Mission

We aim to create an educational environment in which children become naturally equipped with the mindset and skills needed to lead a happy life.

Yes, happiness is closely related to personal success - but who knows what the future holds, and what success will look like in 2040? What we do know is that critical thinking, creativity and a curious mind are what make us future-adaptive in a competitive environment. We believe, these are also the skills a school should foster.

So we decided to design a school system where these skills, alongside collaboration, growth-mindset and cooperation are in the frontier of the education curriculum.

Our task is to educate students’ whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.
— Ken Robinson, educationalist

Approach to education

'Learning' in our school is a system which is being constantly improved by educators and tech professionals. Basically anything goes that has the potential to make the children happy and successful in 2040. We are all born to be curious, and we're willing to learn what we really want. We just need purposeful challenges, exciting questions, safety, support and opportunities.
The grownups' job is to make it all happen.

Our principles

Allow mixed ages to learn together
When children of mixed ages coexist in a group they naturally help each other: older kids learn responsibility and can teach the younger ones what they already know (remember, teaching is the best way to learn something!), and the young ones stretch themselves to catch up to the older ones they look up to. Add to the mix teachers, adult volunteers and activities that cut across age and skill levels, and you get yourself an environment everyone can thrive in.

Personalized education
Education is not 'one size fits all'. All students are individuals with distinct learning needs, interests and aspirations, so they need different experiences and challenges in school to bring out the best in themselves.

Focus on the whole child
Our teachers don't just teach facts - they teach critical thinking and a wide range of techniques to deal with different situations on paper (or screen) and in real life. Social and emotional skills, entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and growth mindset are the skills that will get you further in life.

That's why we aim to focus on the whole child, helping them to develop as happy and healthy individuals with specifically chosen skills that are right for them.

Subjects are taught around themes
Knowledge is naturally connected, so instead of artificially separating information into subjects, we teach in blocks using different tools (like languages, science and storytelling) to work on one theme that has connections to all. And since children have different gifts, our system lets them explore and see how things connect at their own pace. Some may want to go deep into a technical subject, while others may pursue open-ended thinking and creativity.

Manage learning environments by teams of teachers
Since various ages and subjects have been combined in this model teachers can also combine their knowledge and help one another in a physical classroom and via the web around the world. Instead of the lone teacher per subject model, teaching too becomes collaborative, and thus much more creative.  
Teachers become coaches, rather than gatekeepers of knowledge and gain a much more personal understanding of each student.

Emotionally safe environment
Learning happens fastest when the students trust the setting so much that they aren't afraid to take risks, make mistakes or do something dumb - and learn from it. 

Radically inclusive

One of the main tasks of the school is to enable kids living in the society of the future. Therefore we believe we should put the kids together in a way as it best represents the colourfulness of the society.


What do students learn?

“Go to a job interview and tell an employer that you can recite the 17 times table; they don’t care. Why are we still teaching it?”
— Sugata Mitra

We would like to empower our students to be self-directed learners. But also to know when to ask for help. Our job is to feed their curiosity, teach them the growth mindset and help them develop the needed social and emotional skills. We don't want our students to memorize the content of whatever test is coming up. We want them to understand the material and be able to apply what they learned, even outside of the classroom. This prepares them to tackle complex challenges in a smart way, whenever they need it.

 

Our current schools 

The foundation of our mission is set. In 2015 we established two schools in Budapest for 3-6 year-old kids: one in the 5th, one in the 11th district. We have ongoing admissions in our two current locations for 3-6 year-old children, kids can join even during the school year.

Hadik House, 36 Bartók Béla road, XI. district, Budapest

Right as we've spotted it, we fell in love with the place. The Hadik House is a special place: open-minded, happy people live here who were glad to hear we are opening a school next door. There is a famous cafeteria on the street level. which Kosztolányi and Karinthy used to visit. 

Little Balaton House, 38 Honvéd street, V. district, Budapest

We fell in love immediately with this little gem.  We we very happy to find it, as it has a nice playground just right next to it. At the end of August 2015 we have refurbished it with our own hands. It became a charming, sunny place. A true home for the kids and their parents alike. 

Hadik School

Balaton School

Look inside

  • maximum 16 kids of 3-6 years of age
  • 3 certified teachers
  • personalised education and development plan
  • English is part of the every day communication
  • emotionally safe environment
  • practicing resolving conflicts with the children
  • developing their social and communication skills
  • we are focusing on the whole self
  • 8-00 Opening
  • 8:00-9:00 Early morning: breakfast, warm-up, still moments
  • 9:00-12:30 Morning: play time, project activity, excursions and discovery, vitamin minutes
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 First check-out
  • 13:30-15:00 Relaxing time
  • 15:00 Afternoon: individual time, snack time, play time


You can arrive between 8-9.30. Your child doesn't have to sleep during the day. We go and discover the city almost every day. There is a lots of time for free play. Project times are focused and short span. Kids (and us too) need structure, however the daily schedule you see here is flexible.

Teachers

Our story

There was veal and spaghetti, but the people around the table were more interesting than what was on the table. Péter Halácsy, founder and CTO of Prezi, and Linda Roszík, founder of Mamakör, parents of two amazing children, were the hosts of said dinner. They invited three other families with similarly impressive children - and parents -, because they had a plan. Although there were some great schools in Budapest, there were simply not enough, and not, well, modern enough. What if they got together and launched their own school to provide a modern education to more children?

The others liked the dinner - and the plan. So two Ádáms, Anita, Gábor, Linda and Saba spent quite a few nights together to design a new school.

The team members brought a diverse mind & skill set to the project: you can imagine the post-it heavy meetings of Ádám, co-founder and principle artist of Prezi, "Ádám 2", co-owner, director of Libri Publishing Group, the largest publishing network of Hungary, Gábor, engineering director, expert of scaling systems, Linda, psychologist, and Saba, a cultural anthropologist.

They immediately realized that they wanted to design a whole system of schools so that they can provide education for far more children than just the classes of their own. They wanted to have an impact on a whole generation.

Péter and Linda’s son, Soma previously went to a great daycare launched by Péter within the Prezi office. Soma loved the daycare and the teachers but he was starting to outgrow it. Péter and Linda had to find a new school for him. So in June 2015, after a couple of months of design thinking they went public. That is, they put the question on Facebook: “Who is interested in reimagined schools?”. They got almost 300 hundred positive replies in 4 days.

So they had two months to open two schools. Why two? Because they wanted to validate the idea of a network of micro schools and Flóra, the daughter of Adam and Saba needed a school in an other neighborhood than Soma. (We believe that schools should be close to your home, so you can spend more time with your kids instead of travelling).

In the meantime Diana Benya, an ex-invesment banker joined the team. Her dream is to have kindergartens and preschools that provide an emotionally safe environment for the development of social skills.

The first teachers of the school system: Ágnes Kovács, Zsofia Molnár, Heni Csóti, Eszter Krizsán, Judit Török and Bernadett István.

The team quickly hired 6 great teachers and that's when the magic happened. They enouraged the teachers design and build their schools on the foundation they gave them. That's exactly what happened: in only 2 months onSeptember 1, 2015 the two schools opened their doors.


Since then the team has been working on how to extend the network with other schools, make the system scalable and available for even more students.

Stay tuned for our further plans! 

We are also growing together with our students: in 2016 we open the admission for 6-8 year old kids. Please provide your contact info and we'll be in touch.