In Polish

Hello!

Thank you for visiting our site. If you want to know more about our school, here are some of the questions you may find answers to:

1) How old are children when they start school?

They start school when they are seven. Sometimes, if they are very gifted they may start attending school at the age of six. This happens very rarely and only if the children’s parents think they will manage.

2) Are kids grouped according to whether they are successful at school or not?

We do not group children according to whether they succeed at school or not ( the only difference concerns teaching foreign languages: children may be divided into groups according to the level of their proficiency in the language concerned). We believe that the less gifted students may take advantage not only of what the teacher says but also of what their brighter friends do.

3) What is the difference between the children who succeed at school and those who do not?

This difference basically concerns the financial situation of the family. The kids from better-off families usually get higher grades than those from poor ones. This is because people who earn more money can provide the child with the help he or she needs (as private tuition for example). Such parents are also more likely to understand and appreciate the value of education. On the other hand, poorer parents, especially if they are less educated, which is very often the case, cannot give their children sufficient intellectual help. Sometimes they may not appreciate the value of education either. The above is obviously not a rule. Sometimes poorer children may be better students than their richer friends, even with no support from their parents. It all depends on a child’s intellectual potential.

4) What kind of marks do you give to your pupils?

There is a difference between the marks we give for the knowledge acquired and the ones for behaviour. There are six marks for the former: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. 1 is the worst mark and 6 the best. Pupils get 1 if they have not grasped the knowledge at the basic level. 2 is given to a child who has reached the basic level of what he has been expected to know and may continue education at a higher level. 5 is given to children who have been successful in acquairing all the things from the curriculum. 3 and 4 are somewhere in between. 6 is given to children who have succeeded in grasping all the things to get 5 and additionally they have themselves done something extra which is not in the curriculum.
As far as the marks for behaviour are concerned, these are rather formulaic like unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, very good and exemplary.

  1. What is the percentage for each of the above marks?

It is the following:
      0%- 29%     1
    30%- 50%     2
    50%- 74%     3
    75%- 90%     4
    91%- 100%   5

6) How many kids go to Middle School?

100% as it is obligatory. So is High School however it is divided into several kinds of schools and it is up to the students which of them to choose.

7) At what age can a child finish school at earliest?

Children finish Primary School at the age of 13 but since Middle and High Schools are obligatory the child may at earliest finish school at the age of 18.

8) How long is an average schoolday?

Each schoolday is 3 to 5 lessons long ( 1 lesson at school equals 45 minutes) for kids at Primary School and 4 to 6 hours for children at Middle and High School. To this you must add the breaks between the lessons. They may be from 5 to 20 minutes long.

9) Do children eat in school?

They do. They may buy their lunch in school. It is very cheap. Poor children get their lunch for free thanks to the money from the City Social Fund and from a Roman-Catholic parish that co-operates with our school. The children have two breaks to eat their lunch. One is 20 minutes long and the other is15 minutes long.

10) How many hours does a teacher work per week?

A teacher works 18 hours a weak but he or she may be given some extra lessons depending on the needs of the school. The working day consists of 1 to 6 lessons. However, a teacher is also expected to co-operate with various committees that help organise the work at school. This is why he or she may stay at school a bit longer than it may seem judging from the length of their working hours.

Should you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us writing to the above address:

sp21@sp21.lublin.pl