Secondary School

We seek to go beyond what students should know to what they are capable of by tapping the root of their motivation. Much attention is given to learning the soft skills of collaboration, self-correction, and self-assessment. We aim to equip students with the ability to make connections in their learning, develop intrinsic motivation, approach problem-solving enthusiastically, critically evaluate their work, and take a growth mindset in their learning practices. Through this, they learn to become confident and independent learners that take charge of their own learning. We invite our students to engage with subjects conceptually and flexibly, rather than focusing only on procedures, as this requires them to think creatively and use logic when exploring topics.

Our secondary programme supports students in becoming the adults of tomorrow by developing their intellectual capacities along with qualities, attitudes, understandings, and a sound framework that will enable them to make growing contributions to society. 

Our Lower Secondary School is registered with the Ministry of Education of Slovakia enabling our students to transfer to any Slovak school. Similarly, our students will be well prepared to join any school should you move abroad, including more than 10,000 schools with Cambridge Assessment in over 160 countries worldwide. 

  • Year 7
    (age 11-12)
  • Year 8
    (age 12-13)
  • Year 9
    (age 13-14)

Curriculum

In the Lower Secondary, emphasis is placed on nurturing analytical thinking and inference skills refined through a broad selection of topics from a personal, local, and global perspective. We continue building on the subjects taught at the Primary level, delving further into each subject. All these subjects will be taught in a transdisciplinary way, in line with 21st-century learning.

Subjects offered: English, Maths & Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics), Music, Art, History, Geography (human & physical), Computer Science, German (as a second language), Slovak (for our Slovak-speaking learners), Character Building & Empowerment Placement Programme, Diversity, Inclusion & Global Awareness.

Cambridge International Curriculum

Key Stage 3 - Lower Secondary
Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) prepares students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. CAIE is part of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. CAIE delivers high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential. Their programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research.

Over the years, our students have performed well in their Cambridge standardised examinations and we firmly believe that this will continue through our secondary school years.

Mathematics & Logical Thinking

English Language

Science & Environmental Education

Computer Science (Robotics, Coding & Programming)

Character Building & Empowerment Placement Programme

Unity in Diversity, Interdependence & Global Awareness

Arts (Music, Fine Art & Drama)

Pedagogical Approach

We embrace one of the world’s top academic curricula, the Cambridge International Assessment, and educate our students through a uniquely blended approach incorporating a number of pedagogical approaches such as our Character Building programme, the Montessori pedagogy, and 21st Century learning methodologies. We offer holistic education, value the one-of-a-kind nature of each of our students, and thus create an environment where each child is able to individually explore their interests with guidance and encouragement.

While helping each child to progress, we are careful not to burden them with unnecessary exams and tests. Rather, we use regular informal and systematic assessments to guide learning and respond to the needs of the students. In this way, our assessments are a method of better understanding the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs of the children in order to refine and improve their personalised learning plans. Our small group sizes enable our students to each have ample quality time with their teachers, facilitate the formation of strong friendships, and give students the space they need to explore their own interests with much support and guidance. 

Montessori Pedagogy

Transdisciplinary 21st Century Learning

  • Individual project-based research projects.
  • Blended Approach Incorporating the Montessori Approach.
  • Interactive & Hands-on Learning.
  • Individual Learning Plans & Daily set-up.
  • Interconnecting all elements of our curriculum to offer students a holistic education. 
  • Systematic Informal Assessments.
  • Small group sizes that enable quality time between the teacher and each student and facilitate the formation of strong friendships and relationships.

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We see early adolescence as a crucial period of life with great potential and unique needs. An age where consciousness and capacities are expanding day by day to form the society of tomorrow.
  • School day 8:30 - 15:30
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Outside Play Daily
  • Unique Placement Program to gain Real-life Experience
  • All-day English
  • International Environment
  • Healthy & Nutritious Meals
  • Hands-on Learning both inside and outside

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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.