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meri
02-02-2011, 12:50
After having a very hard time in our first year, now it's time to share the info :)

English is taught as a second language here so don't bother looking for a English speaking school. The child has to learn the Russian language right away, there is no escape in Rostov unless you want to homeschool.
The best state school for English is No.36 BUT be aware that it is good state school where the classes continue on Saturdays as well :)
That's why we preferred Alla Prima , private school, where my son was much happier after the traumatic education in 36 . Now he is in top 5 in his class and most important of all HAPPY :)
I can give you more school addresses if you require but these 2 are enough to know for now.

FatAndy
02-02-2011, 16:27
Ad what was traumatic in old school? Just the need to attend at Saturdays? While USSR times it was everywhere ad nobody complained.

meri
03-02-2011, 22:45
Here in this country, some schools have the saturdays off but some don't. Our criteria was to look for a good gymnasia and to be honest it was a shock for all of us to find out Saturdays were also a school day.
We would have nothing to say if the all the schools were the same system but why bother when we have a better choice?

Even my mum remembers going to school half day on Saturdays but for the new generation, the life is not only school. They need socialising, interesting activities and quality time with the family.

For two months , it became harder every Saturday and the awful thing is waking up on Sunday knowing that the next day is a school day.

FatAndy
04-02-2011, 10:42
Poor, poor children... :D
I sincerely hope that your son will have a right balamce between HAPPY and KNOWLEDGE in Alla Prima ;)

meri
04-02-2011, 15:55
We have another year to go and we do make sure and he is getting both the Happiness and Knowledge .

FatAndy
04-02-2011, 16:31
Then it's just perfect. Enjoy Rostov - it's nice city! Did you visit already "Pivnaya biblioteka" at Budennovsky, 7?

meri
04-02-2011, 18:35
That I haven't yet but that's one of the places in our list with my husband :)
We were going to Il Patio here but we ended up going to " Famous" cafe in Astor Plaza. Thumbs up to the food served but needs an extra twist for the atmosphere (it is nice but sth is missing :))

FatAndy
04-02-2011, 20:11
Near Pivnaya Bibl. there is also Chester Pub (very close, maybe 1-2 buildings towards Don) - also not bad, and somewhat like asian food cafe (which I just didn't visit because of lack of time, but locals said it's good too).

meri
04-02-2011, 21:34
Chester Pub is my husband's and friends' No.1 choice here. It is a rock bar and you can enjoy the place w/out any hustle :)

As for asian food, it is so shocking to see all these Sushi places everywhere. I haven't seen so many even in Japan LOL :)

Seriously what has happened to local food? I haven't tasted real damashniye kuhniya yet :)

FatAndy
05-02-2011, 15:19
I've been to Chester only couple of times, mid-week, because of business visits.

For Russian cuisine (with obvious Southern variations) you should go to Pivnaya biblioteka.
When I visited them last time (summer of 2008), they had in fact much more choice of wines, than beers. And since that time they've added another location on Turgeneva street. See their website:
http://www.biblioteka-piva.ru/
http://www.biblioteka-piva.ru/menu/kitchen/don/ - here cold snacks start, select other types at the left side.

manxman
22-04-2012, 16:34
My wife is a fully qualified AMI Montessori teacher/directress for the 3 to 7 age group (Casa Di Bambini) and a Licensed Kindermusik Educator.

We are concidering opening an English School in Rostov and would appreciate any information on the current need in Rostov for a Montessori English School.

If we find there is a need then our aim is to open for the 2013/2014 school year.

Anton Niki
12-05-2012, 00:45
manxman, you're asking at the wrong forum :-) You may want to open a thread at rostovmama.ru - that's where the most of Rostov moms at. Here's the thread about Montessori schools in Rostov:

forum.rostovmama.ru/index.php?topic=75599.0

I have not heard of any English preschools here, so I'm sure it would make a great selling point.

manxman
16-06-2012, 12:46
There are currently around 26 English speaking International Kindergartens (pre-schools) in Moscow - Wow! I didn't know there were that many!! and none in poor old Rostov.

mogsta
19-06-2012, 00:12
After searching Google and coming across this thread, I decided to subscribe to the forum so I can join in.

I'm from Australia and considering bringing the family to Russia - specifically Rostov, since I have contacts there.

I have 4 kids from three up to 12 years old. Schooling is going to be a big issue for us, and perhaps the first year will be homeschool.

Can anyone offer extra insight into their experiences from moving to Rostov? Either here or PM would be great.

Curious to know about rental (3 bedrooms), ease of finding work (will be TESL accredited, and currently in 3rd year of university-level Russian).

thanks!