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SCHOOL FEES OF BRITISH SCHOOL OF SOFIA

SCHOOL YEAR 2019 – 2020

KINDERGARTEN

  ENROLMENT FEE THREE PAYMENTS TWO PAYMENTS ONE FULL PAYMENT
Pre - Nursery € 600 3 x € 2 380 2 x € 3 390 € 6 400
Nursery 1 / 2 € 600 3 x € 2 380 2 x € 3 390 € 6 400
Reception € 600 3 x € 2 560 2 x € 3 600 € 6 900

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Grade 1 & 2 € 1000 3 x € 3 080 2 x € 4 390 € 8 300
Grades 3 - 6 € 1000 3 x € 3 300 2 x € 4 800 € 9 000

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Grade 7 & 8 € 1000 3 x € 3 600 2 x € 5 160 € 9 800

HIGH SCHOOL

IGCSE Grade 9 & 10 € 1000 3 x € 3 900 2 x € 5 590 € 10 500
IGCSE Grade 9 & 10 (Re-enrolling)   3 x € 3 530 2 x € 5 030 € 9 540
IB Diploma Programme Year 1 & 2 € 1000 3 x € 4 180 2 x € 5 960 € 11 300
IB Diploma Programme Year 1 & 2 (Re-enrolling)   3 x € 3 770 2 x € 5 370 € 10 200

Financial Terms & Conditions

1. School Fees

School fees are quoted in Euro for an academic year (10 months).

1.1 Full Year Enrolment

The ENROLMENT FEE is for new pupils only. It is a one-off payment, no discount and refund is applicable on the enrolment fee. It aims to confirm the pupil’s place at the school.

Enrolment of a pupil is for a full school year. The tuition is payable either on a whole year basis (annual fee or an early bird fee) or in 2 or 3 instalments as per the table above.

The school fee initial instalment for the school year or annual school fee must be paid before June 28th, 2019. No pupil may return to school until at least the initial tuition fee has been fully paid for the year in question.

1.2 Refunds

No refund is payable if:

The School receives cancellation for a student less than seven (7) days before the school year / semester commencement date.

A student withdraws or cancels their enrolment any time after their academic year/semester commencement date.

The terms and conditions of the enrolment agreement entered into by the student and the School are breached, including any breach of a School policy.

The student’s enrolment is cancelled by the School, including cancellation caused by student misconduct or if the student is cancelled for unsatisfactory academic progress.

In any of the above cases, the School may choose to grant a refund if there are compelling, compassionate or exceptional circumstances, which can be verified by the student with satisfactory evidence provided to the School.

1.3 Entry of a Student during the school year

Tuition fees for mid-year enrolment are pro-rata, based on the total number of school weeks remaining in the academic year (excluding holidays).

1.4 Failure to pay school fees

Failure to make payments within the set deadlines will result in the suspension of the pupil.

In case payment is delayed for more than 1 week the School may not be in a position to offer a place.

No documents, certificates or reports will be issued unless the outstanding amounts are paid.

Pupils will be permitted to attend the school only on receipt of application and payment tuition fees.

2. Discounts of tuition fees

Family discount is applied to a second, third and subsequent child enrolled at the British School of Sofia.

A discount of 5% applies for a second child and 10% for a third or subsequent child of one family.

Fees are published in February for the next academic year.

3. Annual re-enrolment fee

Parents will be sent a re-enrolment form for the following school year in March 2019. Places for students will only be secured after the “Re-enrolment Contract” has been signed and the following payments, according fee instalment schemes, are made.

Re-enrolment Fees

Re-enrolment tuition fee

Payment deadline

Amount

Annual fee (early bird fee)

Due by 31 May 2019

50% annual fee (deposit)

Fee in 2 instalments

Due by 31 May 2019

1st instalment

Fee in 3 instalments

Due by 31 May 2019

1st instalment

 

An annual re-enrolment fee is included in a pro-forma invoice sent out by 31st May 2019 and is debited from the fees for the next academic year.

Parents of pupils intending to leave the school in June must send written confirmation of their departure before 31st May 2019.

4. Payment schemes of tuition fees

Families have three payment schemes on their disposal:

  • Annual fee (an early bird fee for re-enrolling pupils only).
  • Payment in 2 instalments.
  • Payment in 3 instalments.

4.1   Annual fee (an early bird fee)

The early bird fee is applicable for re-enrolling students only. It is split into two equal installments and has a discount included. The first instalment is paid in advance by 31st May 2019 and the second one is paid before 31st August 2019.

New families have to pay the full amount of the annual fee by 31 August 2019.

Resources Fee

The Resources fee includes all textbooks, stationary materials, access to electronic learning materials, and other compulsory educational visits, excluding green and white school.

Stage

Resources Fee

Kindergarten

-

Primary School (Grades 1-6)

500 EUR per school year

Secondary School (Grades 7-8)

500 EUR per school year

High School IGCSE

800 EUR per 2 years

High School (IB Diploma Programme)

800 EUR per 2 years

Examinations Fee

The students at British School of Sofia sit on the following mandatory exams at the end of the respective academic stage. The exams are additionally paid according to the fees of the examinations boards.

The fees are announced at the beginning of the school year so as a detailed information about the exams.

  • Students in Grade 6 – CIE Primary Checkpoint Exams in English, Mathematics and Science
  • Students in Grade 8 – CIE Lower Secondary Checkpoint Exams in English, Mathematics and Science
  • Students in Grade 10 – International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Exams - mandatory exams in English, Mathematics, Science / Biology and a choice of 2 to 5 additional subjects
  • Students in Grade 12 - International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme exams in 6 subjects and 3 additional modelues - Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and Extended Essay.

Uniforms

Uniforms are obligatory at the British School of Sofia. Uniforms are provided by BONITA STYLE LTD.

BONITA STYLE LTD. contacts:

1303 Sofia, 122, Ovche pole Str, fl. 2

tel.: 02 891 39 94, 02 931 48 74

mobile: 0889 31 91 30

email: office@bonitastyle.com

web: www.bonitastyle.com 

 Uniform fee: ~ € 250 set per child per school year.

We recommend: 2 shirts “La Costa” with short sleeves, two shirts with long sleeves, two T-shirts for Physical education, pair of trousers, shorts, a set of equipment for Physical education and a skirt for girls. Also available are sneakers, socks, etc.

For more information, please visit: BSS Uniforms.

School Meals

Meal fee includes two meals, morning breakfast and lunch.

Meal Fees Kindergarten

Three payments meal fee

Two payments meal fee

Annual payment meal fee

650 BGN ~ 330 EUR

940 BGN ~ 480 EUR

1760 BGN ~ 900 EUR


Meal fees School

Three payments meal fee

Two payments meal fee

Annual payment meal fee

725 BGN ~ 370 EUR

1040 BGN ~ 530 EUR

1960 BGN ~ 1000 EUR

Meals are paid in one, two or three instalments (no daily based rates are applied) under the same deadlines as the school fees.

Once a meal is requested and the meal is paid, no reimbursement of meal fees will be made.

For more information please visit: School Meals

Transport

The School offers home-school-home transportation service. The service covers Sofia-town area. No discounts are applied. The transportation fees are given below:

Transportation fees

 

Direction

Three payments transport fee

Two payments transport fee

Annual payment transport fee

Cat.1

Two way

860 BGN ~ 440 EUR

1234 BGN ~ 630 EUR

 2350 BGN ~ 1200 EUR

Cat.1

One way

530 BGN ~ 270 EUR

745 BGN ~ 380 EUR

1410 BGN ~ 720 EUR

Cat.2

Two way

1160 BGN ~ 590 EUR

1650 BGN ~ 840 EUR

 3140 BGN ~ 1600 EUR

Cat.2

One way

690 BGN ~ 350 EUR

1000 BGN ~ 510 EUR

 1880 BGN ~ 960 EUR

Cat.3

Two way

1450 BGN ~ 740 EUR

2060 BGN ~ 1050 EUR

 3920 BGN ~ 2000 EUR

Cat.3

One way

1020 BGN ~ 520 EUR

1440 BGN ~ 735 EUR

 2740 BGN ~ 1400 EUR


For more information please visit: Transport 

Extracurricular Activities Fees

The extracurricular activities (ECA) are chosen in September and start in October. Once enrolled to a certain activity, the choice of ECA concerns the period it is paid – 1 term.

The ECAs can only be paid termly.

The ECAs can be changed only in January. Any withdrawal before this does not assume refund of already made payments.

Some individual learning support will also be charged on an individual basis.

Academic Stages

In School Year 2019 – 2020 students of the following age groups will be accepted:

Academic Stage

Age

Born in

Pre - Nursery

2 - 3 years old

2017

Nursery 1

3.5 - 4 years old

2016

Nursery 2

4.5 - 5 years old

2015

Reception

5.5 - 6 years old

2014

Grade 1

6.5 - 7 years old

2013

Grade 2

7.5 - 8 years old

2012

Grade 3

8.5 - 9 years old

2011

Grade 4

9.5 - 10 years old

2010

Grade 5

10.5 - 11 years old

2009

Grade 6

11.5 - 12 years old

2008

Grade 7

12.5 - 13 years old

2007

Grade 8

13.5 - 14 years old

2006

Grade 9

14.5 - 15 years old

2005

Grade 10

15.5 - 16 years old

2004

Grade 11

16.5 - 17 years old

2003

Grade 12

17.5 - 18 years old

2002

Frequently Asked Questions

What age range does BSS cover?

BSS covers the age range from 2 to 18 years, split into three sections:

  • Infant School – Kindergarten and Key Stage 1 (Grades 1 & 2)
  • School – Grades 3 – 10
  • College- Grades 11 & 12

Grades 9 to 12 are university preparatory years and students work to earn the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Grade 10 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Grade 12.

What accreditations does BSS hold?

British School of Sofia is the only accredited British School Overseas (BSO) in Bulgaria, recognised by the Department for Education of the United Kingdom, with a Unique Registration Number (URN) – 142484.

British School of Sofia is an accredited Cambridge International School with school number BG021.

British School of Sofia is accredited as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme school (IB DP) with school number 050955.

British School of Sofia is a BSO Inspected and Accredited member of Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

British School of Sofia is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS)

Which curriculum do BSS students follow?

Due to the diverse range of students’ nationalities and backgrounds, BSS has successfully implemented several educational programmes based on the British National Curriculum.

In the Kindergarten, the students follow the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) and Jolly Phonics.

In the Primary and Lower Secondary School, the students follow the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint and International Primary Curriculum (IPC) programs from Grades 1 to 6 and the Cambridge Lower Secondary and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) in Grades 7 & 8.

Students in Grades 9 & 10 follow the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and in Grades 11 & 12 the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

Does BSS provide a Bulgarian diploma?

BSS does not offer a Bulgarian diploma to its students and it is not a bilingual school. It is solely a British School.

For completion of secondary education, students follow the IGCSE and IB DP programmes and the respective diplomas are issued.

Is this a problem if I want to transfer my child to a non-British school or to apply for a driver’s license?

Transferring students into different school systems is an easy process up to Grade 4.

After that, in order to transfer your child to another school, no matter which, BSS will support you by issuing a certificate, validating it at the British Embassy, Sofia and putting an Apostille in to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

With this document you may apply to any educational system having in mind that there will be exams set by the new school in certain subjects (for example, in Bulgaria these would be in Bulgarian Language and History).

For a driver’s license the procedure is similar, with the certificate being handed to the  Control of Traffic Agency (KAT)

What examinations do students sit and when?

The students sit the following exams:

Grade 6 – Cambridge Primary Checkpoint (English, Mathematics and Science)

Grade 8 – Cambridge Lower Secondary (English, Mathematics and Science)

Grade 10 - Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in English, Mathematics and Science plus three additional subjects.

Grade 12 - International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme – exams in 6 subjects plus three additional modules – Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Activity Service (CAS) and Extended Essay.

Do the students study languages other than English?

The students from Grade 3 and above choose a Modern Foreign Language, with the choices being Spanish, French or German.

All the students study Bulgarian as a Native or as a Foreign Language.

How technologies are applied at BSS?

British School of Sofia is the first and only Apple School in Bulgaria. The school is equipped with a state-of-the-art MAC Lab, equipped with cutting-edge technology, Windows Computer Lab, Lego & Robotics room.

Students from Grade 3 and above actively use iPads provided by the school in their day-to-day education.

The school has a very strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum.

Does the school offer any sports and extracurricular activities?

The students of BSS Kindergarten and Key Stage 1 have Physical Education and Dancing lessons as part of their sports programme.

The students in the school and college have Physical Education lessons.

BSS offers a wide number of extracurricular activities split into the following categories:

  • Sports activities
  • Creative activities
  • Music and Dance activities
  • STEM activities
  • Language Arts

The extracurricular activities take place after school.

Is homework set?

It depends on the age of the student. The students in the Infant School generally do not have homework set.

In the Primary and Lower Secondary School, the students are set homework of between 1.5 to 3 hours per week depending on the age. There could also be homework allocated for the weekend.

Students from Grades 7 to 12 are set purposeful and focused homework on a regular basis being between 1 to 2 hours per night depending on the subject and their progress.

What is the daily schedule?

School times are 8:30 to 15:50 for all.

Kindergarten pick up time is 17:30 at the latest.

2, 3 and 4-year-old pupils have a nap time of 2 hours in the afternoon and 6 lessons a day.

5 to 18-year-old students have 8 lessons a day.

What are the class sizes?

The class sizes are between 15 and 20 students per class.

What nationalities are represented at BSS and what is the student turnover?

There are 300 students attending BSS, 60% of whom are foreign. There are 42 nationalities represented at the school.

The turnover of the students is 15 to 20% per annum which means in a class of 20 pupils 2 or 3 children may move in a 12 months period.

Who are the teachers at BSS?

The teachers of BSS are dedicated, energetic and highly professional people who love working with children.

All teachers at the school have the appropriate education and qualifications to deliver the subjects they are teaching.

More about the teaching staff can be found at : https://www.bssofia.bg/?cid=4

What is the official language of the school?

The official language in class and on the playground is English. We encourage the students to speak in English all the time no matter if they are having lunch or playing outside.

Does BSS offer additional services such as food and transport?

Yes, school meals and door-to-door transport services are available by parents’ choice and additional fee.

School meals are provided by one of the Bulgaria’s top chefs – Chef Manchev.

The transport service covers the Sofia area and may be used one or both ways to / from the school according to the parents’ preference. The school has a modern fleet of vans and mini vans equipped with seatbelts and baby chairs to use when needed.

Do the students wear uniforms at BSS?

All the students from age of 2 to 18 are expected to wear uniforms.

Is there a medical care in the school?

Yes, we have a medical service both in Kindergarten and the main school.

When is the application period? Is there a deadline?

The application period for the upcoming school year starts in January and is active until the end of June. Families who relocate in summer are welcome to apply and complete the application process not later than 31 August.

Can we apply during the school year?

Yes, depending on the availability in the respective age group / class we accept students throughout the whole year.

What is the application process, how to apply?

For application, arranging a meeting and a school tour, please contact our admissions team on office@bssofia.bg or +359 886 510 510.

My child does not speak English. Can we apply and will they cope? Is there an entrance test?

Yes, you can apply no matter if a child is not fluent in English. Our community is represented by so many nationalities and we do not expect all students coming to master the language. BSS teachers have a lot of experience teaching non-native speakers and when needed they also provide additional help. There is not a fixed time period for a child to catch up and become proficient in English, as this can sometimes take between three to six months.

There are entrance tests for students applying to Grade 7 and above. These are individually arranged based on the applicant’s background and are free of charge.

How a new student adapts to the school?

BSS Community is used to welcoming new children and we believe that we are very friendly and helpful in order to allow the newcomers to feel accepted from the very first day. There are a number of events at the beginning of the school year to make sure new students feel part of the whole and adapt as soon as possible.

However, much depends on the attitude of the new student, as it is very important how willing and open they are to become involved in the new environment and make friends. 

If you have any other questions that may not have been covered here, please feel free to contact our admissions team and we will be glad to answer them for you.