Pechersk School International is an IB World School since 2000, serving the national and internationally mobile community of Kyiv. The learning experience at PSI is shaped by a spirit of community, whereby students, teachers and parents work together to achieve our goals of creating successful, independent learners and global citizens.
In 1995, a group of parents from the diplomatic and business community opened PSI with just 47 students. The name Pechersk has been retained in reference to the location of the original school site in the district of Pechersk. In addition, it is the area of Kyiv known historically as the city's centre of learning, reflecting the discipline and integrity of the scholarship practiced at the famous Pechersk Lavra, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, PSI is a modern, comprehensive, co-educational day school serving approximately 450 students.
PSI is a diverse and friendly international school serving more than 40 nationalities in the Kyiv community. It is the largest non profit school in Ukraine, with a parent-elected Board leading the School.
PSI holds the prestigious IB World School status. We are the only school in Kyiv fully authorised to teach all three International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes. This is only possible after a rigorous process of application and regular review for quality assurance. As a member school of the IB global learning community, we share a common commitment to the goals and standards of the International Baccalaureate, which complements those of PSI.
The three programmes - Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme - encourage students' academic advancement as well as promoting their development as active and compassionate community members.
PSI is the only school in Ukraine, which holds dual international school accreditation. Since 2003 our school has received accredited member status from two premier accreditation organisations: the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the United States. This means that our School's philosophy, governance, curriculum, resources and staffing meet rigorous standards set by these international school organisations. The School was recently renewed for five years (through 2023) - the longest period of accreditation granted.
PSI is the only school in Kyiv and Ukraine to offer four international assessment programmes. Each year PSI students sit 'best practice' assessments and examinations alongside international school students in over 100 countries. Students in Grades 3 - 8 engage in MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) and ISA (International Schools Assessments) assessments. Grade 11 students sit the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (Grade 11), an important part of their college application process. Finally, Grade 12 students sit the IB Diploma examinations. Results are used to check students' achievement at a grade level and also to measure their learning growth rate. Over time and multiple assessments, the results are plotted and can be evaluated on a 'development continuum'. Data is also used by schools to review teaching and learning programmes and to modify the curriculum to meet the needs of individual students, a class or grade level accordingly.