Developing Critical Thinking
The quality of learning and achievement strongly relies on the student’s learning habits, such as perseverance, the ability to listen, and flexibility. Founded on the experience of the schools of thinking of the United Kingdom, we continuously develop habits for effective cognition: self-control, meticulousness, empathic listening, the ability to analyze the thinking process itself, and responsible risk-taking. We make sure to involve our whole community in the learning of efficient and critical thinking, as well as in applying these skills and methods to creating an effective teaching and learning program. By way of cultivating these values and qualities, we are able to successfully establish a conductive environment for the school of thinking that is Erudite Lyceum.
‘’Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous.’’ – Confucius, The Analects.
Erudito Licėjus is founded upon the Scandinavian integrated education philosophy, dedicating considerable attention towards active and team-based learning, teacher competence, and professional skills. The teachers at the Lyceum seek to encourage the students’ intellectual curiosity, and nurture in them the joy of discovery and competence. Our team strive to produce a setting that is inspiring, and allows the students to experience the fulfillment of learning and performance.
The school day is comprised of three 90 minute blocks of teaching in a dynamic environment, ensuring enough time to concentrate on the subject at hand, as well as successful student involvement.
Some of the remarkable characteristics and values of Erudito Licėjus are versatility, relevance, and harmony. The axis for integration is the child – the student. It is through the eyes of the student that we consider all affairs, taking into account their perspective and experience. Thinking and perception of primary school students are not unrelated processes, instead working as a united whole. For that reason, we construct a unified education framework, without breaking it up into separate and unrelated subjects. The curriculum is integrated, as well as consistent with the developmental characteristics of primary school students.
At the middle school, we give importance to subject integration. Integrated subjects, shared integrated activities, and inter-subject projects together produce a well-thought-out system, helping to shape in the students an informed worldview.
The students are educated by professional teachers who are inquisitive and forward-thinking, and who take a keen interest in innovations and methods in the field of education, as well as the application of technology in teaching. The school organizes workshops and teacher training events for the employees, thus ensuring progress and competence within the school.
The school headmaster and leader of our team is dr. Nerijus Pačėsa, former rector of the ISM University.
Safe and convenient location
Gruodžio street, located in the heart of the city, is easy to reach. The parents may drop children off and pick them up right outside of the school. Within walking distance from the school are located several education facilities as well as points of cultural significance, such as the Kaunas First Music School, Juozo Gruodžio Music Conservatory, boys choir singing school “Varpelis”, the Musical Theatre of Kaunas, and the historical Presidential Residence.
Emphasis on a healthy lifestyle
Erudito Licėjus students will not only learn the benefits of a healthy lifestyle but will also be able to experience these benefits in practice. Because movement improves the quality of thinking, the curriculum includes physical activity, children are encouraged to exercise, walk, and rest properly. The team ensures the supply of fresh and healthy food, taking into account the individual needs of every child. Experts as well as the parents of the students take part in the food quality assessment.
A favorable learning environment
The school premises are designed for pre-primary, primary, and secondary education. Children share experiences in classrooms, multifunctional spaces, a modern library, a physical activity space, and have access to an enclosed and spacious schoolyard. The interior of the school is designed to enrich the education process.
The school leaders invest generously in the learning environment and modern furniture solutions. Students have access to ergonomic furniture of VS Vereinigte Spezialmöbelfabriken GmbH & Co. KG. It is a company that develops modern school furniture solutions for schools around the world, including the US (the world’s largest export market). VS School Furniture Company has the GS European Quality Mark, the LGA Security and Quality Certification, and the GREENGUARD Certificate, which assure that the furniture meets the strict quality standards.
At least once a week, students change their learning environment by transferring the educational process to various other educational environments such as museums, galleries, companies, and forests and parks. The variety of learning environments helps to illustrate and integrate the teaching. Change in learning environment creates a variety of contexts and experiences that ensures rapid and natural acquisition of the necessary knowledge as well as its application.
Implementation of innovation
Since contemporary education is inseparable from the technological environment, our classrooms have smart boards and projectors. Students work with tablets as well as an interactive library. Modern educational content is ensured by e-learning systems, cloud technologies and high-speed wireless internet. However, not everything here is based solely on innovation – the book plays an important role in the education of Erudito Licėjus.
Students at our school strengthen their individual skills as well as learn to create and work in a team. Students are encouraged to critically assess their own learning process and accomplishments. The student’s parents are actively involved in community activities such as trips, educational events, games, and birthdays. At the end of a semester, student’s parents are invited to discuss the educational outcomes. It is an important goal of the team of Erudito Licėjus to create a happy and active community.
Extra-curricular activities at Erudito Licėjus are oriented towards a holistic development of the young personality. Every day each child may choose between one of the 2 or 3 extra-curricular activities and the paid activities (30€ per month) that focus on continuous progress. These are chess, robotics, and Kyokushin karate. The school also offers extra-curricular language classes that include Russian, Chinese Mandarin, Spanish, French, and German.
Basic extra-curricular activity (3pm – 6 pm) fee is 100€/month (meal included). Extra block – 30€. Foreign language – 30€.