Address : Russian Federation, 344092, Rostov-on-Don,
Kapustin str., 18/2.
Phone: (863-2) -
74-56-16, (863-2) - 35-00-95.
In a course of political, economic and cultural changes of our
society there came a need to create an educational model of
raising a child as individual apt to entirely percept the world,
to hold moral values and to be able to adapt to an ever changing
world. These are the basic problems facing the "PHINIST"
"PHINIST" school was founded in 1993 by the group
of school teachers and scientists of the Rostov State University.
The school staff consists of well-trained, highly qualified
specialists, 8 of them have science Degrees, 2 teachers were
selected and named as "Soros High School Teachers".
The school comprises four stages: preschool, primary school,
junior school and high school headed by one Principal Z.V.
Miroshnikova, the Honored Teacher of the Russian Federation.
The Day Board "PHINIST" school is open from 8 a.m.
till 6 p.m. During the day children are provided with 4 meals,
medical care, and skilled teaching. All these factors made
it possible to form a model of basic and extracurricular studies
and activities which take in account
age and personal individualities
of our students;
changing different activities
(including learning process) into doing sports, enjoying recreation,
walking outdoors, clubs and sections according to pupils'
tastes and interests.
When curriculum designing the ideas of developing education
were used (search and rehabilitation of pupils unclaimed abilities,
research approach to the subject delivery) as well as programming
teaching of educational cybernetics (reliable teacher-pupil
feedback support to control and correct the pupil's subject
The rhythm and pace of teaching are correlated with regular
results of psychological and physical investigations of the
school-students. Much attention is given to physical training
and special classes of psychological relaxation and self-regulation.
The bringing up system is based on the family-like model.
Much attention is paid to aesthetics because art is both a
universal means of communication and a means of forming creative
activities in a child.
As a result of cooperation with the Rostov State University
many school graduates enter different higher institutions
and study there successfully.
The "PHINIST" staff consider an environment protection
and description of environmental objects to be one of the
most important problems nowadays. Too many ways of people's
activity influence greatly on the environmental processes
that cause unforeseen, unchangeable results. That's why it
is very important to analyze and predict the influence of
any activity on the eco-system before beginning this or that
"PHINIST" school is realizing the program of the
environmental education and upbringing of the school-students.
The program is aimed at not only academic but some kinds of
practical activities such as:
collecting and recording different
data about the Don and Temernik rivers' watershed conditions;
chemical, spectral and biological
analyses of the collected water samples and the river bed
working out computer programs
for statistical analysis of the results of the investigations,
and modeling possible consequences of human interference in
Our school has been involved in "Eco-Bridge School Linkages
Project" since 1994 to 1998. We have developed a joint
environmental research project in collaboration with our partners
from Oak-Ridge High School (TN, USA).
On the whole our work was organized like this: Oak-Ridge
students kept a look-out of forest succession. They conducted
a study of the growth patterns of various species of trees
to assess the overall health of the local watershed. Numerous
data was collected and recorded in the field by them. Rostov
students developed a computer model of the site under observation
which enabled them to make predictions on forest succession.
This project had opened new possibilities for them to apply
their theoretical skills to the search to solve environmental
problems of life importance.
Since 1998 "PHINIST" school is taking part in the
international ecological program GLOBE - Global Learning and
Observation for Benefit of Environment. In the frame of this
program our students:
investigate the Temernik river
( a branch of the Don river) as part of a total eco-system
that includes its watershed;
conduct scientific inquiry
into the biological, physical and chemical aspects of the
explore human use of the Don
and the Temernik and the environmental impact of human activity
on the rivers.
The staff of "PHINIST" noticed that participation
in this program has enriched the students, teachers and the
contents of educational process. In fact, Ecology has become
an integrating factor which stimulates students to study chemistry,
physics, biology, mathematics, computing, foreign languages
and humanities at school. Moreover the students of our school
learn to evaluate human impact on environment and define immediate
and long-term environmental threats to the watershed. Thus,
they learn to behave and act in accordance with their investigational
results, trying not to influence the environment in a wrong