Private school of new format for children aged 5-17
  Natalia Tarchenko
Natalia Tarchenko
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Visionary and founder of DEC life school
Natalia’s quote
«DEC — development, education & culture. DEC life school is a school where children become authors of their lives, where one can make mistakes, try again and not be afraid of changes. The school which corresponds to the reality of modern world».
Mission
School’s mission
Our mission is to transform education in Ukraine and form new society’s attitude to children’s education.
We opened a school of new format that could create and share new educational standards in Ukraine:
We use best practice
of Ukrainian and international experience of DEC as well as expertise of international partners and mentors: schools, teachers, educational platforms and education innovators from around the world
Integrate innovative knowledge and practices
working with teachers, children and parents: Marshall Rosenberg’s NVC, Shalva Amonashvili’s humane pedagogy, spiral dynamics, integral human development theory Stages, systemic konsensing
Create community of like-minded teachers —
creative and open to new things, passionate about their profession. Those who see the legacy and bright future of our world in their students
DEC life school
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DEC life school gives not only knowledge, but also broadens students, teachers and parents’ minds.
Our task is to raise new generation that will influence society. Lifelong learners’ generation of children who possess character strengths, knowledge, creativity and motivation enough to influence the modern world.
Therefore, we strive to give children not only knowledge but also the most important life skills:
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Learning to know
We teach children to learn about the world on their own to create basis for the future lifelong learning
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Learning to be
We help children find their way. Learn about themselves. Learn to live so their personality thrives.
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Learning to do
We support children’s desire to do and create. To work in different social conditions independently, responsibly and showing self-sufficiency in assessments
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Learning to live together
Develop empathy and self-leadership. We teach to make joint projects and cooperate for common goal
Graduate
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10 qualities
of DEC life school graduate
They are leaders for themselves
Physically and mentally healthy
They have critical thinking skills and know how to ask questions
They have friends, meaningful people and people they respect
They are curious and enthusiastic about life and creation
They possess inner strength
They can earn trust and trust others
They always use opportunities
They can make mistakes and lose
They possess inner strength
Ability to finish what they start
Love for learning
Ability to think and learn independently
Understanding what area of knowledge and interests makes them enthused
Ability to work in a team, ability to process information
Facts
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DEC life school: numbers and facts
9:00 -
18:00
full time attendance
45
teachers:
tutors,
teachers, mentors
and psychologists
up to 10 children
in a group
possibility to follow
personal learning
speed of a student
up to 100
students
at school;
individual
approach
20+
activities:
edutainment
and creativity
Family
School like a family
As in a family, there are younger and older siblings, playtime, walking outside, conflicting points of view, love and care.
We do not only teach children, we raise them and prepare them for adulthood, love and accept them as they are. We help and support every child, we are his second family.
Communication as an equal
Our school doesn’t have traumatizing grades and authoritarian teachers. Children have a right for their own opinion.
30% of time children spend together: reading together, walking outside, discussing news, making projects, reflecting, free playing.
Parents are part of our team
We conduct individual family sessions – meetings for parents, children and school leaders.
In DEC life school’s Parents’ Club we support and teach parents, conduct meetings with the school’s psychologist and invited experts.
Partnership and mutual development
In DEC life school you become a part of the unique community, the only aim of which is to do everything for your child’s happiness and success.
In DEC life school you become a part of the unique community, the only aim of which is to do everything for your child’s happiness and success.
Advantages
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5 advantages of studying at DEC life school
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Individual learning route
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At the beginning of school year,
every student is skill-,
talent- and trait-tested.
On the basis of test results
and observations we design
an individual study plan,
which helps unlock a child’s potential
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Child’s personal development
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At school children practice
mindfulness, reflection,
work with psychologist.
Based on child’s strengths
we develop their character
strengths, emotional intelligence,
attention span and self-knowledge
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Model of realistic society
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In DEC life school, children and adults
share the space and communicate
as equals. Here younger students
and teenagers can play chess together
and a math teacher can go on a run
with children preparing
for marathon
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Tutoring and mentoring
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Our teachers are tutors and
mentors for children. Every
student has a tutor who
monitors their success,
helps, and gives feedback
to parents. Starting from 7th grade
children choose their mentors –
expert who helps children develop
their interests.
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Professional team
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This year we started to implement «consciousness based education»
principles by David Lynch Foundation, 400+ hours of training practice with international trainers of non-violent communication of Marshall Rosenberg, as well as learning the theory of Spiral Dynamics, STAGES human development model, Character Strengths and Virtues.
History
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History of DEC life school Creation
We combined 18 years of DEC group experience in education field in Ukraine and 5 years of researching experience of the world best alternative schools to create a new, innovative school.
1054
international
partners
in education
2550
children study and develop
in DEC every year
10 000+
students started
studying abroad
with our assistance
5
successful educational
DEC projects:
Education, School,
camp, lab, life school
249
people work in DEC group,
115 of them are teachers
and methods specialists
Progress
DEC life school 2017-2018 Academic Year Achievements
>20% of students
finished two grades
in one year
due to individual
study plan
and personal work
80+ references
and articles
in mass media
students and teachers,
achievements,
DEC life school
innovative teaching methods
Became
partners of
the «Apple International School»
in Dubai, Democratic School
in Hadera (Israel),
David Lynch Foundation
400+
training hours
for teachers and parents
on emotional intelligence,
self-learning
and communication with children
Partners
DEC life school’s partners
Questions
FAQ
How can we enter the school?
1. Meeting of the family and school principal.
2. Diagnostic meeting of a child with the school’s psychologist.
3. Paperwork on contractual duties.
Does the school have a license?
The school does not have a license from the Ministry of Education of Ukraine, as most of the curriculum is DEC life school’s own work. Although, at the end of school year every student is tested and gets a state-recognized certificate.
How are meals organized at school?
There are 3- and 4-times a day meal options (according to your choice) in an A-class restaurant by a specifically designed children menu.
How do you ensure safety?
The school is located on the territory of Golf club and has 24-hour security. The children do not leave the school without adults.
Is there a transfer to and from school?
There is such an option. A company if requested by parents provides transfer.
What will the transition process of a child to classical education system be like?
In our school, we form a real life society model, develop personal qualities and life skills, independence, and help a child become more stable to challenges and difficulties. We believe that our students will be able to adapt to any system. In life, we observe difficulties with adaptation when transitioning from traditional system to humane.
Can students of 7-12 grades enter the school?
This year there is a group of teenagers whose study plan is different from those of younger students. We will have more opportunities for the students of 7+ grades next academic year.
What is included in school fee?
- development and correction of individual study plan;
- individual support of tutor/mentor and psychologist;
- verified proprietary technology and methods, professional teaching team;
- specially equipped, comfortable location: classes with a glass wall, open space, art studio, rest area, gym, kitchen, laboratory, library;
- more than 20 extra creative and scientific activities for students to choose: STEM, art, aikido, IT, acting, etc.;
- an option to do homework at school during self-learning time.
What are the rules for using gadgets?
There is special gadget time at school, which is 15 minutes per day, when a student can use gadgets. During the rest of the day, all devices are stored in a box.
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