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School Spotlight: High Teach Academy (HTA)

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Snapshot: High Teach Academy (HTA)

Year founded: 2017
Public or private: Private
Profit/Not for profit: Not for profit
Day or boarding: Day
Segregation type: Co-Educational
Religious affiliation: None
Curriculum: Common Core, International, United States of America
Instructional language: English
Alternate instructional language: None
Start grade: Kindergarten
End grade: 11


About: High Teach Academy (HTA)

High Tech Academy (HTA) is a private innovative school that offers a unique, project-based academic program designed to prepare students to recognise and respond to the challenges and uncertainties of a complex world. HTA’s mission is to nurture the next generations of lifelong learners to work together in solving complex challenges.

HTA’s instructional design emphasises hands-on, project-based learning connected to real-world issues and needs. HTA is committed to building a school culture of responsibility, courage and kindness, where students and adults are committed to quality work and a sense of community.

HTA’s long-term goal is to become a model for innovative, 21st century teaching and learning for the city of Almaty and Kazakhstan.

HTA seeks teachers who are energetic and enthusiastic, experienced in working with EAL learners, who are sensitive to cultural differences, are committed to equity and inclusion, and who want to develop innovative approaches and new teaching methodologies in education.


Ethos: High Teach Academy (HTA)

Vision: Enhance student potential to improve the world.

Mission: Nurture next generations of lifelong learners to work together in solving complex challenges.

High Tech Academy is an innovative school, with elements of the International Curriculum, American Curriculum, and the Project Based Learning (PBL) instructional approach. PBL is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.

HTA believes that high quality learning and teaching is a collective journey of discovery. A journey that creates agency, respects cultures, the rights and wellbeing of children and leads to active citizens who equitably engage with their local and global communities. Individual growth and social emotional intelligence are paramount to HTA’s process of learning and teaching as children plan and set goals, develop a growth mindset, inquire, think critically and creatively, reflect, and engage in meta-cognition and innovation.


Facilities: High Teach Academy (HTA)

Under the guidance of Jani Ristimäki from Parviainen Architects, renowned for their expertise in educational architecture, HTA was meticulously crafted to showcase its picturesque, sunlit setting atop a 1,000-meter-high slope.

This environmentally conscious and earthquake-resilient structure, brimming with abundant natural light, comprises five interconnected blocks nestled around a spacious atrium. These encompass a preschool, elementary, middle, and high school, alongside a dedicated sports and arts centre.

Offering a blend of group instruction and individual study spaces, as well as leisure, sports, and arts amenities, the school boasts specialised areas such as the Fablab, equipped with an extensive array of tools including woodworking machinery, 3D printers, and power tools. Further enhancing the learning environment are state-of-the-art chemistry, physics, and biology laboratories furnished with cutting-edge equipment from esteemed German manufacturer Waldner, ensuring safety and functionality.

Each classroom is outfitted with switch cabinets empowering teachers to regulate gas, water, or electricity for individual students, akin to setups found in leading European technical universities. Additionally, all laboratories are equipped with reliable safety apparatus and ample storage for chemicals. Complementing these academic spaces are two music rooms, a home economics studio, a well-stocked library, a concert hall, administrative offices, and dedicated areas for medical and counselling services. Outdoors, students can enjoy a sports field for recreational activities.


Location: High Teach Academy (HTA)

Almaty is a beautiful green cosmopolitan city surrounded by mountains with lots of nature, hiking, camping, and skiing opportunities. There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants which cater for all tastes. Local people are kind and welcoming.

Kazakhstan’s climate is extremely continental and very dry. It has pleasant summers and cold winters. Great skiing opportunity is only 20 minutes from the city centre at Shymbulak Mountain Resort and there are many wonderful parts of Kazakhstan to explore. T

here are also opportunities from Almaty to travel to other countries: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan are 1-2 hours flight, and Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia, China, Mongolia and Dubai are 4-6 hours flight.

Almaty can be as cheap as many South American and Eastern European cities, making it a wonderful gateway to an undiscovered and distinctive country.


Benefits: High Teach Academy (HTA)

Taxes: Tax is paid by the school

Savings Potential: From $15,000 USD, depending on lifestyle.

Accommodation: Free fully furnished accommodation provided, including utilities.

Flights/Transport: One round trip annual flight allowance to home country.

Moving Allowance: 30 kg or up to max. 200 USD excess baggage allowance per adult.

Medical: Provided by the school, host country coverage only, and includes emergency evacuation.

Other: Free tuition for up to 2 children. Free school meals, transport to work provided, plus free use of fitness centre facilities for staff members. Responsibility allowances for leadership roles.


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