REAL School Budapest is an independent, not-for-profit international school that educates for sustainability, primarily through real-life, entrepreneurial learning. Our mission is to raise a new generation who can dream and build a more beautiful, equitable and sustainable world for themselves and for all living beings.
The school is currently accepting international students aged 6 to 12, and will grow with them until high school graduation. We are currently in the process of obtaining British and Hungarian accreditation, to be fully licensed for the 2020/21 academic year.
we choose to build
a better world through education
As with all good ideas, this project comes out of the personal frustration of our founding family. Having tried a number of private, public, international and national schools in Hungary, the founders, Barna Baráth and Viktória Szemerédy wanted to have their kids in a community and environment that recognizes what a great deal of international research shows: 21st-century kids need a completely different kind of education - one that focuses on skills, mindset and adaptability, rather than content.
So they packed up and moved to Bali, Indonesia to attend Green School, and expected lots of good influence for their kids. What they didn’t expect was that it would completely change their lives. They became part of a community that was obsessed with creating a better world through education. They couldn't escape this calling ever since.
They also got professionally involved in Green School, with Barna leading a multi-year strategic-planning project that uncovered and developed the school’s blueprint, including its purpose, learning goals, school model and governance. This set the Green School on a path to becoming sustainable and shareable. Barna served on the School’s Board of Management and then as a Trustee.
After four years, they decided to bring their learnings and experience to the European cultural setting of Budapest, Hungary and created an "urbanized" version of Green School. Welcome to the REAL School.
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Our magical creatures
aka the team
Ultimately it's all about the people. REAL School kids are inspired and guided by a dynamic, diverse and progressive educator team from around the globe, who simply really care. The School is supported by a young admin crew, a wonderful architect, brand, communication, finance, legal and accreditation experts. We are still looking for amazing people who want to help create a better future, especially more great educators and a fundraiser.
Are you an experienced and inspiring primary or middle school teacher who has the full toolbox of teaching and learning at their fingerprint, wanting to break out of the box? Do you care for social or environmental issues? Have you always trusted kids to have a say in their own learning? Then join us!
We are currently going through a robust international compliance process with COBIS, as well as the permitting process of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities. We expect to complete these procedures for the 2020/21 academic year. Should you have any questions on the requirements and implications of these credentialing processes, please contact us.
Is this utopia
or is it real?
This is our first year, with some obvious teething problems. We are getting used to a wall-less environment, learning about setting and sticking to rules and boundaries, unlearning classic school behaviours, becoming a team of both adults and children. Our learning goals are clear but we have a way to go for the programme to be robustly developed. We are experimenting with different ways to assess and make our learning visible. Our whole community is rating every single lunch so that we learn what we really like from our custom-made menu. Our outside grounds are muddy, and our football pitch was recently turned into an excavation site. Our students are curious, creative and courageous, but we would benefit from another 20 international girls and boys to reach our diversity goals. Our hearts and minds are clear though, and we are putting in all the effort to turn this dream into reality. Come and firstname.lastname@example.org!
Chair of the Board
Ángel Sanz Briz út 13
1033 Budapest, Hungary