European School Makes History as First CIS Member School in Georgia

The European School in Tbilisi has been awarded membership of the prestigious CIS (Council of International Schools) and is the first to achieve such status in Georgia.

Alan Scott, a school support and evaluation officer on a visit to European School, said: “The range of programs and services on offer at the European School is impressive for the size of the school. It is well-resourced with appropriate science labs, computer labs, library, cafeteria and physical education spaces.

The school is justifiably proud of its closed circuit television studio and IT construction and school management has ambitious plans for further facility development both at the current site and elsewhere. Each classroom has a computer and projector and the school has over 200 computers in all. The school is cleaned to an excellent standard. It demonstrates commitment to the continuous professional development of its staff, and this development is informed by students` learning needs. There is good provision for professional development in place with a current emphasis on IB certification and AP training. The ICT manager reports that staff is always trained in any technology introduced to the school. Students are regularly assessed using both internal and external tests including MAP testing, IB and AP tests, periodic national examinations in the Georgian section, and SATs.”

The CIS is a membership community committed to high quality international education. The CIS community includes more than 660 schools and 475 colleges and universities representing 110 countries, among them Washington International School, United Nations International School (New York), Atlanta International School, International School of Geneva, Institut Auf Dem Rosenberg, Stanford University, Columbia University New York, University of Oxford, London School of Economic and Political Science, Kings College, and Queen Mary University. The European School in Tbilisi is now proud to be on that very same list.

CIS, a global non-profit membership organization, provides services to primary and secondary schools which aim to assist in the development of students as Global Citizens having the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that they need to be able to contribute to a more inclusive, just and peaceful world.

European School IB 12th grader, Giorgi Kikoria, told us: “As a 12th grader, I have experienced the stress of applying to dozens of universities. The first thing those universities look for in my application is the school from which I got my diploma. For me as a student, European School’s CIS membership means credibility from the university’s point of view, giving me the ability to compete with students from around the globe.”

Katie Ruth Davies

24 March 2016 20:40