School profiles

2nd General Lyceum, Xanthi- Greece

 It is the second senior high school (lyceum) in the town of Xanthi and it is considered to be a comprehensive school. The average number of students is about 500- 550 and their age is 15-18.

Most of the students belong to the working class or even to families with quite a low income. The largest percentage of them are Christians but due to the multicultural environment of our town there is a considerable amount of Muslim students.

Moreover, there are Muslim students coming from the mountainous region of the area who are called pomaks and who speak their own dialect. Also, students who are descendants of the returnees from the Black Sea attend lessons too. It is obvious that different languages (Greek, Turkish, and the Pomak dialect) are spoken in our school and all students together with the teachers coexist harmoniously.

Last but not least, most of the teachers participate every year in training sessions organized by different educational bodies or organizations. A few of them hold a post graduate degree in their field .

All in all, the headmaster and the teachers are willing and they are constantly trying to make the school more appealing to students, especially now that our country is suffering due to the crisis and the austere measures that we have to conform to.

 I.I.S. Vittorio Emanuele II, Naples – Italy 

It is a technical and vocational school with three different 5-year courses, one based on administration, marketing and languages, one based on ICT commercial promotion and advertising and the third based on social studies.

The school population is approximately 800 students, of which 30 are in condition of disability. There are 100 teachers and staff.

The institute operates in an area with a high socio-economic disadvantage and at high risk of drop-out.

The majority of the students comes from a working- class environment which has traditionally suffered from a lack of opportunity. The school represents the only opportunity for growth.

The students have separate subject teachers. Each group of students (class) has a tutor teacher who has function of co-ordination of educational and teaching activities. Specialized teachers allow the full integration of pupils with disabilities and learning problem ( curricula differentiations and long term personal support actions). The school has three foreign languages laboratories, a computer commercial art laboratory, two computer laboratories, a library, two gymnasium, an artistic laboratory and a scientific laboratory. Each classroom has digital equipment: computers internet connection, projectors and projection screens.

Queen Jadwiga Complex of Schools no4, Dąbrowa Górnicza – Poland

It is located about 5 km from the center of Dąbrowa Górnicza.

The school consist of three units: a Kindergarten, a Primary School and a Junior High School. There are over 500 pupils and 60 teachers in the school. Our school teaches general subjects. The school has well-equipped classrooms. We use a lot of multimedia while teaching. Most classrooms are equipped with projectors and laptops. We have two computer labs and a multimedia room for learning foreign languages. The school has a modern gym and a swimming pool. The are also two common rooms, where students spend their time before and after lessons.

We focus on working closely with parents. We monitor students threatened with the phenomenon of drop-out. We organize meetings and activities with the school educator for students requiring our support. Teachers conduct different extra classes. There are organised special trainings for the teachers, their aim is to improve the qualifications of the teaching staff.

Among our students there are some students from the local Caring – Educational Place – children from broken families, children with difficulties.

We care about the future of our students so we conduct job counselling, we help them in choosing a profession or field of education.

We integrate the school community through the organisation of various school events.

Escola Secundária Fernão Mendes Pinto, Almada – Portugal 

The school is composed of 1020 students and 94 teachers. It offers 3rd cycle courses for children aged between 12-14 years old; general secondary courses, divided into four main subject areas – sciences, arts, economic and social sciences and humanities; professional courses (Tourism, Events and Design) and one vocational course.

Fernão Mendes Pinto, the school patron, was an adventurous Portuguese explorer and writer who wrote in the 16th century, in Almada, “Peregrina-ção”, a unique travel journal and worldwide appreciated masterpiece which described his journeys.

Being for an “inclusive education”, the school accepts students’ differences, supports them in their learning pro-cess and tries to respond to individual needs. Deeply motivated to prevent school failure, social exclusion and dropout, it has promoted strategies and initiatives in order to help students overcome their difficulties: mentoring programmes, alternative curri-cula, increased aid in specific areas, tailored evaluation, assistance to students with special needs.

It aims at promoting equal educational opportunities, in an atmosphere of tolerance, mutual understanding, solidarity and responsibility, and preparing active citizens able to contribute to innovative social changes in the future.

Projects play a very important role in students’ education since they are considered excellent opportunities to open minds and broaden horizons.

ÇİĞLİ FEN LİSESİ, Ismir (Sasali Cigli),  Turkey 

Our school founded with a prep class in 1995-1996 educational year with its previous name “Izmir Anatolian Teacher Training High School” within a High School in Çiğli District of Izmir.

In 2001, the school was moved to the current building in Sasalı, Çiğli. In 2006 the school dormitory with the capacity of 144 students and a housing with six flats for the school personnel were opened near the school building. The school continued to education as Teacher Training High School until 2014 when the school became a Science High School and its name was changed as “Çiğli Science High School”. Today we have 450 students in 9th, 10th and 11th classes in Çiğli Science High School and 100 students in 12th classes in Izmir Anatolian Teacher Training High School. When the 12th class students graduate in 2017, Izmir Anatolian Teacher Training High School will be completely over.

Students who have 97-100 % success degree in the general exam after Secondary School in Turkey have the opportunity to study in our school.

At present, we have one headmaster and four assistant directors in the management, thirty-nine teachers and ten staff at school.

In the school, all of the classrooms have smart boards with internet connection. We have a big sports hall, an ICT room, Biology-Physics-Chemistry labs, Art- Music-Geography-Chess rooms and 24 more classrooms.

In our School, English language and German as the second language are taught. We work on international projects like Erasmus+ to provide the teachers and students the chance to improve their English and German and exchange of culture and information by meeting with people from other countries.

Teachers and students work on different projects for TUBITAK Science Fair and on other international projects. Students are also actively involved in sports and chess tournaments, music competitions and formal debates where they have good results. Other activities are art exhibition, theatrical and literary performances. Also seminars and conferences on different subjects are held by university lecturers in our school.

The success rate in the university exam is above 80 % that most of our students continue their studies in engineering, education, law, medicine, etc.

Our school has been given the prize of “Clean School, Healthy School” by the Ministry of Health for its cleanness for the second time since 2011. Our school has also “Nutrition Friend” certificate for healthy nutrition.