We teach to create the future!


The School of the Free and Caring is a model of a Ukrainian school whose task is to educate a free, happy, dignified, open and caring person who is able to respond to changes in the world, set goals and achieve them on the basis of values, knowledge and experience.

We consider it part of our mission to share our positive experience and knowledge with the educational system in Ukraine and abroad.

team members

Our goal is to open 5 schools in Lviv and 100 across Ukraine, as this is the only way to create a tangible impact on education in the country as a whole. We already have 2 schools in Lviv. They are united by common values, curriculum and quality of teaching.

By the time our children are in the 4th grade, they know enough English to communicate with native speakers. They also have lessons in chess, drama, thinking, cooking and cycling classes..
And also… 30% of their time is spent outdoors.

We create a school where you want to learn!

Our values:

  • Freedom
  • Tolerance towards others
  • Positive thinking
  • Will
  • Team spirit
  • Indifference
  • Active life position
  • Free mind
  • Courage
  • Kindness
  • Innovation and openness to new things
  • Responsibility
  • Love and respect for your own
  • Perseverance
  • Dignity
  • Tolerance for one’s own and other’s mistakes

By the end of their fourth year at School of Free and Caring, our children will

  • have knowledge of the general school curriculum according to the state standards of Ukraine;
  • be able to communicate in English at A1 level;
  • be able to use e-mail and search engines easily;
  • learn to work as a team;
  • master the skills of swimming in two styles;
  • will be able to ride a two-wheeled bike and play table tennis;
  • be able to cook delicious food;
  • know how to play chess.


  • Viktoriia Khrystenko

    managing partner of the education department at the !FEST emotions holding

    Victoria graduated from University with an “English philology” major KMBS School of Educational Managers. For a long time, she has held the position of project manager at the !FEST Emotions Holding. Since the foundation of the school, she has been responsible for the educational direction of the Holding. She is the founder of the NGO “Help for Children of the Heroes”, a member of the Board of Trustees of Okhmatdyt, a member of the Lviv City Council, and the head of the Standing Committee on Education and Science at the Lviv City Council. Mother of three children. Her main hobbies are swimming and skiing.

  • Oles Pohranichnyi

    Director of Mission and Values (Mission and Values Director) at School of the Free and Caring

    In 2019, he graduated from the School of Educational Managers (a joint programme of KMBS and Osvitoria). Specialist in communications management, editor, journalist. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Journal E. In 2016-2017, he was the press secretary of the head of the Donetsk Military-Civilian Administration. Secretary of the Ukrainian-Polish media community. Participant of the Revolution on Granite, climber, traveler.

  • Olga Gis

    Strategic Director of the School of the Free and Caring

    Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, psychologist, teacher of the highest category. Winner of the Fulbright International Scholarship in Education. She was an intern in the United States (The Torrance Centre for Creativity and Talent Development).

    She is the author of textbooks and manuals:
    – Planet of Reasoning series – for the development of productive thinking of primary school children;
    – innovative mathematics textbooks for grades 1-4;
    – The School of Reasoning series (mathematics, thinking, alphabet) – to prepare children for school.

Our team

  • Holub Solomiya

  • Holub Sofiya

    responsible for the Adventure and Leadership School program
  • Vechorek Andrian

    teacher of the School of Adventure and Leadership club
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Frequently asked questions:

  • At what age are children admitted to the zero grade?

    As of 1 September, children must be 5.5 years old.

  • Can I join the programme in the middle of the school year?

    Yes, if there are vacancies in the class, we accept new students in the middle of the school year. Before signing the contract, we always hold trialclasses, which can last 1-2 weeks, to understand whether the child feels comfortable joining the class.

  • Do I have to pay for transportation?

    No. Parents take to and pick up their children from the School on their own.

  • Does the School have a uniform?

    Yes, we have our own mandatory school uniform, namely a T-shirt, a long-sleeved sweater, a hoodie and a raincoat. There is also a uniform for sports lessons from the School of Hardening. The uniform, together with a package of textbooks, is part of the mandatory starter pack that each student receives at the beginning of the school year.

  • Is there any food for children?

    Yes, we have a full,and three meal plan a day, which is included in the tuition fee. In addition to the general menu, we also have a vegetarian, lactose-free and a gluten-free menu.

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