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...at a glance
In Jr. High School, children learn in a creative, pleasant, useful and efficient way:
how to acquire knowledge experientially and through interdisciplinary means using contemporary methodologies;
how to develop their capacity to explore and their ability to synthetise information and to receive relevant certifications;
how to acquire good Study Skills to better manage their time and content of their school work;
how to explore their skills and discover their talents through existing Clubs and Group Activities;
how to become familiar with concepts such as culture, diversity, respect and sensitivity to social problems through the Life Skills programme;
how to understand themselves and their natural propensity better through the Career Guidance programme, a process that will help make the transition to Sr. High School smoother.
A Multidimensional Educational Programme
Our educational programme in the Jr. High School is not only based on the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education but also on our own Institutional Learning Goals Syllabus. This is the backbone of our instructional design. It describes the progression from one year to the next and from one educational level to another. In Jr. High, we offer students an expanded curriculum that includes the following:
Enhanced instruction in a Second Foreign Language – French or German
Enhanced Physical Education programmes
A wide variety of choices to join Clubs covering a broad range of interests
English is the primary foreign language at the school. It is taught on a daily basis. Furthermore, under the Content & Language Integrated Learning Programme (CLIL) and with the aim of fostering 21st Century Skills in English, additional classes such as Music, Digital Skills (Coding - Robotics), Technology, STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics), Home Economics and Research papers, are taught.
Students are divided into English streams in order to ensure the homogeneity of the group and to be able to better prepare them for the language certification exams, according to the pace of each child.
Preparation for certification acquisition in English takes place in class. There is no need for private lessons or language school attendance. Our school is an accredited examination center for Cambridge ESOL which means that our students take these exams in familiar surroundings.
The Mock Test enables students to try their hand under real exam conditions and effectively manage their anxiety.
Second Foreign Language – French or German
The second foreign language – French or German – is taught intensively with a view to getting certification exclusively with classroom preparation. Children are divided into homogenous groups (Streams/Ability Levels) for getting certification within a specific time and in accordance with their personal pace. A Mock Test is also given for the second foreign language exam. Our school cooperates with the French Institute (Institut Français d'Athènes) and the Goethe Institute (Goethe Institut) and offers the complete range of certifications in both languages.
Digital Skills (Coding – Robotics)
Because Digital Skills are considered necessary along with reading and writing, we have integrated writing Code and Robotics into our programme in all classes. Basic command concepts, algorithms and movements are taught.
Study Skills aims at helping students understand the basic learning objectives of the lesson through proper time management and through creative activities at home. This helps students learn techniques to solve problems (in practical as well as in theoretical subjects), and develop more effective ways of understanding and writing texts, with a view to improving organisation and effectiveness.
Continuing the Methodologies that have already begun in Kindergarten, Jr. High School students experience the educational process in a creative, pleasant, useful and efficient way through alternative and innovative ways of teaching while developing 21st Century Skills.
We use the Interdisciplinary approach as part of our weekly analytical programme planning. Through appropriate themes, students learn how to learn through a discovery activity where they search for answers to questions. A group of teachers decides on an appropriate theme for each project in accordance with the lesson plan.
Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Project-Based Learning is the stage that follows interdisciplinary learning. It enables the student to develop necessary skills through active participation in carefully designed activities structured around authentic problems. This methodology promotes searching for and evaluating information, exchanging ideas, planning and programming activities, drawing conclusions, developing deliverables, and presenting their results to others.
This programme is an asset as it contributes to proper management of knowledge, communication in the native and foreign languages, mathematical thinking, critical thinking, etc. At the same time, it promotes cooperation and interaction with team members within a framework of mutual understanding and respect.
1:1 Computing - One Computer per Student
According to the Educational Model 1:1 – One Computer per Student (1:1 Computing), the Student Computer is exploited in class as an auxiliary learning tool that includes constructive learning activities through interactive books, rich digital content, self-evaluation exercises, etc. The benefits of using the Student Computer are manifold: children are more attentive because class is more interesting, it helps them consolidate knowledge, it reduces the time spent on homework, they learn how to learn, etc.
Our Jr. High School offers students the opportunity to prepare for certification, not only in foreign languages (English, French, and German) but also in the acquisition of specific 21st Century Skills. Down the line, these qualifications will enrich their CVs and help them stake a claim at recognised universities worldwide.
Foundation Project Qualifications from Assessment & Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
The world-renowned British organisation, Assessment & Qualifications Alliance (AQA), and in particular, the Foundation Project Qualifications scheme that it recommends, provides certification for Projects. Our school provides support for all 3 levels of this programme. With the guidance of a teacher, our students develop the necessary skills for professional and / or academic development, gain experience in new areas and study methods, utilise digital tools and enrich their CVs through the certification they get by an internationally recognised agency.
Student Leadership Accreditation (SLA)
The Student Leadership Accreditation certification awards actions that have a positive impact in three key areas: Developing Myself, Contributing to my Community and Working with Others. This certification programme is open to members of the British organisation Special Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) exclusively. Our School is a member of this organisation. The SSAT is a major primary and secondary school network with thousands of members around the world whose aim is to improve the educational work through research and innovative activities.
Associated Board of the Royal School of Music
This is a recognised British music studies certificate. It is aimed at children who learn to play musical instruments (all instruments are accepted) and wish to obtain relevant certification at different levels. This, then, can be included in their applications to foreign universities.
The Life Skills programme, which promotes social and emotional development, is implemented in Jr. High School using a variety of hands-on activities. The objectives are: self-improvement, acceptance of diversity, mutual respect, collaboration, management of failure and success, understanding the value of rules, selflessness, etc. The Life Skills proramme includes discussions with our students around values (what is good, what is true, being honest, etc.) and around actions: the benefit of volunteering one’s services, and taking excursions to areas where the natural environment has been compromised.
We approach the characteristics of each student with care and respect for their individuality. The Mentor holds one-on-one meetings with each student he/she has been assigned. They advise, encourage, support, guide and plan the implementation of each child’s academic and socio-emotional goals. This is not the same as the role of Teacher Advisor. Rather, it is one of the most common methods that exist to encourage the development of an individual.
The role of the Teacher Advisor is to provide guidance, advice students so they can make wise decisions, steer them towards sound initiatives where collective action is needed, suggest solutions to problems in the classroom, help with interpersonal relationships, etc.
The Counseling Department for Vocational Guidance follows contemporary views on career management. It is staffed by psychologists specialised in this field. The counseling of students begins in Grade 9, initially to raise awareness and get students to reflect on personality issues, skills, values and interests. Through experiential activities and continued counseling, the objective is to provide better support and develop the original plan regarding each student’s career choice.
The psychologist intervenes as effectively as possible when emotions are charged, a role someone can assume who is outside the conflict zone. At the same time, she visits classes to discuss various timely issues with children and often offers supplementary support, where needed, within the module framework. Also, she provides supplementary support in the form of special seminars to children with learning difficulties as regards their study skills.
Physical Education in Jr. High School
Very strong emphasis is put on Physical Education at our School. The sports include football, basketball, handball, volleyball and traditional dances. Each student aims to improve their performance in both individual and team sports, develops basic knowledge, techniques and tactics in competitions and is encouraged to take part in competitive sports events, such as school tournaments and at the Sports Meetings of Private Schools (A.S.I.S.). At the same time, with the support of elite athletes, our teams routinely prepare themselves from the time they are in Jr. High School for the National School Championships.
Healthy Body-Healthy Living
This programme promotes health, sports, wellness and proper nutrition. It aims to improve the eating habits of students, increases opportunities for physical activity and provides support for overweight students.
Don’t Smoke, Work Out
The Grade 7 students in Jr. High School take active part in the action: Don’t Smoke, Work Out. This programme is coordinated by the Physical Education teachers in order to sensitise students to smoking, a serious problem of our times.
See the World… Differently
This programme aims to sensitise students to issues of diversity, volunteerism and solidarity through charitable sporting activities.
Depending on the topic we are dealing with in various subjects or in the cross-curricular themes, we implement corresponding educational visits to museums, cultural institutions and theaters. We also hold special events at the School Theater, which feature tributes on special holidays or events with broader cultural and social interest.
Clubs and Groups
Clubs operate within the core programme. They cover a wide range of topics that are developed within specific thematic cycles. Some examples include the following: Art, Knowledge Games, Constructions, Action Aid, Cine Club, Digital Media Lab, Literary Workshop, Maths, Theatre, Art History, Reporters, Debate, etc.
Groups, however, operate after school hours. Some indicative examples of Groups follow:
Doukas Math Club for students who want to broaden their knowledge of mathematics and to prepare for various competitions: the Kangaroo competition, the Greek Mathematics Society competition and the American Mathematics Competitions - AMC (Mathematical Association of America). Our school is an official examination center for Kangaroo and the American Mathematics Competition.
Doukas Model United Nations Team for students who want to broaden their knowledge in world affairs by participating in simulations of United Nations meetings.
Doukas Ecomobility Team for students sensitised to ecological mobility issues and who are interested in seeking solutions and changing mindsets.
Programming Group for students who desire to learn code and to take part in the Panhellenic IT Competition.
Doukas Formula 1 in Schools Team for students who want to participate in the international F1 in Schools contest.
Arts Group for those who want to learn modern techniques, graffiti, special video effects, photography, etc.
Theatre Group for students who want to improve their means of expression.
The Afternoon Programmes begin between the end of the school day until 4:00 p.m. They include: Sports, Music, French and German (over and above the morning programme).