Dalton International

Independence, responsibility, ability to cooperate, reflection

"Pupils used to go to school to get what the school had to offer them, nowadays, pupils go to school to satisfy particular needs of their own development." HELEN PARKHURST "EDUCATION ACCORDING TO THE DALTON PLAN", 1922

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Academy International realizes courses according to Dalton pedagogy rules.

Dalton’s plan is based on individual work of pupils. It resigns from the traditional, rigid class-school teaching system. It makes it possible to adjust learning pace to student’s actual abilities. It builds self-esteem in children and teaches self-reliance and independence. Dalton’s plan supports responsibility, consistency in action and the search for the best and simplest working methods.

Helen Parkhurst

The creator of the Dalton Plan is an outstanding American teacher and experienced educator – Helen Parkhurst (1887-1957). She defined the role of the student as an explorer and discoverer, whereas the teacher was to be the director who gets to know a child and manages his or her work according to the child’s individual abilities. Helen Parkhurst’s goal was to replace classroom teaching with individualized instruction based on careful observation of the child. She based her idea on three foundations: freedom, self-reliance and cooperation, which after many years of developing in the best schools around the world, are now adapted to today’s realities and civilization needs.

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The main pillars of our private primary school based on the Dalton plan are:

  • self-reliance,
  • responsibility,
  • teamwork,
  • time for reflection.

The fulfillment of these goals is facilitated by a friendly, creative learning environment shaped by pupils, teachers and parents.