Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace w Wieliczce is a medium sized high school in the city of Wieliczka, near Cracow, Poland. We have 43 teachers and 470 students at the moment. After completing a junior high school students spend 3 years in our high school and then apply for universities. The majority of our students come from little towns or villages around our city. Some of them commute for almost an hour - in one way. We are the only general high-school on our city preparing students for GCSE exams.
Our high school dates back to 1910, at that time this part of Poland was annexed by Austria. From that time on, we continued educating people until now.
Modern history begun in the year 1963 – when the school obtained its official banner. We are now a friendly place for all young people from our town and around it. We try to cater for individual pupils’ needs. But we also encourage them to learn more than is assumed by the core curriculum.
We organise extracurricular classes like: additional foreign language classes, sport activities (taekwondo club, volleyball club), drama and dance lessons. Knowing that education is not only learning subjects - it’s about responsibility - we:
- organise meetings with special people who want to share their knowledge and experience
- invite schools from abroad to partner with us and exchange
70% of our students face geographical obstacles. They cannot afford to go further to an other city - like Cracow - so we are their first choice. They would have to spend more then an hour commuting each way. About 70 pupils suffer social difficulties and around 1/6 of the total suffer from economical obstacles. We also have students physically impaired, with dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysorthographia. But we are trying to make their stay in our school easier and productive. We will involve in this project students with fewer opportunities.