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Education in Greece: International schools in Athens

The Greek education system has three levels: primary, secondary and tertiary. Each level has two sub-levels. A child of any nationality living in Greece must complete his/her primary education and the first grade of the secondary level. Tuition is provided free of charge in state schools.

Primary education

A child can be sent to a kindergarten when he/she turns 2½ years old. Although it is not necessary, many parents do so as this allows them to go to work, and their children to gain knowledge, develop learning skills and learn to socialise with other children. Parents will have to prepare their children for school themselves if they do not enrol them in kindergarten. Most children start attending preschool two years before admission to primary school, at 4 to 6 years old.

For a child to be admitted to kindergarten, a small package of documents needs to be submitted: application for admission to the kindergarten, birth certificate, medical records containing proof of vaccination of the child, a certificate from the dentist and a document confirming the child’s residential or registered address. All documents must be translated into Greek.

The next level of education is primary education which lasts for six years. To enrol a child in primary school, parents will have to submit the same package of documents as they did for the kindergarten, adding a certificate of attendance to kindergarten. The period to submit the documents is from June 1 to June 21.

Education in Greece
After classes schools organise leisure activities for pupils, including sports, music, foreign language classes and drama Photo: bilisanas / Depositphotos

Foreign students can attend special Greek language classes after school, as well as other activities alongside where knowledge of Greek is not required. The main goal of after-school activities is to integrate children into the learning process. If the number of pupils is insufficient to form groups, the school organises the after-school activities providing up to 10 hours of extracurricular Greek language lessons per week.

For the first two years pupils do not receive any marks, while in the third and fourth years, children are graded A (excellent), B (very good), C (good) or D (fair). From the fifth year, a ten-point rating system is used: 10-9 points (excellent), 7-8 (very good), 5-6 (good) and 1-4 (fair).

Secondary education

Secondary education is also divided into two levels: middle school (gymnasium), and high school (general lyceum or vocational school). Each level lasts 3 years, while part-time study at a vocational school takes 4 years.

Usually, children are automatically enroled in secondary school, unless his/her family has changed their place of residence. In this case, parents must provide the new school with a certificate of primary education and a document confirming the residence or registration address.

Education in Greece
Children above 14 years old who work during the day can attend school in the evenings. Classes are held every day and last 4-5 hours Photo: bilisanas / Depositphotos

Secondary schools use a 20-point grading system. to progress to next grade, students need 10 points. A gymnasium graduate will receive a certificate that allows him/her to continue studies in a lyceum or vocational school where, in addition to general secondary education, students receive vocational training. Students sit for their exams at the end of each school year, and their final exams before graduation. After successfully passing the final exams, students are awarded a certificate of completion, which allows them to enter higher educational institutes.

International schools in Athens

In addition to free public and municipal schools in Greece, there are private educational institutions and international schools for children of expats. The syllabus in international schools is based on unified standards, which facilitate the integration of students from abroad. Most often classes are in English, but they can also be in German, French or even Japanese. Education in such schools is usually fee-based.

ACS Athens (American Community Schools)

ACS Athens is an international school that pursues the principles and values of the American educational system. The school focuses on developing the talents and abilities of every student.

ACS Athens is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools and authorised by International Baccalaureate Organization to teach the IB program. Diplomas awarded under this program are recognised by universities around the world.

Children from more than 60 countries attend the school. Teaching and communication are in English, while Greek, Arabic, French, German, Chinese and Spanish are taught as foreign languages.

Activities, including sports like basketball, football, volleyball, athletics, archery, tennis and swimming are available for students after classes.

School fees for the 2017-2018 academic year at ACS Athens (€)

Kindergarten
(for children 3 to 4 years old)
7,220 
Preschool
(for children 5 to 6 years old)
9,150
Primary school
(grades 1–5, 6–10 years of age)
11,805 
Middle school
(grades 6–8, 11–13 years old)
12,876 
High school
(grades 9–12, 14–17 years old)
14,074 

ISA (International School Athens)

More than 3.000 students have graduated from ISA international school in its 50-year history. ISA sees its mission in instilling into students a thirst for knowledge, self-discipline, independence and the desire to learn about other cultures. International School Athens also operates under the International Baccalaureate Program for primary and secondary schools. ISA graduates are awarded IB diplomas. Today, about 400 children from 42 countries are enrolled at the school. Classes are in English.

This school is in Kifissia, a northern suburb of Athens. Its three modern buildings have classes and laboratories and several sports grounds where children can play volleyball, football, basketball or tennis. The school has a theatrical stage, a ballroom, and art studios.

School fees for the 2017-2018 academic year at ISA (€)

Kindergarten
(for children 3 to 4 years old)
7,500 
Preschool
(for children 5 to 6 years old)
7,900
Primary school
(grades 1–5, 6–10 years of age)
10,500 
Middle school
(grades 6–8, 11–13 years old)
11,500 
High school
(grades 9–12, 14–17 years old)
12,350

Byron College (The British International School)

Byron College (The British International School) educates students in the spirit of Lord Byron. Students are to be idealists and advocates of justice, ready to challenge any scientific authority. the school pursues British values such as tolerance and a belief in personal and social responsibility.

Byron College is an accredited member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). Classes are conducted following the British educational system. After 11 years of study, students receive the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Students spend the following two years preparing for entering university and sit for the A-Level examinations. According to the school, their students’ grades are consistently higher than the UK average. the British Ministry of Education inspected the school in 2014 and affirmed the reputation of Byron College.

Today, about 300 students from more than 50 countries are enroled at the school. Classes are in English.

School fees for the 2017-2018 academic year at Byron College (€)

Kindergarten
(for children 3 to 4 years old)
6,450
Key Stage 1
(1–2 grades, 5–6 years old)
8,600
Key Stage 2
(3–6 grades, 7–10 years old)
8,900
Key Stage 3
(7–9 grades, 11–13 years old)
9,900
Key Stage 4
(10–11 grades, 14–15 years old)
10,500
Key Stage 5
(12–13 grades, 16–17 years old)
11,550

St. Catherine's British School

St. Catherine’s British School was founded in 1956 at the British Embassy in Athens. Today, the school has more than a thousand students from 54 countries. The school is a member of COBIS, and its curriculum follows the British educational system. After 11 years of study, students sit for exams and receive the IGCSE certificate. Students spend the next two years studying for the IB exams.

Senior students usually take part in charity projects. For example, they can teach languages at local refugee centres or save sea turtles, while others take part in projects in developing countries.

School fees for the 2017-2018 academic year at St. Catherine's British School (€)

Kindergarten
(for children 3 to 4 years old)
8,050
Key Stage 1
(1–2 grades, 5–6 years old)
11,030
Key Stage 2
(3–6 grades, 7–10 years old)
11,160
Key Stage 3
(7–9 grades, 11–13 years old)
11,580
Key Stage 4
(10–11 grades, 14–15 years old)
12,510
Key Stage 5
(12–13 grades, 16–17 years old)
13,040

Olga Anisimova, Tranio

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