New Humanitarian School
About the School
The school was founded in 1992. It has a state license (Registry No. 028847) and state accreditation (Registry No. 001105). It also has a number of international accreditations: AdvancED, Accreditation International (Ai) and NCPSA. The NHS is also a Cambridge ESOL Exam Preparation Centre.
The school provides education from the first to the 11th grades and a preparatory group for children aged 4-5.
The specificity of the school comprises development of a child’s inner world, creativity, thinking, understanding, essential vision of objects and phenomena, and a systemic approach to analyzing and solving problems.
Special attention is paid to the individual approach: specific traits of each child are thoroughly analyzed, and then his/her education is based on results of this analysis. The teaching staff of the NHS is constantly researching and developing means and methods of gaining the best results of teaching each child. Results of this work have been regularly published in the pedagogical press.
The NHS is aspiring to construct the teaching process so that it must lead to the required results, whereas it is an open secret that today’s mass school still cannot educate everyone, it cannot find the “key” to unlock each child’s creative potential. The things with the children who did not acquire the necessary skills in the pre-school period are even worse.
At any lesson, along with the subject matter knowledge, children are taught to develop their transferable skills, those related to general intellect, speech development, and organization of activities. Special accent is laid on development of thinking, memory, imagination, attention, creative capabilities, and self-organization of every child.
The school has created a climate that is favorable for forming the value of intellectual activity and encouraging children to study to the full extent.
Benevolent, friendly relations between teachers, pupils, and parents create a warm family-like atmosphere at school, which is prepossessing for cooperation.
Close cоoperation with the children’s parents is one of the school’s traditions. Along with the permanent personal contacts, parents get a thorough account of the child’s successes and problems at the end of each term.
Besides the standard educational program our school also provides an intensive course of English beginning from the first grade (senior students pass exams for the ESOL, TOEFL), teaches a second foreign language (it is optional and children can choose between Spanish, French, and German), thinking, rhetoric, text analysis, team activities, law, recitation, etc.
The school has its own musical theatre, which has been working for over ten years. Its tours of California, St. Petersburg, and Ryazan were a great success and were highly estimated by the Californian press.
There are lots of various clubs in the school: debates, “What? Where? When?” (a popular form of quiz show based on brainstorming – translator’s note), a cinema club, a bridge club, a discussion club, a literary salon, a weekly internal school competition in solving creative tasks, a math club, an art studio, a cinema studio, a felting club, a culinary club, a dancing club, etc.
Director of the school V.G. Bogin has been a staff research scholar of the Institute of Theory and History of Pedagogy within the Russian Academy of Education since 1990. He was one of the three co-authors and leaders of the project Humanitarization of the Primary School in the Russian Federation: within this project an international seminar was conducted in 1994. This seminar was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Cultural Initiative Foundation.
The New Humanitarian School is an experimental workshop of the Institute for Theory and History of Pedagogy of the Russian Academy of Education and an experimental workshop of the Federal Institute for Development of Education of the Russian Ministry of Education. For years it has been conducting experimental work in teaching methods, and results of this work have been reported in media more than once.
In 1993-1995, the NHS actively participated in reviewing and testing the series of school manuals developed within the program of humanitarization of education in Russia.
In November, 2009, the NHS joined the Interregional Tutors’ Association.
The NHS is the basic school of the state-run university Higher School of Economics.
Graduates of the NHS do not only study in prestigious Moscow universities but also abroad.
The school employs a doctor, a nurse, a speech therapist, and two psychologists.