Frequently asked questions

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Admissions

What is the cost of tuition?

The cost of tuition is $825 monthly. If you’re able to commit to a longer period of time, the cost of tuition decreases: if you can pay quarterly, the cost is $2200 (saving you $1100 a year) or if you can pay yearly, the cost is $8000 (saving you $1900 a year). We also have financial aid options available, so please ask us about applying for financial aid if cost is an issue.

Is there a family discount for siblings?

Yep! We offer a 10% discount for the first sibling and 20% for the second.

Can I get a scholarship for my child? How do we qualify?

We want quality education to be available to all and work hard to get the world there. In the financial aid form, you will be asked to state your income and what you can afford to pay for The bina School. Given this information and other factors you wish to share, we’ll evaluate your support request. We have limited spots available within our classes, so we recommend you apply as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of support.

 

Each application gives you the opportunity to indicate interest in financial aid.

Will I need to purchase books or materials for courses?

You will not need to purchase any books or materials for courses, apart from typical office supplies. Here’s what your child will need for each learning session:


1. Reliable internet connection.
2. A computer with video and audio capabilities.
3. Lots of paper, pens, and pencils for class activities. Sometimes your child will also need crafting items such as cardboard, a plastic bottle, tape, or paper plates. We’ll always give you a heads up so that you can make sure your child has what they need before their lesson.

Class Demographics

Where do bina students live?

Our students live all over the world. Majority of our students are in or within two timezones: EST and CET. However, we have families that are able to make one of these timezones work for them, even if they don’t live in that particular timezone.

Will my child be in the same class as kids older/younger?

Typically, we group students 4-6 and 6-8. Depending on the activity, it sometimes makes sense to group students in a different way for part of their learning day. Click here to read an article that explains how we use different grouping systems based on the situation.

What happens when my child turns 8?

We hope to expand into higher age groups, and intend to grow each year as our students do.

Are you planning to increase ages/ classes each year?

Yes, we are planning to expand into higher age groups. We are in the process of accreditation, and when we are accredited, we will have the capability to include students over the age of 8.

How many students are in each class?

We cap class sizes at 6. Sometimes your child will be in an even smaller group, depending on the activity.

Class Structure

What does the daily schedule look like?

See our programme page for an example of a typical day

Will my child remain physically active throughout the day?

The bina school day is split into 5 x 40 minute learning sessions with breaks in the middle of each session. Learning sessions are often a mix of sitting and movement to keep our brains active and engaged. After each of these sessions, students have a 10 - 15 minute break, with an hour break for lunch. During these breaks, we encourage students to move around as well. Children also will participate in off-screen, independent, playful learning activities with other children or grown-ups.

How many kids are in each class?

Our maximum number of students is six.

How many breaks does my child have per day, and how long are they?

The bina school day is split into 5 x 40 minute learning sessions with breaks in the middle of each session. After each learning session, students have a 10 - 15 minute break, with an hour break for lunch.

How many teachers lead one class?

Learning sessions are typically led by one Master Teacher. Students will sometimes attend breakout sessions with an Assistant Teacher.

Is it a full day of school? What are the hours?

Our students live all over the world. We currently have teachers in two timezones: EST and CET. However, we have families that are able to make one of these timezones work for them, even if they don’t live in that particular timezone.

What time zones does bina serve?

Yes, our curriculum is a full-time schooling offering! Students need to have access to a computer from 8:00 to 13:30 each day. (This time might shift depending on which timezone you live in.)

Do I need to be in the same room as my child while they are in class?

We aim to focus on student interaction during our lessons, and our Master Teachers are fully prepared to lead all learning activities, discussions, crafts, and games without parental guidance. However, we know that sometimes it’ll be necessary for you to pop in and give your child some support. Check out this article for more information about parental involvement during bina lessons.

What if my child misses a school day?

Your child’s teacher will work with your child to help them get caught up from any missed lessons. If you know your child will miss lessons beforehand, we appreciate a heads up from you so that we can prepare accordingly.

Curriculum

What curriculum does bina use for math, language arts, science, social studies, etc?

Our curriculum is rooted in the UK standards and draws from the US Common Core and the IB PYP framework. We build and develop foundational Maths, Science, Literacy, Technology and the Arts skills through story-based units.

Will teachers meet my child’s academic needs?

Small class sizes means that teachers are able to truly understand their students’ needs. We have built a feedback loop through continual, informal assessment, which gives teachers the information they need about their students’ academic progress. In turn, we’re able to customise lessons so that they target exactly what our students need to practice.

How are lessons/curricula customized for my child?

At bina, we continually assess our students in an informal, non-invasive way. This means that we’re able to gather information about our students’ academic progress and personalise their lessons accordingly. 

Does bina have its own curriculum, or use others?

Our curriculum is rooted in the UK standards and draws from the US Common Core and the IB PYP framework. We build and develop foundational Maths, Science, Literacy, Technology and the Arts skills through story-based units.

Questions not answered? Contact us, or speak to one of our admissions team