Στο ιδιωτικό Γυμνάσιό μας, τα παιδιά αναπτύσσονται γνωστικά, κοινωνικά και συναισθηματικά, με σκοπό να εξελιχθούν σε ολοκληρωμένες προσωπικότητες μέσα από ένα πρόγραμμα δημιουργικό, ευχάριστο, χρήσιμο και αποτελεσματικό, που ανταποκρίνεται στις ανάγκες της εφηβικής ηλικίας και βασίζεται σε Γνώσεις, Δεξιότητες και Αξίες.
In High School, children learn in a creative, enjoyable, useful and effective way:
Our educational program in the High School is based on the program of the Ministry of Education as well as on our Learning Charter, which is the central axis of our educational planning and describes how a lesson evolves gradually, from grade to grade and from level to level. In High School, we offer the student an extended curriculum that includes the following:
- Enhanced teaching of English
- Enhanced teaching of the second foreign language – French or German
- Enhanced teaching of Physical Education
- Project Based Learning
- Clubs Program with a wide range of interests
The “Life Skills” program is implemented at all levels of our School. Especially in High School children are made aware of the Values of the society through organized experiential activities in the following areas:
- Development of Social and Emotional Skills
- Ecological Awareness – Environment
- Volunteering and Social Contribution
- Internet safety
- Human Rights
Because Digital Skills are now considered equally essential to writing and reading, we have included Coding and Robotics lessons in all our High School grades, including basic concepts of commands and algorithms.
Children are being introduced to the Art of Cinema and the messages it can convey, through the screening of films with a thematic appropriate for the interests and concerns of their age.
Continuing the Methodologies that they have already started since Kindergarten, the students of our High School, through alternative and innovative ways of teaching, experience the educational process in a creative, enjoyable, useful and effective way, while developing 21st Century Skills.
The Study Methodology aims at understanding the basic concepts of the lesson in the classroom and the utilization of creative activities at home, through the proper management of school time and learning objectives. Students develop ways to understand and compose texts more effectively, learn problem-solving techniques and theoretical approach techniques, in order to organize and study more effectively.
Interdisciplinary approach is part of our weekly curriculum with appropriate topics. In this way, students learn how to learn through an exploratory activity that seeks answers to questions and queries. The topic of each project is approached cross-thematically by the team members and according to a specific work plan.
This program is an asset for life as it contributes to properly manage knowledge, develop critical thinking, communicate in the mother tongue and in foreign languages, enhance mathematical thinking etc. At the same time, it promotes cooperation and interaction with team members within a framework of mutual understanding and mutual respect.
Project-Based Learning is based on the elaboration of interdisciplinary research projects that enable students to develop necessary skills, through their active participation in carefully designed research activities, structured around actual problems. This methodology promotes search and evaluation of information, negotiation of ideas, planning and scheduling of actions, drawing of conclusions, development of deliverables, as well as presentation of the results of interdisciplinary / research work to the public.
According to 1:1 Computing Educational Model, the Student Computer is used in the classroom as an auxiliary learning tool that includes constructive learning activities through interactive books, rich digital material, self-assessment exercises etc. The benefits of using the Student Computer are multiple: children carefully attend a lesson that is not at all monotonous, consolidate knowledge, reduce study time at home, act on their own, learn how to learn etc.
English is our basic foreign language and is taught on a daily basis. At the same time, in the framework of the Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) program and with the aim of cultivating 21st century skills, additional courses such as Music, Digital Skills (Coding – Robotics), Technology, STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics), Home Economics and Research Projects are taught in English.
Students are divided into Proficiency Levels in the English course, in order to ensure homogeneity of the group and to organize the preparation for the award of certification diplomas according to the individual pace of each child.
Students are prepared for the award of certification in English in the classroom and without private lessons. Our School is a certified Cambridge ESOL testing center and therefore our students take exams in a familiar environment.
The Mock Test gives the students the possibility to test their strengths under real test conditions and to manage their stress effectively.
The second foreign language – French or German – is taught intensively with the aim of obtaining certifications, solely based on the preparation that takes place in the classroom. Children are divided into homogeneous groups (Proficiency Levels) to obtain diplomas, based on a specific time schedule, following their personal pace. Mock Tests are also carried out in the second foreign language. Our School collaborates with the French Institute of Greece (Institut Français de Grèce) and Goethe Institut and provides all the certifications offered in both languages.
The course of Physical Education is particularly enhanced and includes football, basketball, handball, volleyball, track and field, instrumental and rhythmic gymnastics & traditional dances. The student improves the quality of performance in individual and team sports, develops basic knowledge of technique and tactics and participates in athletic competitions. Also, students who are talented in various sports, are properly trained to participate in internal championships and in the Sports Meetings of Private Schools (ASIS). At the same time, our teams, with selected athletes, are systematically trained during High School for the Panhellenic School Championships.
The activities of the “Healthy Body” program, coordinated by the Department of Physical Education, focus on issues of wellness, health and proper nutrition while at the same time, shaping a culture of active lifestyle, promoting physical activity, exercise and sports inside and outside school.
In this context, the teachers of Physical Education implement the health education program “I do not smoke, I exercise” in the 1st grade of High School, which raises students’ awareness in an experiential way on a serious problem of our time, smoking.
High School offers students the opportunity to prepare for certifications not only in foreign languages (English, French, German) but also in other fields in order to enrich their CV and apply for admission in world-renowned Universities.
The globally recognized British organization Assessment & Qualifications Alliance (AQA) and in particular, the Foundation Project Qualifications program it proposes, provides certification of research projects. Our school provides all 3 Levels of this program. Under the guidance of a teacher, our students develop skills necessary for their professional and / or academic development, gain experience in new fields and study methods, utilize digital tools and enrich their CV with a certification from an internationally recognized body.
The Student Leadership Accreditation (SLA) certification rewards actions that have a positive impact on three key areas: Developing Myself, Contributing to my Community and Working with Others. This certification program is exclusively for members of the British organization Special Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), to which our School belongs. SSAT is a large primary and secondary education network with thousands of members around the world, aiming at improving the educational work through research and innovative actions.
It is a recognized British music certification body. It is addressed to children who study any musical instrument and wish to receive relevant certification at various levels, which can be included in their applications to foreign universities.
Our approach to the characteristics and peculiarities of students is personalized, with interest and respect for their individuality. The Teacher-Mentor holds personal meetings with each student. He/she advises, inspires, supports, guides and plans with the student the implementation of his/ her academic and socio-emotional goals. This is not a typical teacher counseling role, but one of the most widespread methods in encouraging the development of an individual.
The Teacher Counselor operates in each class aiming at guiding, making decisions and taking initiatives by students on collective actions, problem solving in the classroom, the relationship of students between them etc.
Our Career Counseling Centre (STEP) follows the modern perceptions on issues of “career management” and is staffed by specialized counselors-psychologists. Counseling support of the students starts in the 3rd grade of High School with the aim of raising their awareness and make them reflect on issues of personality, skills, values, interests. Through experiential exercises, counseling and educational information teams, the best support and development of an initial planning of students’ careers is sought.
The psychologist focuses exactly on the point where there is an emotional stress and tries to intervene, as effectively as possible, as an external factor. At the same time, she visits the classrooms to discuss various topics with the children and often, she acts alternatively in specific thematic units of various courses, in the context of the interdisciplinary approach of knowledge. She also acts alternatively and supports children with learning difficulties in matters of study techniques, by special seminars.
The Teams operate on afternoon basis. For example:
• Doukas Math Club: Mathematics for talented children preparing for the Kangaroo, the Hellenic Mathematical Society and the American Mathematics Competitions.
• Doukas Model United Nations Team: Preparation for participation in the Model United Nations event which is a simulation of United Nations Conferences by practicing public debate, consultation and critical thinking.
• Social Innovation Team – Doukas Ecomobility Team: Preparation for participation in the Ecomobility campaign of the ECOCITY Organization and raising awareness on issues of ecological transportation with ideas and solutions to the problems of cities. Our team is distinguished every year in the event and in fact, in 2018, won the 1st place in Greece.
• Programming Team: Students learn coding and modern programming languages and get prepared for their participation, with serious chances of being distinguished, in the Panhellenic Informatics Competition.
• Robotics Team: Preparation and participation, with serious chances of being distinguished, in the Panhellenic Educational Robotics Competition organized by WRO Hellas.
• Theatrical Team: Creativity, imagination, artistic expression through improvisations and study of theatrical texts, in parallel with the staging of a theatrical performance.
• Virtual Youth Entrepreneurship Team: Preparation and participation in the Competition “Best Students’ Virtual Enterprise” of the “Youth Entrepreneurship Association / Junior Achievement Greece”. In 2018, our team qualified in the 10 best of the Competition at national level.
• Rhetoric Team: Development of public dialogue and argumentation skills by learning techniques, and participation in national competitions with many distinctions and wins.
The Clubs operate within our core program covering a wide range of topics that are developed through specific thematic circles: Arts-Culture, Environment-Ecology, Sports-Wellness, Hobbies, science, Modern Technology, Social Considerations.
Every day, after the end of our Core Program and until 4:00 p.m. Multiple-activities After School Programs are held.
Sports, Music, Musical Technology, Scetchbook