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CurriculumsIB, International, and Kazakh
Languages of instructionEnglish and Russian
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Russian
Native English and Russian teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Russian)
Class sizes Average 15 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: 6,114,401 KZT
to: 11,223,819 KZT
Address: Al-Farabi Avenue 190, Almaty, Kazakhstan

The fees are different for Citizens of Kazakhstan and the Commonwealth of Independent States and for overseas citizens. The fees shown here are for overseas citizens.
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Number of students

495

Number of nationalities represented in the school

20

Most common nationality

Kazakhstan

Max. number of students per class

22

Average number of students per class

Pre-school 15/G 15 / G1-4 12/ G5-10=10-15 / G11=18 / G12=6

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes – In KG to Grade 4

Native English and Russian speaking teachers

We have 3 language streams taught in parallel across the school from KG to Grade 10 (Year 11) – English (ETS), Russian (RTS) and Kazakh (KTS).
The majority of our teachers are native speakers for the stream they teach in. Many are bilingual and can teach in more than one stream.
IB Diploma classes in Grade 11 and Grade 12 are taught in English only.

Language support for students not fluent in English and Russian

Russian, Kazakh & French in all Streams

Additional language classes offered by the school

Kazakh, French

Use of technology in the classroom

All classrooms are equipped with a computer, data projector and a screen. Some areas have interactive whiteboards. This technology is used to support the inquiry-based learning approach of our IB programmes across the school, from PYP, MYP and DP.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

During the COVID-19 quarantine, we employed distance learning strategies to continue to support the learning of our students. We have a Distance Learning and Teaching Guide for students and parents that is available on request.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes. Tasks may be used for practice, research, creativity and preparation for further learning. Tasks are age appropriate and support individual growth.

Approximate hours of homework given

An amount that is appropriate for the age of the student. Please refer to our Student & Parent Handbooks for details.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes (most candidates are for the Primary School and Pre-school)

Entry evaluation for students

Application form, previous school reports, age appropriate entrance tests/assessments and interview. Full details are available from our admissions team.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Entrance tests are usually given in Mathematics, and the language of instruction (English, Russian or Kazakh), with English also tests for applicants to our Russian and Kazakh taught stream classes.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We accept applications throughout the year. Our main period of activity begins in April and runs through to August/September.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100% of our Grade 12 students move onto Colleges or Universities around the world.
G11 Kazakhstani Programme students are also 100% enrolled to Universities in Kazakhstan, Russia and abroad.

External examinations or assessments available

A. ISA Assessments in Grade 4, 7 & 9
b. IB MYP Certificate in Grade 10
c. IB Diploma in Grade 12
d. Kazakhstani State exams G9, 11 Kz
e. Unit National Test G 11 Kz

Results in these examinations

A. ISA Assessments are diagnostic tests only. Miras usually performs slightly above the norms for similar school around the world.
b. IB MYP Certificates are awarded only to those students who complete all of the requirements of the qualification. We have a 100% success rate for those students who elect for full registration of their subjects. Registration is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged.
c. IB Diploma results are good.
d. Kazakhstani State exams are good as well.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We are a non-denominational school, respecting all faiths and belief systems.

School bus service available

Not for transportation to school, but yes for school trips and excursions.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

We are able to support individual students, provided any difficulties are manageable. We cannot support students with severe learning difficulties.

Learning support offered

We have the support service of a Psychologist, Speech Therapists and a Special Educational Needs Coordinator permanently on staff.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Our Teachers, Psychologist and SEN Coordinator are responsible for identifying gifted students and developing strategies that best support their needs. We like to encourage students who wish to participate in activities at a national or international level.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes. This is a mandatory requirement under Kazakhstan Law.

School start time

Students are expected to be in school by 8:00AM.

School finish time

Normal classes finish at 2:30pm in the Primary School and at 3:05pm in the Secondary school. Then students can attend clubs and academic support lessons.

Supervised care before/after school

We provide additional support classes at 7:30am in the Secondary school for individual students as required, and an after-school activity programme that runs from 3:30pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Singing, pop singing, choreography, arts, swimming, karate, football, tennis. There is a Music school working after lessons. MUN club, Languages clubs.

School provided lunches

We provide a breakfast snack in the morning, a meal at lunchtime, and another snack after classes finish in the afternoon and before the after-school activities begin.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

We try to support students with special dietary needs where possible.

Sports activities included

Physical education classes are a mandatory part of the curriculum for all students from KG to Grade 11.

Sports facilities at the school

Swimming pool, football field, two gyms, work-out room, climbing wall, basketball court, tennis court.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Basketball, Volleyball and Football (soccer) are popular and we have teams that participate in local competitions with other international Schools in the city.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Miras International School Almaty, is an IB World school, accredited by the Council of International Schools, provides high quality education based on Integrated Kazakhstani and International Standards in a multilingual environment devoted to empowering every student to become an internationally minded life-long learner who is responsible, productive and actively engaged in making a positive contribution to an ever changing world. ECIS member, UNESCO associated, IBSA (International Baccalaureate Schools Association for CIS countries) member.

Teaching approach of the school

Miras International School Almaty believes that what students learn at school should have meaning and relevance in real-life contexts. We are an IB World school, one of an ever-growing number of schools that offer three IB programmes – PYP (Pre-school 3-4 yo, Grades KG-4), MYP (Grades 5-10) and IB Diploma (G11-12). MIS promotes the skills and attitudes of community and global citizenship. The main teaching approach is inquiry based, student centred.

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