The school caters to all children, Polish and non-Polish alike, with a focus on appeals for children of NATO personnel stationed in Szczecin.
With the implementation of three IBO programmes (PYP, MYP and DP), we will qualify as a standard IB school. Children educated in this global standard can continue their education in any IBO school anywhere in the world. At its inception, Szczecin Vitruvian School has applied for authorization to become a fully fledged IB school as soon as possible.
The main language of lessons is English. All pupils, by law, must learn the Polish language. Also, all students must be taught their mother tongues, as most of them will return to their native countries and take their education in national languages. All students have to learn at least one foreign language (either Spanish, French or German). At first glance, it may seem like a lot of languages to learn; however, foreign-language education at SVS is based on a copyrighted program which is sure to entertain and engage our students. Additional foreign-language classes are optional. See below for more information.
“Holistic” means “regarding the whole, not just the parts.” A human being consists of (at least) three parts–the intellectual, emotional and physical–and all three elements must be properly addressed. SVS equips our students with the best possible knowledge and skills provided by the best possible teachers in the best possible way. Students’ progress is monitored by psychologists, speech therapists, nutritionists and other specialists. Whereas many schools neglect physical education as an unwanted imposition, SVS embraces its potential with a complex of activities aimed at fully developing the physical skills and health of our students, prepared and maintained by experts.
SVS and our associated “Rainbow Land” preschool ensure care and education for all ages:
- Children age zero to 5/6/7 years qualify for care at the Nursery and Preschool ‘Tęczowa Kraina’, where they will be taught by teachers who are native English speakers.
- Children from the age of 5/6/7 years (depending on the decision of their legal guardians) to 12 years old are eligible to enroll in the SVS Primary Years Programme (PYP).
- Teens age 13 years to 16 years are eligible to attend the SVS Middle Years Programme (MYP).
- Teens age 16 to 18/19 years old may apply to enter the SVS Diploma Programme (DP).
All SVS students have access to computers and tablets. All learning materials are stored on electronic media and cloud computing, which students can access at home. This minimizes the need to carry heavy schoolbags. Each room will be equipped with an interactive whiteboard connected to the Internet.
English is the primary language of lessons, and most subjects are taught in this language; it is also the language in which meetings are held, and in which all school documents are drawn. The school organizes special courses in English for new students who do not speak English adequately or at all.
Polish is the official language of the country in which the school operates; therefore, in accordance with Polish law, it is a mandatory foreign language subject for foreigners, and students who are Polish citizens must have additional classes in Polish history and geography.
There is a difference between English as the language of instruction and English taught as a foreign language. It can be assumed that students at SVS–especially those who have spent at least two years at the school–should achieve competence in the English language comparable to that of a native speaker.
All nationalities represented in the school should be provided with classes in their native language, along with elements of their native literature, geography, and history taught in their mother tongue. Given that dozens of nationalities may be represented, the potential challenge may be too high for any school meet. Fortunately, you can help: Parents with some pedagogical training may be willing to devote part of their free time to engaging in activities with their own children, and possibly several children of the same nationality. The school is obliged to organize all the technical and buildings policy of such activities, including the formal introduction of such classes into the curriculum, and the possibility of recognition of this documentation, also on the certificates of final students.
All students must learn a foreign language, choosing between Spanish, French and German. English is not treated as a foreign language (except in remedial courses for new students), and students’ will not be taught their native languages as a foreign language.
English and Spanish – as foreign languages - are taught by the author of a unique program which has been thoroughly tested and proved to be much more effective than more commonly used programs. The author has already published textbooks for English and Spanish. The same format can be used to develop teaching materials for other languages.
Older students – if they wish, and with the consent of their parent(s)/ legal guardian(s) – can learn three or four related languages in parallel through a method of juxtaposition. The term ‘related languages’ refers to languages belonging to the same group; for example, Romance (neo-Latin), Germanic, Slavic, etc. A textbook is already available for teaching Romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese and French) according to this method. It is very easy to add two additional Romance languages (Italian and Romanian) to the curriculum.
A unique aspect of this method is that students who are native speakers of one language in the group can work as teaching assistants. This gives some students the opportunity to play a more active role in the educational process.
- The School runs a block in the arts (non-mandatory), such as visual arts (sketching / painting / ceramics / sculpture) and performing arts (music / dance / theater). These classes can be organized from 14:30 to 17:00.
- The School promotes tolerance and strictly observe the principle of mutual respect for all ethnic cultures and the principles of high ethical standards.
- The School is religiously neutral; however, the school will accommodate requests for organized religious instruction if at least five students (or, more specifically, their parents) request it.