Our Take: Zespół Szkół Społecznych SPLOT im. Jana Karskiego
Zespół Szkół Społecznych SPLOT im. Jana Karskiego is one of the first "social schools" in Poland, founded in 1989, known for its openness and innovation. It offers a full cycle of education, from primary to the end of secondary school. The primary school operates in the Montessori system, through which the Polish core curriculum is taught. At both levels, students' curiosity, ability to acquire knowledge and ask the right questions are encouraged. Languages are of particular importance at SPLOT - English is the language of instruction in several subjects, and the teachers are native speakers. Students can also choose a second foreign language: German, French, Spanish or Russian. The school offers a highly diverse variety of physical education programs and a very wide range of additional classes as well as trips, also abroad, and exchanges with other countries. The school participates in the well-known EU Erasmus + project. Teachers provide after-class consultations. The atmosphere in the school is very friendly, and the furniture and equipment encourage group work and inquiry. The building is adapted to people with physical disabilities. The school has an extensive scholarship system - students who achieve good results receive scholarships, education is free for the winners of subject competitions and olympiads, and one student spends a year at an American high school. Graduates study at the best Polish and international universities and become highly successful professionals.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
Formal adjustments are made to the delivery of lessons to help mitigate the learning difficulty or exceptionality. The underlying content and expectations remain unchanged with accommodations, however. (Example: allowing a student to write tests in a quieter room).
The underlying content and expectations are modified and/or simplified for the sake of the student. (Examples: allowing student to use a calculator on a test when other students can’t; allowing students to bring word-banks or “cheat sheets” into certain tests, etc)
Research-based therapeutic measures that target and ameliorate the underlying weakness.
In the more than two decades I’ve known Splot, I never imagined I would one day be its director. For 6 years, as the mother of a Splot student, I was able to observe firsthand just how much the school had to offer. Looking back on those years, I can say with total conviction that Splot graduates are broad-minded young adults, prepared to stand up for their beliefs and ready to face life’s challenges head-on.
Our school provides students with the tools needed to independently acquire knowledge and instills in them the motivation to do so. We believe that the art of asking questions is more important than ready answers. The curriculum is designed so that each student can develop his or her true areas of interest without the rigid division into humanities or science classes found in traditional public schools. This flexibility allows education to be tailored to the individual while going beyond the state-mandated minimums.
We are especially proud of our newly opened Montessori Elementary School which addresses the education of the whole child. Each youngster’s intellectual, social, and emotional needs are met at their level development.
Curious, but unsure 7 year olds will graduate from high school as mature citizens of the world.
Splot is known for its exciting exchange programs and numerous international contacts. Thanks to this approach, our students are tolerant, open, and accepting of the richness and variety of cultures they encounter. The friendships made during these encounters last much longer than their education at Splot.
For more than 20 years, thanks to the Charles Merrill scholarship one Splot student each year is able to study at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson School in Saint Louis, Missouri. This exceptional yearlong experience enriches each recipient as well as the larger Splot community.
Splot teachers make the school what it is! They are actively involved and willing to spend their free time on academic or extracurricular activities with the students. The students grow in an atmosphere of empathy and respect for others. These youngsters never cease to amaze me with their ideas for volunteering or service projects for the benefit of the wider community or a needy individual.