Zanneio Experimental Junior High School: Profile & History
Zanneio Experimental Junior High School has a long, respected history in secondary education. It is named after Nikitas Tzanne or Zannis, a national benefactor who bequeathed his fortune to the municipality of Pireaus. In 1874, his wife founded ‘Zanneio Male Orphanage’ which was to become ‘Zanneio Technical Gymnasium’, a technical secondary school of outstanding reputation because of the model and innovative teaching practices it adopted. Due to major educational reforms, it stopped being a technical school to become ‘Zanneio Experimental Gymnasium and Lyceum’ in 1985 till 2011. In 2013 it was renamed to ‘Zanneio Μodel Experimental Junior High School/Gymnasium’ and together with ‘Zanneio Μodel Experimental Senior High School/Lyceum’ has shared the same building since 1956.
As a model experimental school, its students used to be chosen from a large number of candidates, through a rigorous and competitive examination. Also, its teaching staff was selected through an assessment process and has rich and diverse educational experience as well as excellent academic qualifications of postgraduate and even doctoral level. Due to another educational reform that took place in 2015, the school is now registered as an experimental school and its students must be chosen through a random lottery that takes place each year in May.
Zanneio Experimental Junior High School has been accredited with the British Council International School Award (Full Accreditation) for the academic years 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, a prestigious international award which recognises and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools. It has taken part in different actions such as eTwinning or competitions such as le concour de la Francophonie, winning eTwinning Quality Labels and Francophonie awards.
In its long history, the school has organized various activities including art exhibitions, conferences, training sessions (for teachers, students, staff and parents), student exchanges etc. Moreover, it runs after school clubs which seek to extend the teaching and learning that takes place during the normal school program. Clubs offered may range from specific academic areas to art and craft activities or from social opportunities and skills to specialised hobbies and interests (i.e. Cinema and Reading Clubs, Science and Robotics Clubs, Algorithm Club, Sports clubs, Chess club, Art club etc.). There is also a wide variety of extra-curricular educational programmes from cultural and environmental programmes to health education ones such as anti-bullying programmes that the school has pioneered in when it started running such a programme in 2009. A school newspaper called “Zizanio” which resembles more a literary magazine features contemporary, innovative and original new writing from the next generation of literary talent. All these extracurricular activities give students the opportunity not only to improve their academic but also their life skills. As an experimental school, unequivocally, seeks innovation in lower secondary education.
Dr Ioannis Frligkos (School Principal)
Dr Andreas Rigatos (Vice Principal)
Address: 6 Κolokotroni Street
Post Code: 185 31 Piraeus, Greece
Tel: +30 210 4171858