Our Take: Akademeia High School
This is a private high school operating in a modern campus in the Miasteczko Wilanów district of Warsaw. The school fully affirms the British education system and the A-level program, recognizing that it gives young people a much better preparation for future studies than other international programs, and also a greater comfort with learning. Already at the first-level, students, along with compulsory subjects, such as Math, English, Polish, Modern Language, and Visual and Music Culture, choose one of the academic pathways: Biochemistry, Engineering, Social Sciences, Humanities, Architecture, and Creative Arts. In grade III, they select from the entire spectrum of academic and artistic subjects 3-4, which they will study and at the same time pass on their secondary school-leaving examination. This allows them to study in their own chosen direction, while developing their passions and interests.
In choosing the right educational path, students receive school support at the recruitment stage, which lasts several days: during meetings and activities with young people, experienced counsellors examine their predispositions and abilities and help them choose teaching subjects. Moreover, during the course of learning, each student has a mentor, who monitors their progress, suggests solutions, advises in the selection of subjects, and helps with mapping out a developmental path. In the teaching process, the school uses the project method, which is a holistic and multidimensional approach to education. Particular emphasis is put on training the skills of critical thinking, communication, creativity, team work, as well as searching for and gathering information. The school runs two high school programs - a two- and four-year program, which extend general education, and allow students to improve their English. The language of instruction at the school is English, and the school year is divided into three semesters. Another distinguishing feature of the school are the 'student' houses functioning in it and competing with each other - based on the British school model.