Gymnázium Snina is a secondary school located in a small town Snina in the most eastern part of Slovakia. At present time there are 309 students studying in 13 classes. 8 classes are of four-year programme (students are 15-19 years old) and 5 classes of 8-year programme (students are 11- 19 years old). The school has 41 employees including 32 teachers.
The school provides general education and prepares students for further university studies. The most basic aim of our school policy is a comprehensive personal development of our students and preparing them for the life in the dynamic changeable reality. We want to equip our students with the global life skills needed to succeed in the 21st century society and economy. That is why we try to include in our curriculum the subjects, methods and new forms of formal and non-formal education. We believe that today´s graduates need more in-depth knowledge of maths and natural sciences, plus the ability to integrate and apply that knowledge to solve the challenges they will face in the future life. By studying STEAM the students will develop a variety of skills that are essential for success: critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, collaboration and entrepreneurship, to name a few. The school´s educational programme also focuses on reinforcing foreign languages education and implementation of ICT into each of the subjects.
However, the high rate of unemployment in the region oftentimes has a negative effect on educational motivation of our students since it leads to constant migration of one or sometimes both parents. After secondary school our students have to face many problems with cultural integration in more developed parts of Slovakia or abroad. Therefore, our personnel strive to meet educational needs of all students taking into consideration their personal particularities and special needs.
Our students have shown good results in state exams and various contests that has proven our chosen path right. Also participation in international project helps them to be more motivated, to feel more confident and respectful, to overcome stereotypes and prejudice and develop their sense for European citizenship.