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Stories

Student Anne-Maria Matejas | They understand me here
Anne-Maria Matejas is a member of Mensa. She already had an individual study plan at her elementary school and passed a number of subjects with schoolmates several years older. When she was only ten, she left her home for a boarding school some 380 kilometers away. Her first weeks there were not at all easy; she missed her family. In spite of that, when back at home every weekend, she enthusiastically told her parents how happy she was at the Open Gate grammar school in Babice, central Bohemia.

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Student Tomáš Titěra: Open Gate is not a snobby school
He was often bored at his desk in elementary school, even though it was a selective Prague language school. He believed that Open Gate, which was recommended by his teachers, was a boarding school for the rich only. Then he changed his opinion and spent eight years there with support from The Kellner Family Foundation. He spent his last year at Open Gate preparing for the International Baccalaureate and continued studies in the Netherlands. Read all his thoughts here.

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Student Vladimír Kuliš: I don’t like homework, but it’s necessary
Life was rough for Vladimír, as he ended up in a children’s home at age nine. He is at Open Gate now and plans to study law in England after graduation. He only visits his friends at the home in Hodonín once in a while now. But he knows that his story can give hope to children who have no place to live, as he experienced years ago. Read the full interview to see how Vladimír rates Open Gate.

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Student Dominika Kouřilová: The school opened up a new world for me
Dominika was born in a small village in the Vysočina highland area. Schoolmates at the local elementary school would show her that she was obviously different. Thanks to a grant from The Kellner Family Foundation, she can attend Open Gate. And a bullied little girl is slowly becoming a self-confident young lady who is considering university abroad. She would like to be a vet one day. Read more about how the school changed her story.

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Martin Lněnička, principal of a children’s home: The school gives children from children’s homes a better starting position
Roman and Alica came to Open Gate from the Children’s Home in Prague-Dolní Počernice. Both have obtained grants from The Kellner Family Foundation. Martin Lněnička, the principal of the children’s home, says studying at the school has opened new opportunities for them – opportunities that are available to any gifted child regardless of their socio-economic background. Read more in our interview with the principal.

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Lenka Trpišovská, a student’s mom: I am glad we found the courage eventually
Václav, Lenka Trpišovská’s son, obtained a grant to attend Open Gate from The Kellner Family Foundation. His mom sent him to school a bit worried. A focused student came back to her for vacations. Read how the entire family felt when 11-year-old Václav left for a boarding school.

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