Cooperative Learning Academy of Snagov - CLAS International School

primary school

1.     Is the school authorised?

CLAS International School is being authorised by Romanian Ministry of Education (MEC), ARACIP because it follows the National Curriculum (the bilingual stream) and it has already obtained the COBIS (Council of International British Schools) Candidate School applying the British Curriculum starting with 2016/2017 academic year. Regarding the English-only international stream, CLAS provides The Curriculum of England and Wales enriched with elements of Forest and Thinking Schools using Cooperative learning and Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory. It became a British International School on the 2nd June 2016.


2.     Why do you adopt Cooperative Learning as life philosophy if we live in a competitive world?

Competition is created by people and it represents only 10%. In fact we depend on each other in the labour network. We want our students to be flexible individuals both as team players and competitors, providing them a wide range of activities in order to get adapted easily in any kind of environment. It would be unfair to offer our students only cooperative activities as it would be unfair to focus only on competition and individualism like most of the Romanian schools do. We do believe that cooperation brings happiness and it develops not only the cognitive skills but also the socio-emotional ones. That is why our predominant methodology is Cooperative Learning.

The economic future of most societies, for example, may depend on their capability to grow, attract, and support talented, innovative, and creative entrepreneurs. The challenge for schools is to promote students’ creative reasoning and problem solving. Two major ways of doing so are: Cooperative learning and constructive controversy (academic controversy to increase quality of learning and decision controversy to increase quality of decision making). Both recognize the social nature of creativity.

We want our school to be a place of sharing and arguing on ideas not on people. For more information, visit


3. What are the steps that we have to take for our child's admission?

The steps to take for a student's admission are as follows:

  1. Contact the Admission Officer by email ( to initiate the process, or by phone to set an appointment to visit the school. In June 2016 we start the Open Doors.
  1. Complete the admission testing.
  2. Provide all of the needed documents (see Admission Procedures)
  3. The Admission Officer will contact you by email or phone to confirm admission or to notify you of other needed documents / meetings / testing. Once admission is confirmed, print and sign the Enrollment Contract sent to you by the Admission Officer and return it to the Admission Office by the due date.
  4. Keep in touch with the Admission Office to discuss the start of school.


4.   What about the PARTIAL YEAR TUITION RATES? 

Partial year tuition rates are based on the school's two Fiscal Semestres. For the first school year these are as follows:

  • 1st Semester -   September 1, 2015 - January 30, 2016
  • 2nd Semester – February 1, 2016 - June 18, 2016

Students enrolled for less than 17 days of a Fiscal Semester pay a daily rate for that semester.

Students who attend school for 17 days or more of a Fiscal Semester pay the full tuition for that semester.

Refunds are not provided when tuition is paid only to hold a place for a student who then does not attend the school.


5. What is your age cut off date?

Age cut off date is August 31st.


6. Do you accept students with special learning needs?

 Yes.  There is an extra special fee for SEN programmes having a personal tutor.


7. If my son or daughter does not speak English, can they be admitted?

       Yes, if your son or daughter is applying for the bilingual stream. For the only English stream, they must pass an English proficiency test. If he doesn't pass it, your child will have to do EAL (English as an Additional Language) courses paying an extra fee.


       8. Do you have a snack and lunch program?

       CLAS has a full-service catering service. Parents pay directly to the catering firm for this service. If a family does not want to participate in the lunch&snack programme they are welcome to prepare a packed lunch for their child to bring with them from home.


  9. Is CLAS a day school or a boarding school?

CLAS is a day school and does not have boarding facilities.


10.  Do students wear a uniform?

Our students must wear a uniform. Parents are expected to purchase a PE uniform as well for all students. These  uniforms are ordered at the Reception in September.


11.  Does the school operate a bus service?

 The school does not operate a bus service. There is an outsourced private bus company that many of our families use and interested parents can contact the Admissions Office for contact details.


12. What homework will my child get?

The amount of homework varies depending on the pupils’ age and ability. Homework tasks may include: reading, maths, spelling, problem solving activities and topic related activities and are individualised based on the needs of each pupil. For the preparatory& 1st grade (KS1) homework is given only for holiday time.


13. How often will my child read?

They will read every day although in a number of different ways i.e. individual, paired or group reading sessions or activities, reading instructions or directions, when using the class corner library, when on the computer etc. Ability linked reading books will be sent home regularly based on your child’s needs and progress. There is a number of important skills linked to reading – prediction, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary development and fluency are just a few which will be focussed on during individual reading times.


14. How can I contact the teachers?

Class teachers can be contacted first thing in the morning or after school. You will be given the class e-mail addresses at the start of the school year or when your child starts school. Alternatively you may contact the teachers through the school office. This email address is


15. How often will we have meetings with the teachers?

Parent/teacher meetings are scheduled three times a year. Such meetings give you the opportunity to discuss pupils’ progress. At either the parents’ or class teachers’ request additional meetings may be scheduled if necessary. In September, the induction parents meeting is held and student-led conferences are organised within Portfolio Evenings.

16. How often will I receive written reports?

Parents receive reports twice a year - at the end of the first and second semestre. Monthly newsletters are also available to inform parents about what students learn at school.

17. What happens if my child has an accident?

If any pupils are involved in an accident at school parents are immediately informed of this. The school has a number of experienced first aiders/a nurse who will be called to attend the accident. If the accident is more serious then an ambulance will be called and the pupil taken to the school’s partner hospital. If the parents have not arrived at school by the time the ambulance comes a member of staff will travel with the pupil and meet the parents at the hospital.


18. What if my child doesn’t speak English?

It is not uncommon for a pupil to begin at the school with little or no English. Class teachers will provide appropriately levelled and individual support to pupils who require this. In addition to this extra English support lessons (EAL programme) will be arranged to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to reach an appropriate level as soon as possible.


19. What are the hours of the primary school?

There are three educational options to choose from. Click on types of programmes and fees to find out the details. Smarts afterschool clubs run from 15.30 until 18.00 daily.


20.  Do you have wait lists?
As with many international schools, demand can fluctuate and for some classes we cannot accept all the children who would like to join. If we cannot accept your child, you will be offered the opportunity to remain on the wait list paying a deposit.

21.Will the teachers be Romanian or native speakers?

There will be a mixture of Romanian and international teachers. We shall produce a rich blend of youth and intercultural experience. The most critical matter is that the teachers we employ are good and proven professionals. The teachers appointed will have prior experience of working in international environments and teaching the Curriculum of England and Wales. The founders of the school, who are international trainers will be involved in teaching, too.