Academic Programmes

We specialize in many locations across Ireland, we are Irish! We know all of the colleges, camps and families that are part of our network and we visit them regularly.

Choosing the right school for your child can be complicated. True Ireland will guide and assist you in finding the right school that meets the requirements and needs of your child.

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We will share our experience as Mums of bilingual children living in Spain, as well as our know-how as English teachers to help you choose the best option for your child to learn English in our country.

Throughout the academic programmes in Ireland, the student will combine academic life with day-to-day Irish life, culture and traditions.

Living and breathing Irish culture is a unique experience both academically and personally.

We specialize in many locations across Ireland, we are Irish! We know all of the colleges, camps and families that are part of our network and we visit them regularly.

Choosing the right school for your child can be complicated. True Ireland will guide and assist you in finding the right school that meets the requirements and needs of your child.

We will share our experience as Mums of bilingual children living in Spain, as well as our know-how as English teachers to help you choose the best option for your child to learn English in our country.

Throughout the academic programmes in Ireland, the student will combine academic life with day-to-day Irish life, culture and traditions.

Living and breathing Irish culture is a unique experience both academically and personally.

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Learn English. Love Ireland.
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Living with Irish children and children of other nationalities during the school year in an Irish boarding school will strengthen your child’s multicultural values as well as develop their respect for collective group rules.

THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF BOARDING SCHOOLS:

7 day boarding: Remains open for students at the weekends.

12 day boarding: Closes two weekends per month.

5 day boarding: Closes at the weekend.

We can assist you in finding a local family to cover these weekends/mid-terms. The students may also choose to return home during these periods.

ADVANTAGES OF STUDYING AT A BOARDING SCHOOL:

It’s an opportunity to grow up with others from diverse backgrounds. The registration process is strict and limits the number of students of the same nationality.

Learning to respect and follow the rules and basic code of conduct as outlined in each school.

Almost every sport that the student would like to practice is on offer at an Irish boarding school. Excellent sport facilities are available on campus in each of these schools.

Attending a local secondary school with Irish teenagers and living with an Irish family is undoubtedly one of the best ways to improve your English and immerse yourself completely in Irish life.

ADVANTAGES OF STUDYING AT A PUBLIC SCHOOL AND LIVING WITH A LOCAL FAMILY:

Our schools and families are located in quiet and peaceful towns.

It’s both an educational and personal experience. Close bonds are made with local families that can last a lifetime.

Personal fulfilment: the students learn to cope with new situations without the direct support of their parents or teachers.

SUPERVISION DURING THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMME:

Throughout the academic programme True Ireland will provide continuous monitoring of the students. As well as regular visits from our local team, the student will meet the project directors at least three times during their stay.

– Parents may request student updates at any time from True Ireland.

THE HOST FAMILIES:

True Ireland carefully grades and selects each of our host families by visiting the home and interviewing the family in person. We will always try to place your child in a household with children of a similar age.

As a general rule the families will host only one student. However on occasion they may host more than one student, but they will always be a different nationality.

A few weeks prior to departure date to Ireland, True Ireland will share details of the selected host family. We will set up a Skype call so that you can begin to get to know one another. If for whatever reason the student is not keen on the host family, True Ireland can provide alternatives, up to a maximum of three.

The host family will provide accommodation (own bedroom with study area) and full board. From Monday to Friday the student will eat breakfast and dinner at home with the family. For lunch, the family will provide a packed-lunch to be taken to school.

How do we work?

True Ireland will search for schools that best meet your criteria and will guide you through the application process. We cater to students from 12 to 17 years old.

Included in our academic offering is the IB (International Baccalaureate
Programme).

The general process will take approximately six months.
To ensure your chance of attending a particular school, we recommend that you start the process at least 12 months in advance as some schools accept applications in October for the following academic year.

  • Complete our questionnaire – True Ireland will send via email.
  • A personal interview to complete with additional information.
  • Prepare information pack – documents and interview.
  • Registration fee 200€ – Once the payment is made we will commence the school search process. As school places are limited, the registration fee is 100% REFUNDABLE in the event that the application is unsuccessful. However if the family reject the school place, then the registration fee will not be refunded.
  • Expert advice including school recommendation (rating both academic and extracurricular activities).
  • Detailed information on selected school: including details on the facilities, academic and extracurricular options, sports and art, school calendar along with costs for the school year.
  • Coordinating the family’s visit to the selected boarding school. This visit will take place once the school has confirmed that the application is approved to proceed. Following the visit, if you are not satisfied with the school, True Ireland will provide other options (maximum of 3).
  • We will enrol your child and you should pay the booking deposit directly to the school.
  • Engaging services of a guardian: Irish boarding schools require international students to have an appointed guardian. If you do not have relatives or close friends living in Ireland who will act as a guardian then you must engage the services of a guardian. True Ireland can assist you by sharing a list with details of agencies and individuals who act as guardians to students already in the school. Fees will be negotiated directly with guardians.

Optional Services:

We can accompany you on the school visit, participating in the meeting and the tour of the school to help with communication between you and the school.

We can manage all travel plans (flights, hotels, transport etc.).

We can provide a native teacher if the student would like to improve their English ahead of school term.

Fees:

Once the school is selected, and before an application is made, 50% of True Ireland fee is payable. The outstanding 50% is payable once the application is accepted by the school.

If the school rejects the application, this amount will be refunded.

Irish Education System

Secondary School education in Ireland is for students from 12-18 years of age and is split into two cycles:

JUNIOR (1st, 2nd and 3rd Year) y SENIOR (TY, 5th and 6th Year).

* The student must be 12 yrs. old at the start of the school year to enter secondary school.

** The first course in the Senior cycle is known as “Transition Year” (4º de la ESO). It’s a fantastic course as it’s less academic than the rest of the Years and allows the student to develop their linguistic skills without the added pressure to sit a state exam at the end of the school year.

*** The “Leaving Certificate” is an exam that all students sit at the end of the Senior Cycle to enter University. It is highly regarded by other academic institutions in Europe and in the U.S.

Course Validation:

It’s very important that both students and parents are aware that an Academic Programme in Ireland requires students to take their studies seriously. Failure to do so will render course validation impossible.

Students in the Junior Cycle (1st-3rd Year) do not need to validate the year as it is automatic. With regards to enrolment, all the student must do is present their Irish school transcript at their local school.

Students that choose to study Transition Year (4º de la ESO
) must study and pass at least 5 subjects. In the final school report it must clearly show that they’ve completed and passed the year.

Students that choose to study 5th Year (1º de Bachillerato) must study and pass at least 5 subjects, religion doesn’t count.

Students that choose to study 6th Year (2º de Bachillerato) must study at least six subjects, of which, two will have to be taken at Higher level with A, B, or C grades. The remaining subjects can be taken at either Higher or Ordinary level with A, B, C or D grades. It is mandatory to sit the Leaving Cert (“La Selectividad”) at the end of the school year.

 

School Holidays:

Christmas, Easter and Summer.

Mid-term (“semana en blanca”) – one week per term.

The students must travel to Ireland the weekend before the start of the school year.

Schools in Ireland

Public Schools:

These are the most common and are usually known as Community Schools or Comprehensive Schools. In theory they are free but almost all foreign students must pay an annual fee that varies from school to school (it’s reasonable as Spanish parents do not pay Irish taxes which help fund the schools).

The majority of the schools are religious and while most teachers are lay (secular) the schools still retain some of the religious ethos. The schools are primarily single-sex with only a limited number of co-educational. The student can state their preference but this will always be pendant on availability.

We recommend that the students fully participate in all sport and cultural activities organized by the school, treating them as if they were another school subject. This will help the student to make new friends, making integration quicker and easier.

 

Private Schools:

These schools are not subsidised in anyway and apply fees that they feel are appropriate.

These schools offer very good value for money when compared to similar schools in countries like the U.K. Included in this category are boarding schools which offer 5, 7, or 12 day boarding. It is quite common that these schools close one or two weekends a month and therefore a local host family is necessary. We can help you to find a local family to stay with at weekends / during holiday period.

 

Guardians:

All international students must have a guardian during their stay at an Irish school. Guardians offer personal and academic support throughout the school year. They regularly visit the students, meet their teachers, monitor their academic progress and offer support and advice. The guardian will be available to help the student in whatever way they can throughout their stay.

 

Schoolbooks and uniform:

Schoolbooks as well as uniforms will be given to the student upon arrival in Ireland.

Please contact us for more details.