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 ABOUT EDUCATION

 

The core curriculum for our school and the school books used are the same as for other public high schools, therefore, our students follow the same program as in other schools in the Republic of Croatia. However, more time is dedicated to additional electives and numerous sports programs to fit the needs of enrolled students (within 5,300 square meters of enclosed space there are three sports halls and a big indoor pool, while outdoors within 20,000 square meters there is a lot of greenery, sports fields and a children’s playground). English language is mandatory and is taught daily starting from kindergarten. Students are pretested at enrollment and divided into groups, depending on their level of knowledge and ability. Throughout the eight years of schooling our students are exposed to 1,400 hours of English, half of which they are taught by native speakers.
In this way our students develop great proficiency of the English language, which has been confirmed at various county and state competitions. A great number of students have also successfully completed language certificates, or continued their education abroad. In the second grade students have an option of beginning German or Italian. All languages, except English, are electives. Approximately 10 to 20% of the students are foreign nationals, which helps in the development of multi-ethnicity and tolerance, while they all get an opportunity to learn with native speakers of foreign languages taught at ‘Kreativan razvoj’. Since these students are usually above average, besides using basic school textbooks, they also use other expert books. Pupils also attend computer class from 1st grade in a contemporary equipped computer classroom, and a drama teacher works regularly with children in the first four grades. Girls can attend classical ballet dance classes in our ballet hall which is run by a renowned choreographer and ballet teacher from Russia.

Since each class has 16 students on average, less time is dedicated to frontal teaching and more time is dedicated to creating an individual approach in planning. Such an approach within the school programme enables teachers to cater for and better fulfil the needs in development and knowledge of each student respectively. Each individual student can progress quickly in certain class areas and activities for which they are talented or show interest in, and outside the anticipated school framework. To exemplify this, the best example is in the English subject where advanced groups of students in our primary school complete the final programme of the language at the high school level. Taking into account the multiple development of each individual student, teachers, together with parents, try to ensure the participation of students in science, art, sports and practical activities. Such an approach also requires specific didactic strategies which enable the optimal individualization of studying. In their implementation of individual and joint educational goals, teachers are orientated towards problem solving, research education and mentoring leadership, whilst students engage in individual and joint projects.
A joint and performance curriculum programme for each school year is arranged and planned collectively by the principal, teachers, students and their parents, so that every generation of students has a slightly different curriculum, depending on the students’ interests and their abilities.