The size of the school
Súkromné gymnázium is located at Oravská 11 in Žilina. There are nine classrooms, three offices, one specialized computer room, two specialized classrooms for the teaching of Chemistry/Biology and Physics/Mathematics respectively, a study room with library, one gymnasium and changing rooms equipped with showers, an outdoor playground (volleyball). There is free wi-
Bilingual study programme takes five years. In the academic year 2014/2015, there are 136 students who attend lessons in groups of sizes ranging from 6 to 26 students. Every class has a class teacher responsible for pastoral affairs.
The students at our school are 14 to 20 years old, in some exceptional cases also older. The majority of them live in Žilina, however, there are students from nearby regions and towns such as Martin, Púchov, Považská Bystrica or Kysucké Nové Mesto, or other more distant places. Apart from students of Slovak nationality, there are students of other nationalities as well.
In the academic year 2015/2016 there are 20 teachers. Two are on maternity leave at the moment and one is part-
Pupils attending years 8 and 9 of primary school can apply for the study. Entrance tests are usually held in April. 24 places in one class are available for the next academic year – 2016/2017. The entrance exams are in the form of a written test. It consists of 70 tasks from the following subjects: English language, Slovak language, Maths, Physics, Natural Science (Biology and Chemistry), Geography, History and Civics. Admission is subject to achieving minimum of 50% in the written test. Apart from these, applicants are given points for achievements in national competitions (e.g. subject contests, olympiads, sport achievements, etc.). The complete criteria for admission can be found on the school website – www.ssag.sk. In case that not enough applicants meet the admission criteria in April, another round of entrance exams is held in June. These follow the same procedure.
Final School Leaving Exams – Maturita Examination
The final school leaving exams are held in accordance with the legal regulations. In their 4th year of study, all students take Maturita from Slovak language. In the 5th year they all take an exam from English language, and they can choose a minimum of two more subjects. Their school leaving reports are issued in two languages: English and Slovak. Cooperating with Štátna jazyková škola (State Language School), students have the opportunity to gain the State Exam Certificate in English language (two levels: Basic or/and ESP). Our school also provides an opportunity for students to prepare for international language certificates such as IELTS or Cambridge Certificate.
Cooperation with parents and other partners
In terms of students’ needs, problems or some other issues, the school communicates with parents on a regular basis. There is always an opportunity to discuss the matters with the class teachers, subject teachers and management at regular Parents’ Meetings. Apart from these, the School’s Council (Rada školy) is the official representative of parents, and it is also the school’s valuable partner.
In terms of pedagogy, we cooperate with other institutions such as Štátna jazyková škola (State Language School) in Žilina, other grammar schools during the Maturita Examination, University of Žilina, and we participate in various programmes concerning prevention, extra-
Safety and health protection
Safety and health protection at school is provided by external company LB-
At the beginning of each academic year, our students are provided with insurance in case of an injury or minor theft, they are informed about the school rules, safety regulations, fire precautions and the code of behaviour during activities organised by school.