Experimental General Lyceum (Upper Secondary School) of Heraklion

The Experimental General Lyceum (Upper Secondary School) of Heraklion (pronounced Piramatikó Yenikó Líkio Iraklíou, in Greek) was founded by the Ministerial Decision Δ4/131 of 6 October 1989. In December 1989 it welcomed its first students to the building of the former Academy of Pedagogy. In 1990 the school employed its very first teachers on a permanent basis.

Pursuant to 3966/2011 Law, on 19/9/2011 the school submitted its Evaluation Application and Portfolio, seeking its appointment as a Model Experimental School.

On 25/10/2011, it was ranked top in the evaluation process, and was pronounced as the Model Experimental General Lyceum of Heraklion. You may check the full scorecard, as well as the related press release by the school.

During 2013-14 and 2014-15 School Years, students were admitted to Grade A after a Written Admission Test, conducted in June (with applications running in March). Through a similar procedure, students are admitted to vacant positions in September.

As of school year 2015-16, despite its excelling at the above evaluation, its high quality achievements, and high entry candidate figures in the past two years, Law 4327/2015 (ΦΕΚ 50 τ.Α΄/14-5-2015) has brought the school to its previous status of being solely Experimental, as only a few so-called "Historical" schools remained as Model ones. Pursuant to the same Law, the school is now officially connected to the Experimental Lower Secondary School of Heraklion.

Consequently, the school exclusively accepts all of the Experimental Lower Secondary School graduates in its Grade A, and conducts a public draw only for vacancies.

In total, 1.379 students have graduated in the 27 years of the school’s operation. Currently, 206 students are enrolled in 9 General Education classes.

Premises

Since 1990 the school is housed in the building of the old Pedagogical Academy in the Estavromenos District, 6 km west of the city center. It shares the building with the Experimental Lower Secondary School of Heraklion, the Regional Teachers’ Training Center of Crete and the Institute of Vocational Training of Heraklion. It comprises nine classrooms, a Library, a Computer Lab, a Natural Sciences Lab, a Mathematics Lab, a History Classroom and a Physical Education Hall; it also shares the complex’s Auditorium and Gymnasium. Interactive whiteboards are installed in the three labs, the History Classroom, the Auditorium and in two of the classrooms. This equipment, as well as all of the computers in the Computer Lab, were generously donated by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in 2012. A wired LAN runs across all classrooms, labs and offices, providing Internet access via the Municipality's Optical Fiber, while roof video projectors are installed in all classrooms and labs.

Space shortage and lack of premises’ ownership have been two permanent school problems.

School mission

Pursuant to Law 3966/2011, the aim of Upper Secondary Model Experimental Schools (PPL) used to be:

  1. To ensure public and free, high quality education.
  2. To promote educational research in practice in cooperation with the corresponding schools and Faculties of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
  3. To educate through practical training undergraduate students of HEI faculties, as well as the professional development of educators of the wider educating community in cooperation with HEIs and the Institute of Educational Policy.
  4. To support creativity, innovation and excellence through the creation of groups/clubs in which students from all public education schools can participate and to promote, highlight and educate students with special learning abilities and talents together with students who face learning difficulties.
  5. To implement on an experimental level study programs, analytical programs, teaching methods, educational material, innovating teaching practices and activities, evaluation programs concerning the quality of the educational work provided and the technical infrastructure of schools, and new models of administration and school operation.

The Model Experimental Schools (PPS) are administered at national level by a Model Experimental Schools Steering Committee (DEPSS) appointed upon the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs relevant decision for three year tenure. DEPSS supports the implementation of the PPS educational policy, advocates and promotes their work, specifies their research activities framework and decides on the PPS student selection criteria, following the recommendation by the Scientific Supervisory Councils (EPS); the latter constitute one of the administrative bodies at school level.

The Model Experimental School’s Scientific Supervisory Council has the pedagogical and scientific responsibility for the school while it plans its research and educational activities and decides on possible modifications of the PPS curriculum and timetable, thus enabling the implementation of innovations, the operation of students’ clubs beyond the timetable, remedial teaching classes, pilot research programmes, cooperation with schools in the country or abroad, and anything considered appropriate when school activities are planned.

Upon DEPPS decision, students’ entry to the Lower Upper Secondary Model Experimental Schools for the year 2013-2014, was based on skills and knowledge tests on the understanding of the Greek Language and Mathematics.

The Model Experimental General Lyceum (Upper Secondary School) of Heraklion was one of only 18 Lower Upper Secondary Model Experimental Schools operating across the country.

As of September 2016, 18 teachers are serving a five year term (1 on paternal leave), having successfully passed an evaluation procedure. Additionally, 2 teachers of the Experimental Lower Secondary School and another 3 from other schools teach a few classes. Mathematician Dimitrios Kalykakis, on a renewed two year service term, leads the 2015-16 faculty as the Headmaster.

The School’s Scientific Supervisory Council is chaired by the Senior Researcher of the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics of the Foundation for Research and Technology (IACM-FORTH), Dr. Kathy Kikis-Papadakis, and comprises the Language, Literature and History School Councelor, Vasileia (Liana) Kalokyri, the school’s Headmaster, as well as two teachers, Antonios Margaritis and Periklis Georgiadis.

Activities - Operation

In view of the above, the Experimental Lyceum of Heraklion collaborates closely and continuously with the Regional Teachers’ Training Center of Crete as well as the University of Crete. It is affiliated with the latter's School of Science and Engineering, School of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy and Social Studies. In this context, it provides practical teaching training to students of various disciplines, as well as to fresh teachers. It also organizes exemplary teaching sessions promoting interaction and evaluation among teachers in the city of Heraklion. Furthermore, its teachers are active in education research fields and attend various conferences to present their work.

The school operates a Reading Club, publishes a student newspaper, participates in European Programs, while its students attend nationwide competitions in various disciplines (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computing, Poetry, Literature, Ancient Greek, etc.) winning major awards.

During the current school year it operates the following student clubs:

  1. Creative writing - hosting writers and books
  2. Historical Documentary
  3. Mathematical Challenges
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  5. Mathematics in Competitions
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  7. Experimental Foundations of Natural Sciences
  8. Cretan Trails
  9. Educational Robotics
  10. Artistic - Theatre Workshop
  11. Chinese language and culture

Also, the school runs remedial teaching classes in various classes.

A range of additional School Activity Programs are run:

  1. Local Saints
  2. Antikythera mechanism
  3. School e-newspaper PEIRAgMATA
  4. Hablo más español
  5. "Works and Days" at school
  6. Schools twinning - cities meeting: Heraklion - Limassol
  7. Learning of myself… seeking my profession

A couple of Erasmus+ Programmes, as well as a school twinning Programme, are also running:

  1. Ongoing this school year, a two-year Erasmus+ ΚΑ219 (School Education) European Program titled "El Español: Pasaporte Entre Culturas" (The Spanish language: a passport among cultures) together with the IES Francisco Salzillo, Alcantarilla (Murcia, Spain) --Program Co-ordinator-- and Vaskivuoren lukio, Vantaa (Vantaa, Finland)
  2. In its final year, a three-year Erasmus+ KA2 (Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices Strategic Partnership) European Program titled "Geo Future Excellence Programme (GFEP)" together with the Vossius Gymnasium (of Amsterdam, NL) --Program Coordinator, the INS Infanta Isabel d'Arago (Barcelona, CAT), the Geography Dpt. of Utrecht University, NL, and the Royal Geographic Society of the Netherlands.
  3. Starting last school year, a school twinning with the Apostle Peter & Paul Lyceum of Lemesos, Cyprus. A series of common student projects have been running, visits in both schools have taken place, and the fruits of this partneship are already rich, such as prizes in national competitions.

Last but not least, students and student teams are actively involved in inter-school championships in team sports such as football, basketball and volleyball, as well as in individual sports such as swimming, track and field and table tennis etc. claiming various titles.

Success Ratios in National University Entry Exams

Επιτυχίες Εξετάσεων 2011-16

Of the 331 graduates in the past five school years (2011-2016), who participated in the National University Entry Examinations in their graduation year --rather than with subsequent efforts-- 254 (76,7%) achieved University entry, while 43 (13,0%) Technological Institution entry. Just 34 (10,3%) failed to enter Higher Education in their first attempt.

Official Statistics show that University entry ratios of our students is constantly and markedly higher than the average of Greece, our city and our prefecture.

2015-2016 School Faculty

1 Dimitris Kalykakis Mathematics / Headmaster
2 Periklis Georgiadis ICT / Deputy Headmaster
3 Giorgos Samourakis Theology
4 Eirini Kassotaki Language, Literature and History
5 Katerina Koumaki Language, Literature and History
6 Manolis Kouroumalis Language, Literature and History
7 Maria Polychronaki Language, Literature and History
8 Varvara Roussou Language, Literature and History
9 Nikos Psaromiligos Language, Literature and History
10 Andreas Varverakis Mathematics
11 Eirini Perysinaki Mathematics
12 Eirini Gonianaki Mathematics
13 Giorgos Marakis Physics
14 Giorgos Chatzisavvas Physics
15 Giannis Karadamoglou Physics
16 Antonis Margaritis Chemistry
17 Haris Dimitrakopoulos Biology
18 Maria Pitsaki English Language
19 Panagiotis Amvrosiadis German Language
20 Maria Grigoriadi Fine Arts
21 Anna Diplari Economics
22 Manolis Prinianakis Physical Education
23 Marina Toupogianni Physical Education

Teachers in italics do not belong to our school.

More details on the Greek education system may be found at the respective Eurypedia entry.