The following texts were written by the partner schools.
Wieland-Gymnasium Biberach, Germany
Wieland-Gymnasium (WG) is a comprehensive eight-year public grammar school enrolling about 800 students in grades 5 to 12. The school’s staff consists of 78 teachers, three secretaries, two janitors and two school social workers. In addition to the compulsory academic program there is a field of extra-curricular activities ranging from clubs, guided studies, homework support and educational grants for particular gifted students. The Erasmus+ group consists of 6 teachers, including the head master, the head of department of Languages and the head of department of Science. Organizing authority is the city of Biberach.
Being a German gymnasium Wieland-Gymnasium is an academic secondary school that prepares students for a university education. After grade 12, students earn a university entry diploma called Abitur (equivalent to A-levels) by passing an oral and written examination which gives them access to any university in Germany. At Wieland-Gymnasium there are four form groups in years 5 to 12 leading to the Abitur. For younger students most of the curriculum is compulsory; in upper years more elective subjects are available. The curriculum is highly academic, with two foreign languages required, plus higher math and science courses. Traditionally there was a heavy emphasis on the study of Latin, but modern languages are favoured today. In addition to English, taught as the first foreign language from grade 5 to 12, students must choose between Latin and French as a second language in grade 6. They also have the option of taking art as a major subject from 5th grade on. Every student must specialize in grade 8 deciding on one of three major subjects, the so-called profiles: the linguistic profile (Spanish or Chinese courses, - for Latin students also French courses - as a third foreign language), the science profile (NWT: focus on math, science and technology) and the art profile. Our school does not only concentrate on academic subjects, but on producing well-rounded individuals, so physical education and religion or ethics are compulsory, too. The two-year course level begins in grade 11 with a wide range of elective subjects. In addition to the compulsory courses, there are over 60 offers to choose from, furthering the talents of our students and giving scope for individual specialization, e.g. additional in-depth teaching and supplementary courses in the areas of "discover and research", art and culture, music and sports as well as support in competitions and other extracurricular offers (Bundeswettbewerb Sprachen, Rhön-Projekt, NWT-Wettbewerbe,…), homework assistance in the afternoons and mentoring programs.
Rigas Valsts 3. gimnazija, Latvia
Riga State Gymnasium No.3 is one of the top schools in Latvia, based on the results of standardized exams at the end of upper secondary school education. On December 1, 2016 the school has 821 students – 329 in lower secondary school (ages 13 – 15) and 492 in upper secondary school (ages 16 – 18). There are 91 full and part time teachers working at the school. Since 2009 it has regained its name as a state gymnasium – a term and status awarded to schools in accordance with the following criteria: number of students and their overall academic attainment, functions of the school as a teacher training centre and regional methodological centre, existence of at least two distinct study programmes (one of which has to be a natural sciences and technology programme). The school provides a large variety of unique study modules one can choose from to complement future study plans. Currently, our school offers two different study modules in lower secondary school and seven modules in upper secondary school. Some of the subjects taught in the study modules are either rarely taught at schools in Latvia or unique to Riga State Gymnasium No.3. All modules in upper secondary school focus on mathematics (an increased number of lessons per week), 4 modules have mathematical analysis and 3 modules in upper secondary school focus on natural sciences: chemistry, physics and biology.
Liceo ginnasio statale "Giuseppe Cevolani", Italy
Our Liceo "Giuseppe Cevolani" has 815 enrolled students whose age ranges from 14 to 18/19. This year there are 78 faculty members including temporary and permanent teachers, 7 staff members working in administration and 20 caretakers who are encharged with the cleaning and the maintenance of our three buildings.
Our school lasts 5 years and at the end it is mandatory to take a State Exam to graduate. Our students can choose to specialize in three different fields: Classical Studies which include Greek and Latin, Languages which focus on modern languages such as English, German, French and Spanish or Human Sciences focusing on paedagogy and child development. All three specializations obviously include the core scientific subjects : Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Science. Finally our school also offers several optional afternoon activities such as drama, sports and art.
I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. Jana Kasprowicza, Poland
I Liceum Ogólnokształcące is a secondary general education school preparing young people to studies at the university. There are four profiles of education: mathematical-physical (focus on mathematics, physics and preparation to technology universites), biological-chemical (focus on biology, chemistry and preparation to medical universities), humanistic-cinematographic (focus on Polish literature and general culture with emphasis on cinematography, history), geographical-social (focus on geography and social sciences). Most of the profiles work with agreements between the school and other educational and non-educational enterprises , so the students participate to workhops and laboratory activities at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Medical University of Wroclaw, University of Wroclaw and ATM Grupa (TV producer). Students learn two of the following languages: English, German, French. The school offers also extracurricural activities preparing to final exams, scientific competitions, developing students' interests (e.g. robotics, philosophy). Education continues for 3 years and finishes with final exams (secondary school certificate). There are 372 students (age 16-19 years), 35 teachers and 12 administration empoyees (secretary, accountants, cleaning staff) in the school.
Foss videregående skole
Foss videregaaende skole is a upper secondary school, located in Oslo, Norway. The school offers education programmes for General Studies (including Specialization in Natural Science and Mathematical Studies) and Music, Dance and Drama. Approximate number of paid staff is 100. Approximate number of students is 700.
In accordance to the conference of ministers for the arts and culture in Germany, the goal of our project is to detect talented and interested young people with a tendency to natural sciences both in the classroom and in supplementary courses. The participating schools together with the external partners, the universities and educational partners) exchange experiences and offers for teaching plans (best practise). They collabarate and develop an overall concept for the school development. Target groups of the project are headteachers, staff and educational partners; students interested in the MINT/STEM subjects are the key target group of this project. They are at the same time beneficiaries, learners and instructors (as mentors for younger students). During the project they can share their ideas and summarize their experiences. Results are being documented on this project platform.
"When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too." (Paulo Coelho)