Where is Finnish International School located? What is the travel time from Tbilisi center to the school?
The school is located in the Municipality of Mtskheta, Village Saguramo, 7th Street, N9. (Central area of Saguramo, nearby the police station). During the academic year 2019-20, the address of the school is Tbilisi, Dighomi 7, Khakhuli str. N8.
It takes approximately 30-40 minutes to travel from the center of Tbilisi to the school.
What is the tuition fee? What is the tuition fee payment schedule? What is included in the tuition fee?
Tuition fee for I-V grades registering for 2020-2021 academic year is 4850€ (paid in GEL) and a non-refundable registration fee of 150€.
The first half of the tuition fee (2425 €, paid in GEL) is due three months prior to the start of the academic year (by May 30th), and the second half, three months before the start of the second semester (by October 30th).
In case of a lump-sum payment, made three months prior to the start of the academic year, the tuition fee will be 4700€ (paid in GEL).
Tuition fee includes transportation, school books, field trips, lunch, snack and afternoon club services.
Are there both Georgian and English sectors at FIS?
Finnish International School has only English sector at the moment. This means, the classes are taught in English according to the Finnish Curriculum.
Does the transportation service include "door-to-door" service or should the pupils gather at a designated place for pick-up?
Pick up places will be set close to the students' places of residence. Locations will be specified later, considering the addresses of registered students.
How long does the ride to school take?
The travel time might range between 30-40 minutes, depending on the pupil’s place of residence.
What kind of transport is provided?
Modern and comfortable mini buses are provided for transportation purposes.
When does the bus leave the school in the afternoon? Bus departs the school at 17:00.
What type of extracurricular activities does the school offer?
After-school activities include arts, reading clubs, robotics lessons as well as educational outdoor activities. Other extracurricular activities such as football, swimming will be added to the list when FIS moves to its new larger campus.
Can the graduates of FIS apply to Georgian higher universities after finishing the school?
Yes, they can. Pupils successfully completing grade 12 at FIS can apply to any Georgian Higher Education Institution.
Can the graduates of FIS apply to International (Europe and USA mostly) universities?
Yes, they can. Pupils successfully completing grade 12 at FIS can apply to International Higher Education Institutions.
Does FIS have partnerships with international universities?
Yes, we do. We have partner universities in Finland (Finnish higher education is ranked #2 in the world). We are also planning to expand our network to other countries in future.
What does the “Finnish School” mean?
Academic program of Finnish International School follows the Finnish national curriculum. The teachers at FIS underwent the intensive professional development conducted by the Finnish education experts in Georgia as well as in Finland, which guarantees that the instructional process at FIS immerses its pupils in totally Finnish education experience.
Instructional materials employed at FIS meet Finnish standards, and at the same time, are aligned with the Georgian National Curriculum requirements. To take account of the local context, on top of what is covered in the Finnish curriculum, the school also offers classes in Georgian language and literature, to both native as well as non-native pupils. The FIS curriculum also covers the components of Georgian history and includes some elements of Georgian context while teaching natural sciences.
What kind of assessment system is employed at FIS?
The main purpose of the assessment system put in place at the primary level of FIS (grades I-IV) is to help pupils progress and do better. For this reason, instead of numerical grading, verbal explanations and comments are provided. This helps to better describe the strengths as well as areas of improvement of the pupils and plan the school activities accordingly.
In grades V-XII, pupils are assessed on a scale of 4-10. Together with the numerical grades, academic Report Cards are also issued to pupils providing more extensive verbal comments to make the assessment more complete and meaningful to both pupils and their parents.
Which nationality are the teachers at FIS?
Teachers at FIS are of various nationalities. We are building an international, future orientated school, so we hire and train only the best teachers, with excellent pedagogical skills and native-like proficiency in English. So, all teachers go through the rigorous process of selection and professional development before getting hired.
When does the school day start?
The school starts at 9.30 am.
What is the number of pupils per class?
Currently, maximum number of pupils is 15 students per group.
What is the minimum age to enter the 1st grade?
The pupil has to be six years old by the time the academic year starts in September.
Are there any discounts offered by FIS?
There is a discount of 350 Euros per student for siblings.