The original aim of the AKG Foundation, which maintains the school, was to meet the needs of former students who wanted their children to attend a school with a similar spirit to the secondary school they had attended. For this reason, preference is given to children with links to the AKG, but admission is not automatic even for them.
AKG admission information for the 1st year students
Information from the Education Office on the start of compulsory schooling for children and on how to stay in nursery school can be found here: General information
The admission procedure here is a longer, more phased process, requiring a greater investment of time and energy from parents than at traditional state schools. This is because we do not admit children, but rather we expect families to join us. Families whose expectations we can meet and who share our vision of the role and mission of the school.
We have an intake of 48 children in our initial grade for primary school, who are taught in two groups of 24 to 24 pupils.
- In the admissions process, 32 children are selected in the first round who are admitted at the normal cost contribution rate. This is 1.320.000 HUF per year, 110.000 HUF per month. (It is possible that the contribution fee will change every year subject to inflation.)
- For 16 students, we offer enrolment at an increased contribution fee, i.e., on a Foundation Place. The amount of the increased cost contribution, in addition to the normal monthly fee, is determined by a tender process in which parents make offers. From these increased fees we finance the cost reductions requested on a social basis and make further improvements.
The experience of previous years has been that for the 32 basic places, children from families with links to the school were selected (even they are not necessarily selected, as there is a preference for such links, but they do not give automatic admission), so that it was only possible for new families to apply for the Foundation Places. Families are asked to take this into account when they apply.
If there are more applicants than the advertised 32 places among the Foundation Places and no decision can be reached regarding ties, the possibility of a “draw” may be considered.
Children with family AKG ties, i.e.:
- whose sibling(s) is (are) currently in the primary or secondary education phase of the AKG,
- whose parents have attended AKG secondary school,
- and children of our colleagues.
The AKG advantage can only be claimed after a positive decision in the admission procedure, provided that the family pays the full amount of the education costs and does not apply for a reduction of the contribution fee, i.e., a scholarship grant.
Parents of a child who is accepted into the school sign a civil contract committing the school to pay the contribution and the school to fulfil the obligations of the programme. The contract is concluded 30 days after the names of the pupils admitted are published, but before enrolment. The draft contract will be made available to families at the same time as the personal interviews and will also be available on our website.
The primary education phase lasts from grades 1 to 6, which is classroom-based, after which students automatically move on to the secondary education phase in the same school at the Kiscelli utca building.
The selection of children entering the first year is made by the teachers who will accompany them in their classes. They read the application forms and arrange the personal meetings. The teachers select children and their families for the micro school who they believe will be successful.
Our school is not an ‘integrating’ school. We can only accept children with special educational needs or any diagnosed special needs in limited numbers (max. 2-4) and only if the prospective teachers feel able to commit to this. This is always at the discretion of the teachers at the school. If the chaperones accept the child, by signing the contract, the parents agree to a separate agreement for the special development for their child as required by the peer review.
How to apply
Step 1: Fill in the online application form
About the application form:
- In addition to the basic data, please upload any expert opinions, medical reports, pre-school characterisation, school leaving certificate you may have.
- Include a motivation letter in which parents should describe why they have chosen this training, what they expect from us, what their expectations are of the school during and at the end of the training period.
- We also ask for an introduction to the child, an „instruction manual”: what the child is good at, what is important for him/her, what the teachers should pay attention to.
- The form also asks, among other things, for the acceptance of a parental cooperation and privacy statement and a commitment to provide all information about the child.
The order in which applications are submitted via the online interface does not affect the admission process.
Online application for AKG affiliated and non-affiliated families will be done at the same time, with the affiliation indicated.
Step 2: Personal family discussions
Appointments will be available from 5 January to 5 March 2022. Family discussions will be handled according to the then current epidemiological situation. We will publish the exact arrangements for this in early January 2022.
The face-to-face meeting will be an informal discussion at a pre-arranged time. This will usually involve two teachers per family. This will not be a traditional admission situation, nor an examination situation. They can bring their siblings, grandparents, or anyone else who plays a key role in the family’s daily life. The aim is to become personally acquainted with the family environment that surrounds the child. After this meeting, both the school and the families have the opportunity to make a final decision. Any family that wishes to withdraw should do so in writing as an email.
In the first round of personal family interviews, we would like to get to know the families who are bonding. We will then inform each family how many families have been accepted for the basic places (with the normal cost contribution) and whether there are any places left. Once the number of places has been filled (32), only those families who have agreed to pay the increased contribution rate will be interviewed
The following criteria will be taken into account when deciding which small school chaperones will be available:
- It is important to us that we are able to meet the expectations of the school you express in your cover letter.
- The characteristics that parents attribute to their child will be a key consideration in looking at how we can help their child’s development in everyday life.
- We examine whether we share similar principles on education and what the role of a school is today.
- Do we share similar ideas about what is most important for a child’s development at each age?
- We take into account professional opinions in order to achieve a balance in the group.
- Do parents accept that children may be following a different, individualised learning and developmental pathway from the official one?
- Are parents open to innovative solutions?
- We consider the ratio of boys to girls.
Step 3: Foundation Place bid
Families who were not able to apply for a basic contributions place but who receive feedback after the initial enquiry process that they are able to apply for a Foundation Place, have the opportunity to apply for that. Once notified, families will make an individual financial offer as specified. The pledges are individual commitments by the families and have to be paid in addition to the normal monthly contribution fee. This may be a lump sum pledge on entry, or an additional monthly commitment, or otherwise spread over the training period.
The financial pledges received will be ranked and a decision will then be made on the children who will be placed in the 16 foundation places in the cohort, based on the experience of previous face-to-face interviews.
Foundation places are decided by the representatives of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, with the agreement of the admissions teachers.