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1. Rathdown School for Girls
Courses / Programs
Founded in 1973, Rathdown School is a private day and boarding girls' school located on Upper Glenageary Road in Glenageary, just south of Dun Laoghaire in Dublin.

We consist of a Junior School for girls ages 3-12 years and a Senior School for girls ages 12-18 years. A pupil’s name may be entered for the school at any time, although early application is advised.

Rathdown currently has around 600 girls enrolled - 400 in the Senior School and 200 in the Junior School. Class sizes rarely exceed 25, so it is possible to give individual attention and to develop the special abilities and interests of each student. We believe that each student is unique and should be valued for herself.

The school enjoys a superb location and setting, overlooking the sea and with inland views of the Wicklow mountains.

Our academic achievements are outstanding by any measure and the vast majority of our pupils continue to 3rd level education in Ireland and abroad. Rathdown was built on the proud traditions of four original schools: The Hall School, Hillcourt School, Park House School and Glengara Park School.

Parent Testimonial:
"She has enjoyed herself immensely and at the same time progressed academically. It has been a great experience. It has been great at all levels." 
- Ruth Cosgrove (Second Year Parent) – Ireland / Spain
Junior School:
Starts at pre-school age (ages 3 years) up to P6 (ages 12 years). A challenging and child-centred learning environment.

- Pre-school
- Extended day programme (all year round)
- Camp Rathdown (during school holidays)

Senior School:
Secondary school for ages 12-18 yrs offering Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate Programmes. We also provide boarding for senior school students.

Also: An extensive range of pastoral, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities is provided.
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Irish College Of English, Dublin
Courses / Programs
Recognised by the Irish Department of Education, The Irish College of English (ICE) is a high-quality English language school in Dublin, Ireland. Each year, our International Youth Summer School offers a range of summer English courses for children and teenagers from around the world. Our summer programs are designed for students aged between 12-17 and take place in June, July and August. Student start dates are flexible and courses are based on 2, 3 or 4 week stays.

ICE has two locations in Dublin: Malahide is a beautiful coastal town in North Dublin and Swords is a large and lively suburb on the North Side of the city. Both of our centres are located in friendly, residential areas that are close to both the airport and the city centre. Students stay with carefully-selected host families within easy reach of the school.

Our English summer camps attract young students from all over the world and it is a great opportunity for students to improve their English and grow to love the language by living it. They will attend English classes in the mornings and participate in afternoon activities. We also offer English & Sports camps and Intensive English camps.
English summer courses for 12-17 year olds - 2, 3 or 4 week stays:

- Classic Summer English Program (15 hours English tuition plus activities)
- Intensive Summer English Programs (24 hours English tuition plus activities)
- English & Sailing (15 hours English tuition, 12 hours Sailing, 2 cultural trips per week)
- English & Golf (15 hours English tuition, 12 hours Golf, 2 cultural trips per week)
- English & Horse-riding (15 hours English tuition, 12 Horseriding, 2 cultural trips per week)
Rochester Independent College, Kent
Courses / Programs
Rochester Independent College, in the County of Kent, just east of London, offers a distinctive alternative to a conventional sixth form and a stepping stone between school and university.

Established in 1984, we accept day students from the age of 11. Boarding is available for A-level students and Year 11 students on GCSE courses who are aged 16 or older. 

Students come to us from all over the UK and the world, as well as the local area. There are no bells ringing, no uniforms and everybody is on first name terms. The College has an atmosphere closer to university than school where students are treated as young adults.

About 65 of the College's 280 students are boarders. Our Halls combine the informality of a university residence with the supervision and pastoral support appropriate for young adults.

The College offers students the opportunity to thrive in an atmosphere of managed independence and acts as a stepping stone between school and university.

Our focus is on examination success in a lively, supportive and informal atmosphere. Students are encouraged to be themselves and achieve exam results that often exceed their expectations. Rochester Independent College is accredited by the ISC (Independent Schools Council).
Co-educational Secondary School Program for boys & girls ages 11 and up:

- Day Programs (ages 11 and up)
- Full Boarding Program (ages 16 and up)
- One or two-year GCSE courses in the Lower School
- One or two-year A-level courses in Sixth Form
- Retake programs – GCSE and A level
- Medical, Dental and Vet Science Programs
- Visual and Creative Art courses
- Film and Media Studies
- English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
Art on the Farm at Cow House Studios
Courses / Programs
Cow House Studios is a progressive artist-run studio space set in the farmland of County Wexford (approximately one hour's drive from Dublin) in South-East Ireland. We are proud to offer the only international teen summer art programme in Ireland. Art on the Farm is a three-week course in painting, drawing and photography for students aged 15 - 18. We present an exciting opportunity to the adventurous, self-motivated student seeking a rewarding experience focused on the visual arts. During this multidisciplinary course, young artists benefit from an environment dedicated to fostering professional arts practice in a country long celebrated for its artistic inspiration.

Participants are challenged to experiment beyond their creative boundaries, consider possibilities offered by their teachers and peers, and use their medium to relate their ideas to content. Using a range of materials and skills, participants develop their existing abilities and acquire new drawing, painting and photography skills. During Art on the Farm, students complete excellent portfolio pieces for advanced placement and college applications.
Art on the Farm - 3 week international teen summer art programme:

Make art in Ireland this summer, studying painting, drawing & photography. Live on our family farm, work in a beautiful studio, and travel the county from Dublin to the West. This three week course is ideal for those building a portfolio for advanced placement and college applications.
Kenilworth Language Institute, Dublin
Courses / Programs
The Kenilworth Language Institute is an ideal place to study in Dublin. It combines ease of access to the city centre with a calm and quiet environment that is perfect for learning. Our summer school for ages 13 - 17 aims to provide tuition in a happy, fun and stimulating environment. The emphasis is on improving the student's skills work, particularly their oral ability.

Students benefit greatly from staying with an Irish family, which affords an opportunity to converse, and encounter new cultural experiences, in a natural and warm environment.

Kenilworth Language Institute is recognised by the Irish Department of Education as a Language School for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.

                
Summer School in July and August for young learners ages 13 - 17:

- There are classes between 9.30 and 13.30, with sports activities and excursions in the afternoons.

- Homestay programme with an Irish family.
Learning Experiences Ireland
Courses / Programs
During the summer months Learning-Experiences-Ireland offers a unique Study English and Music in Ireland - Homestay Programme for young people including beginner language learners. The two week programme is open to young people of all ages and has been designed by professional cellist, composer and educator, Adele O'Dwyer. Ms. O'Dwyer has 25 years of teaching experience and is a TESOL certified language teacher.

The Study English and Music in Ireland - Homestay Programme offers a unique combination of language and music learning in a beautiful Irish countryside setting. The programme is designed to be intimate in nature as a maximum of 4 young people are accepted for each two-week session. The programme incorporates language building activities through daily classes in English as well as participation in musical, recreational and home-based activities.
Study English and Music in Ireland - Homestay Programme for young musicians of all ages. The two-week course is offered in June, July and August.
Brushstrokes Art School, Dublin
Courses / Programs
Brushstrokes Art School provide quality art classes in Ongar, Dublin 15 (close to Blanchardstown) for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Our kids classes take place on Saturday mornings and run on a continuous basis throughout the year. You can join at any time once we have a vacancy in the class of your choice, at 11am or 12.15pm

Our art classes for children are designed to ensure a balance between the innate abilities that all children possess, while also creating a relaxed and fun learning environment that allows for natural and structured progression at their own pace. They work with water-based paints, pastels, pencils and paper. Some children also work with oil paints.

We work with them and introduce them to different drawing and colouring techniques and we guide them to choose their own compositions. We don't enforce our views but allow them to take on board the techniques as it suits them.
- Art classes for children ages 6-12. Our classes are held on Saturdays at 11am and 12.15pm throughout the year. A term is one class per week for 10 weeks.