Our mission is to help each child grow into creative, self-confident individuals and thought leaders who excel in their life endeavours.
We believe education is a journey filled with discovery and adventure. Each student has the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge needed to succeed on the next part of the journey, wherever it may lead them.
As a private international school, our goal is to prepare children for a different world, one that is highly challenging and where maintaining a balance between acquiring knowledge and promoting the joy of discovery is key to a child’s journey.
We look forward to meeting parents who want to join and work with us on providing the best learning environment for their children.
HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia
HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia is a member of the Royal Family of Yugoslavia and a great-niece of HM Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and 100th in line to the throne of England.
HRH Princess Katarina was born in London, the daughter of HRH Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia (the younger brother of the last King of Yugoslavia, Peter II) and HRH Princess Margarita of Baden. Her father, Prince Tomislav, was the second son of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia who married Maria, the daughter of King Ferdinand I of Romania. Princess Katarina’s mother, Princess Margarita, was the daughter of Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, the sister of HRH Prince Philip. Her maternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was the granddaughter of Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse, the second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Maria’s maternal grandfather was Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Therefore, Katarina is related to the British Royal Family from both her father and her mother’s side of the family.
HRH Princess Katarina’s patronage of Arcadia Academy is very much in keeping with her efforts to promote education around the world and reaches back to her family ties to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. We deeply appreciate her effort in helping Arcadia Academy reach its goals on both a Montenegrin and international level.
Mrs Galina Couture , Managing Director, Founder, Member of the School Board
Galina Couture graduated with honours from the Faculty of Philology, University of Moscow, Russia. She was the marketing director of Cyscom Limited, an international software technology company specializing in cloud based business applications. As mother of two children growing up in a bilingual home with very different cultural influences, she has a deep understanding of the educational challenges and opportunities for children integrating into the global environment.
Mr Milija Bozovic, Head of School / Academic Director, Member of the School Board
Milija acquired the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK, where he studied English and Applied Linguistics. He is currently studying for a PhD in Empirical and Applied Linguistics at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in Germany, where his research is on corrective feedback in ASR-based computer-assisted pronunciation training (CAPT) programmes. He specialized in Education and Pedagogy and taught in the UK at EF International Language School – Clare College Cambridge, later at the Educational Centre Momentum and at Knightsbridge School Montenegro, before stepping up into leadership at Arcadia Academy.
Professional organizations and societies:Cambridge Society of Montenegro (President); UK Alumni Association of Montenegro (MAUK); University of Cambridge Alumni; St. Edmund’s College Alumni; Cambridge Linguistic Society; DPLCG – Applied Linguistics Society of Montenegro; Sigma Tau Delta – International English Honour Society; CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium); EuroCALL (European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning); TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Mr. Prem Couture, Financial Director, Member of the School Board
Graduate with BA Honors in Sociology, specializing in social statistical sciences from Carleton University and University of Toronto, Canada. He is the founder of several international internet software businesses including co-founder to J2C the first UK B2B portal. He was the Chief Architect that developed and brought to the market a comprehensive Cloud Computing Platform and applications to major IT service companies such as Hewlett-Packard. He has designed and deployed 14 SaaS applications in a range of verticals – Finance, Education, IT services, Real Estate, Oil and Gas, Wholesale and Retail.
Mr Mark McLaughlin, Head of Academic Programme
Mark has a Master of Philosophy Degree from Manchester University (UK) and an Advanced Certificate of Education from Leicester University (UK). He has a wealth of educational experience gained over many years which includes Head teacher, Executive Head teacher and School Principal in the UK and the Middle East. These roles have been complemented by becoming a Local Leader of Education, School Improvement Partner, Leadership Development Consultant, School Improvement Advisor & Professional Development Trainer/Facilitator. He has successfully completed a number of complex educational leadership challenges in the UK and the international setting.
Mr Aleksandar Perovic, Administrator
Alex finished the School of Shipping, Shipbuilding and Waterway Civil Engineering in Belgrade. Here he gained knowledge in transport, mechanical engineering and metal working, and civil engineering and geodesy. He holds an ECDL certificate (European Computer Driving License), physical protection certificate from the Montenegrin Ministry of Internal Affairs and has completed the First Aid training at Azalea Maritime Training Centre LLC. He has worked for the Yugoslavian Navy and on different trade ships.
Miss Branka Markovic, Preschool Teacher
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Miss Nicola Nielson, Year 1 and Preschool Teacher
Nicola was born and raised in England and after graduating a top leading performing arts college she went on to have a 16 year career dancing and teaching in theatres all over the world. Through a love of teaching performing arts she decided to obtain a TEFL certificate in the USA, after which she decided to become a TESOL/EFL teacher. Nicola went on to teach English in Belgrade Serbia then moved to Montenegro in 2010. She has taught English to kindergarten toddlers’ all the way to business level adults. To keep her theatrical side alive Nicola has also been teaching Jazz, Ballet and Fitness to all ages in local dancing schools. Being a very versatile and dedicated teacher Nicola believes in creating an effective environment for children to learn and have fun, so each child can reach their own wonderful, individual potential.
Miss Jasna Vulevic, Year 2 Teacher
Jasna has received her Bachelor`s Degree at the Department for English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niksic, Montenegro and she completed her Specialist Translation Studies at the Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Montenegro in Podgorica in 2009. Since then she has been improving both translating and teaching skills with an aim to remove cultural and language barriers for the better understanding. Jasna is very interested in researching the educational system of second and foreign language.
Miss Natalie Santiyani, Year 3 Teacher
Miss Natalie has her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) endorsement, from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She also has a Masters degree in International Social Work and Community Development from Durham University in Durham, England. She has had the opportunity to teach in schools within the United States and the UK, working with various age groups (aged 5-12). Miss Natalie believes the best way to make the world a better place is by educating those who hold the key to the future. Molding and teaching the minds of our youth is a job she does not take lightly. Miss Natalie has a great passion for education, travel, cooking, reading and dogs
Miss Rebecca Peters, Year 4 Teacher and Literacy Coordinator
Miss Rebecca loves travelling, teaching and tea. After teaching English in Taiwan for two years, she promptly returned to the UK to gain a UK teaching certification and has since taught in primary schools in both the UK and Mexico.
Rebecca believes that the key to education is enabling students to become independent learners. One of the ways she does this is by creating a classroom environment built on trust and respect and by building each student’s self-confidence. She firmly believes that classrooms should be inviting places where students feel valued and safe to take learning risks.
Miss Ruth Burns, Year 5/6 Teacher
Ruth is from London and joins us from Jordan where she was working as Year 4 home room teacher. Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and originally pursued a career as an accountant, before her love of teaching took her on a different path. Over the past 10 years, Ruth has worked as home room and specialist EAL teacher in London, Egypt, The United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Along with experience of the Cambridge Curriculum, Ruth holds Category 1 and 2 Primary Years Programme certification and likes to use enquiry based learning strategies to ensure her students are lifelong learners.
Mr Gojko Ostojic, Spanish, ESL, History and Geography Teacher
Gojko has received his Bachelor’s Degree at the Department for Business English at the Faculty of Foreign Languages – Mediterranean University in Podgorica, Montenegro. At the same university, he finished his Specialist Studies at the Department of Teaching English and English literature.
Gojko also obtained a certificate for teaching Spanish in elementary and high schools from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, Serbia. He has been improving his Spanish through different courses, and his main aim is to make his students ”fall in love” with the two most popular languages in the world, using modern and creative techniques.
Miss Bojana Djukovic-Barakovic, English Teacher and Teacher Trainer
Bojana received her BA in Education with an emphasis on teaching English as a Second Language from Arizona State University. She graduated Suma Cum Laude. Upon completion of the BA degree, Bojana was accepted to Arizona State University to study Curriculum and Instruction in Education.
Bojana taught in several high needs schools in the Southwest United States, and was recruited for the position of the Language Acquisition Specialist in the middle school. In this role, Bojana focused on teacher professional development in the area of second language acquisition where students speak more than 25 languages, and come to the United States from various countries. Bojana was promoted as the district level English Language Learners Program Coach, at the largest elementary school district in Arizona. In this position, Bojana worked on preparing and delivering training not only for the teachers, but also for the principals, and district level personnel with the focus on second language acquisition.
Mr Chris Burns, PE Teacher and Afterschool Activities Coordinator
Chris is from England and graduated with BSc Honours in Sports Science from the University of Bolton in 2004 and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the same University. He coached youth football for 5 years in the USA where he was co-founder and head coach of English Premier Soccer Camps and Clinics in Massachusetts. Chris has many years experience teaching whole school physical education across British Curriculum and International Baccalaureate schools in the UK, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Chris likes to make lessons engaging, challenging and fun.
Mr Bozidar Bukilic, English Teacher
Božidar Bukilić is an IB and IGCSE English teacher and examiner. He has a BA in English Language and Literature (graduated summa cum laude) and a joint double MSc degree in Computational Linguistics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of the Algarve. He has been teaching English in Spain and Peru in international British colleges. He has a passion for learning languages, child language acquisition, and forensic linguistics.
Mr Mladen Begovic, Maths Teacher
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Miss Ana Nikolic, Science Teacher
Miss Ana obtained her university degree from the Natural Sciences Faculty at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. After being involved in numerous scientific projects with respect to the exploration of flora and fauna, Miss Ana moved to Montenegro where she taught Biology, Chemistry and Healthy Lifestyles in various primary and secondary schools. She joins Arcadia Academy to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the Secondary and IGCSE level and is eager to inspire the students, spark their interest in Science and foster discovery in the Science lab.
Mr Bojan Djukovic, Music Teacher
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Miss Tijana Luksic, German Teacher
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Miss Aleksandra Filipovic, French Teacher
Miss Aleksandra obtained the French Language and Literature degree from the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. During her studies she spent a year in France, Paris, living with a French family. After several years of working in public and private language schools in Belgrade, she has decided to come back to her hometown Tivat. Aleksandra enjoys working with children, they make her a more knowledgeable person.
There is a saying “You give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Miss Aleksandra believes this must be a philosophy of a good teacher.
Miss Maja Dobrovic, Music Teacher
Currently on maternity leave
Maja graduated from the Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute of Music, Baltimore, USA. She also studied at the Belgrade Academy of Music and USC School of Music. Maja played with various Symphony and Concert Orchestras, chamber groups and attended master classes by many world-renowned musicians and conductors. Maja played for various movie and theatre music recordings, ethno, jazz, rock and experimental bands.
Maja enjoys working with children and has experience in Early Childhood Music Education teaching and workshops. She joins Arcadia Academy to teach music, choir and history of art. As a violin, viola and piano teacher she worked at the International School of Music in Washington DC and Columbia Community Music School. Maja currently also teaches violin at the Tivat Music School and conducts children’s choir of the Holy Martyrs of Prevlaka.
Testimonials from our alumni
Currently at Bellerbys College, UK
“I spent 5 years in total at Arcadia Academy and it was a perfect introduction to my IGCSEs in the UK. I was able to fit straight in without any gaps in my knowledge or confidence! It really allowed me to adjust easily. I loved it!”
Currently at Bromsgrove School, UK
“I spent two years at Arcadia Academy and met a lot of new friends. It was a challenge to learn everything in English but I had additional EAL support. Now I can study in England! I will never forget my friends, kind teachers, afterschool activities and excursions. Thank you Arcadia!”
CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Arcadia Academy is a private international school, accredited by Cambridge Assessment International Education (previously called Cambridge International Examinations), the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds, and part of the University of Cambridge. Click here to find Arcadia Academy on the Cambridge Assessment International Education website. Find out more about Cambridge qualifications here.
MONTENEGRO MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
Arcadia Academy is fully licensed by the Montenegrin Ministry of Education.License number: 060-87
COUNCIL OF BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
COBIS Members are schools of good quality which have either successfully completed inspection of school development and improvement with a body recognised by COBIS (currently the CIS), or have satisfied COBIS of their suitability and committed to a BSO inspection within three years.
See Arcadia Academy’s member details on the COBIS website here.
Our school is a vibrant and dynamic place to work and we are open to a wide range of applications from qualified teachers all around the world. We are currently accepting applications for the following positions for the school year 2018-2019:
Key Stage 1 Teacher
We are seeking to appoint a qualified and creative primary teacher able to teach a range of subjects (primarily English, Maths and Science) to Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2, age 5-7). Ideal candidate should be a native speaker of English, willing to relocate to Montenegro and familiar with the Cambridge Primary Curriculum Framework. You must have the ability to inspire our pupils and help them become active thinkers and learners. This post would suit a newly qualified or experienced teacher.Further details and an application form may be downloaded from below.
Key Stage 2 Teacher
We are seeking to appoint a qualified and creative primary teacher able to teach a range of subjects (primarily English, Maths and Science) to Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6, age 7-11). Ideal candidate should be a native speaker of English, willing to relocate to Montenegro and familiar with the Cambridge Primary Curriculum Framework. You must have the ability to inspire our pupils and help them become active thinkers and learners. This post would suit a newly qualified or experienced teacher.Further details and an application form may be downloaded from below.