WE ARE AMERICAN ACADEMY
We believe that anyone has the power to change the world. Our philosophy is that in order to achieve that, one should first receive a high-quality education that develops healthy confidence in one’s individuality as well as the ability to master complex thinking processes. We put an emphasis on each particular area of education by employing modern methods, project-based learning and American know-how.
American Academy is a network of American international schools operated by the Central European educational group Consilium, formerly known as JK Education, with campuses in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia.
Consilium also operates the Pražské humanitní gymnázium, which is one of the leading private grammar schools in Prague, Czech Republic. Additionally, it runs a Central European network of educational agencies and services focused on providing counseling for international study opportunities at boarding schools and universities worldwide.
In October 2022, the educational group Consilium acquired several institutions: Saba Verda International School in Tarragona, Spain, as well as Beehive Kindergarten and Elementary School, Square Elementary School and the Bambino nurseries and kindergartens, all in Prague, Czech Republic.
Consilium was founded in 2012 and has since become one of the most prominent educational groups in Central Europe.
PROGRESSIVE AMERICAN EDUCATION
American Academy School Network was founded as an alternative to the current international schools in Prague, Brno, Bratislava and Zagreb. Most of these international schools are based on the British curriculum or the International Baccalaureate program. The American Academy’s curriculum is based on American scholar system, which allows the students to choose the subjects they want to study and specialize in the fields they want to focus on later on in life. It focuses on the development of competences, independence, as well as creativity through thematic and project-based learning.
Thanks to its unique concept, the American Academy attracts many competent and talented students and teachers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and around the world.
Our goal is to build a network of high-quality international schools that serve as an alternative to British international schools. As we continue developing the American Academy network, we strive to create schools that we would want to study at ourselves. What student wouldn't dream of a school where they can choose the subjects they want to focus on? What parent wouldn't dream of a school where their child looks forward to every morning?
The aim of American Academy is to assist each student in recognizing and developing their potential in areas they are passionate about and wish to pursue both in university and their professional life.
Ondrej Lepka was a CEO of a Education group providing education from kindergarten to 8-year high school. Together with his team he has gone through the whole process of International Baccalaureate accreditation.
Ondrej believes that learning is a lifelong process. He believes that it is important to know that making a mistake is not bad. According to him, a well-established school creates a sort of a golden circle - a satisfied student, the teacher and the parent. To achieve that, two-way effective communication is essential.
He would like to apply all the skills he gained in HR (Human resources), use his experience with education and knowledge of the Czech scholar legislation. His goal is to establish well-functioning education system.
In his free time, he likes to travel and meet with his friends.
A native of Moravia, Mr. Novak received his master's degree in English and German Philology at Palacky University Olomouc in 1999. For the next seventeen years he worked in secondary schools in Brno teaching World History, as well as the English and German
Languages. He never liked old-fashioned teaching methods, and instead always sought new ways. As a result, he designed and presented several teacher development workshops. He also participated in international secondary school projects with students and teachers from Austria, Germany, France and Italy. His need to learn from more experienced and progressive colleagues brought him eventually to South Kent, an independent boarding school in Connecticut, where he worked as a Current Political Issues teacher, and an instructor of Soft Skills and Leadership Development Programs.
Yamini holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington (Virginia), a Master’s of Humanities with a concentration in Literature from Tiffin University (Ohio), and a CELTA Certificate. Additionally, some of her undergraduate coursework was completed at the Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint-Denis.
After studying and teaching in Paris, France, Yamini’s interest in education was sparked. She subsequently spent several years teaching the humanities in Doha, Qatar, and then in Prague, Czechia. She has also lived in Montreal, Canada.
Speaking English and French (and just enough Arabic and Hindi to get by), Yamini considers herself a “third culture kid” who has grown into a true global citizen. Her interests include Modernist art and literature, with a strong penchant for the surreal. She possesses a great passion for learning, and her joy is found engaging with young people in the classroom.
Our students are given the opportunity to experience a school environment that is based on similar American schools. We have established schools in Prague, Bratislava, Brno, and Zagreb with features that are truly extraordinary in Central Europe. We believe that a personal and open atmosphere helps our students reach their full potential. Take a closer look at our schools.
The American Academy schools in Prague and Brno were awarded 7-year accreditation from the Commissions of Middle States Association of Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA) after hosting team visits in 2020 and the American Academy in Zagreb in 2023.