The PRIGO Elementary SCHOOL offers a friendly and homely environment with a strong dominance of individual elements. Our elementary school further focuses on working with exceptionally talented children who currently make up one third of its students.
The first stage of education with its sophisticated approach helps children discover themselves and supports their natural abilities in all areas. In doing so, we apply the unique, trademark-protected PriorityGO approach to education which is based on the combination of individualization of teaching, modern didactic methods and respect for the challenges of contemporary society whereby education is perceived as a life-long philosophy and a continuous approach to life, not a mean to achieve other goals.
The second stage seamlessly continues in this approach and, especially in the last years, prepares the pupils for their high-school studies at all common types of secondary schools. If pupils show a significant interest in natural and technical sciences, they can complete the fifth or seventh year and smoothly continue studying at our affiliated eight-year or six-year PRIGO Grammar School of Natural Sciences. This highly prestigious grammar school has quite demanding entrance examinations, though the pupils of PRIGO Elementary SCHOOL are very successful due to the fact that the two schools are connected. The pupils of PRIGO Elementary SCHOOL are not subject to any fees for studying at the Grammar School, so the tuition fee is free of charge. Each student receives a monthly scholarship of CZK 500 – 2 000. These benefits also apply when studying at our partner International Business Academy PRIGO.
As one of few elementary schools in the Czech Republic, the PRIGO Elementary School has been listed among the schools that have been accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to teach in a foreign language. Certain subjects are taught both in a foreign language and in Czech (e.g. natural history etc.). This fact is reflected in the annual school report and the special certificate that the students receive. The benefits for further secondary studies, for example at the prestigious PRIGO Grammar School, are undeniable. The school educational programme and the curriculum are based on the Framework Educational Programme, which complies with the regulations of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Optionally, the school focuses on teaching languages and developing the interest in natural and technical disciplines.
Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, which is used not only for language teaching, but also for teaching other subjects or entertainment purposes. Recently, Apple TVs have been set up in classrooms, and both teachers and pupils have laptops and iPads with Apple Pencil at their disposal. The instruction of English at school as well as the after-school childcare for pupils are arranged for by native speakers who speak exclusively English with the children. We strengthen the reading literacy by providing each classroom with a small library, which is continuously updated according to the choice of pupils themselves at the expense of the elementary school.
Classes begin at 8:30 a.m.
The assessment in the first three years is only verbal, and the marking begins only in later years before starting the studies at the secondary school.
The school also offers the after-school childcare with various leisure activities, which complement the elementary education. The after-school childcare also includes different interest groups, enabling children to develop their activities on our premises. The children may attend an English group, an experimental and natural history group, an art group or a group of logic and ethics. We also develop the children’s skills in a sports group, one-week ski course in the Beskid Mountains, a swimming course, an in-line skating course, an ice-skating course or tennis. The classes very often take place outdoors, in museums, libraries or the Science and Technology Centre.
The opening hours of the after-school childcare is from 7.00 a.m. till 4 p.m.
The PRIGO Elementary School said goodbye to some of its first cycle students this year. The elementary school, which was founded just five years ago, had its first graduates. And what a farewell that was! All three of our students, who took part in the entrance exams for eight-year cycle grammar schools, were very successful as each of them placed 1st in the order of the successful candidates at their respective grammar schools. We would like to congratulate them and wish them further success in the upcoming studies!!!
The achievement of our students is pleasing for us also because of the fact that we focus on children who have been diagnosed with exceptional talent. In this spirit, the key task of our elementary school is to ensure a happy life of your child and to enhance his/her versatile development with a suitable mix of school and extracurricular educational activities. In the case of a diagnosed talent in a specific area, we develop the child’s predispositions for future studies. Our intention is therefore mainly to develop the abilities of these gifted children with the help of trained teachers and psychologists. One of the means to achieve this goal is also the individual approach taken towards each student. That being said, the school’s goal is not only the enhancement of knowledge, but the development of the whole personality of the child. The elementary school places great emphasis on supporting social and emotional skills, which in some cases tend to be the weak traits of talented children. We teach them to realize their potential and improve any potential weaknesses. Importantly, we teach them to manage the stress which comes with every exceptionality.
Apart that, our elementary school conducts mentoring, which benefits from the synergy of the PRIGO schools chain and takes the form of individual mentoring where each student of the elementary school (“Buddik”) has his/her mentor (“Buddy”), a partner and guide from a selected lower grade of high school. The Buddy then assists the Buddik in both school and extracurricular activities and eventually helps him/her in the transition process to high school.
It is worth noting that the elementary school runs a general mentoring programme, allowing interaction between younger and older children in the primary school itself, but also between primary school and high school students and even university students through a number of events.