Progress made in research and technology have profoundly changed the “knowledge system”, which from static with rigidly defined boundaries has become dynamic, evolving continuously.
Contents change very rapidly, the quantity of available information increases and the rapidity with which knowledge becomes obsolete is increasing, as the traditional barriers between subjects are knocked down.
In this context, the traditional approach to teaching and learning, based on teacher-led lessons, individual study and testing, with the rigid separation of subjects and curricula, is ineffective and obsolete.
In unison, students are demanding a new education system, closer to their own needs: less boring, more stimulating lessons, learning based less on notions and more on experience and “learning by doing”, dialogue with teachers and the use of new technologies.
IESS was founded to take up this challenge, aiming to offer students the chance of a gratifying experience in a favourable learning environment, where they can express their own talents to the full.
This aim demands a new type of school, run using managerial criteria and based on a new education system with the following distinguishing features:
- Modern, interdisciplinary curricula updated to the new millennium
- Small classes
- Carefully selected, motivated teachers who receive continuous training at school
- School from Monday to Friday, with a timetable that serves learning
- Digital classes, equipped with cutting-edge ICT and personal tablets for students and teachers, used both in class and at home
- Interesting, stimulating lessons, based on multimedia teaching materials, the use of the Internet in class, laboratories and group work
- Active participation of students in lessons, based on cooperative teaching methods and workshops
- Continuous dialogue between students and teachers, also from home, using new technologies
- Learning based not on mechanical study for tests but rather on method and constant effort
- Continuous assessment of learning results and an assessment system based not on grades alone but on effort and actual learning outcomes
- Constant attention to all students
- Dialogue and cooperation with parents