Branch “Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Semey” of the AEO “Nazarbayev Intellectual School” was established on September 13, 2009. The school is one of 20 schools opened in all regions of Kazakhstan at the initiative of the country’s president, N.A. Nazarbayev. At the moment, about 700 students of grades 7 to 12 study at the school and about 190 pedagogical employees and persons with equivalent status work for the school.

The school has a dormitory for 120 students. The dormitory mainly hosts students from rural areas. The school provides the conditions for safe and comfortable learning and living in the dormitory on weekdays and weekends.

The school passed CIS International Accreditation in 2016-17 school year. The school obtained official status of a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) that is the main organization in the field of international education for the accreditation of schools, promotion of higher standards and latest achievements in the field of education. The school became a member of the CIS and confirmed its compliance with international standards in terms of school life and learning process. Joining the CIS community opens up broad prospects for the development and continuous improvement for the school. This, in turn, proves that the school strives to achieve the highest quality of education.

The school adopted the Guidelines that were developed in cooperation with students, teachers and staff, as well as parents. The mission of the school is to provide high quality education, provide a trilingual environment and develop leadership skills in students.

The school implements educational program of “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools”. The program was developed by the teachers of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and is a joint project prepared in cooperation with the consultants of the Cambridge Assessment International Education. The model of the educational program applied in our school is represented in 2 stages: Primary school (grades 7-10), High school (grades 11-12). The educational program is aimed at achieving the students’ specific learning goals that include not only the acquisition of a certain amount of knowledge but also the ability to apply them in solving educational/life problems.

The educational program considers age-specific characteristics of students, it aims to develop skills in critical thinking and self-education. The program is aimed at development of three languages (Kazakh, Russian, and English). As part of the implementation of the policy of trilingual education, a number of subjects are taught in Kazakh, Russian or English, irregardless of the language of instruction.

The program is added with elective courses that work in the school and provide selection opportunities for students. The most popular among students are STEM, Design Thinking, Drama, Robotics, Critical Thinking. Students also participate in the Summer Courses of leading universities of the USA (Stanford, D. Hopkins, Columbia).

The school implements a system of criteria-based assessment. Graduates of the school go through the procedure of external summative assessment. The principles and processes of external summative assessment are based on the best international practices and are consistent with the procedures followed by the Cambridge Assessment International Education.

Since 2011, the school implements team teaching method that suggests joint lesson conducted by two teachers, local and foreign teachers. The goal of team teaching is to create a language environment for improving English language of students, exchange of pedagogical experience between teachers, as well as the development of concepts of internationalism and interculturalism in students.

The development of global thinking is one of the foundations of educational programs and is supported through a system of clubs and projects.

In particular, significant contribution to development to this direction is introduction of the “Model of United Nations” to the curriculum “Global Perspectives” in grade 11 classes and establishment of Club of Global Initiatives as part of after-hour activities for grades 7-10. Cooperation with a number of international schools abroad has been also established. In particular, it is International School of Prince of Wales in Malaysia, Furr High School (American school in Houston, Texas), English school “Ratton school” in Brighton. Since 2017, a permanent

partnership with the School of International Baccalaureate (IB), Mumbai, India, has been established.

Much attention is paid to professional development of employees, which is available for teachers at the international level, outside the school, inside the school and online. A number of teachers of the school were trained according to master’s programs and internships in the USA, Great Britain, Finland, and Nazarbayev University.

There are internal school courses for continuing education such as English and Kazakh languages, “Development of gifted children”, “Development of functional literacy and assessment of educational achievements of students through the development and testing of test tasks”. Training seminars and classes on “New Media Technologies”, CLIL. Foreign teachers conduct in-school seminars for teachers, such as ones related to organization of formative assessment of students, as well as subject master-classes on teaching methods. Foreign teachers also conduct seminars for curators on global citizenship and sustainable development goals of the UN. The Summer School Program operates annually in the school.

Its main purpose is to improve English language skills and leadership skills, to deepen knowledge of the subjects through project and research activities. The content of the program is improved through active participation of international teachers in planning and implementation of integrated summer school program, which is based on research and development in English. There is a strong desire to provide a key component of internationalism and intercultural relations for development of basic skills of interculturalism and tolerance for further development during the next academic year.

Within the framework of the Summer School, students from large families of the city receive necessary assistance.

A unique feature of the school is Shanyrak system managed by curators, whose goal is social and emotional development of students as well as the establishment of communication and cooperation with parents. Involving foreign and local teachers in Shanyrak allows combining values and principles of internationalism and interculturalism with the school’s core values.