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International Office - FAAP

HIGH SCHOOL

Leaving behind older paradigms in education, the FAAP High School is based on human and ethical values that respect citizenship, solidarity, and in particular all-round development of the individual. Founded in 1988, the High School was a natural innovator since pupils had all the same campus infrastructure and standards of educational quality as FAAP itself, along with unquestionably high-quality secondary schooling. Classrooms have an average of twentyfive students, which facilitates educational activity by juxtaposing syllabi, quality teaching staff, and modern learning technology. All this is in accordance with another decisive premise: having the High School become a gateway to FAAP's university courses.

The High School emerged with the vocation of being modern and pursuing a differentiated project: promoting a teaching process that enables students to acquire allround education, respecting each person's individuality, and providing intellectual and social development appropriate to the reality in which they will be involved. On this view of education, the classroom plays the key role in student life as a place for transformation governed by professor-student and teaching-learning relationships. The curriculum is wide-ranging, harmonious, balanced, and appropriate to the systemization of knowledge. The key is experience built by students rather than the encyclopedia approach. On being given information and guidance, the student is encouraged to pose hypotheses, criticize, intervene, establish relationships, interpret, create, and develop competences and abilities.

The teacher acts as an agent of transformation, an intermediate between knowledge and student, a professional who reflects not only rationality, reasoning, and logic, but also affects and values that the student brings from family life, which the school must accept too. Technology is always involved in classes to support innovative learning methods.

The High School thus builds a valuable environment since pupils are respected and feel confident in relation to the future. Building their future begins with the definite disciplinary choices that reflect each student's objectives, but never forgetting limits and meanings in terms of authority, responsibility, hierarchy, and respect for human beings.

The disciplinary guidance work performed by the Educational Guidance service is governed by common sense and attitudes that are secure but at the same time efficient and affectionate, and aim at having the students acquire self-discipline, helping them to understand themselves and others, and to survive in a world of constant discovery. So the relationship between school, family, and student is characterized precisely by transparency - as another important factor in this phase in the students' education.

This process of everyday achievements and triumphs, in the 21st century, is associated with modernity in humanity's advances and discoveries. FAAP High School has a longer school day to complement education in relation to the requirements of the legislation (Educational Guidelines and Bases Law). All students on the course learn two foreign languages: English and Spanish. They also enjoy the university environment and its benefits - since they become accustomed in advance to the challenges they will have to tackle to ensure their employability.