and use the newest technologies of the 21st century, such as tablets, programming systems, 3D architecture, 3D printing, and drone controlling.

Learning about the history and about the first steps of aviation is interesting, but children also have the possibility to try and control a real flying machine. We are on a mission to raise interest and curiosity in our children. Teachers in Exupery preschool recognize the importance of developing technological skills in students so they will be prepared to create tomorrow`s world once they complete their studies.

We believe that technology has the power to transform how people learn. For the last step of our project, children are working on their own flying machine.

Solar System

The children from Exupéry preschool and school worked together on a common project of the Solar System.

Children were empowered and encouraged to ask their own questions, to help them to be independent thinkers and self-motivated learners. The children`s skills were combined in creativity, logical thinking, problem solving activities, social and fine motor skills.

They used imagination, promoted leadership skills and teamwork abillities in creating the planets of the Solar System with the guidance of the 4th grade students.

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Preschool Calendar
Preschool calendar 2019-2020
Primary school

Primary school program (Grade 1 — 5)

The Primary School curriculum is constructed according to the framework of the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). It focuses on the holistic development of the child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world at large. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, which are engaged through the knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas: Math, English, Arts, Physical and Social Education, Science, and Social Studies.

The school is actively pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools are renowned for their rigorous and internationally minded approaches to creating the citizens of tomorrow, and the curriculum at EIS strives to embody this philosophy.

Learning process

We maintain small class sizes to ensure quality learning for every student, and each class is led by a pair of experienced teachers. All classes are conducted in English. From Grade 3 onwards, the students are also offered an Intensive English Course.

As a part of the educational process, we offer strong mother tongue support and local language acquisition. Vocabulary expansion, organic language usage, and literacy are all considered priorities. In the afternoon, we provide a variety of activities to round out the students’ development and increase their interaction with English, which is the language of instruction.

Subjects and activities
Gr 1 Gr 2 Gr 3 Gr 4 Gr 5
English (EIS Language of Instruction)
Latvian/Russian/French as a Foreign Language
Russian/English/Latvian
Craft and Design | IT Strategies
Science | Math
Sport and Health | Social Studies
Music | Art
PYP Time | Ethics | Advisory
Dance
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Middle School

Middle years program (Grade 6 - 9)

In the upper grades, EIS follows the Understanding by Design planning principles for its curriculum, and operates according to the requirements of the locally accredited program and international standards. Students acquire a diverse curriculum supported by the school's unique language acquisition methodology and project-based learning activities, and develop a range of cognitive strategies to enhance their comprehension and use of English as the language of instruction.

Learning process

Students are given ample opportunities to develop their understanding. We encourage them to take part in cooperative learning, community outreach, and student government. Some units are in-depth, intensive examinations of a single subject, while others are long-term, cross- disciplinary studies that rely on a fusion of subjects to create a tangible product. A blend of tests, assignments, and projects are provided to assess student results in a balanced manner.

Subjects and activities
Gr 6 Gr 7 Gr 8 Gr 9
English (EIS Language of Instruction)
Latvian/Russian/French as a Foreign Language
Russian/English/Latvian
Science | Math
Craft and Design | IT Strategies
Biology | Geography
Physics | Chemistry
Latvian | World History
Sport and Health | Social Studies
Music | Art
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School Calendar

We set a goal for not only to deliver an international program, but also to create an environment in which, being graduates, choosing their own path, entering the university, the graduates of our school will want to return to Latvia again and again - to participate in new school projects, to be mentors next generations of students and to become ambassadors of our schools in other countries.

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