Ovidius High School offers science-oriented specialisations: Mathematics-Informatics and Natural Sciences, some of which also offer a further specialisation in languages (English, French or German intensive study). Our high school students’ age profile is 15 to 19 years old. Since 2000, secondary school classes (ages 10-15) have been created and are now part of our profile. Our institution has : 24 classrooms; 9 laboratories – 1 Physics lab, 2 Chemistry labs, 1 Biology lab, 2 IT labs and 2 AEL labs with more than 100 computers (connected in three different networks with internet access); a sports hall; 2 sport grounds; a Robotics workroom; 3 language labs (English, French and German); a Social Studies lab; a counselor’s office; the school magazine’s workroom where the school radio functions as well; a school projects workroom; an auditorium with 196 seats; a conference room (70 seats), and a library with more than 21,000 books, more than 14,000 textbooks, 5 computer stations and media access. In addition, two medical offices function on the premises: a dentist’s office and a general medical office.
The teaching staff is made up of nearly 70 dedicated teachers. All of them are highly trained professionals, two-thirds of them having obtained the didactic qualification level I (didactic qualification level I or ‘gradul I’ is a certification acquired by teachers who have submitted a thesis on their speciality subject in front of an examination board).
Recently, our high school has entered the process of becoming a Pasch-SCHULE (DSD Schule). Our students are given the opportunity to study German intensively and take the Deutsche Sprachdiplom. There is one class per each level of schooling (from the 5th grade to the 12th grade; a little under 200 students in total) which studies German in 4 to 6 classes a week. Beginning with school year 2021-2022 there is a German teacher (assigned to our high school on the basis of a governmental agreement with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany) who works closely with our classes and the other teachers of German, assisting students in their study towards attaining the DSD.
Ovidius High School also offers French bilingual classes and the students attending these classes will be able to take the Francophone Baccalaureate (le Bac à mention francophone). To this end, our high school welcomed a French Teaching Assistant who works closely with our students and our teachers of French.
Our students’ achievements prove a high level of training, reaching standards of excellence. Their average grades (above 9.00) upon graduation of various levels of schooling (secondary or high school) demonstrate their performance capabilities. The average entrance grade in our high school is constantly above 9 (out of a maximum of 10) and the graduation rate in our high school is nearly 100% each year. While in school, our students demonstrate their passion for learning by participating in and obtaining, consistently and yearly, many prizes in school competitions (county, national and international level). To mention only one example of successful participation: since 2000 Ovidius High School has won every year prizes in the NASA Space Settlement Design Competition (Grand Prize in 2007 and 2018; yearly, our students win First, Second, Third Prizes or Honourable Mentions).
Similarly remarkable are the results obtained by our students upon entering higher education in pursuit of different specialisations; this is yet another measure of the flexibility of the training and teaching we provide for our students. The vast majority of our students continue their education in STEM-related areas: engineering, informatics, life sciences, medical, computer sciences, etc. A significant percentage of our high school graduates choose to further their education abroad, in prestigious European universities.
The optional curriculum our teaching staff develops each year is based on our students needs and wishes. The electives we create each year in answer to our students’ requests or needs provide them with additional classes for a more intensive study of the compulsory subjects, but they also offer many additional subjects connected to various fields such as:
Sciences – Education for sustainable development, Environmental education, Education for Health, Management of Interdisciplinary Projects, Astronomy, Meteorology-the science of weather evolution, Applied Physics, NASA Projects, Applied Biology, Food science; etc.
Foreign Languages – Deutsch ist logisch, Spiel und Spass, Übungsgrammatik, Deutsch mit Freude, Le français en images, Le français par la chanson, Imparare la lingua italiana, Hablamos Español, The World Today, Exam Check, English at Work.
These are only a few examples of the types of subjects we develop in response to our students’ interests and needs. Optional curricula is continuously developed, based on yearly assessment of their usefulness, popularity and opportunity.
Extracurricular Activities represent an interesting component of our students’ lives in Ovidus High School. Both teaching staff and students dedicate themselves to creating opportunities for active expression of their interests, knowledge and creativity. Here is a list with only a few of the extracurricular activities available for our students:
- Many of our students are involved in environmental activities. Our teaching staff permanently promotes and creates opportunities for Environmental education and Education for sustainable development. At the same time, our student body mantains active links with several prominent NGOs in the region (such as “Mare Nostrum”, “Împreună pentru viitor”, and others). One example is the Ecology Group which was founded in 1999. Its members have developed various projects and monitoring programmes on topics such as Bio-fuels, microplastics, Black Sea Biodiversity, and many others, with which they have obtained several prizes in different county and national competitions.
Partnership projects KA2
- As partner
- Hosting Students
- Sending Students Abroad
- Hosting Teachers
- Sending Teachers