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About Budapest Afterschool

We are an English school in the heart of Buda, which provides an English-speaking environment for primary and secondary school children by offering them a variety of sessions with native speaking English teachers, supplementing their formal school education.

A little history

Budapest Afterschool was founded by two mothers, Melanie and Marianna, in 2016 who wanted the best of both worlds for their children. With two daughters, one second language learner and one native-level English speaker, both attending the Hungarian school system, they wanted to create an afternoon school that helped strengthen and nurture children’s academic English while still letting them experience living in Hungary (and for Hungarians to experience a little slice of Britain). They set out to create a school and a community that they would be happy for their child to be a part of, both as educationalists and – more importantly – as parents themselves.

The curriculum, designed by Ms Melanie herself, is a perfect mix of the national curriculum for England and Wales and the unique needs of expat native speaker children. The cross-curricular approach and the teachers engaging and hands-on teaching method ensures that our English as Second Language learners will also consider English more than just a “useful school subject”.

Read more about Ms Melanie’s life and work for more information.

What we offer

We have different levels from beginners to university entrance level:

English for Native Speakers (ENL)

From kindergarteners to older teens, we provide academic English classes for native speakers.

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Unique Special-Interest Courses

We provide hands-on and experience-based special-interest thematic courses in Design and Science from young children to teens.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language courses (ESL) are for children who have studied, -or are currently studying English. We cater for all levels and ages from 5 to 16.

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And special events for Afterschoolers and the wider public throughout the year:

Children's Workshop

Thematic art and educational workshops for all ages.

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Seasonal Study Trips

Interactive and educational study trips in Autumn and Spring.

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Family Programmes

Special family programmes for Afterschoolers thorughout the school year.

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About our classes

Methodology is hands-on and enjoyable. Our aim is to give children, who may be attending more traditional content and test-centred schools, access to a different style of learning which encourages them to be pro-active and develops their cognitive and creative skills alongside their English.

Teaching Materials are taken from the best available from British and American providers.

Classes are 90 minutes long on the weekday afternoons, in small groups in our beautiful central Buda location.

Our Fantastic Team

Meet the amazing team of Budapest Afterschool! All our teachers are English native speaker teacher practitioners, who believe that good teaching is based on good relationships with the children, as much as creative child-centred activities and thorough planning.

Meet our wonderful staff

Ms Melanie
School Director

Besides being our wonderful school director, Ms Melanie also teaches the advanced classes.

Ms Eszter
Office Manager

Eszter is from Hungary, and she is currently studying psychology. She manages all non-educational matters.

And our dedicated teachers

Ms Zarai

Ms Zarai is an energetic teacher from California.

Ms Deanna

Ms Deanna is a passionate American from Pennsylvania.

Ms Debbie

Ms Debbie hails from Scotland but has lived in Hungary since 1992.

Ms Mishel

Ms Mishel is our wonderful teacher from Britain.

Would you like to join our team?

We are always looking forward to meeting new people! Learn more about our teaching opportunities and let us know if you would be interested in joining us as an English native speaker teacher in Budapest for first and second language students.

Afterschool Calendar for 2022/23

Our school calendar follows the school year of Hungarian schools. We give out reports in January and June and schedule family events throughout the year and Summer Camps in June and July.

Sneak-Peek into our Community and Classes

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures of us in action!

Testimonials from Afterschooler Parents

Andrew, Max’s dad

Max enjoys the [Rock and Roll, Baby!] classes, where there is much singing, movement, instrument playing (bashing!) and games.  There is also half an hour before hand of tea/biscuits and English chat.  It’s a great set up.  I would recommend to anyone.

David, Ali’s dad

“Our son has grown hugely in confidence in speaking English and has greatly expanded his vocabulary from his classes at BAS over the past 2 years. He has benefitted from exposure to a stimulating range of subjects and new ideas – and has made good friends. It has been great!”

Jonathan, Cosimo’s dad

The Budapest Afterschool has been one of the most fantastic decisions we’ve made for our child. He is growing up with three languages which has been very difficult on him. Prior to joining the school he was barely speaking at all, saying at most just a few words. He was also extremely shy any time someone tried to speak to him. After just the first few months of attending, our son began to turn in to a chatter box and started to actively respond and speak to people. His English speaking continues to strengthen and the school has now become his favourite part of the week.

Stella, Cosimo’s mum

The staff employs multiple ways of engaging with the children, teaching them through interaction and via various activities that has them excited before, during and after the classes. They also host multiple events which provide opportunities for both networking and continuing exposure to the language outside of a classroom setting for the kids. And lest I forget to mention it is staffed by some of the loveliest people we’ve had the privilege of getting to know since we moved here!

Kriszta, Bori’s mum

This school is a cool opportunity to acquire a foreign language to a native-like level, while the students studying here receive up-to-date and fascinating knowledge about the world.