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Transylvania College

A rapidly growing school, which more than doubled its student body in the last five years thanks to its excellent reputation, Transylvania College, The Cambridge International School in Cluj offers a unique multicultural learning environment in Romania; the children enrolled here, together with the teachers and staff represent 34 nations, from 6 continents.

With a history of 23 years (the first kindergarten class started in 1993), Transylvania College was founded by the Baciu family: Simona, who at that time was a teacher in a Romanian state school and Dan, a doctor. The family is still actively involved in the running of the school, and the parents who choose to educate their children here appreciate the fact that they benefit from an education based on values, being encouraged to strive for excellence, to respect diversity, to be creative and responsible. In addition to receiving the best education, in a state-of-the-art campus that allows them access to the latest technology, the children who study here are prepared to embrace life with all its opportunities and challenges.

The school now offers nursery from age one and kindergarten from age three, where teaching is done in English. In primary school and middle school, parents can choose to enter their children in classes that follow the National Curriculum of England (Reception-Year 9), or in classes where the Romanian National Curriculum is offered (grade 0-grade 8). The education provided at Transylvania College is completed in the Cambridge-accredited high school, where the students prepare for their IGCSE and A-Levels exams. Transylvania College is the only Cambridge-accredited school in the area.

It is also the only international boarding school in the country. The school’s first boarding facility opened its doors in September 2013, welcoming boys and girls aged 11 years and up.

The school’s track of excellence also includes many national and international awards: „School of the Year in Romania”; the Global Money Week Award; 3 first prizes in the international competition launched by the European Space Agency; the Bill Bryson Award in 2014 in the international school's category. In 2015 Transylvania College was the only school in Europe shortlisted for the “Best British International School” Award, together with three schools in Asia, in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards. Transylvania College students received the best IGCSE and A-Levels exam scores in the country, and the school’s alumni are now studying at top universities around the world, in the UK (London School of Economics, Bath, Reading, Southampton, City Univ, King’s College London), Australia (Melbourne Univ), Japan (Waseda University), U.S.A. (Minerva Schools), Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Hungary and Romania.

Experienced and enthusiastic Romanian teachers work alongside teachers from the UK, from the United States of America, or from other parts of the world. The teachers benefit from training opportunities offered through the school’s internal training programme or through participation at various national and international conferences and exchanges. The teaching and administrative team includes 107 teachers (12 holding a Ph.D.) and 56 staff members. The teachers have representatives in the Senior Management Team, contributing to the development of the school. Transylvania College is a member of Round Square and COBIS and is the only school in the region with British School Overseas status.


Highlights

  • 1993-the first kindergarten group is launched, with 12 children
  • 2000-the Primary Romanian Line is offered, accredited by ARACIP and the Romanian Ministry of Education
  • 2004-the middle school is opened
  • 2010-the high school receives Cambridge accreditation to offer IGCSE and A-Levels exams
  • 2013-the school is granted British School Overseas status by UK’s Department of Education, following a successful inspection by Penta International
  • 2013-the school receives accredited Global Member Status in the Round Square Association of Schools
  • 2013-the school becomes COBIS Accredited Member
  • 2015-the school is one of 4 schools in the world (the only one in Europe) shortlisted in the Best British International School category at the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards
  • 2015-the school is the only school in Romania to implement the “Leader in Me” programme from kindergarten through high school; the programme is based on Steven Covey’s universally acclaimed “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.
  • 2016-the school passes the second BSO inspection, receiving an excellent inspection report. The report may be accessed here

Then and now: 

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