About Us

"Every child is potentially the light of the world." 

We aim to serve students and families who are committed to taking ownership of a new model of learning. At Brilliant Stars, we believe there are no bounds to growth and knowledge, and that children are able to learn much more than is often assumed. It is our belief that our educational responsibility extends beyond the limits of mere academic education. With staff and students from over 39 countries, we truly embrace and celebrate our cultural diversity!

Our Philosophy

Our Values

  • Oneness of Humankind
    Oneness of Humankind
  • Global Awareness
    Global Awareness
  • Striving Towards Excellence
    Striving Towards Excellence
  • Attraction to Beauty
    Attraction to Beauty
  • Unity in Diversity
    Unity in Diversity
  • Joy in Learning
    Joy in Learning
  • Healthy Living Principles
    Healthy Living Principles
  • Intrinsic Motivation
    Intrinsic Motivation
  • Community Engagement
    Community Engagement
  • Arts and Music
    Arts and Music
  • Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
    Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
  • Loving and Kind Environment
    Loving and Kind Environment

Our Vision

We adopt new teaching methods in order to ensure that relevant and research-based practices are being upheld. We believe in providing a balance of experiences to enrich and enhance an individual child’s emotional, social, physical, creative, linguistic, and intellectual development.  

  • To create a joyful and loving environment in which both parents and teachers are partners in the child’s care and education.
  • To engender strong virtues and foster a positive and joyful attitude towards learning.
  • To guide students in the social and emotional aspects of learning and life while helping them develop into responsible, mindful, confident, articulate, and respectful global citizens.
  • To help students build virtuous characters supported by intrinsic motivation.
  • To develop logical thinkers and encourage independent hands-on learning.
  • To provide a well-rounded educational experience through the presence of a range of extracurricular activities, thus allowing the children to develop their diverse talents.
  • To equip students with a strong foundation in reading, writing, math, ICT, and coding.
  • To adopt new technologies and pursue professional development to ensure that relevant and research-based teaching and learning practices are being upheld.
  • To foster creativity and transdisciplinary possibility thinking, which is essential for 21st-century employability.

Our Team

Our team is international, open-minded, and passionate about lifelong learning. Our diversity is our strength! We are a community of learners devoted to the betterment of the world.

Teaching Team

We have a diverse team of enthusiastic qualified teachers (native English speakers and Slovak speakers) who are also trained in-house in Character Education and Montessori. Our teachers have several years of experience in primary and secondary age teaching in international schools in Slovakia and abroad.

All our teachers receive specialized and extensive training throughout the year to ensure that we are up-to-date with innovative educational methods and well-equipped to inspire our students. 

Management & Administration

Our administrative team is very accommodating and proactive, ensuring individual attention is given to students, parents, and staff. Our director has an open door policy and welcomes the Brilliant Stars community to discuss personal matters, explore new project ideas, or speak about education in general. 

Support Staff

We have a team of friendly support staff at Brilliant Stars! Our cooks, cleaners, and maintenance staff ensure that your children feel comfortable and spend their days in safe facilities.

In-House Instrumental Music Teachers

We have a team of dedicated and highly trained instrumental teachers. With over 80% of our students learning an instrument, students at Brilliant Stars are able to learn violin, cello, guitar, piano, or flute in-house.

In-House Specialists

Our teaching team is advised by a number of in-house specialists including a Montessori expert, an in-house special educator and speech and language therapist, an in-house psychologist, and an education consultant, all of whom are at hand to support your child through their learning experience.

Advisory Board

We make every effort to connect with researchers and practitioners around the world in order to ensure the very best education for our students. Our advisory board is comprised of many inspirational individuals including seasoned professionals in the non-profit sector, educational consultants, epidemiologists (during the COVID-19 Pandemic), researchers at the UCL Institute of Education, and a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Parent Spaces

In our aim to support parents in their journey through parenting, we have and will be expanding our parent spaces. In addition to the open door policy our director has with all parents who wish to discuss the education of their child, there are individual parent meetings with your children’s teachers, and topic-specific meetings such as eco-committee and service projects. As well, there are discussion spaces for parents to engage in conversations about their experiences. These sessions are spaces to learn more about parenting and how as a parenting community, we can assist each other to raise our children. 

  • Evening parent discussion spaces on education!
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  • Networking opportunities with like-minded parents. 
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  • Committees to bring about social change!
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  • Open door policy to discuss your child's learning.

Evening parent discussions, hosted by our director Venus Jahanpour, bring together parents of all ages to join the discussion and learn about education as well as workshop any themes and experiences they might wish to speak to other parents about. This joint space of practitioners and parents enables us all to explore education together. All Brilliant Stars parents will be notified of such spaces and are always welcome to join. 

 

Support Us

2% Tax Contribution

We would like to kindly ask you to consider contributing 2% of your income tax to our kindergarten. We are grateful for all your financial support.

If you would like to contribute 2% of your income tax to our kindergarten this year you will find all necessary forms and instructions here.

To contribute 2% of your income tax, please use the following information:
Business name (name): Súkromná materská škola, Vavilovova 18, 851 01 Bratislava
Legal form: Nezisková organizácia
ID / SID: 42126401
Address: Vavilovova 18, 85101 Bratislava

Join us

When your child joins Brilliant Stars, your whole family is joining a vibrant community.

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What People Say

Do you still remember the excited eyes and hunger for new knowledge and skills that are so typical of kindergarteners? When searching for a school, retaining the love of learning was our top criteria. That’s why we came to Brilliant Stars. And the choice was good - kids asking “when can I start some math?” on the first day of school, kids going deeper on some school topic and bringing their findings back to others, kids writing short books, kids looking forward to discussing moral choices and current affairs… by now, our kids are 10 years old. They still love learning.
I whole-heartedly recommend Brilliant Stars to any parents searching for a warm, safe school environment that nurtures the whole child. My daughter attended preschool and year one for three years and leaves the school confident and prepared for her next adventure. Brilliant Stars' dedicated staff supported her natural talents and personality and showed her how much she can accomplish. I especially valued Brilliant Stars' emphasis on virtue education and the effort they make to instill their students with a sense of responsibility-- for themselves, for their friends and loved ones, and for the world around them. Brilliant Stars' curriculum and philosophy unlocks academic excellence without neglecting equally important social skills and commitment to community. We had experience with other, more expensive private schools in Bratislava but Brilliant Stars outclasses them easily---- it is what we will miss most about leaving Slovakia.
Thank you for the excellent cooperation in the last 5 years. Having had the chance to attend Brilliant Stars was the best start to education of our children we could have imagined. Hearing children chatter fluently in English at the end of Kindergarten, was a great achievement. Not being a bilingual family, we considered that as one of the main objectives and it was met. Your enthusiastic and motivated team whom our children and us will keep the best memories of. Always smiling, ready to help and discuss, proactively report on status. Last but not least – healthy cuisine, clean environment, library, well-groomed premises, educational tools and playground… Brilliant Stars should be referred to as a role model for other educational institutions!
I would like to thank you for all the efforts you took and make this difficult time as smooth as it is possible. Everything was so well-organised and once again I must say that I am very proud to my child in this school 🧡
I have two children at Brilliant Stars' and I am delighted with the care and approach of all of the staff towards childcare and education in the early years. Both my children are flourishing under their academic, social and moral guidance. My older child has loved the use of Jolly Phonics (a UK approach to teaching literacy) as a learning tool and enjoys his numeracy, science, art and music lessons. The kindergarten also offers a wide variety of extra activites and has a lending library. Finally, and one of the key reasons why I chose this kindergarten, is that the head teacher is an inspiration to everyone involved with the kindergarten - very proactive, accommodating, hands-on and very focused on the children and what is best for them. I can highly recommend this kindergarten and given the high standard they have set can only expect their new Stupava branch to be just as good.
I think Brilliant start gives children 'active learning', and teachers know how to support children's Curiosity. I can see that my children are having good time. Because my children can't stop speaking what they have done today with big smile when I pick them up after school.
Thank you and your entire team for the tremendous work. I have been impressed from the very beginning by the flexibility of your staff and the speed with which you managed to convert the entire curriculum online.